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Linux Automated Deployment... on ESX

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    Linux Automated Deployment... on ESX

    I've been looking into creating an Ubuntu auto deplyment server. But my company seems to be wanting to go down the VM route. Using ESX and ESXi. Anyone here know if it's possible to set up an Ubuntu VM to act as the auto deploy server for all new Ubuntu VM's to be hosted on the same ESX box?



    #2
    I dont know how the Ubuntu does the deployment but being virtual shouldn't affect it. I assume you want to do some sort of PXE boot to the Ubuntu deployment server to automate your build. This will probably work on the same ESX host but sometimes there are issues with PXE boot from the same host. Citrix Provisioning Server certainly has a problem with it. You may need to ensure your Ubuntu deployment server is on another host.

    Never quite worked out why, but it must be something to do with the way VMware implements its virtual switches.

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      #3
      Actually, I don't mind where the Ubuntu PXE server sits. It will be servicing new VMs created on the ESXi host though.


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        #4
        Yeah that should be fine. If you do get any issues, move the Ubuntu deployment server to a second ESX host (if you have one) to see if that fixes the issue

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          #5
          Don't see why not, as long as the server that is acting as DHCP tells its clients where the Ubuntu box is then away you go

          There are some good tools that help with auto-deployment

          Ubuntu Landscape
          FAI
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