LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning User's Guide
This User's Guide is for LBMP Releases 6.5 and 6.6 "Chuck Berry".
LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning ("LBMP") is an infrastructure software application used in data centers (Clouds, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, corporate), computer-based training (CBT) and IT organizations to deploy systems with Windows, Linux & Hypervisors from bare metal.
LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning is a comprehensive PXE Server Suite that includes:
•PXE Server: enterprise-grade, pre-configured, commercially-supported, security-hardened
oScripts to manage the PXE Server
oSuite includes provisioning, imaging, rescue OS, all utilities
oMulti-platform: Linux, Windows, ESXi
oIncludes all the required services, pre-installed and automatically configured after the user provides the correct networking values once: DHCP, PXE, TFTP, HTTP, NFS, PostgreSQL, Samba, Iptables firewall, Web server, proxy server
•Bare Metal Provisioning Payloads
oBare Metal Provisioning of Linux, Windows, ESXi and other hypervisors
oScripts to manage ISO media and Payload creation
oOut-of-the-box support for provisioning Linux, Windows & Windows Server and ESXi
•Bare Metal Imaging Payloads
oBare Metal Backup and Bare Metal Restore
oSupports all major x86 file system types
•Ubuntu Live with Clonezilla deployed to client system RAM
oRemote file copying
Coming soon: LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning 7.0. With enhanced security, faster 64-bit imaging, user extensibility and many other enhancements, LBMP 7.0 ("Buddy Holly" release) will also do bare metal provisioning of these new additional distros and platforms: RHEL/CentOS 7.x, ESXi 6.x, Debian 8.x, Ubuntu 14.xx/15.xx/16.xx, Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.x/6.x/7.x, Fedora 2x and more.
Contact us for more details and early access. And enjoy LBMP 6.6 ("Chuck Berry" release) in the meantime!
Professional system and network administrators use LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning to deploy (remote unattended installation of operating systems and hypervisors) and recover servers, blades, virtual machines, PCs, and appliances (collectively called "client systems", "clients", "systems" or "machines"), primarily in data centers.
LBMP is delivered either as a Virtual Appliance (OVF) or as installable software whereby you supply a dedicated physical or virtual system, with RHEL or CentOS Linux 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:
•Bare Metal 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.
•Bare Metal 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
•Ability to completely erase a system to eliminate viruses, malware and other security threats: Bare Metal Provisioning ensures a completely clean re-start of any system
•Customer satisfaction: both external and internal customers experience better response times and quality