The machine template git repository stores the current preseeds and post-installation scripts. The preseed sets reasonable defaults for things like openafs and kerberos, and then installs common configuration packages needed for a minimal machine that accepts MitKerberos logins from AndrewFileSystem users. After install, a post installation script is used to personalize the machine for its specific purpose and extract things like the host key (admin node, user node, web server, etc.).
For concrete information on installation using the preseed, see InstallationProcedure.
1. Partitioning Scheme
TODO: explain the automatic partition scheme, recommended disk sizes, etc.
2. Installing with Preseed
Boot the installer using the command line:
You'll have to enter a few questions about language and keyboard (the defaults of English are ok), and then configure the network. Afterward, the installer will complete itself and reboot. You should then see something like:
3. Long Term Goals
Adding a new machine to our existing infrastructure has a number of points where manual intervention is needed. Some, but probably not all:
- Mail routing
- Creating the kerberos host key
Adding as a DomTool deploy target and slave/server
- Creating dns entries
Not all of them can be automated, but at least some of them could be scripted together.
The post installation procedure also a few warts. Chief among them is that it's done using a hacky shell script. Ideally, we would support automatic re-installs too (recording things like installed packages, node specific information, etc.).
For fully automatic installs (including network setup), we should use something like "Hands-off" to generate our boot media.