Deploying Linux Systems with Tivoli
Provisioning Manager for OS
In this document we describe how to get a bare metal machine work with a Linux
operating system using one of the main features of Tivoli® Provisioning Manager
for OS Deployment: the deployment of a profile. We also create software
packages that are automatically installed on the target computer after the
deployment process. We assume that you have a working Tivoli Provisioning
Manager for OS Deployment environment. For information about how to install
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment, you can refer to Deployment
Guide Series: Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment V5.1, SG24-7397.
This document has the following sections:
“Introduction and general requirements” on page 2
“Creating an unattended setup profile” on page 3
“Creating software packages” on page 12
“The deployment process” on page 23
“Cloning a machine” on page 30
“Deploying the cloned profile” on page 37
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Introduction and general requirements
The first step is to choose what to deploy. With Tivoli Provisioning Manager for
OS Deployment, you can either clone a machine or you can create an
unattended setup profile. The former option copies the operating system together
with the installed software from a source machine to a destination machine. The
latter performs an automatic installation of an operating system as though you
are at the machine with the installation CDs.
We start this chapter with the steps to perform an unattended installation of a
Linux profile with some software packages that will be deployed on a bare metal
machine. Next, we describe the cloning process of a Linux machine and the
customizing of the captured image.
According to the Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Operating System Deployment
Guide (Fix Pack 1), SC32-2582, the UNIX/Linux® supported operating systems
for deployments are as follows: