LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning User's Guide
LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning ("LBMP") is a software application used by professional system and network administrators to deploy and recover servers, blades, virtual machines, PCs, and appliances, collectively called "client systems", "clients" or "systems".
LBMP is delivered as a software appliance, where the customer supplies a dedicated physical or virtual system, configured to LinMin specifications, onto which LBMP is then easily installed, used and maintained. No other applications may be running on the system dedicated to running LBMP.
Systems can be deployed in 2 ways:
|•||Provisioning: remote, unattended installation of the operating system (such as Windows and Linux) and applications, as well as bare metal hypervisors (such as VMware ESXi) instead of using a DVD/CD and answering questions on each system). Provisioning can be MAC-Specific or MAC-Independent.|
|•||Imaging: restoring a disk image captured previously from the same system (bare metal recovery) or from another system (cloning)|
"Bare Metal" means that provisioning and imaging functions are done on physical or virtual disks when no operating system running.
LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning is used by organizations worldwide in:
|•||Hosting data centers (cloud, dedicated server, virtual private server, web server, Infrastructure as a Service, etc.) for server provisioning, cloning and bare metal recovery|
|•||Corporate/enterprise and private cloud data centers for server provisioning, cloning and bare metal recovery|
|•||QA labs to image and provision servers and PCs so testing can be done in a "clean" system state|
|•||Class/office environments for deploying and restoring PCs and laptops|
|•||System assembly facilities (system integrators, system builders, appliance manufacturers, etc.) so complex operating system and software stacks can be installed automatically|
LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning users derive many benefits including:
|•||Reduced time to deploy new systems|
|•||Reduced system downtime (through disaster recovery as well as rapid system re-purposing)|
|•||Reduced labor costs (system and network administrators can focus on more complex, less mundane tasks)|
|•||Reduced capital equipment costs through better utilization of systems|
|•||Quality due to repeatability, consistency and predictability|
|•||Customer satisfaction: both external and internal customers experience better response times and quality|