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Class ¼: Introduction and Setup (The Hardware)
Types of systems
- Servers (not services)
Class ½: Introduction and Setup (Installation - Physical Media)
Class ¾: Introduction and Setup (Installation - Kickstart)
Kickstart is a component of "Anaconda", the Red Hat installation system. Kickstart allows you to provide all of the answers to the questions prompted during the installation of a system. The result is that the installation can be completely automated. When combined with PXE (the Preboot Execution Environment) the result is (almost) completely painless installation of new machines.
The setup of a network based PXE/Kickstart environment can be challenging for the inexperienced. A netboot enabled PXE environment will often include a TFTP server, a DHCP server, and some method of serving the files to the client. In our case, we use Apache, a piece of software designed to serve web pages to clients using the HTTP protocol. Though we're not using it for web pages per se, it still gets transferred to the clients in the same fashion.