Mass Ubuntu Deployment - Help Needed from Experienced Sys Admis
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?
Thanks in advance!