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Metal as a Service is a free software physical cloud with IPAM and bare-metal server provisioning.

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  • How to deploy Linux to 15 machines, without manually installing every single one with a USB stick?
    Another tool, maybe even more 'dedicated' for Ubuntu, would be Canonical MAAS, but I never used it personally. Source: 6 months ago
  • On perm automated repair?
    Ah, I see. Yes, that is entirely possible with some engineering effort. But then you’re building a system that behaves sort of like Kubernetes, in that it serves as an availability controller machines themselves. is probably the fastest way to get there. Source: 11 months ago
  • How many of you are running kubernetes on prem?
    Instead look at bare metal K8s solutions. I wouldn't roll your own, look at Palette ( which has Canonical MAAS integration for bare metal K8s. Source: 11 months ago
  • Stuck in a loop choosing homelab upgrade
    As it's a homelab, I do want to use it for experiments as well. I like to explore new tech, to see how it works and if it could fit my professional life as well (I work as a tech lead / architect for an semi-ecommerce store). Playing with tools like proxmox,, is fun - just because you can. But then running proxmox on some of these machines..? Source: 12 months ago
  • What OS should I run?
    I also use Ubuntu Server LTS in all my machines and it works perfectly fine, just install some utilities, check out RHEL Web Console for Ubuntu (aka cockpit) and the VM plugin (aka cockpit-machines), there is also a plugin to run containers and pods (aka cockpit-podman). You can also install MAAS wich is more related to Canonical/Ubuntu itself and uses LXC/LXD to do... Source: about 1 year ago
  • How to deploy vCenter 8 without needing to log in (ansible or CLI)
    Have you checked The documentation says is possible Source: about 1 year ago
  • Best Home Lab Hypervisor
    Wow I just found this Source: about 1 year ago
  • Clonezilla newbie, need help with mass deployment.
    Is that a imaging or backup solution that you are trying to implement, hard to say. comes to mind but not sure what is your scale. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Is there an autopilot equivalent for Ubuntu?
    MAAS can do this, and can use cloud-init as well as commissioning scripts. You can do a LOT with cloud-init, much more than most people ever end up using. Source: about 1 year ago
  • I think I took it too far… but I gotta fund my lab somehow right?
    With that much hardware, you can fancy a full "Bare Metal as a service" setup, with or likewise. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Raspberry pi server bare metal on demand over the internet is a solution for this, however idk if it natively supports raspberry pi. That would probably be proudly advertised if they did. Source: over 1 year ago
  • [HELP] PXE Boot without data loss
    I haven't setup a PXE server in a long time. There are management tools like MaaS, Collins, Cobbler, etc that deal with the provisioning of systems. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Ask HN: How do you manage on-prem servers?
    I work for Canonical so a biased +1 for MAAS (Metal As A Service). It’s got a pretty great workflow where you PXE boot an unknown server and it “commissions” it by cataloguing all its hardware specs and running some hardware tests etc and adding it to the list of available services. It’s ready to deploy through the web interface, cli or API. That installs the OS and pre configures the network and storage and adds... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Ask HN: Best way to configure Onprem DB+GPU servers?
    You could use tools such as and Ansible to setup the software on your machines in an automated way. You can buy hardware from many vendors. Maybe Dell or HP(E) websites are a easy start. You are looking for a competent sysadmin I believe, but good luck to attract one with such a small setup. It’s probably not worth the cost anyway, and perhaps a few existing people in your team should do it... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • No-touch Ubuntu 22.04 LTS bare metal autoinstalls with cloud-init and USB sticks
    I know there are solutions out there like MAAS for "at boot" / "from zero" provisioning, but I explained in another post that my goal was to simplify my approach - not add more tech stacks. Source: over 1 year ago
  • One Deployment Server/Method to rule them all? Windows/Centos7/Rocky/RHEL/MacOS
    Something like might do you for baremetal deploys. Source: over 1 year ago
  • provisioning linux on a large scale to bare metal servers.
    Haven't used it, but have heard recommended a few times. Source: over 1 year ago
  • NAT for Metal-as-a-Service (MAAS) GPU-Cloud
    I am currently working myself through setting up our new Research GPU-Cluster where we have "sort of" managed to deploy MAAS to manage all the servers more efficiently, and on top of MAAS then use Juju to deploy the further components of the cluster. The components here are. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Configuration Management tools for ESXi hosts and vcenter
    Solutions like with Ansible using baseline configurations and such. For ESX you need partial host profiles in play for some stuff to make sure vSphere is sane for deployments that large. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • Cloud-init as PXE alternative for client machines?
    You should be using MAAS ( It supports Ubuntu, CentOS, Windows, VMware ESXi and (with community help), other operating systems. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • Where do you host your personal clusters?
    Just some old school CapEx metal in the homelab spinning up Kubernetes with terraform+maas+microk8s. Source: almost 2 years ago

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