Automating OS Provisioning
By raghuraman on Jul 02, 2008
You can perform bare metal OS provisioning using Sun xVM Ops Center. You can provision operating systems on hundreds of machines simultaneously. Using xVM Ops Center, you can avoid the manual error-prone processes that are associated with OS provisioning. xVM Ops Center supports provisioning of Solaris and Linux operating systems.
The xVM Ops Center GUI allows you to provision your registered systems in three steps:
To import an OS image from ISO files, first select Operating System from the Provisioning Menu, then select Import OS Image from the OS Images menu. Select one or more ISO files needed to make up the entire OS image.
To create the OS profile, first select Operating System from the Provisioning menu, then select Create OS Profiles from the OS Profiles menu. Follow the steps in the wizard to create the OS profile.
To provision the OS, first select Operating System from the Provisioning menu, then select Provision OS from the Provision menu. Follow the steps in the wizard to provision the OS.
The above OS provisioning process is similar, regardless of the hardware, operating system, or underlying technology that you are deploying. Hence, this process can be extended to automate the provisioning of data centers.
For more information on OS provisioning, visit http://wikis.sun.com/display/xvmOC1dot1/OS+Provisioning
For information on the systems supported for OS provisioning, visit http://wikis.sun.com/display/xvmOC1dot1/Supported+Systems+for+OS+Provisioning