How to deploy FreeBSD desktops ?
jschauma at netmeister.org
Tue Dec 28 05:17:08 PST 2004
Jon Drews <jon.drews at gmail.com> 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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