# From: Richard Hobbs [mailto:email@example.com]
# Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2006 10:42 AM
# To: 'Uwe Gansert'; suse-autoinstall(a)suse.com
# Subject: RE: [suse-autoinstall] Help with installing multiple machines
# over network
# Also, I have read somewhere that I can use a configuration
# server to store xml files for each machine I have, and given
# the quantity of machines, this would be the ideal approach
# for me because each one obviously needs a different IP
# address and hostname, so I can't use the same XML file for
# all the machines.
I don't know whether this would work for you, but what I'm doing
in my configuration is running DHCP, and launching a post-script
to change the hostname. Then afterwards, I can go back and
manually configure the system to where I want it:
suffix=$(hexdump -n 4 -e '"%x"' /dev/urandom)
echo myprefix-$suffix.your.domain.name >/etc/HOSTNAME
cat >/etc/hosts <<@@@@End-Of-Hosts-File@@@@
# hosts This file describes a number of hostname-to-address
# mappings for the TCP/IP subsystem. It is mostly
# used at boot time, when no name servers are running.
# On small systems, this file can be used instead of a
# "named" name server.
# IP-Address Full-Qualified-Hostname Short-Hostname
# special IPv6 addresses
::1 localhost ipv6-localhost ipv6-loopback
127.0.0.2 myprefix-$suffix.your.domain.name myprefix-$suffix
I hope I have joined the correct mailing list here, but apologies if not.
I have multiple machines, all of which are identical, onto which I would
like to install SuSE 10.
I have already installed one machine and got it setup the way I would like
it, in terms of package selections, partitioning etc... And I would now like
to replicate that across the remaining machines if possible.
I have read the first section of the SuSE 10 manual, entitled "Advanced
Deployment Scenarios", but this only seems to document how to boot the
system into the manual installation routine remotely. Ideally, I need to
boot from the network and begin a fully automated install which duplicates
every single aspect of the first system, except with a different hostname
and IP (which I don't mind entering manually during the install if
Can this be done? I'm sure it can, but I can't find any guides or tutorials
on how to do it, so if anyone can help, that would be very much appreciated
Thanks in advance,
Richard Hobbs (Systems Administrator)
Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. - Speech Technology Group
Normal Email: richard.hobbs(a)crl.toshiba.co.uk
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