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Mastering vRealize Automation 6.2 by J. Powell

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Creating a Kickstart Blueprint

Kickstart is an installation method used in enterprises to deploy unattended Linux operating systems across the network. Like SCCM, Kickstart allows for scripts and commands to be injected during the post installation process to give a more complete end result, and involves no human interaction.

Since Kickstart is very common in enterprise environments, it makes sense to have vRA leverage the exiting technology. At a high level, a Kickstart Blueprint will work in this fashion:

  • A Linux ISO is mounted and boots a small kernel
  • This launches several scripts. These scripts request a DHCP address and tries to connect back to a server that hosts the Linux media. It performs tasks you have defined, such as installing the software, ...

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