Published July 23, 2016
• Updated September 21, 2016
By default, CentOS 7 will kickstart and boot using predictable network interface names. This is useful when provisioning and using similar bare metal servers, but it isn’t very useful when provisioning and using disparate bare metal servers and virtual machines.
Published December 19, 2014
• Updated January 10, 2019
Using cobbler to provision Ubuntu systems is no problem when using Preseed, but it is a problem when using Kickstart Profiles (Ubuntu has had Kickstart compatibility since at least 10.04).
Published April 1, 2014
• Updated May 18, 2017
After installing Cobbler and importing the Ubuntu Server 12.04.4 LTS ISO, I copied the Cobbler Profile created on import to a new Cobbler Profile named ubuntu-12.04.4-server-x86_64-ks with the intention of pointing it to a new Kickstart Profile (yes, Ubuntu supports Kickstart Profiles but only so much).
Published February 3, 2014
• Updated October 23, 2015
root’s password can easily be set in RHEL and CentOS Kickstart Profiles with the following command:
rootpw "password here"
However, anyone using the Kickstart Profile will see the root password in plain text.
It is possible to hash root’s password in the Kickstart Profile with the following command:
rootpw --iscrypted password_hash
But, how do you generate the password hash? Depending on your authconfig configuration, there are several different ways to do this.
Published September 5, 2013
• Updated May 15, 2017
It can be difficult to develop a PXE boot process if you don’t have actual servers to PXE boot. Most of us don’t have a lot of bare metal servers sitting around to use for PXE booting. Luckily, VMware Fusion provides the necessary features to PXE boot virtual machines.
Published July 5, 2013
• Updated May 14, 2017
The following script can be placed in a Kickstart Profile POST script to bond two NICs when it is unknown what two NICs will be active.
Published January 16, 2013
• Updated May 31, 2014
Fedora 18 was released yesterday, January 15, 2013, and I immediately wanted to boot it. So, I downloaded the DVD ISO, copied my Fedora 17 Kickstart Profile to a new file, made the appropriate Fedora 18 changes to that Kickstart Profile, and kicked it off.