Kickstart is an automated installation
system for Red Hat Linux
, similar to Jumpstart
, which makes the chore of configuring multiple hosts a great deal easier. Everything is controlled from one file
, which can either reside on the boot
floppy or a network drive
. This file can partition
the hard disk and configure the X
windows setup, security
, time zone
(in Red Hat 7.1 - Seawolf
and the packages
to install among other things. The final part of the config file allows the user to run any script
s or site specific setup.In Red Hat 7.1 a new kickstart configurator
has been introduced which can ease the process of developing the config file.
I have used kickstart for a while now and found it to be both a powerful and reliable tool, unfortunately not much documentation was originally available but Red Hat seem to have that covered now, the original HOWTO can still be found on most Linux doc servers although it is rather out of date now.