How to deploy FreeBSD desktops ?

Jan Schaumann jschauma at
Tue Dec 28 05:17:08 PST 2004

Jon Drews <jon.drews at> wrote:
>  Can anyone give me advice on how I should go about deploying and
> maintaining FreeBSD desktops, in a company setting? I know how to do
> it for my own FreeBSD desktop but how would I manage 30 to 50
> simultaneous installs?

Shamelessly plugging myself :-), I'd like to point out that I presented
a framework for just this at EuroBSDCon this year.  Well, not FreeBSD
desktops, but NetBSD, but the underlying principle is obviously the
same.  So you may find this paper helpful:

> Also what would be an effective way to track
> ports so that I don't inadvertently portupgrade to an unstable 
> version of software? Would I set aside one computer for tracking
> ports? That is, suppose I have Gnome 2.6.2 in use but I want to
> evaluate 2.8.0. How should I test it? Superficially, it would seem a
> simple thing but how can  I be sure that my use of 2.8.0 replicates
> what be normal usage, throughout the company?

I usually build binary versions of all my software.  I install
everything in a test-sandbox, and push the changes out to one machine if
I need to test such an upgrade.  If I have willing users, I push out the
changes from the test-sandbox to them and let them evaluate the setup
for a few days, before I update the production-sandbox and push out all


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