[CentOS] customized centos 5.4 install, core install?

David Mehler dave.mehler at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 04:21:58 UTC 2009

Thanks for your reply. I'd probably be doing them in pairs spread out
over a long period. I'd be interested in your php kickstart setup

On 10/13/09, Tait Clarridge <tait at clarridge.ca> wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-10-12 at 20:06 -0400, David Mehler wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Thanks for all your replies. I checked out spacewalk and cobbler, both
>> of which look like they require a network support infrastructure, at
>> least a tftp server. I want to use a CD or DVD. Kickstart sounds like
>> the way to go, but i'm looking to have everything self contained, for
>> example if i want to install the postfix package, i'll want to remove
>> sendmail, set up postfix to start at selected runlevels and configure
>> the main.cf and master.cf files so that when the box reboots postfix
>> is ready to go. I'd also like to have this install as slimmed down as
>> possible, for example i probably won't be using x so i'd prefer not to
>> have any x packages in the install dvd.
>> Thanks.
>> Dave.
> I believe recently there was a thread posted about respinning a DVD for
> these purposes, you could also have a network install CD pointing to a
> local repository on your network and a kickstart on an internal
> webserver.
> Kickstart is very robust, I am pretty sure you can get it to do anything
> you want (especially after the install is complete).
> I currently have a kickstart script that installs packages for a
> PHP/mysql setup (as well as the base files) and then updates everything
> before rebooting. It also disables a few services that I do not require.
> I suggest hitting google for more kickstart tips/tricks.. as there are a
> lot of things you can do. The issue would be that for each of the new
> systems that you want to bring up unattended, you would possibly need to
> burn a new CD or change the kickstart config file on your web server.
> This would be because I am pretty sure that you do not want to have
> multiple machines using the exact same configuration information.
> Would you be doing multiple machines at once? Or one at a time, spread
> out over long periods.

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