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Old 02-17-2003, 10:11 AM   #1
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Running samba config files from CD

For my job sometimes I'm required to setup servers on large construction sites. Some of these sites are 2000 miles away with no administrator on site. To keep travel to a minimum and save money yet remain secure, I'd like to be able to burn a pre-configured bootable CD so I can mail it to the site and have someone just pop it in and reboot to get the new updates and config changes. I'm interested in burning everthing, but the /usr and /var directories to a bootable CD.

I know there are better ways to administer remote servers, but I'm one guy with 23 remote servers to maintain. Sending CD's would be much faster for me.

Anyone have an idea how I could easily do something like this?

Old 02-17-2003, 11:29 AM   #2
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Write a script that you can put on the CD. I don't think you will be able to get it to run automatically as root, but atleast all your stuff would be there, then ssh into them after someone else puts the Cd in, su to root and run your script....

The script could also handle the rebooting after all files are copied....

HTH a little.....

If you need any help with the script, post back....
Old 02-17-2003, 11:30 AM   #3
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Cool Will webmin help?

Try webmin I dont know what the security issue's may be
but this may help you initially is you set the SSH conection.

Try This:

Old 02-17-2003, 11:42 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replys but, while both viable solutions, I'm trying to "automate" as much of this as possible so I don't have to manually update all 23 servers. I currently do remote administration for all 23 servers about every 2 weeks because that's as fast as I can go. When I'm done, I have to start all over again. We are getting a new job in Pennsylvania (I'm in Indiana) that will require 4 more servers. I'm hoping I can make this manageable before I die from stress.

I've seen on some minimal router distibutions that the entire thing run from a CD. That's what I'm wanting but with more than just a firewall and router.

Keep the suggestions coming, but I'll investigate those router distributions further to see how it's done.

Thanks again.


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