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Managing Debian Installations

using GOsa and FAI

Fully Automatic Installation (FAI) is a well-known project to automatically install multiple machines using Debian. Those machines can further be kept uptodate via the "softupdate" mechanism. This has been proven very successful for big cluster installation at acedemic institutions where the adminstrators have a good Linux/Unix background. However, for small/medium business or smaller acedemic work groups, FAI might be to obscure or difficult to setup. The GOsa project provides an LDAP-based web administration tool to install, configure and administrate machines via FAI. GOsa makes furthermore possible to administrate users and groups via the same LDAP backend, and to some extent user sessions. This makes it possible for people who are no specialists to administrate smaller sets of users and machines via a centralized web frontend.

This talk will present FAI and GOsa and explain how they work together and what is needed to install and adminstrate Debian machines via GOsa/FAI.

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