Duke University
Department of
Computer Science

Conclusion

Pros

  • Unattended installation

  • Configurable

  • Scales with network size

Cons

  • pkgadd is slow.

  • patchadd is even slower.
One solution is to create a single "golden" installation and install this on machines via the begin/finish scripts.

One tool for doing this is called clone, developed by Hal Pomeranz. It works basically by eliminating the profile for a host from the rules file.

	hostname rattler.cs.duke.edu       \
	scripts/clone     -	scripts/clone_finish
The clone script is then responsible for copying the "golden" image onto the client machine.

I've never used it personally, but thought it was worth a mention.

 

 
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