Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bare Metal Provisioning

Just saw a blog by Johan Louwers in which he speaks of moving to Oracle
Enterprise Linux by kick-starting from an image of Linux on the network:

Good decision to move to Oracle Enterprise Linux. I wonder though, did he consider using the Provisioning Pack of Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, and the "bare metal provisoning" feature which can create Linux servers out of bare metal based on a Gold image. That would have saved him from re-inventing manually what Oracle has already done with Grid Control.


Marco Gralike said...

I can't answer for Johan, bit I can imagine that some of us can't pay the price of OEM and/or some of its "packs"

Porus Homi Havewala (પોરસ હોમી હવેવાલા) said...

Marco, well, I too cant speak for Oracle, but I am sure Oracle sales people would give good discounts.
The packs are not that expensive if you think about it - you are only licensing the central Grid Control server(s) and don't have to buy pack licenses for every target database.

Johan Louwers said...

I can speek for Johan as I am him :-) So a bit on the decisions on why we used kickstart and did not use OEM and the BMP option. As you look closely to the inner workings of OEM/BMP you will find that is uses the kickstart from RedHat.

We did, before oracle came with OEM/BMP, use kickstart for a lot of new server installation so we had knowledge about kickstart ready. As we see OEM/BMP only as a 'management' tool for kickstart we decided to use kickstart only without using the OEM/BMP forefront to manage things.

Porus Homi Havewala (પોરસ હોમી હવેવાલા) said...

Thanks Johan for the clarification.


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