Fast and reliable multi-OS provisionning with Cobbler

Speaker(s) : Matthieu Cerda

  • Language : Anglais
  • Nature : Conference
  • Date : Thursday 11 July 2013
  • Schedule : 16h20
  • Duration : 20 minutes
  • Place : H 2214
Fils rouges : Cloud
Public cible : GeeksProfessionnels


In a lot of companies, machine deployment is a delicate subject: every administrator has his own recipe, using CD-ROMs, static binary images deployed via the network, peer delegation ...

However, one solution makes the consensus when it comes to automated mass deployments ( except in the Cloud ): PXE boot. The main cons are that the deployment and the management of such a service is a pain, and every OS has its own installation automation system.

This is where Cobbler saves the day: it enables a painless and reliably to create a PXE service, usable on either virtual or physical machines, while beeing the most agnostic possible towards the target OSes and its preconfiguration system (preseed, kickstart, sysprep, ...) while offering the possibility to handle lots of configuration parameters in a modular fashion (network, partitionning, user accounts, configuration management agent...)

This conference aims to introduce the audience to the general concepts of Cobbler, and some scenarios where it would be a useful solution.


Matthieu CERDA is a systems and network administrator, whose main interests are IT security and network magic, currently working for the Normation software publisher. He works on things such as packaging, IT infrastructure and virtualization but mainly creates interfacing rules between the CFEngine configuration management software and Normation’s open source IT management tool, Rudder. Debian GNU/Linux user, he is interested in all FLOSS related projects, going from embedded systems to mass deployment of highly available infrastructures.