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Old 02-23-2006, 10:56 AM   #1
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Question Configuring YUM

Hi all,

We have YUM configured on one of our Fedora Core 4 desktops and it does a fine job of updating its OS over the internet. I also administer several Fedora systems on several different internal networks, and I am looking to find a easy way to patch update these internal machines that don't have internet access.

What I would like to do is configure each internal system's YUM client so that it would just suck the patches off a patch CD that I could walk from machine to machine.

The process would be something like.

a). I download the patches on a internet machine and burn them to a 'patch' cd.
b). I take the patch cd to a machine on a internal network, mount it and then fire off yum so that it reads the patches and updates the machine.
c). I unmount the cd and move on to the next internal machine.

Has anyone done this? Is there any documentation that speaks to this?

Thanks in advance,

Old 02-23-2006, 11:15 AM   #2
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It could be easier for you to setup some sort of central local YUM repository for your internal network. You could then setup yum from the local machines to update automatically at a set time using cron or the built in yum daemon. You would have to setup the yum local repo to download the updates from a Fedora mirror. Now, whilst I know the theory, I have never done it in practice so can't provide exact details about the procedure. I am sure you can find documentation out there that can provide you with more detail.
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A quick google gave me that, so you setup a local yum repo and connect across your LAN with the other machines. You may want to stagger the yum update times a bit so as not to throttle your network bandwidth.
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Hi reddazz,

The internal network has no ability to transfer files off the internet, so its not possible for the YUM repository to download updates from a Fedora mirror. The internal network is a seperate, independent, not-connected-to-the-internet network. Also, I would rather not have a YUM server working on the internal network, as this is a DOD network, and its regularly scanned for services running (like a YUM server listening for clients), and any network service that I'm running would have to be accredited, which is a lengthy paperwork excercise. Finally, the mode of operation is that I'm probably only going to find the time to download the patches on a once a month basis, so a yum client polling a yum server for the latest patches is a waste of bits. I'm just looking for a easy way to have yum upgrade the OS off a local CD when I ask it to.

Hope that helps you understand what I'm looking for.



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