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The Official Ubuntu Server Book, Second Edition by Kyle Rankin, Benjamin Mako Hill

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Chapter 4Automated Ubuntu Installs

AFTER YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH the Ubuntu Server install a few times, you start to realize that you generally pick the same options for a majority of the install no matter what type of server it is. It might be OK to manually enter install options when you have a single server to set up, but what if you have ten or a hundred? At some point you start to wish you could hire an intern or build a robot to press Next for you. While this might work, Ubuntu has provided a cheaper (free) option with two automated installation methods: preseeding and Kickstart. Preseeding is derived from the Debian Linux distribution, and Kickstart has been ported from Red Hat and is often referred to as Kickseed under Ubuntu. Both have ...

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