Automating FreeBSD Installation(s)...

Forrest Aldrich forrie at
Sat Sep 18 13:11:17 PDT 2004

I've read several articles out there that address different means to 
automate (or standardize, for internal purposes) FreeBSD 
installations.   One article (which was older) spoke of scripting 
sysinstall via an install.cfg with some custom pkg modules to do 
edits.   The other, exploiting the PXE capability of the newer (Intel) NICs.

I'm interested in what people are doing now - what has had the better 
success rate, etc.    I realize this is all dependent upon one's 
environment - mine will be more ISP-related, but will require some 
flexibility for different servers.

I've also heard of people utilizing GNU CFEngine for this type of 
procedure, which I find interesting - it's a complex package, but seems 
to be very functional if you have time/patience to apply it.


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