an automated installation tool to install or deploy Debian GNU/Linux and other distributions on a bunch of different hosts or a cluster.
FAI installs a Debian GNU/Linux operating system on a PC cluster. You take one or more virgin PCs, turn on the power, and the program installs, configures and runs GNU/Linux on the whole cluster without any interaction necessary. FAI uses the Debian distribution and a collection of shell- and Perl-scripts for the installation process. Cfengine, shell, and Perl scripts make changes to the configuration files of the operating system. Using FAI, a fully automatic installation of a GNU/Linux cluster which consists of 16 dual Pentium PC's was performed. FAI's target group are system administrators who must install Debian onto one or even hundreds of computers. Because it's a general purpose installation tool, it can be used for installing a beowulf cluster, a rendering farm or a GNU/Linux laboratory or a classroom. Also, large-scale linux networks with different hardware and different installation requirements are easy to establish using FAI.
DocumentationUser guide available in ASCII, HTML, PDF, and PostScript formats from http://fai-project.org/guide/
released on 10 May 2011
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