What's New in LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning 7

The best Bare Metal Provisioning solution gets even better

Since 2008, LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning has been recognized as a superior solution for performing bare metal provisioning and bare metal imaging of servers in the data center. In addition to being able to provision Linux, Windows and hypervisors on bare metal servers, blades, VMs and PCs, LBMP also can take snapshots of physical machines and clone them to like hardware and virtual machines.

Benefiting traditional production, development, DevOps, Cloud (public, private, hybrid) and other hosting environments, LBMP's API makes it easy to integrate into orchestrators, configuration management (Puppet, Chef, Salt, Ansible, etc.) and other IT management solutions.

LBMP 6 customers with current support agreements will receive LBMP 7 at no cost.

LBMP 7 is a major re-implementation of LBMP 6 with significant new functionality & enhancements

Building on LBMP 6's robust PXE Server Suite capabilities, LinMin presents LBMP 7.

Here's what's new in LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning 7:

Select a specific LBMP functional area to review, or simply scroll down this page to see them all:


LBMP Environment and Network Configuration
New Features in LBMP 7
Comments
Runs on RHEL 7.x and CentOS 7.x
LBMP 7 is built on a robust Linux platform with a long future ahead. LBMP 6 runs on RHEL 5.x and CentOS 5.x
Does not require a dedicated Class C subnet
LBMP 7 can be installed on an existing subnet, in a slice of a class C subnet from as small as 14 IPs to the entire subnet. LBMP 6 requires a dedicated, private PXE subnet
Does not require a process orchestrator
Because of LBMP 7's flexible networking, no orchestrator is required to move Machines to be provisioned or imaged to and from production subnets
DHCP Management
In addition to providing DHCP service for PXE processing, LBMP 7 can optionally provide full DHCP service for a subnet

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Bare Metal Provisioning
New Features in LBMP 7
Comments
Linux provisioning using both Repository and ISO media
LBMP 7 introduces Linux provisioning through public mirrors and local repositories, and supports ISOs, including customer-built custom ISOs with a netboot kernel. LBMP 6 supports only generic ISO media
Provisions RHEL 5, 6 & 7
New for LBMP 7: provisioning RHEL 7.x, in addition to 5.x & 6.x. LBMP 6 provisions RHEL 5.x & 6.x.
Provisions CentOS 5, 6 & 7
New for LBMP 7: provisioning CentOS 7.x, in addition to 5.x & 6.x. LBMP 6 provisions CentOS 5.x & 6.x.
Provisions Oracle 5, 6 & 7
New for LBMP 7: provisioning Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.x, 6.x & 7.x is fully supported
Provisions Ubuntu 14.04 & 16.04 LTS
LBMP 7 fully supports provisioning of the last 2 Long Term Support (LTS) Ubuntu releases as well as the most current non-LTS 17.xx
Provisions Debian 8 (Jessie) & 9 (Stretch)
LBMP 7 fully supports provisioning of the Debian 8 and 9
Provisions Windows Server 2008, 2012 & 2016
LBMP 6 provisions only WS 2008 and WS 2012. Note: LBMP 7 support for WS 2016 will be available with an update
Provisions Windows 7, 8 & 10
LBMP 6 provisions only Windows 7 & 8. Note: LBMP 7 support for WS 2016 will be available with an update
Provisions ESXi 5.x & 6.x
LBMP 6 provisions only ESXi 5. Note: LBMP 7 support for ESXi 6 will be available with an update
Provisions Fedora 25 & 26
LBMP 7 fully supports provisioning of Fedora 25 & 26
Media Management using the GUI
LBMP 7 supports the setup of ISO and repository media using the LBMP GUI, for a more intuitive user experience
Media Descriptions
Repository and ISO media attributes can be stored in a user-editable text field: mirror/repo chararcteristics, custom ISO history & provenance, etc.
Supports Provisioning Payloads
LBMP 7 Payloads build on LBMP 6's Templates to increase provisioned content flexibility & manageability, including LinMin-supplied customer-extensible scripts
Provision Machine Descriptions
Machine (server, blade, VM, PC, appliance) attributes can be stored in a user-editable text field: vendor & model information, asset tag, CPU-RAM-Storage characteristics, etc.
Provision Payload Descriptions
Payload attributes can be stored in a user-editable text field: detailed contents of the payload, creator's name, production release status, etc.
Broad Support for Provisioned Machine IP Addressing
In addition to LBMP 6's ability to set the provisioned Machine's networking to DHCP or Static, LBMP 7 enables you to specify DHCP or Static inside or outside the PXE IP Range
GUI Provisioning Defaults
Default values can be set by the LinMin administrator for most GUI fields, reducing manual errors made by casual LBMP users
Flexible querying of Provision Machines
In addition to the browser search capability, Provision Machines can be sorted by hostname, BMP ID, MAC address, IP address and other values, making it easy to locate and group systems on the dashboard

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Bare Metal Imaging (snapshots of physical machines)
New Features in LBMP 7
Comments
Image Machine Descriptions
Machine attributes can be stored in a user-editable text field: vendor model information, CPU-RAM-Storage characteristics, etc.
Image Payload Descriptions
Payload attributes can be stored in a user-editable text field: date, source/target machine configuration, detailed contents of the payload, creator's name, etc.
GUI Imaging Defaults
Default values can be set by the LinMin administrator for most GUI fields, reducing manual errors made by casual LBMP users
Imaging Support in PXE Menu
New in LBMP 7, Machine snapshots and deployments can be user-initiated from the PXE Menu

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PXE Menu
New Features in LBMP 7
Comments
Per-Machine status of PXE Menu deployment and completion
LBMP 7 manages the state of PXE Menus deployed and/or completed, informing the LinMin administrator of the state of all Machines
PXE Menu deploys the identical Provision Payloads used in GUI/API provision-by-MAC
New with LBMP 7, Provision Payloads are interchangeable between PXE Menu and GUI/API deployments for consistent deployments and faster Dev-to-Ops transitions
Machines can be registered and unregistered between PXE Menu and GUI/API provisioning
LBMP 7 now allows the LinMin administrator to switch Machines between PXE Menu and GUI/API provision-by-MAC deployment methods
Auto-incrementing and identical hostnames
LBMP 7 now supports PXE Menu auto-incrementing hostnames (LinMin administrator selected prefix followed by the MAC's last 2 octets), as well as identical hostnames (for OEM deployments)

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Centralized Defaults Management
New Features in LBMP 7
Comments
LBMP GUI used to manage most default values
A single GUI-administered configuration page is used to manage GUI defaults for Provisioning and Imaging, greatly reducing error rates by casual LBMP users. Global LBMP default values are also now centrally managed
Provisioning GUI Defaults
Default values are pre-populated in the GUI pages used to set up Machines to be provisioned: domain, hostname, time zone, root/admin password, user name/password, IP configuration and networking values
Imaging GUI Defaults
Default values are pre-populated in the GUI pages used to set up Machines to be imaged: storage type, capture/snapshot parameters, deploy parameters
PXE Menu Defaults
Machines to be deployed with PXE Menu can have default values pre-assigned. Provisioning: domain, hostname, time zone, root/admin password, user name/password, IP configuration and networking values. Imaging: storage type, snapshot parameters, restore parameters
LBMP System-wide Defaults
GUI timeout, WAN/LAN IP, WAN/LAN DNS, Log query defaults

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