Automating bare-metal provisioning of commodity hardware

Commodity hardware is the key component for building large-scale applications, but there are some challenges.

The open source project Foreman offers complete life cycle management from deployment (PXE, non-PXE, image-based or OS installer-based) to configuration management bootstrap and inventory.
Foreman Discovery builds on PXE workflows to provide a complete and automated solution for the deployment of commodity or enterprise servers.

The lecture will present Foreman Discovery as well as various use case scenarios and challenges such as UEFI or iPXE.

Lukas Zapletal is a software engineer at Red Hat. He is active in the open source projects Fedora and The Foreman. His focus is on hardware discovery, bare-metal provisioning, non-intel architectures, PXE, SELinux, monitoring and performance.