Cobbler is a Linux installation server that allows for rapid setup of network installation environments.
With a simple series of commands, network installs can be configured for PXE, reinstallations, media-based net-installs, and virtualized installs (supporting Xen, qemu, KVM, and VMware
... [More] Server). Cobbler uses a helper program called 'koan' (which interacts with Cobbler) for reinstallation and virtualization support.
Cobbler can also optionally help with managing DHCP, DNS, power, config management, and yum package mirroring infrastructure -- in this regard, it is a more generalized "batteries included" deployment server, rather than just dealing specifically with installations. It has a command line interface, a web interface, and also several API access options. [Less]
Quattor is a system administration toolkit developed over ten years in the context of the European Grid. It provides powerful, portable and modular tools for the automated installation, configuration and management of clusters, grids and clouds running UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux. At
... [More] its heart, sits a powerful language, Pan, for describing configuration. It can be used to manage non-grid servers, desktops, virtual machines and much more.
Developed to manage the clusters and services used in grid computing, Quattor is today being used to manage many separate infrastructures worldwide. From massive single-sites such as CERN to highly-distributed multi-site infrastructures such as Grid-Ireland and a few very large commercial companies operating hundreds of thousands of nodes. [Less]
The HP Linux Common Operating Environment (LinuxCOE) is a global engineering program which facilitates provisioning and lifecycle support of Linux systems. Key deliverables are to increase reliability, availability, maintainability and performance of global infrastructure and production environments
... [More] by maintaining a minimum number of platform and component configurations.
The LinuxCOE SystemDesigner is a CGI-based interface to:
* generate boot images for network or local media based installations
* save profiles that store custom installation preferences for later re-use
* retrofit already deployed systems by overlaying bundles of packages for other value-add components [Less]
mrepo builds a local APT/Yum RPM repository from local ISO files, downloaded updates, and extra packages from 3rd party repositories. It takes care of setting up the ISO files, downloading the RPMs, configuring HTTP access and providing PXE/TFTP resources for remote network installations.