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    Mass Ubuntu Deployment - Help Needed from Experienced Sys Admis

    Hello everyone,

    This is my first post here, so nice to meet you all.

    I have to make a mass ubuntu deployment at work, and words like clonezilla, FAI, puppet, cfengine, pxe, oem are all dancing around my head

    The hardware clients will be desktops, HP and IBM.

    Computers have to authenticate with the windows ad via likewise open.

    If I clone a computer with certain user configurations, once I deploy the clone in the client and log in with the new user, then all configs are gone, as most of them are user specific (for example, several thunderbird add-ons carefully configure to work with MS exchange). And also, because of the likewise open authentication, I have to make sure that the client gets a new hostname, authenticates with AD, etc.

    Question is: which of the above tools would be better for what I need, and which (or combination of) can make the whole process all as unattended as possible?

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!


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    Linux Enthusiast Mudgen's Avatar
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    Feb 2007
    Check out the g4l project on Sourceforge, and open a dialog with Mike Setzer, the maintainer by posting comments/questions. He runs a college lab, doing much the same that you're trying to do. I've found Mike to be very responsive and helpful.

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    I just found out about this today - used by the FSF (Free Software Foundation) to manage their server farms: Puppet Labs: The Leading IT Automation Software Solution
    It is open source, but also have a commercial enterprise version.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Thanks for the tips, I will check it out and let you know how it goes!

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