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FAI Reviews

FAI is a non-interactive system to install, customize and manage Linux systems

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about FAI and what they use it for.
  • How to install Debian on a completely headless machine?
    Take a look at Debian's documentation on automatic installation using FAI or the Debian installer - more details on these and other apporoaches in The Debian Administrator's Handbook. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Deploy Linux Workstations
    Fully Automated Installation, which I literally just found. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • The most efficient way to install Ubuntu on 40 Macbook Airs?
    For network-based Ubuntu installs in our environment FAI has been a great solution. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Management of Ubuntu/Debian servers?
    Bare metal install with FAI (after getting used to it, it is really quiet fast and adjustable) after initial reboot config management is handed over to salt with a highstate (i.e. Full config run) on boot-up. - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • Debian 10 preseed semi-automated install
    Not exactly an answer to your question but I’ve used FAI ( to just make dynamic images. The scripting is a bitch and the entire process is annoying, but you have control over every step of the install, the final product is an image you can install even over NetBoot and fully automatic. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Imaging a computer with no display output or USB input
    You might consider something like - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Best way to auto deploy Ubuntu servers?
    We use FAI. We also have it run our config management too, so when the machine boots it is ready for service. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Efficiency vs Hashrate? Power and Cooling?
    I am in full automated root system. FAI Besides, xmrig is the only service I have - without a hitch. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Rocky Linux releases its first release candidate
    Check out FAI [0] (Fully Automatic Installation) for something similar to kickstart but for Debian/Ubuntu. When you get into it, it is quite nice to configure. [0] - Source: Hacker News / almost 2 years ago
  • Create silent install USB stick for refurnished Laptops
    This one turns up in a quick google visit: FAI or Cobbler. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • PXE fails to download kickstart file
    But for Debian, preseed, and my personal favorite (but harder to fully learn and master) , is FAI project, which is, in my opinion, among the best. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago

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