Managing RPM-Based Systems with Kickstart and Yum
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2007
Pages: 47

Managing multiple Red Hat-based systems can be easy--with the right tools. The yum package manager and the Kickstart installation utility are full of power and potential for automatic installation, customization, and updates. Here's what you need to know to take control of your systems.

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A little short...

By KCJeffro

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  • Too basic

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Comments about oreilly Managing RPM-Based Systems with Kickstart and Yum:

This is a good guide as far as it goes. However, it's a very narrow document which speaks specifically and only to Kickstart; as such, it's by no means a complete cookbook. The reader had better know, or be prepared to find out, how to configure httpd, ftpd, and/or nfs (and probably DNS) before delving into this.

More complete guides, which include cookbook style approaches to the process as a whole (that is, inclusive of the supporting file sharing and name service configurations) can be found on the web for free. Your money is likely better spent elsewhere.

 
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What changed in Oct 6, 2014 update?

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Comments about oreilly Managing RPM-Based Systems with Kickstart and Yum:

Very helpful book.

But does anyone know what changed in the Oct 6, 2014 update to "Managing RPM-Based Systems with Kickstart and Yum"?

 
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A complete guide to automated installs and updates

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Excellent detail and clarity. Lists different ways of achieving things and explains their pros and cons.

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A good short cut to a workable environment

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A concise introduction to kickstarting Red Hat based Linux distributions and how to keep them patched and up to date with the exact same infrastructure used for installations.

If you have been managing systems through kickstart, satellite server and the like for some time, there is not much new information, even if you haven't worked with yum before. If you are new to kickstart, however, you will find a good introduction to the topic, complete with a suggestion on how to layout your environment. In this respect, this O'Reilly Short Cut does exactly what it says: giving you a short cut to a workable environment.

 
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A really good one

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Very tightly written, every page full of good info. Great job! Thank you.

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