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The screenshots below are intended to illustrate the ease of use and power of LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning. View the most current list of supported operating systems and hypervisors.

MAC-Specific Provisioning, also called "Push Provisioning" is favored in data centers and environments where human hands rarely touch systems. MAC-Specific Provisioning uses a database to manage each system's attributes, including each system's MAC address, unique network settings, host name, time zone, password and the assigned Provisioning Role Template that directs what operating system and applications are to be installed. Also included in the database are "toggle" switches that give you control over if and when a system gets provisioned or repurposed.

MAC-Specific provisioning is a 2 step process. First, you create one or more Provisioning Role Templates that contain the name of the operating system and optionally applications and scripts. Second, you assign Provisioning Role Templates to individual systems.

MAC-Specific Provisioning Tutorial

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MAC-Independent Provisioning, also called "Pull Provisioning" lets the user selectsfrom a system's pre-OS screen what Operating system to "pull" from LinMin and install. You don't need to know the system's MAC address: just hit F12 to boot to the network and select your Provisioning Role specifying what OS and applications to install.

MAC-Independent Provisioning Tutorial

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Bare Metal Imaging is used to copy the entire contents of the disks of a Linux or Windows system, and store the contents on the network. Should the system get corrupted, you can restore the entire system to be exactly as it was when you captured the image (not just the applications and data, but the boot record, so the system is a fully working one). You can also quickly change what OS a system is running, and clone systems with the same hardware configuration.

Imaging Tutorial

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API - Application Programming Interface to add Automated Provisioning to your IT Application The LinMin API is used by customers to integrate LinMin's provisioning functionality into their applications(Control Panels, Orchestrators, etc.). Such applications include web hosting or dedicated server control panels, load balancing/system monitoring software, and other IT applications where systems need to be changed from one operating system to another, or where new systems need to be brought from a spare pool of servers into production without being touched by human hands. In fact, the end users of our customers' applications don't even know that LinMin is powering the application they're using. Perhaps you use LinMin today and don't realize it!

Application Programming Interface Tutorial

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Remote System Rescue is a very useful practice when a remote system is behaving unexpectedly and you can't physically go to the system to insert a rescue CD. LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning can easily deploy a RAM-based rescue system to enable an administrator to troubleshoot and remedy remote systems. The example below is for preparing and deploying a Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS-based rescue system.

To prepare a provisioning role with a Rescue System, follow the same steps as you would to create a regular Red Hat or CentOS provisioning role, but simply enter a kernel parameter instead of leaving it blank: it's that simple! In the example below we are using CentOS 5.4 and the MAC-Specific provisioning mode.

LinMin also makes it possible to remotely deploy Live CDs.

Rescue Systems Tutorial

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Virtualization Support: click on the links below to see the provisioning of VMware Virtual Machines. In this case, we're using "MAC-Independent", meaning OS is selected from the client and pulled down.

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