The fully automatic installation of a Linux cluster

Gärtner, Mattias and Lange, Thomas and Rühmkorf, Jens (1999) The fully automatic installation of a Linux cluster.
Technical Report , 32 p.


We present a non interactive system, called FAI (Fully Automatic Installation), to install a Debian Linux operating system on a PC cluster. We take one or more virgin PCs, turn on the power and after a few minutes Linux is installed, configured and running on the whole cluster, without any interaction necessary. In addition, the configuration can be changed automatically on all Linux cluster nodes. Thus we have a scalable method for installing and updating a cluster with little effort involved. We use the Debian distribution and a collection of shell- and Perl-scripts for the installation process. Changes to the configuration files of the operating system are made by the tool cfengine.

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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2004 00:00
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