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DevOps Automation Cookbook by Michael Duffy

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Automated installation using PXE boot and a Preseed file

Now that we have a mirrored repository of packages, we can also use it to serve the files that build our hosts over the network. Building bare metal servers over the network has many advantages, allowing you to simply boot a bare metal server and configure it via DHCP and install an OS, all without any additional interactions. Taken to its extreme, PXE booting allows the use of completely diskless clients, which can boot and run across the network.

This is a very long recipe but it is required. Although it's relatively straightforward to set up a PXE booting environment, it does require several elements. In the course of this recipe, you are going to create three major components: an Apache ...

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