I’ve recently went and updated a bunch of things that I’m working with, and one of the things I decided to refresh was an automated installer. In the past I’ve relied on either hand rolled configurations or more recently Ubuntu MAAS. This time I decided to give Cobbler a try on my Ubuntu Precise installations.
Given Cobbler is pretty (or was) RHEL specific, I was not too disappointed with the Debian packaging. Most things worked, I did have to correct the dnsmasq and tftpd templates but it mostly worked. I’ve a smallish salt formula for setting up said system at https://github.com/jcftang/cobbler-formula
It’s pretty nice that Cobbler is able to provision KVM or XEN based virtual machines as well as the usual bare metal systems.
- developer happiness with waf
- hashdist for repeatably building an environment
- building a private cloud with saltstack as the cloud controller
- accelerating development and deployments with ansible
- zfs on linux is usable and safe