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Converting HTML to Markdown via Pandoc

Monday, November 28th, 2011

In the fall of 2011 the hosting for the Open Source Cobbler project (an automated system provisioning tool for bare metal or virtual machines) is transitioning to GitHub.Com from FedoraHosted.Org.    The (wiki) documentation for the project is available as HTML.  GitHub can support HTML but also provides support for Markdown (a ‘pure text’ means of providing Continue reading →

Spacewalk – Redhat Open Source project

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

I posted previously about the Open Source projects Cobbler (provisioning) and Zenoss (monitoring.)  Spacewalk is a Redhat solution that provides: Inventory your systems (hardware and software information) Install and update software on your systems Collect and distribute your custom software packages into manageable groups Provision (kickstart) your systems Manage and deploy configuration files to your Continue reading →

Cobbler/Linux OS Provisioning via Virtual NICs (VirtualBox)

Monday, October 27th, 2008

This seems to be a topic of interest so here is a bit more information about using Cobbler to provision Linux systems under VirtualBox. The steps are fairly simple and allow you to use virtual NICS to reach your Cobbler server. To use this information you need: a) a system with an operating Cobbler install and b) Linux VMs configured within VirtualBox.

Whoops – restoring NTFS partitions…

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Hmm, remember the 3 B’s? (backup! backup! backup!)

During my exploration of Cobbler, Virtual Systems (Xen, Qemu, Virtual Box, others) and various Linux distrobutions I used my laptop which also contained a native XP install. Things went really well using Cobbler to setup various types of Kickstart files (full install, just a base install, web server install, etc.)

At some point I used the wrong option (in a kickstart file) for disk

Virtual Box & Cobbler – automating virtual system builds

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Cobbler – a provisioning system for Linux or other OS builds

Virtual Box – A virtual machine (VM) management suite (packaged by Sun)

Just a few years ago the hardware in computer systems (PCs and servers) tended to contain quite a number of proprietary components which required special treatment/drivers/setup-configuration to create a functional and useful system.  The build process tended to be time consuming and was typically customized based

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