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From: Jan-Hendrik Zab, lastname == l3s=dot=.de
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:17 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 7. We have 7 servers installed with FAI at the moment, but every new server will
be installed via FAI.

Which version of fai are you using? 4.0.8~deb7u1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-amd64

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? All our server systems running CentOS 6/7, basically 95% of all our servers.

How do you boot your hosts? Only via network, DHCP and PXE.
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Which drivers are missing? None.
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, git.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 580K, #143
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? Web science research, L3S Research Center at the Leibniz Universität Hannover

Additional comments: At the moment we are only using shell scripts via FAI, but we are currently planning to install a configuration management tool to keep configurations updated. So far, we are considering salt and ansible.

From: anonymous
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 15:43:02 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~600
Which version of fai are you using? 4.1

Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain debian, bpo, customized kernel for 
          virtualized environments

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes, hypervisors

How do you boot your hosts? network via PXE, CD and USB stick
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No
Which drivers are missing? Blade network interfaces, raid controllers

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, SVN. The .svn dirs are copied, however :)

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 704K, 97
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 33
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl

What is the business of your company/organisation? Healthcare

Additional comments: Installing the software backend of our product: a distributed system.

From: Bernhard Glomm
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 14:33:30 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 60 instances at kinemathek that run permanently
              Many many more with short living projects just 5 to 10 virtual instances for tests

Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.8ubuntu5
Which version are you using as your install kernel?  plain ubuntu vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic on amd64 system
  just now I'm working on setting up a second nfsroot to be able to install i686 kernel... kross fingers 
 
Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? server, cluster nodes, notebooks
    - server, both virtual and metal
    - storage cluster nodes
    - got a profile for notebooks too

How do you boot your hosts?
 via network (PXE, DHCP): mostly
          from USB stick: want to do that in near future
 
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing? none
 
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? git
 
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 712K, 96
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 32

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell in config/scripts, Later I use cfengine3

What is the business of your company/organisation? film museum and a environmental research organisation
   formerly www.kinemathek.de, now www.ecologic.eu

Additional comments: installing production and test systems To be honest I do not very much with fai, most important is the individual formating and installing of different base systems. The general configuration and installation of additional software, also update/upgrade I do with cfengine3

From: Roland Dieterich, lastname mpipz dot mpg.de
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:48:18 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 80
Which version of fai are you using? 4.0.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
    servers (virtual and physical), desktops, cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts?  via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes (git) 
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 24M, 974 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 523

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation? science/research, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

From: anonymous
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:07:43 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai?  100 on 1gbit network all at once (30 minutes total)
Which version of fai are you using? 4.1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 
    plain Debian kernel with lustre,ofed(mellanox) modules

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? frontends, cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP) with IPMI
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes (git)
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 259M, mostly all in the files subdirectory
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 32
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, puppet, expect

What is the business of your company/organisation? High Performance Computing , HPC

Additional comments: We have also an internal FAI install server with syslinux menu that deploy frontends,nodes (centos,debian,redhat) entirely configured with HPC clusters software (mpi, infiniband(mellanox/intel), lustre ecc ecc) We use fai for deployment and puppet for tiny customization on all nodes For large update we use fai softupdate. We use Fai sysinfo like rescue boot

From: René Bleisch, lastname climate =at= unibe dot TLD for schweiz
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:33:24 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 30
Which version of fai are you using? 4.0.6
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Debian wheezy plain

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Linux workstations

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? atheros network card drivers, evtl. audio drivers
        (I sometimes have problems with getting sound)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, svn
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 107M, 365 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 199 files
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl

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What is the business of your company/organisation? University, Climate and Environmental Physics Group, Univ. Bern

Additional comments: I use it to install all workstations of our Linux network, because its very easy and fast to do lots of installations.

From: Jurrie Overgoor, info == narrowxpres = nl
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:21:51 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 30+ and counting
Which version of fai are you using? FAI 3.4.8ubuntu2
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Debian kernel (stable)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Digital signage systems

How do you boot your hosts?
  From USB stick. I give the hostname at the Grub boot prompt, and Fai 
  does the rest (by choosing the correct files and classes)

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes. I use a NDiS 125-L right now. 

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, Subversion

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 60 MB, #211
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 145
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Shell mainly, and some Perl.

What is the business of your company/organisation? digital signage solution provider, narrowXpres.nl

Additional comments: I really like the fact that I can do an USB install and just give the hostname - then I can walk away. The client installs, reboots, synchronizes, and off it goes :)

From: Sven Schumacher, lastname tfd uni=minus=hannover dot=de
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:51:32 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? >50
Which version of fai are you using? 4.0.6
Which version are you using as your install kernel? linux-kernel-amd64 (debian)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Clusternodes, Workstation-PCs (dual boot), Servers

How do you boot your hosts?
  via network (PXE, DHCP): yes, all of them
             using FAI-CD: no
           from USB stick: no

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes, it does.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not at the moment, but in future: yes
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 516kB, #93
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 18
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell mainly

What is the business of your company/organisation? Higher Education, Institute of Turbomachinery and Fluid-Dynamics 

From: Steffen Eichler, name1.name2 @ stayfriends.com
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:13:29 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 700+
Which version of fai are you using? live 3.4.7, migration to 4.0.7 ongoing.

Which version are you using as your install kernel? For squeeze installations 3.1.0-grml64.
      For wheezy debian plain kernel.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? All servers.

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? Network card drivers for actual servers.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes (subversion)
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? squeeze 492K, #16
How many files do you have in ../config/files?  squeeze #16
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? puppet

What is the business of your company/organisation? social network platform, StayFriends GmbH

Additional comments: We are running a very basic setup to perform the basic partitioning and minimal OS installation; the rest is managed by puppet.

From: Michael van Appeldorn
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:36:54 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~350
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel?  plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Servers for web, mail, scality, proxy, storage, queue and monitoring

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing? none

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes: SVN
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 28M, 346 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 209

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl, expect

What is the business of your company/organisation? social networking site

Additional comments: FAI saved us hundreds of hours for installation :)

From: Frank Steinberg
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2013 11:25:48 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? approx. 200
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.8 (Ubuntu raring)
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Ubuntu

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktop PCs, various servers, virtual machines, cloud nodes

How do you boot your hosts? PXE
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? everything is fine, except for some nVidia trouble
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? not yet
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 3MB in 333 files (except files/opt)
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 251 (plus 64000 files in files/opt which is rsynced by a script)
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? bash shell scripts

What is the business of your company/organisation? research and higher education,
TU Braunschweig, Institut für Betriebssysteme und Rechnerverbund

Additional comments: Meanwhile we use FAI for our Ubuntu 13.10 setup.

From: Andreas Sindermann, sinder ä thp döt uni-koeln de
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 11:00:10 +0200 (MEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 75
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.8ubuntu2
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 3.2.0-32-generic-pae

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktop machines, no servers

How do you boot your hosts?  PXE+DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing?  none
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?  54M, 111 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files?  59

What types of scripts are you using for local customization?  mostly shell, very little cfengine/perl
What is the business of your company/organisation? Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne

Additional comments: We are buying standard hardware with nvidia based graphics adapter (not too new) so no driver issues occur.

From: Nils Schroeder nils dotschroeder =cewecol o r dotde>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:39:52 +0000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 50 to 100. We install all our new servers since 2 years with fai.
Which version of fai are you using? 4.0.6
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? All kind of webservers and application servers 
   (frontend and backend) for our dc. We have a few standard plattformprofiles we use to install with fai.
   So OS, users, monitoring and some site specific stuff is in place. We use these installed hosts as a
   start point to install the actual services. For our big platforms we have FAI profiles as well.

How do you boot your hosts? PXE boot, dhcp server gives hostnames and IPs by preconfigured mac adresses.
   New Hostname decides which classes fai shoud install.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes, though we had some trouble with one raid card.
Which drivers are missing? None

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?  No,
    it is not volatile enough and only one person is managing changes. So we do not see any need for versioncontrol.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 3,3 MB  and 47 Scripts.
             Only scripts and a few binarys (mostly for custom monitoring).
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 5
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell (bash) and python

What is the business of your company/organisation? We are europes leading photofinisher CEWE COLOR AG. 
    You can buy out products at our business partners like DM, Müller, Amazon and a lot more. 

Additional comments: Doing the base install of our new servers for our datacenter.

From: Steve Jahl, j a h l csail dot mit,edu
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2013 11:14:38 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Several hundred
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17 and 3.4.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel?
    - Debian installs use the Debian 3.2 kernel from squeeze-backports
    - Ubuntu installs use the 3.2 kernel from the 12.04 LTS release

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
    All hosts running linux are being installed with FAI. This ranges from desktops,
    to the hardware compute nodes in our Openstack cloud and everything in between.

How do you boot your hosts? We boot our hosts via PXE/DHCP. We also have a netboot CD for cases where this isn't possible.
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing?
    - The default install kernel for Ubuntu has recognized all hardware that I've tried to install.
    - The default install kernel for Debian was missing the latest versions of the broadcom drivers.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?
    - We manage our newer config space with git, and older config space with SVN.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 
    - Ubuntu: 236K, #89
    - Debian: 16M, #1197

How many files do you have in ../config/files?
    - Ubuntu: 22
    - Debian: 987

What types of scripts are you using for local customization?
    - For Debian, we use shell scripts, and some file copying that's munged with cfengine a bit. We've migrated
      to Puppet for Ubuntu hosts. Configuration for puppet includes running a few shell scripts that add local
      Facter facts to /etc/facter/facts.d based on the FAI_CLASSES of the machine, and then starts a chroot'ed
      puppet agent run. As a result, the Ubuntu/puppet based FAI setup requires much less scripting and file
      copying, so the config tree is drastically smaller.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Higher education & research: MIT CSAIL
         MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Additional comments: We use FAI for all linux installations. I believe we started with FAI in the Debian Lenny release cycle, and the transition to Ubuntu has been very seamless. We investigated the Razor Project since it's what Puppet Labs recommends (https://github.com/puppetlabs/Razor/wiki), but the FAI Nfsroot and class-based setup provides a lot more flexibility (particularly when it comes to installing later kernel versions and hardware drivers), so we stuck with FAI.

From: Harald Staub, firstname . lastname @switch .ch>
Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:08:10 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 90 
Which version of fai are you using? normally from current Debian stable, also from Debian testing when late in cycle

Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? server hardware, VM templates

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? sometimes it was necessary to use backports or testing

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 2.4M, 819
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 593

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? SWITCH

internet services for the Swiss universities, registry for domain names ending in .ch and .li
Additional comments: number of indirectly installed systems is not included above (VMs based on templates that in turn are made with fai) (maybe 200). See also our last FAI questionnaire from 2004-09-01


From: Tobias Kreilos, firstname dot lastname @ physik.uni dash marburg de
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:00:24 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 14
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.8

Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Debian Wheezy (3.2)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
  via network (PXE, DHCP): 8
             using FAI-CD: 6

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Which drivers are missing? None
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not yet

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 1.4G, 93 files (including some proprietary software
    that gets automatically installed)
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 41
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? Working group at physics departement of university of Marburg

Additional comments: It took some time to set it up, but now installing and updating became so easy :)

From: Paolo Miotto = paolo. miotto @at@ uniud dot it
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:01:00 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~40, ~30 production hosts, ~10 development hosts
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7 and working (slowly) on wheezy migration
Which version are you using as your install kernel?  plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? H/A Clusters nodes, standalone servers
How do you boot your hosts? all hosts (physical and Xen PV) are installed via network.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing?  All hardware are recognized, only firmware from non-free is needed for
   some of them.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?  Yes, under SVN, planning to switch to git

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?  ~10M in 1.300 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? ~600
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell script

What is the business of your company/organisation? educational: University of Udine's computer center

From: anonymous math.fau.de
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:52:22 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~200
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.8ubuntu2
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 3.2.0-33-generic ubuntu kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops (server)
How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? hp-netxen (for hp dl585 g7)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes hg
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 8.9M, #1138
How many files do you have in ../config/files? #1052

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? puppet

What is the business of your company/organisation? education, Depmartment Mathematik FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg

From: Katarzyna Myrek, katarz y n a == myrek = pl, michal dot dwuznik notdotbut@ g m a i l.c o m
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:24:56 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About a hundred
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Vanilla Debian Squeeze kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops, 5 flavours (different hardware and software used)

How do you boot your hosts? Via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Mostly.
Which drivers are missing? Drivers for Intel ethernet cards.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 15GB as of yet
How many files do you have in ../config/files? Lots of.

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Bash scripts for linux part, chntpw+ntfsclone for MS Windows part.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education
AGH University of Science and Technology and Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science

Additional comments: (What follows is written by Katarzyna Myrek, agreed upon by the parties involved, with K.M and M.D. remarks marked below when needed) My bachelor's degree thesis in 'applied computer science' is based on FAI - the title translated to English is (sorry, looong one): 'Design and deployment of an automated system to install, configure, upgrade and recover operating systems within WFiIS (the faculty) computer lab environment' Some details below. Michal Dwuznik is one of my tutors (and a de facto happy coworker rather than a teacher, by his own words). Deployment and disaster recovery of operating systems in faculty computer labs, ranging from old machines serving 'linux for dummies' classes, through 'network lab' to 'Sound processing/graphics lab'. Extension to 'nuclear electronics and particle detectors' and 'biometrics' lab is foreseen as well. For most of the labs there's a common NFS /home for users + NIS server handling the accounts database for Linux part and Novell eDirectory serving the same purpose on Windows. M.D.:Legacy NIS to be replaced by LDAP+KRB5 combo as soon as possible (fingers crossed) The machines involved are dual-boot -> there's a new set of actions created by me for cloning 'known good' windows installations to the 'image server' as well as ones for 'golden image'->workstation recovery (ntfsclone with the needed registry  changes done by chntpw) M.D:The Windows part of the deployment with no WDS around is blood, sweat and tears (and working really nice afterwards) The software included in the installs in various places (other than 'typical Debian stable desktop install') contains: 1)Linux side a) local gizmos: NIS, NFS /home, monitoring, SSH keys to access the running hosts, faculty wallpapers and GDM theme, etc. b) 'IDE' group(and class as well)-> recent versions of eclipse, netbeans, QTSDK, Codeblocks, CUDA toolkit, MPI... c) 'HEP' software -> CERN ROOT Object Oriented Toolkit, GEANT4 d) 'IC design' group -> Cadence environment from Europractice, Xilinx tools 2)included in Windows installs (in 'golden images' deployed on the workstations): a) Novell Zenworks environment integration b) Matlab/Mathematica/CFD packages c) lots of software in Zenworks containers -> MS Office, web browsers, 'everyday utilities' 3)virtualization tools for both Windows and Linux to serve as VM host platforms for various 'special needs' -> disposable VMs with root access for some classes, VMs tailored for some legacy software needs, tools to connect to remote lab equipment. M.D.: Cadence/EUROPRACTICE install - full range of ASIC development tools + various design kits (can't name them all due to NDAs) was pretty hard part, too... Close cooperation with IC design experts made it possible (ASICs designed here were/are/will be used in various applications -> from neurobiology experiments through X-ray diffractometry to high energy physics experiments) Lab use of that requires quite some effort to run software packages certified for various RHEL versions to run on _one_ Debian, plus some logging/firewalling/scripting to reach the license servers and in the same time comply with non-disclosure-agreements. The future extension of the aforementioned system to include 'electronics' labs will probably bring even more software packages, and many more licensing and security issues...

From: Denny Schierz, linuxmail lin net
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:23:56 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? At the moment, round about 20 hosts
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel?  Custom 3.3.x kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Vmware ESX VMs with Squeeze for Bachelor students, 
          servers for Print/Web/Backup/Icinga ....

How do you boot your hosts? PXE/DHCP via ISC dhcpserver / dnsmasq, SPARC ALOM Network
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? 
     The default Debian kernel has a bug with mdadm partitions, which
     produces a lot of noise in syslog
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not at the moment, but planed with Puppet
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 792K / 118 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 51
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? University, Department of Computer Science, Technical University of Darmstadt 

Additional comments: We have Fai installed in a VM which let us install SPARC (v215/v245) in the same way, like every X86 host (but with Alom instead of PXE and customized partition setup). Also we have Bacula on the backup side, so that we can in the emergency case reinstall the broken client and push the latest backup back. Also on the todo list: Use Puppet for the configuration files and create a clone from the whole production environment for testing purposes.

From: Christopher Huhn, hpc gsi de
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:43:24 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Many since 2005, currently we have about 2000 nodes running.

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1 and 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Mostly plain Debian kernel, custom kernels for our Lustre servers.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? clusters, servers, desktops and some notebooks
   Basically all of these including batch clusters with ~ 15k cores, Lustre storage
   clusters with  >200 servers and  >4 PB net storage, central servers for
   DNS,DHCP,mail web etc. desktops and some notebooks all running Debian.


How do you boot your hosts?
  via network (PXE, DHCP): This is the default.
             using FAI-CD: Virtual FAI-CD images mounted via Samba and
                           IPMI BMCs - until we managed to PXE-boot via Infiniband.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing?
   Intel 10Gbit Ethernet modules are sometimes too old. We create custom packages
   with newer modules then.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, SVN and Git.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 5 MB, 538
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 78

What types of scripts are you using for local customization?
  We only do the base install with FAI (formatting, package install and
  configuration management system bootstrapping) and let Cfengine2 and/or Chef
  take over for the continuous configuration management afterwards.
  The config space for these tools is therefore much larger.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Non-profit research institute. GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

Additional comments: FAI serves us very well since many years now. Picture of one cluster

From: Sebastien Varrette, first . lastname @ uni.lu
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 11:37:25 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 151
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Beowulf cluster computing nodes

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? bnx2 (from non-free package firmware-bnx2)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 420M, 243
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 122
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell 

What is the business of your company/organisation? education, University of Luxembourg

Additional comments: We are using FAI to deploy the computing nodes of our clusters (pictures)

From: Olaf Ohlenmacher, olf == obda. dddeee
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 20:17:29 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 7 as yet
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? servers only (different standard services)

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? firmware-bnx2 (for Broadcom Network cards)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, using git
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 477M, 110 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? #50
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? bash, cfengine, perl

What is the business of your company/organisation? government

Additional comments: We are using FAI since about four months for installation. The installation base is quite small yet. But I think it will increase rapidly ;-) You have done some quit good work!

From: Liane Siebert, arch dot siebert ===vienna onedotagain at
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:47:47 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 20 ASAP
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, mailserver

How do you boot your hosts? PXE
 via network (PXE, DHCP): fixed	addr., DHCP for guests only	

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes	
Which drivers are missing? none
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? still under construction
How many files do you have in ../config/files?	   still under construction
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? bash

What is the business of your company/organisation? architecture office, Architekturbüro Siebert

Additional comments: Final aim: Machines normally can boot and work without FAI, because no FAT-server is online otherwise all machines are building a cluster with diskless terminals for graphical work, next VM qemu is planned

From: Steffen Knauf, SKnauf X chip=DE
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:06:20 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Round about 400 hosts
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Customized 3.X Kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? All type of servers, e.g. webserver, databaseserver....

How do you boot your hosts?: PXE/DHCP
Do you manage your configuration space under version control?: Yes, using Subversion
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 2,9MB / 459 Files
How many files do you have in ../config/files?: 232
What types of scripts are you using for local customization?: Shell,Perl,cfengine. We plan to use puppet in the future.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Media, CHIP Xonio Online GmbH

Additional comments: We use different FAI_ETC_DIR directories and nfsroots for Lenny and Squeeze, but the same config space. Thanks for your great work!

From: Philipp Gasteiger, Xgasteiger Xmunichx Xde
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:37:05 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~10
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops, Notebooks, Web Server, Mail Server

How do you boot your hosts? Network
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes!
Which drivers are missing? None

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes with Git
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 10 MB, #75
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 36

What is the business of your company/organisation? Online Services, munichx e.K.

Additional comments: Thanks for the good Software, our team likes it a lot and it makes installations much easier!

From: Michael Fladerer
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 18:12:27 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~50
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, notebooks, web server, mail server, NFS server

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? All necessary for installation.
Which drivers are missing? None.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not yet.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 2.7MB, 214 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 83
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education, R & D, Institue of Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering

From: Antonio RUSSO, antonio-externe.russo -edf- Xfr
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:06:16 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 
    We have installed 7 clusters using FAI :
    - Vil1 : 36 hosts
    - Vil3 : 20 hosts
    - Tre1 : 132 hosts
    - Tre2 : 130 hosts
    - Clamart2 : 275 hosts
    - Ivanoé (calcul nodes diskless) : 12 hosts
    - Aster4: 54 hosts

Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Custom build kernel 2.6.32

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
- cluster nodes
- NFS servers
- Puppet Master servers
- Torque/Maui servers
- SLURM servers
- Web, NTP and mail servers


How do you boot your hosts?
  The first server is installed using a USB disk, the others are 
  installed via network (DHCP + GPXE)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, using Subversion.

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Shell + Puppet after the installation

== For the Aster4 cluster (this is the most complex configuration)  
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 29MB, #633
How many files do you have in ../config/files? #439

What is the business of your company/organisation? Energy, EDF S.A. - Électricité de France

Additional comments: We use FAI for the installation and for backup/restore system images using a hook.

From: Solomon Matthews, Solomon dotMatthews att=riotintoDOT.com
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 12:54:53 +1000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~20
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Debian kernel.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops, web server (intranet), assorted servers to support software
   development, build machines.

How do you boot your hosts? Network.
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? All necessary for the installation
Which drivers are missing? None

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, with Git.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?  9.0M, #50
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 20

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? CFengine, Python
   CFengine (installed as part of FAI builds)
   Python (custom CFengine modules and config scripts used in FAI installations)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Mining, Rio Tinto

Additional comments: Thanks for the quick reply, and for your excellent software. My team develops software for surface mining automation, we currently use FAI to build hosts to support software development and trial deployments.

From: Thomas Leitner
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 16:47:40 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Around Around 250 host.
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.5ubuntu3
Which version are you using as your install kernel? custom build kernel 2.6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops and cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Everything works fine.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 
   Don't know since the FAI server is actually maintained by someone
   else. We are using a custom built frontend that uses FAI for
   installing Linux on the backend side.

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Shell and perl scripts for
  FAI initiated customization. But most configuration is done after the installation via puppet.


What is the business of your company/organisation? Education, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna

From: Alexander Swen
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 17:14:00 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? currently: 4, counting, will grow fast. 
   in experimental phase at the moment.
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Debian 2.6.32-5-amd64

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? application and db servers

How do you boot your hosts? network pxe/dhcp
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no, had to install firmware-bnx2
Which drivers are missing? firmware-bnx2
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, github
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 400k, #58
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? puppet

What is the business of your company/organisation? Nedap Healthcare

From: anonymous
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 17:56:16 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 200+
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.2ubuntu1~lucid1~ppa1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Ubuntu kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? All types of servers

How do you boot your hosts? PXE/DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? < 1MB
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 47
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? System design/integration in the HPC world

Additional comments: FAI is a great piece of software. I really like it's flexibility. Thanks a lot for your work.

From: Syd Alsobrook, syd | ittagteam dod= com
Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 11:44:18 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 20+
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Debian 2.6.32-5-686

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Physical and virtual server

How do you boot your hosts? PXE and FAI-CD
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Which drivers are missing? None yet

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, git
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 312K, 38 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 7
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell and cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation? IT Tag Team, Inc.

Additional comments: Deploying internal and client systems.

From: Steffen Eichler, StayFriends, Germany
Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 13:54:54 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? several hundred (and counting)
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? database servers, application servers, Xen hosts (Dom0)

How do you boot your hosts? via network: PXE, DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? mostly, yes 
Which drivers are missing? sometimes problems with broadcom network cards

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes (subversion)

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?
	-> etch 6,3MB, #64
	-> lenny 1,4MB, #59
	-> squeeze 388KB, #14

How many files do you have in ../config/files?
find files ! -type d | grep -v svn|grep -v cvs|wc -l
	-> etch = 13
	-> lenny = 13
	-> squeeze = 14

What is the business of your company/organisation? social network platform, StayFriends GmbH

Additional comments: We are running a very basic setup to perform the basic partitioning and minimal OS installation; the rest is managed by puppet. Additional sites we host: http://www.trombi.com/ http://www.stayfriends.se/ http://www.stayfriends.at/ http://www.stayfriends.ch/ http://www.abschlusszeit.de/ http://www.stayfriends.com/

From: Hans-Gerd van Schelve, LVM Versicherung, Germany
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:01:16 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 10.000
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.4lvm21
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Linux 2.6.32-24-generic-pae i686

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops and notebooks

How do you boot your hosts? DHCP / PXE
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, bazaar
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 788K, 93 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 25
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? we have added some shell based scripts

What is the business of your company/organisation? LVM Versicherung is a german insurance company.

Additional comments: We are using FAI for installation of our Ubuntu based desktop systems. We did some modifications to implement our own software deployment solution. This way we are able to install each system with the software that the user needs.

From: anonymous
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 21:47:09 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~32000  in batches of ~30 to ~700 with each go
Which version of fai are you using? most current one i.e. 3.4.7 as of April 2011
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel and custom ones depending on
                                                    use case; ~70% plain Debian/CentOS/Fedora though

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? dedicated servers and shared hosting platform 
      e.g. NAS drives and cluster nodes using Supermicro/Dell/IBM gear; sometimes office setups

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP and custom infrastructure management using IBM software written for us

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? most of the time all works
   (Dell and Supermicro hardware); if not we customize until it does

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, git
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? from ~ 160 MiB to ~3.2 GiB depending on use case
How many files do you have in ../config/files? from ~230 to ~650 depending on use case

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? custom python framework

What is the business of your company/organisation? hosting provider, financial industry
		                                          quantitative analysis and data modellling


From: Frank Doelitzscher, doelitz :ad: hs - furtwangen .de
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:04:08 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 100+
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel 2.6.x

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Cloud VMs, Debian based, minimal and desktop systems

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
   Yes and No. We needed a special bios version for the virtual network
   card kvm is using.
Which drivers are missing? Bios file for network card model type = "rtl8139"
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, svn.
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, expect

What is the business of your company/organisation? Research institute at Hochschule Furtwangen University

Additional comments: We used FAI to provide students with preconfigured virtual machines (VMs). FAI enabled us to deliver this without maintaining a lot of different VM images, based on the software installed. Poster of our architecture.

From: Dirk Sandbrink, Uni Münster
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011 12:42:44 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 60
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.7
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing? none

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, using bzr
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 4.4M, 594 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 372
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? mostly shell, some cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation?  Institute for Theoretical Physics, WWU Münster

From: Frederik Wagner = Frederik .Wagner @physik dot uni minus muenchen. de
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 13:31:49 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ca. 400
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.2 (ubuntu lucid)
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Ubuntu karmic/lucid kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, cluster nodes, server base installations

How do you boot your hosts? PXE/DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes so far
Which drivers are missing? none

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? currently not
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? ~20MB in 4600 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? ~4400

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell (very few cfengine)

What is the business of your company/organization? Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univesitaet Munich

What is the business of your company/organisation?

Additional comments: We are deploying all our Ubuntu workstations completely with FAI. Servers only receive their base installation through FAI. We are migrating to a reduced/minimal FAI installation for all systems. The main configuration work is going to be processed by Puppet.

From: Mark Eisenblaetter, mark doot eisenblaetter gm ail dooot c o m
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:59:34 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 50  so far, mosly virtual machines

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Debian Lenny 64bit

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? HP servers and VMs, but mostly VMs (using VMware)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Streaming, encoding mainly for broadcasting stations
    special audio/video project, media center, live recording systems,...
    G&L Geißendörfer & Leschinsky GmbH

Additional comments: Mostly for installing the base system, when implementing FAI (Installation and Configuration Management) i was fixed on supporting most *inx- Systems. So I use FAI for installation and CFengine for configuration. I will try to move from Debian tu Ubuntu in the future, but there is no timetable yet.

From: Kai Wilke, kiste===netzworkk===de
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 02:21:24 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ca. 25
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel 2.6.26-1

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktop Clients, DVD for MainServer

How do you boot your hosts? DHCP, server installation using FAI-DVD
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes.
Which drivers are missing? None.
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No, not yet.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 644 KByte, #140
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 63

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, cfengine and scripts (Zshell).

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education, SBB in Hamburg

From: anonymous
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:31:44 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Round about,  >= 350 hosts and it's increasing

Which version of fai are you using? 	3.4.3ubuntu1~lucid1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? vmlinuz-2.6.32-25-server 
		(from Ubuntu Lucid with changes to live-initramfs)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? webserver, mailserver, tomcat application servers etc. 
                everything which has linux on it.

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, Bazaar-NG (aka bzr)
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 200K, 50 Files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 2
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, python, puppet

What is the business of your company/organisation? desktop collaboration 

Additional comments: Nice pictures.

From: Frederik Konietzny, f r k o = fr.ed.eri.k.k.on.iet.z.ny = de
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 10:33:30 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 300 (200 at company A, 100 at company B)
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.5
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 2.6.32-bpo.5-amd64

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes, web and mail server

How do you boot your hosts?  PXE, DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Which drivers are missing? none
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes (mercurial)

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 493K, #123
How many files do you have in ../config/files?   0

What types of scripts are you using for local customization?  shell, perl, cfengine, chef

What is the business of your company/organisation? Web analytics and tracking

From: andrew bezella, abezella a r c h i v e org
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 14:51:16 -0800
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 200 and rising
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.5ubuntu3
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain ubuntu kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes, miscellaneous infrastructure servers

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 616K, 97 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 17 files
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell and cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation? non-profit, digital library, Internet Archive

Additional comments: FAI is used to partition and format the disks and lay down a base install. As the final step in fai's install process, cfengine is called to configure the operating system.

From: Jan Westendorf
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2010 15:24:00 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 273 hosts (100 Debian)
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.2 for Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Ubuntu 10.04: 2.6.32-25-generic, Ubuntu 10.10: 2.6.35-22-generic

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops, servers, also notebooks in the future

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? We had problems with our Dell server
   with the bnx2 nic/driver (we had to rebuild the initrd)
Which drivers are missing? bnx2

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, SVN
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 335 MB
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, cfengine and a little bit of expect and perl

What is the business of your company/organisation? Research Centre DESY
    DESY is one of the world's leading centres for the investigation of the structure of matter

Additional comments: We are using FAI for installation management for Debian ( 3.0 / 4.0 old ) and Ubuntu ( 8.04 32bit / 9.04 32bit / 9.10 32bit / 10.04 32bit / 64bit / 10.10 64bit )

From: Josselin Mouette, josselin dot mouette = edf fr
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:00:28 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~1000 workstations, 500+ cluster nodes

Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.4, 3.1.8, 3.2.17

Which version are you using as your install kernel? lenny, squeeze: plain Debian kernel
        etch: backported 2.6.26 or 2.6.32 kernel from lenny/squeeze

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, laptops, infrastructure servers, cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts?
 via network (PXE, DHCP): for cluster nodes
	  from USB stick: with a custom build

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
        We make it so, usually by backporting more recent kernels from Debian.
Which drivers are missing? Usually WiFi, sometimes SATA or GigE.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, SVN.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? A couple MB, < 100 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? Not much.
        The bulk of the configuration is managed through
        configurationpackages. Software selection is managed through a
        set of ca. 100 metapackages.

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Configuration packages, using custom scripts and cfengine.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Energy, EDF - Électricité de France

Additional comments: We use a custom-built CD to boot our install clients, except for cluster nodes. The CD embarks the kernel and an initrd with a config script asking a couple of questions and setting up variables used later on by FAI scripts & hooks. Thanks to syslinux/isolinux we use the same build to make bootable USB keys. We also make a bootable USB hard drive containing a full Debian mirror along with the FAI NFSROOT and configspace; a standalone install media.

From: Markus Wigge, wigge === beuth-hochschule ==de
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:40:03 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 6 so far, more to come.

Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.5 from fai-project repository because the original
   Debian version 3.2.17 does not support custom repository keys yet.

Which version are you using as your install kernel? 
   - Citrix XenServer Kernel provided on xs-tools CD
   - plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? VM Server, Hardware Server

How do you boot your hosts?
  - PXE
  - direkt execution by XenServer

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yep
Which drivers are missing? no probs so far.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? not yet, maybe if more people need access.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 248k, #36
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 7
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education, Beuth Hochschlue für Technik Berlin - HRZ

Additional comments: The main reason for FAI was to simplify installations. I knew kickstart from my former company and needed s.th. similar for debian. Yes, FAI is ways more flexible.

From: anonymous, info this-ad-thing wh-netz. de
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 20:47:57 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 16
Which version of fai are you using? actual 3.3.2ubuntu1~ppa1, we will upgrade to 3.4.2ubuntu1~maverick1~ppa1 

Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain ubuntu 2.6.31

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops
How do you boot your hosts?
 via network (PXE, DHCP): Yes
            using FAI-CD: No
	  from USB stick: No

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 1020K, #176
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 111
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? mainly shell


What is the business of your company/organisation? WH-Netz e.V. Verein für Technologietransfer und Netzwerksicherheit

Additional comments: We use fai to install our working pc's with the latest Ubuntu.

From: Andreas Hirczy, ahi =@=itp .=tugraz dot=at
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 09:54:12 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? over all ~200 installations, currently running ~100

Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.5
Which version are you using as your install kernel? custom build kernel 2.6.32.7 and 2.6.35.x and grml kernel 2.6.33

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, cluster nodes, notebooks, server: 
							web, mail, AFS, Kerberos (experimental)

How do you boot your hosts?
 via network (PXE, DHCP): preferred
            using FAI-CD: none
	  from USB stick: only when PXE does not work with
                          the network adapter

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
 
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, subversion - might change to git in the future

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 126 kB, 55 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 6 files
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl, cfengine2

What is the business of your company/organisation? education and research, Graz University of Technology,
    Institute of Theoretical and Computational Physics

Additional comments: I perform only a very basic installation for workstations: the install target is text mode only, with openssh-server, cfengine2, krb5, and AFS client working. I have quite a bit of cfengine and perl scripting to complete this to either a workstation or a computing node. Servers install allmost to a deployment ready state. Currently I am working an automating notebook installs - including desktop environment and power-management. This work should later improve our desktop installation.

From: Chris Jewell = chris .jewell nodot warwick dot ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:59:18 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 7
Which version of fai are you using? 3.4.2ubuntu1~lucid1~ppa1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Ubuntu Lucid 2.6.32-24-server

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Cluster execution nodes


How do you boot your hosts?  PXE
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?  No
Which drivers are missing? Broadcom NetExtreme (bnx2.ko)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?  No, but probably should, and will soon!
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 576k
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 32
What types of scripts are you using for local customization?  shell, cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation? Department of Statistics, University of Warwick.  

Additional comments: We use FAI to standardise our cluster node installations for a small Departmental cluster (picture) here at Warwick. We find this preferable to disk imaging as we occasionally add new nodes, and so end up with a heterogeneous cluster. In general, I would say that I find FAI pretty powerful. My only criticism would be that it is sometimes difficult to migrate to new versions: for example, I had to re-write my fai/config directory just recently during a system upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04 to 10.04. Other than that, it has been fairly painless, apart from a lot of work choosing which packaged to install on my execution nodes! Many thanks for your hard work on what looks to be a very promising, useful, and long lived project.

From: Frank Groetzner
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:55:45 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 50
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? base-installation for servers later configured by puppet

How do you boot your hosts? PXE
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? firmware-bnx2

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 30 files, 196K
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 5
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? puppet, shell, perl, expect

What is the business of your company/organisation? Customer Care Services

Additional comments: We use FAI only for the base-installation, detect disk-layout, setting up standarized partitioning, configure raid - and install puppetd which does the whole configuration work for us

From: Jonathan McCune, jonmccune = c m u d o t e d u>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:07:55 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 33
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.2ubuntu1~ppa1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 2.6.31-22.60

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? All HP 8530p or Lenovo T400 laptops.

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Which drivers are missing? None

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Did in 2009.  Didn't bother in 2010.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 119M, 39
    Two custom kernel .deb's consume about 47MB.
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 15
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Mostly shell, a couple of cfengine.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Cybersecurity research and education center, CyLab

Additional comments: To manage lab environment for the Trusted Infrastructure Workshop (TIW) Works pretty well.

From: Mike Adolphs, mike dod adolphs == xing dod com
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:26:52 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 300-400 servers so far

Which version of fai are you using? 2.X and 3.X releases
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian vanilla kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Any hosts located in our data centers
    including app, db, search, worker and number crunching servers


How do you boot your hosts? PXE
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Which drivers are missing?
   Works quite well so far on current hardware. We've had some problems
   with IBM HS20 Blades, which required to build a custom kernel, but that's history.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Sure, subversion although we're git fans as well.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?
   2.0: 15 Mb Debian vanilla kernel, #698
   3.0: 2 Mb (work just begun), #128

How many files do you have in ../config/files?
   2.0: 550
   3.0: 62

What is the business of your company/organisation? business network, XING AG

From: Olivier Chaze, eloquant
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:18:34 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 20
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.5
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 2.6.33-grml

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Production servers and development servers 

How do you boot your hosts? From USB stick
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? 2.6.33-grml yes !

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No 
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 14Mb, 64 files 
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 23 files 

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell 

What is the business of your company/organisation? Voice Services (VoiceXML hosting), Contact Center Solution, Eloquant

Additional comments: We make a install average once a month. We need unstable debian to recognize the hardware. So we had a lot of differences between two manual installations of unstable debian with bugs and surprises. Now with FAI and a local Debian mirror everything is under control. Thanks a lot !

From: anonymous
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 10:33:27 -0700
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 1500
Which version of fai are you using? we've upgraded over the last two years, currently 3.2.17~lenny1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Current plain Debian kernel from Lenny

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? data warehouse cluster nodes, web servers,
       infrastructure servers like LDAP/DNS/FAI/SVN/cfengine/NTP

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE + DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, SVN
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 3 MB
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 10

What types of scripts are you using for local customization?  Very little customization happens at FAI/install time,
    mostly it happens with cfengine afterwards.

What is the business of your company/organisation? We're an advertising network.
      We serve text-based ads on the internet over HTTP.

Additional comments: FAI was great since it is class based like cfengine. Since we already use cfengine extensively, it was easy to understand and use FAI. Thanks for the great tool.

From: Nico Schottelius, nico=schottelius ==inf =ethz =ch
Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 09:32:04 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~300
Which version of fai are you using? Various, from Lenny stable and koeln/experimental
Which version are you using as your install kernel?  Plain Debian

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, cluster nodes, notebooks, web server

How do you boot your hosts? dhcp+pxe only
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? not for newer systems - running ubuntu there
Which drivers are missing? newer intel nics, dell perc (as found in dell r815 [0])

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yep, git.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 3.3M, 94
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 31

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? puppet

What is the business of your company/organisation? Computer science department at university, ETH Zurich Systems Group

Additional comments: Trying to minimise the scripts in fai, because we're trying to bootstrap only with fai, so configuration and customisation comes from puppet. This is a "general" problem, that every installation method (debian-installer, fai, kickstart, ...) has: if relying on the installation system, one spreads around the configuration. Thus we think that having a minimal system that supports only (some) configuration system, is the best way to go. Using fai is pretty straight forwarded, having the "log service" is very useful, though at the beginning not completly clear where to put the ssh keys and what's needed to get them into the chroot.

From: Bernd Erk, info = netways = de
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 20:59:11 +0000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 160
Which version of fai are you using? always using the recent FAI version
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 
   * plain Debian-Kernel with aufs-Patches (2.6.26) 
   * custom build Kernel 2.6.33 based on Debian 2.6.26

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Base setups of Debian-Servers

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No
Which drivers are missing? 
   * Debian-Kernel is missing drivers for newer RAID-Controller and 
     Network-Cards

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 1 MB, 67 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 52 files
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, puppet

What is the business of your company/organisation? Open Source Datacenter Solutions and Managed Services, NETWAYS GmbH

Additional comments: We use FAI for a fast basic-installation of our servers, the final configuration is applied afterwards by puppet

From: Michael Goetze
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 18:41:10 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Thousands - we install at least 100 new servers per month with FAI

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17, currently upgrading to 3.3.4
Which version are you using as your install kernel? grml-stable (currently 2.6.28, soon 2.6.31)
Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Servers

How do you boot your hosts? via network (PXE, DHCP)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No.
Which drivers are missing? 
   Lenny's 2.6.26 lacked support for some newer Broadcom chips in 11th
   generation Dell hardware. I believe this is fixed in the next stable update.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, Subversion.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 222 MB (8.7MB without basefiles), 153 Files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 75, counting duplicates
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Mostly shell, very little cfagent

What is the business of your company/organisation? big ISP in germany, Host Europe GmbH

Additional comments: There are two FAI installations in our company, these answers are only for one of them. We are using the same Lenny NFS root to install Debian Lenny as well as Ubuntu Hardy and Lucid, which works very well (I am always astonished at the masochism of people insisting on an Ubuntu nfsroot ;) ).

From: Karsten Hens
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:30:09 +0100

How many hosts have you installed using fai? None, it did not work.
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.3
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 2.6.31-grml

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Live Desktops (via grml-live)

How do you boot your hosts?
 via network (PXE, DHCP):
            using FAI-CD: 1
	  from USB stick: 1

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 196K, 14
How many files do you have in ../config/files? ?
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? grml-live

What is the business of your company/organisation? private

Additional comments: Leider haben alle meine Versuche mit FAI nicht gefruchtet. Nun habe ich eine Live-CD, um die es ging, mit UCK erstellt.

From: Grant Root, grootXdayton-phoenixXcom
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:29:18 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 3 Two production servers 
						(including the FAI server itself :-) and one test machine.
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Servers

How do you boot your hosts? PXE and DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? OK
Do you manage your configuration space under version control?Yes, subversion.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 256K, 34 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 7
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? Manufacturing, Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.

Additional comments: I have a couple of shell scripts within the FAI config. For instance, I need one to establish the RAID hot spares, since that feature doesn't work in my version of setup-storage. I use FAI to partition the disks and install a base system, along with the Puppet client. All subsequent configuration is done with Puppet.

From: Joel Merrick, joel.merrick =gmail|| com
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:25:36 +0000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~200
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.3
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain debian w/ extra firmware in NFSROOT

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? All kinds of servers (DNS. Web, RADIUS etc..)

How do you boot your hosts?
     CD/USB currently.
     dirinstall in progress for Ganeti
     PXE on it's way once network changes done

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No
Which drivers are missing? Broadcom BNX2

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes (SVN).
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? ~900K, ~250 Files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? ~20 (rest is done via config management)
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Chef

What is the business of your company/organisation? ISP

Additional comments: Currently using CD and USB builds... waiting on network changes to allow DHCP booting (politics involved). We have 4 datacentres across the UK.

From: Erwan Hesry, erwanhesry =gmailcom
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:06:29 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 60
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Kernel 2.6.26-2-amd64

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
 via network (PXE, DHCP): PXE
            using FAI-CD: for the server
	  from USB stick: no

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? On VMWare yes,
   on real world, there's one with the hard disc drive

Which drivers are missing? Sata Controller (but that's a special
   controller on the desktops (on an Intel ICH9, there's no problem)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 1 per client for
   specific software install and 1 for all clients for the HDD
   configuration (all desktops are the same)
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? cfengine, shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? University of Networks and Telecommunication at Saint Malo 

Additional comments: Installation of all computers of the University

From: Manuel Prinz
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:09:08 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~40
Which version of fai are you using? 3.3.3
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Cluster nodes, file servers

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP.
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes.
Which drivers are missing? None.
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not yet, but we'd like to use Git.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 784 KB, 97 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 42
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl, cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation? Scientific research, Centre for Medical Biotechnology

Additional comments: We use FAI to install and manage a compute cluster running Debian GNU/Linux.

From: Paul Lathrop, =+=plathrop = digg _dot com
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:49:08 -0700
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 700 servers accross 2 datacenters
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.20
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? servers

How do you boot your hosts? Network PXE boot.
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes.
Which drivers are missing? None
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 586K, 84 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 33
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Shell and puppet scripts.

What is the business of your company/organisation? social news/media company. Digg, Inc.

Additional comments: All of our servers are built using FAI. Currently we have approximately 700 servers across 2 datacenters, and we use FAI to bootstrap all of them. We don't use FAI for our office machines. Our installation is pretty small because we rely on FAI to get servers up to the point where Puppet can take over to finish the configuration of the system. FAI is a pretty critical component of our infrastructure because it makes reprovisioning a machine cheaper than reconfiguring, which saves us a lot of time and headache troubleshooting lifecycle-related problems.

From: Patrick Cervicek
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 15:13:21 +0100 (CET)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 5, in the future ~0-5 per month
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 2.6.26-2-486

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops,notebooks

How do you boot your hosts?
  via network (PXE, DHCP): no, pxe does not work with every NIC
             using FAI-CD: yes, as network boot with DHCP & "nfsroot="
           from USB stick: yes, as network boot with DHCP & "nfsroot="

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, subversion

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 5.2M, #213
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 36

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl, expect, puppet in the future

What is the business of your company/organisation? automotive industry

Additional comments: You can see here our actual FAI installation procedure http://lisas.de/~patrick/blog/?p=113

From: informatik uni mannheim de
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:40:04 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? It's currently deployed in an environment of 20 boxes

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops, it's planned to use it for servers, too

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Everything works fine


How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 28M
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 42

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? bash

What is the business of your company/organisation? educational -- university

From: Robert Markula, firstname. surname @ gmx.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2009 21:12:16 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 6-?? (two physical, at least four virtual nodes)

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Ubuntu+Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? 2 notebooks (one used as a multi-purpose-server)
	The rest are virtualized hosts used in very different scenarios, some
        as servers, some as desktops.

What is the business of your company/organisation? ---

Additional comments: This is a private test install to test various use cases - from very basic things like DHCP/DNS/Firewalling to topics like Terminal Services, Asterisk, VPN scenarios, central authentication services/SSO, and so on. In all this, FAI plays an inherent role from the very beginning. The nice thing is, with the help of FAI I can setup the whole infrastructure with a single command! For my private use at home I use FAI as well - which is a bit of overkill, I know - but it's relieving to know that even in a worst-case-scenario I can have my systems up'n'running in no time and with minimal effort involved.

From: Florian Maier, florian =maier _muenchen d o t .de>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 11:05:15 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~2500
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.x
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 2.6.26

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, notebooks, linux server

How do you boot your hosts?
             from floppy:
        via network card: x
    type of network card: various
            using FAI-CD:
	 from USB stick:
	          BOOTP:
               PXE, DHCP: x

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no, but it is stored inside LDAP

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? depends on install type
How many files do you have in ../config/files? depends on install type
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl

What is the business of your company/organisation? local government, City of Munich, LiMux project

Additional comments: Additional comments: currently deploying ~ 2500 desktops and a couple of servers. We are using FAI together with GOsa, and the whole config space is stored inside an LDAP scheme.

From: anonymous, zivit.de
Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2009 15:01:36 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ca. 260
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1
    > debian sarge: 2.8.4sarge1
    > debian etch: 3.1.8
    > debian lenny: 3.2.17~lenny1

Which version are you using as your install kernel? 
    > sarge+etch: custom build kernel 2.6
    > lenny: plain Debian kernel
    > for all: customized initrd/initramfs-Image

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? all type of servers (web, mail, apps, firewall)

How do you boot your hosts? for Installation via z/VM Reader and NFS, later via IPL from DASD
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not yet
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 19M, #3324
How many files do you have in ../config/files? #1357

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl, cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation? public sector (finance), 
   Zentrum für Informationsverarbeitung und Informationstechnik (ZIVIT)

Additional comments: We are running on a rather unusal high end hardware platfrom: 2x IBM System z10 EC mainframes with z/VM 5.4 Hypervisor. For Linux, we have 16 IFLs (Integrated Facility for Linux) on each machine and about 300GB RAM. In other LPARs, we are also running z/OS.

From: Mike Carvalho, Mike=Carvalho=mathworks=com
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 11:24:30 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~1000
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Currently plain Debian 5.0.2 kernel (32-bit and 64-bit) 

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops

How do you boot your hosts? All hosts booted using PXE,DHCP. 
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes.
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, configuration spaces are maintained under Perforce

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 1.1M, 169 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 47 files
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl, cfengine. The majority are written in cfengine.

What is the business of your company/organisation? The MathWorks

Additional comments: We currently using FAI to install all Debian hosts, in various locations across the globe. We have been using FAI since Debian 3.1. FAI allows users to re-image their own desktop machines when we move from one version of Debian to the next to support development of our product (MATLAB/Simulink). PXE files are put in place on our PXE servers, allowing users a one-click install (press F12 during boot). All hosts are PXE booted, and the nfsroot, FAI config, and package repository are all served over NFS via NetApp filers. We find this method to be very robust and efficient. I am currently investigating the usage of FAI to build Ubuntu clients, with good success so far. We currently manually install Ubuntu clients, though the number of these hosts is currently <20 test machines. (http://www.sourcecode.de/content/ubuntu-910-and-fai) Update: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:17:02 -0400 (EDT) Thank you for making multiple client installations so easy with the use of FAI! Keep up the great work!

From: anonymous
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 2009 14:29:14 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? >3000
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.20 
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 
      FAI 3.2.20: plain Debian lenny kernel, plain Ubuntu hardy kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? web server, mail server, db, filers, ldap, routers

How do you boot your hosts?
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: multiple but "Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5704 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)"
              PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? All seems to works fine

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, SVN
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 27M, #1204, (and 13 basefiles 1,2G)
How many files do you have in ../config/files? #232
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl, cfengine

What is the business of your company/organisation? web portal

Additional comments: We install over 3000 servers, with 3 FAI servers. We install multi-distrib, like Debian Sarge/Etch/Lenny, Ubuntu Hardy, Centos 5.3, RHELs 5.3

From: Alexey, also =at= is =minus= nn . ru
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:45:18 +0300
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~10 hosts.
   Different releases are installed and then tested. FAI
   configuration varies sometimes. 

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel (stable, testing)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Multimedia server, desktops, client devices
							(videophone and control panels, STB)

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:No 
       via network card: No. To be tried later.
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD:No
	 from USB stick:Yes
	          BOOTP:No
              PXE, DHCP:No

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No
Which drivers are missing? I have too small skills to describe the driver... external flash hdd is recognized as floppy one.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes (svn).
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 356K, 57
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 15
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? Smarthome and Multimedia systems development, LLC Intelligence systems

Additional comments: Each host is configured individually based on its hardware, role and user configuration. Our experience with FAI is still not so long, but we find it very powerful and going to base our main system installation on FAI. Thank you for FAI!

From: Andreas Schuldei, andreas .aa. schuldei / org
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 14:03:55 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ca. 300 physical and 150 virtual

Which version of fai are you using? mostly 3.2.19
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes, cluster masters, web server, mail server, name servers, 
	... entire server infrastructure with perhaps 50 different server types and services

How do you boot your hosts?
       via network card: all
   type of network card: intel, broadcom
              PXE, DHCP: all

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? the adaptec raid controller is a pain
Which drivers are missing? we buy our hardware so it fits.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, svn currently

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?  31M, for lenny, #700
How many files do you have in ../config/files? #497

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl, python

What is the business of your company/organisation? music, Spotify

From: Stephan Hermann, sh sour cec ode. d e
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 14:34:28 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ca. 90 and counting more :)

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.20
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain debian kernel + some non-free firmware modules

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? servers (mostly HP
  types including Blades (HP BL7000c Enc + HP BL465 Blades)

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No
Which drivers are missing? All "non-free" firmware drivers

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Bazaar, bzr
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 111 MB, 149 Files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 24
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Puppet

What is the business of your company/organisation? Internet Based Meetings, Webinars, web Presentation

Additional comments: With some black magic, a webfront (django), mysql and a lot of brainfck ;) Do you have some nice pictures of your installation? 1. Nurenberg 2. FFM

From: anonymous
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:36:12 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~300

Which version of fai are you using? distribution default from Debian Etch / Ubuntu Hardy

Which version of fai-kernels are you using?
   Debian: 2.6.18 x86_32 & x32_64
   Ubuntu: 2.6.24 x86_32 & x32_64
   (both distribution default)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
   testing environment / default server installation according to standard
   FAI is not supposed to manage the servers, just provide "a fresh image"
   - Debian Etch/Lenny/Squeeze/Sid
   - Ubuntu 8.04LTS, 9.10
   - SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 & 11

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: x
   type of network card: BroadCom NetExtreme / Intel EtherExpress 100(0) / XenSource Virtual NIC, VMware Virtual NIC
           using FAI-CD:
	 from USB stick:
	          BOOTP:
              PXE, DHCP: x

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yep
Which drivers are missing? none so far

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, svn
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 790kb, 145
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 28

What is the business of your company/organisation? Internet provider

Additional comments: FAI's main focus is to provide consistent default installations according to our installation standard, it is set up in a way you only need to choose the operation system. FAI_FLAGS to customize the installation details are being set automatically according to the specifics of the hardware / virtual machine Our FAI-server is able to create customized servers (packages, user, ssh-keys etc. are individually configurable)

From: Vincent Batoufflet, BUF Compagnie
Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 17:17:53 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? We are using FAI with about 1000 hosts.

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.20, and some oldest setups with 3.2.17 or 3.1.8.

Which version are you using as your install kernel? 
  - Plain GNU/Linux Debian Etch and Lenny kernels
  - Custom kernels built with Grsecurity patch or Sun Microsystem Lustre
    patch, or more recent kernels like 2.6.30 both custom and
    backported ones.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
  - Desktops
  - Cluster nodes
  - Render nodes
  - Data storage servers (with both software and hardware RAID)

How do you boot your hosts?
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: bnx2, e100, igb, tg3...
              PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing?

  We are using exclusively plain Debian kernels for basic setups.

  Only our latest hosts have some troubles with Lenny default kernels
  (eg.: Broadcom network chipsets and SAS controllers). For these hosts
  we have custom 2.6.29 and 2.6.30 kernels which supports this hardware.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, we are using Subversion.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?
  - GNU/Linux Debian Etch 4.0:  1.5MB with 50 files.
  - GNU/Linux Debian Lenny 5.0: 1.4MB with 44 files.

How many files do you have in ../config/files?
  - GNU/Linux Debian Etch 4.0:  8 files.
  - GNU/Linux Debian Lenny 5.0: 7 files.

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Exclusively both shell and Cfengine ones.


What is the business of your company/organisation? BUF Compagnie is a visual effects company

Additional comments: We have only one FAI server (2 before that, but configuration were merged, and a wrapper written for making nfsroot with `make-fai-nfsroot' for multiple distributions). FAI is used at BUF to create the base system setup on our hosts. All configuration is managed after that with a Cfengine system.

From: Gordon Grubert, grubert @@physik uni----greifswald dot de
Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 09:39:57 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 9
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel 2.6.26-2-amd64

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: --
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controller
                         (82546, 82576)
           using FAI-CD: --
	 from USB stick: --
	          BOOTP: --
              PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? Intel Ethernet Controller 82576)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 2.1MB, 69
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 34
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? Research, 
INP Greifswald, Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology 

Additional comments: We are using FAI to install and manage our growing compute cluster system.

From: anonymous
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 11:11:31 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 220
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.20 on our install server, 3.2.4+svn4837-0ubuntu2 on our clients
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? (high-end graphical) workstations and cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: broadcom, intel ether express variants
           using FAI-CD: no
	 from USB stick: yes
	          BOOTP: no
              PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
  in general it does recognize everything needed to install.
Which drivers are missing? sometimes our plain debian kernel fails to recognize Dell Perc/5i/6i
  RAID controller cards. we then switched to an Ubuntu kernel for these few machines.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, we use SVN.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 1.2GB, 701 files
   (note: we do have different versions of Dell Utility Partition images in our config space,
   so we can roll them out after exchanges of hard disks, which are missing the Utility Partition)
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 393
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? University in germany

Additional comments: It's used to to set up a cluster and workstations for our staff members and students.

From: anonymous
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 11:20:35 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Somewhere around 700
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain debian kernel 2.6.18-6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Custom application server + fai server, 
   Embedded linux systems running Debian

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:
       via network card:
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD:
	 from USB stick: Initial provision of nodes, then softupdate
	          BOOTP:
              PXE, DHCP: Initial provision of server, then softupdate

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Which drivers are missing? None

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? (svn). For the
   servers, no - I will do that shortly.  For the nodes, yes.  We created
   a debian package which installs FAI on our server, and the source for
   that debian package is version controlled in SVN.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?
   Central FAI which provisions servers: 649K 103 files
   Server  FAI which provisions nodes:   196K  30 files

How many files do you have in ../config/files?
   Central FAI which provisions servers: 36
   Server  FAI which provisions nodes:    4
   (this is low because we like everything to be in version controlled debian packages) 

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Almost exclusively shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? Managed service provider for hospitals

Additional comments: Hi - thanks for building FAI. It's by far the best system for provisioning and maintaining software on multiple systems that I've used. For reference while reading the answers, we're a managed service provider. We install 100+ nodes into every customer installation, along with an FAI server. The nodes are custom-built embedded linux boxes which are bootstrapped with debian when they'r manufactured in our factory. When a node is bootstrapped we have one hook script that goes out to look for installation instructions. Our provisioning process for a new customer looks like this: INSTALLATION 1) Use an in-house instance of FAI to provision a server, which among other things becomes an FAI server 2) Install the server at the customer site 3) Install our nodes at the customer site, each of which have been bootstrapped without FAI in our factory with base debian plus a hook script to ask how to install software 4) The node gets instructions to run fai -N softupdate 5) Presto - 100+ working nodes in about 15 minutes each. UPGRADE - How we upgrade our software at the customer site 1) Update a configuration file centrally to update the version of software which should be installed at the customer - this actually manifests as a versioned etch distribution with our software added to the distro 2) Shell in to the customer's server and run fai -N softupdate 3) Every node runs softupdate once every 2 hours and waits a random amount of time so as to not overload the network or the FAI server 4) Presto - Everything just works

From: Javier Martínez Lago, edoreld=gmail=com
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:02:10 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~20
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Webserver, pbx server, firewall, business server &
  desktop environment for end-users

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 828K, #74
How many files do you have in ../config/files? #27
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? Bash scripts

What is the business of your company/organisation? Providers of IT services & support, dig it!

From: Hannes Rist
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 18:19:42 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 13
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel (2.6.26-2)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops
How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: marvel yukon 2
           using FAI-CD:no
   from USB stick: no
            BOOTP: no
              PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing? intel/xorg for the graphics card

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, git (after 
   some idiot kept breaking the configuration)

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? ,3.7M, 315
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 255
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? Student society playing ISP, Selfnet e.V. 

Additional comments: We needed a way to rapidly install our workstations without user intervention. So if someone broke a workstation during some experiment or the like we just re"deploy" it.

From: Ernest Jones. ejonesca++yahoo =com
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 08:43:18 -0700 (PDT)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 82
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.16 (standard version that came with Lenny)
Which version are you using as your install kernel?  Plain Debian kernel
  however I use a custom initrd to facilitate installing from a
  network card that's doesn't come first in the device sequence.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Various cluster nodes with direct-attached storage.

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP via a Myricom 10G NIC.
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? Broadcom network card drivers. I also add an updated Myricom 10G card driver/firmware.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, svn
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 4.9MB, 92 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 45 files
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell

What is the business of your company/organisation? Family History

Additional comments: FAI is a great tool to streamline OS provisioning and software updates. Thanks for a great product.

From: Gebhardt Thomas gebhardt=hrz_uni-marburg_de
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 13:38:15 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~200
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel (since lenny)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? all kind of servers,
  many virtual servers (linux-vserver.org), some desktop machines

How do you boot your hosts? DHCP + TFTP + PXELINUX (campus infrastructure)

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? until now, the lenny kernel is ok.
   Had some troubles with etch and new e1000 nics.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, by svn.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 32M, #1804
How many files do you have in ../config/files? #559

What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, perl

What is the business of your company/organisation? Computing Center, University of Marburg

Additional comments: fai softupdate helps us to herd the crowd

From: Fabian Haupt, fhaupt =informatik. uni- wuerzburg || de
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 16:36:26 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 60
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? custom build kernel-2.6.29

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops,servers, and virtual servers

How do you boot your hosts? always PXE, DHCP, no other method allowed.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Nope, needed a custom kernel, too
Which drivers are missing? Network drivers for Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, subversion.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 136M, 488 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 66
What types of scripts are you using for local customization? shell, cfengine, and perl

What is the business of your company/organisation? University, Mathematics departments of the university of Wuerzburg

Additional comments: We used to use the local debian mirror at ftp.rz.uni-wuerzburg.de, but it was too slow, so we have a local (meaning in the same subnet with GBit access). This decreased our install-time from over 2 hours down to 30 minutes for all boxes. The default setup on the clients occupies 11GB diskspace (plain debian packages...) We use it for the computer labs in the mathematics departments of the university of Wuerzburg. http://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/ueber/fakultaeten/mathematik/dienste/cip-pool/startseite/ (the picture shows the previous(gentoo-based) setup and should be updated ;) )

From: Sebastian Juzwiuk
Date: Thu, 07 May 2009 11:06:18 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~300
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1 and 3.2.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain 2.6.26-1-amd64 and 2.6.26-1-686

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes and single servers,
    Hardware: HP Blade( BL460c, BL35p) , IBM Blade (HS20 and HS21)

How do you boot your hosts?    via network card
   type of network card:Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-SX
     
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? NO
Which drivers are missing? Firmware-bnx2 on lenny

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, svn
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 8.0M, #104
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 104

What is the business of your company/organisation? Opera Software

From: Nicolas Courtel. courtel =cena dot=fr
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 19:00:57 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? More than 200, most of which have been installed several times

Which version of fai are you using? At this time 3.2.19 for Lenny, 3.1.8 for Etch, 2.8.4 for Sarge

Which version are you using as your install kernel? standard 2.6.26 for Lenny
   2.6.18 custom for Sarge, standard Etchnhalf 2.6.24 for Etch

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Mostly desktops, notebooks and netbooks,
    some Web servers, 2 Xen servers. Xen clients are installed with xen-tools

How do you boot your hosts?
              PXE, DHCP: all hosts, with a lot of various network chips

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Since version 3.2, yes
Which drivers are missing? nforcedeth & tigon3 were missing in 2.8 & 3.1

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 
   Sarge: 627 files, 369 Mb (there are some large tar.gz)
   Etch:  666 files, 119 Mb
   Lenny: 559 files, 100 Mb

How many files do you have in ../config/files?
   Sarge: 414, Etch 390, Lenny 352

What is the business of your company/organisation? DSNA/DTI French Air Traffic Control

Additional comments: 2 FAI servers are used to install 3 versions of Debian on 3 subnetworks, using vlans. The choice of the version is up to the user, provided the hardware is compatible. We use a local mirror, except for Sarge which uses now archive.debian.org

From: Christoph Kluenter
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 17:32:55 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 
Which version of fai are you using? etch and lenny
Which version are you using as your install kernel? custom 2.6.22 for etch and 2.6.24 for lenny

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Servers

How do you boot your hosts?
           PXE, DHCP: X

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No.
Which drivers are missing? support for new 3ware raidcontrollers was
  missing in the default etch kernel and we had some trouble with newer
  intel chipsets under etch. 

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?no.
   Since we have VCS for our packages, this is not necessary.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 400k
How many files do you have in ../config/files?  55

What is the business of your company/organisation? Hoster

Additional comments: We use it for setup only. Most config/maintenance is made by packages. Thats why our fai-config is quite small. Mostly package_config/* is modified

From: Gert Huisman, gert -@- few dot vu =nl>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:02:45 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? around 200 (several times).

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian lenny kernel
    We have uses custem build kernels in the past to support newer hardware
    (networkcards, sata controllers).

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops (120+), cluster nodes (50+), servers (30+)
   (xen servers, mysql servers, tomcat servers, compute servers).

How do you boot your hosts? All network boots (PXE, DHCP).
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not yet
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 181M, 161
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 86

What is the business of your company/organisation? Faculty of Science, Vrije Univeresiteit Amsterdam

Additional comments: We use FAI to install all our Linux machines. Years ago we were mainly using Solaris and used Jumpstart in a similar way. In our first setup of Linux we used Redhat with Kickstart. I was very happy when I discovered FAI. It took me some time to convince the management, but starting with Debian sarge we switched over to Debian/FAI. We also use FAI sometimes in sysinfo mode for diagnostic purposes.

From: Ronny Aasen, fai +@+ aasen = cx
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 07:52:35 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 10 now, 15 in immidiate future

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain debian lenny kernel -686

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Servers for LTSP, mail, NX and diskless boot server.

How do you boot your hosts?
       via network card:
   type of network card: mostly intel onboard
              PXE, DHCP: using pxelinux, and isc dhcpd3

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes. because i am picky about the harware i buy
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no. nfs
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 772K, 116
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 41

What is the business of your company/organisation? regional norwegian consulting company,
   ISP, Hosting and service provider. Fjordane IT

Additional comments: For the initial deployment of, and keeping machines up to date using softupdate of mostly identical machine with a few individual issues at separate geografical locations.

From: Birgit Kattner. Birgit dot Kattner aadd hrz.uni-giessen dot de
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 10:18:20 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~20
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.17~lenny1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Default kernel, 2.6.26-1-486

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP, Network Card:  Intel(R) PRO/1000 

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 66MB, 97 files
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 38

What is the business of your company/organisation? Hochschulrechenzentrum der Universität Gießen

Additional comments: Automated installation of debian 5.0 Desktops; /home with autofs mounted. FAI works fine!

From: anonymous
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 17:08:55 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? single cluster with 8 nodes (so far) 
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel? linux-image-2.6.18-fai-kernels_1_amd64.deb

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? compute cluster
How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?  504K, #60
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 14

What is the business of your company/organisation? Institute for Hydromechanics, University of Karlsruhe

Additional comments: We like the tool & help. Thanks!

From: Henning Fehrmann, henning. fehrmann {} AEI dod mpg dod de
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 12:33:04 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 1725
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom kernel 2.6.27

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes, storage server, mgmt. server

How do you boot your hosts?
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: e1000 (Intel 82573)
              PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Don't know, maybe
Which drivers are missing? Areca for storage nodes (I would guess)
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 13M, 546
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 288

What is the business of your company/organisation? Research, Gravitational Waves,
   Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)

Additional comments: This cluster is called ATLAS. Successfully Using PXEboot/Dosimage (40MB!) to flash BIOS, CMOS, init IPMI cards, NICs and HD firmware Top500: 58th in June 2008 world wide with 1340 nodes 4th in June 2008 in Germany

From: Jens Strohschnitter, Jens.Strohschnitter rwz de
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:10:12 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 50 (2009 up to 250)
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 2.6.18-4-686

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? CF-Card miniservers

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing? -

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? (/srv/fai) 3.8M, 92
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 47

What is the business of your company/organisation? RWZ Rhein-Main eG

Additional comments: Using FAI to an automated installation of debian 4.0 miniservers containing dhcp/smb and ftp-services based on CF-card minidesktop-systems.

From: Greg Cunningham, gregc =+= crafty.homelinux + net
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 21:37:37 +1100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~100 eventually
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.4
Which version are you using as your install kernel? generic ubuntu

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops with nfs /home & nis

How do you boot your hosts?  		     	   	PXE, DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? um, I think so

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? RCS
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?   	 412K
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 		 62 some redundant examples

What is the business of your company/organisation? School network on behalf of a church, Romaine Park Christian Centre

Additional comments: I am setting up a edubuntu school network on behalf of the church I attend, Romaine Park Christian Centre It is made up from donated hardware in Tasmania (au) that is about to be packed into a container this weekend (along with a heap of tools & hospital equipment) & dispatched to a school in Ndola Zambia. It is a HP Proliant ML350 G3 server running 2 backend networks. Net#1 pxe-boots diskless ltsp clients - edubuntu ltsp straight from the jar. Net#2 pxe-boots fai. These desktops are 1.6GHz Acer Veriton 5600. They are capable of full multi-media & graphics that the ltsp network & server does poorly. I want the Net#2 desktops to end up configured with edubuntu-standard, nfs /home (roaming desktop) & nis domain login, so they end up with a similar environment to the ltsp network. If I get time & support... I plan to travel with a team to Ndola to assist with the installation June 2009. Also, time permitting we will be setting up a Internet kiosk for a mission in Ndola. It will be a dual backend similar to the school. Net#1 will be pxe-boot ltsp -kiosk. This is a local X running firefox in the root window (which is great until a pop-up comes along...) Net#2 will be a desktop pxe-boot fai build of a kiosk client that will be a locked-down ubuntu desktop. Tue, 07 Jul 2009 05:56:50 +1000 Just a quick update. Our container arrived in Ndola Zambia near the end of June. We managed to squeeze in 76 destops, 5 servers 3 UPS + monitors amongst all the other gear. We leave Tasmania on the 16th July & start the rollout ~20th.

From: Axel Freyn, Axel-Freyn (A=) gmx.de and Bernd Kloss, kl =a= gym-anna.a.by.schule.de
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 10:37:46 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai?  ~60
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.10
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops and notebooks

How do you boot your hosts? Depends, Network card (different types) and CD

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, with subversion

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 4.7MB, #35
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 47

What is the business of your company/organisation? Secondary school, Gymnasium bei St. Anna in Augsburg

Additional comments: The desktops are distributed in the complete building (and normally switched off), and the laptops are only sometimes connected to the network. In order to be able to install updates, correct bugs and to install new software, we use the softupdate-functionallity of FAI. Whenever a machine is connected to the network, it checks regularly whether a softupdate is necessary (by comparing the version of the config-space with the local version) and starts (if necessary) a softupdate automatically in the background.

From: Vincent Fortier
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 10:53:51 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Regionally 100+
         (although I'm presuming more than 4000+ nationally but ain't sure)

Which version of fai are you using? Hacked 3.2.10 on etch
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Old sarge FAI (on the way to be all removed): custom 2.6.23.17-CFS v24.1
   Etch: 2.6.24-etchnhalf + backport 2.6.26 on dev systems

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops (75+), clusters (10-15), notebooks (1-5), regular servers (+-10)

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: mostly bnx2, e1000
           using FAI-CD: when deploying nationally
	 from USB stick: when deploying nationally
	          BOOTP: no
              PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Now yes with 2.6.18 etch

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Used to... Not anymore... But I should :)

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? less than 5 MB
How many files do you have in ../config/files? 109 files

What is the business of your company/organisation? Environment Canada, Severe weather forecast & aviation forecast for Canada.

Additional comments: Since the past 2 years there as not been any manual installation due to FAI (with the exception of the primary installation of the Etch fai server :) Will be preparing migration to Lenny in 2009.

From: Gerhard Grygiel, gerhard.grygiel = desy.de
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:14:58 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? e.g. 200
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version are you using as your install kernel? 2.6.18-fai-kernels and selfmade 2.6.18-xen-fai both on i386 and amd64

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? server, farm, desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:        YES rom-o-matic.net PXE
       via network card:        YES
   type of network card:        eepro100, 3c509, 3c59x, Broadcom, ...
           using FAI-CD:
         from USB stick:        YES
                  BOOTP:        NO
              PXE, DHCP:        YES

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?   YES svn
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?              1,5G, #489
How many files do you have in ../config/files?                  262

What is the business of your company/organisation? particle physics, research with synchrotron radiation, accelerators, DESY

Additional comments: We're using FAI to install Debian and Ubuntu systems. The class config is made via a central configuration tool which handles all other Un*x and Linux flavours, too.

From: Joseph Rawson, umeboshi3 + gmail.com
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 03:34:51 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? at least ten (about 50 using setup_harddisks)

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.10 (had to patch it for parted)

Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
	the servers are for small businesses
	they are firewalls using NAT
	they run bind, dhcpd, squid and samba by default
	some of them run email, apache, webdav
	the small businesses aren't using desktops yet, so
	the only desktops are the ones for the business (laptops also)

How do you boot your hosts?
       via network card:
   type of network card:
              PXE, DHCP: (most machines use pxe now)
	(I make sure the servers use pxe before they are bought)

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? not always on laptops
Which drivers are missing? mostly wireless, sometimes ethernet or ide
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? postgresql, subversion
   I use a postgresql database that's exported imported from subversion repository
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 7.8MB, 1490 files
   a lot of this is copies from suite to suite and many files are identical
   most of this is xml, scripts and templates that are imported into database

How many files do you have in ../config/files? I'm using a different
   config system, only using FAI to setup the disks

What is the business of your company/organisation? the company is out of business now

Additional comments: I'm not really using FAI to install the systems. I'm only using it to prepare the disks, and ready the system for the install. I really like the way the disks are setup and formatted. It makes things a lot easier. My focus hasn't been on installing a network full of machines. Rather, the focus has been placed on installing (and sometimes updating) preconfigured servers that are then placed in their environments. A fully automatic system helps insure that the installation is complete and correct and helps keeps simple mistakes from occuring, and helps to keep the systems predictable. This is really important the more complex and involved that the configuration gets. I often spend more time getting a correct configuration than I would by just installing and configuring a server, but in the end, once the configuration is correct and has been tested, I have an easier time making the next machine, or reinstalling another machine that has died due to hardware problems.

From: Daniel Taschik
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 17:07:54 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 5
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? plain Debian

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? virtual Machines and one Desktop PC
How do you boot your hosts?
        via network card: yes
    type of network card: virtual/ethernet 100mbit
               PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing? no
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no

What is the business of your company/organisation? HPI at the university of Potsdam

Additional comments: The installation was part of a seminar workhop supervised by Martin von Löwis

From: Oleg Roitburd
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 15:18:27 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ca. 3000
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8 for Debian/Etch, 2.8.4 for Debian/Sarge, 3.2.4+svn4837 for Ubuntu/Hardy

Which version are you using as your install kernel? Custom kernel 2.4.32 for Etch&Sarge, Generic for Ubuntu

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
   Webserver with apache + php
   Java Application-Server
   Mysql, Mail, DNS Server
   HTTP Cache Server
   NFS Filer, Loadbalancer

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: no 
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: tg3, e100, e1000, pcnet32
           using FAI-CD: no
	 from USB stick: no
	          BOOTP: no
              PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? In Ubuntu it does work. Our Custom kernel does it also
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? NO

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 3.5 MB
How many files do you have in ../config/files? Etch: 590, Sarge: 2166

What is the business of your company/organisation? Lycos Europe
  is one of the leading European internet destinations operating a
  pan-European network of websites in eight languages. The company's
  combination of search, communication services, content channels,
  Internet access, homepage building and online communities addresses a
  wide range of target groups.

Additional comments: Great Software :-) Most hosts are VM's. We have nearly 250 blades running ESX server. Each blade runs up to 10 instances of Debian. And about 100 on nativ hardware. IBM Blades and Dell Poweredge.

From: Owen Shoemaker, oshoemaker +@= flektor-inc dot. com
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:31:02 -0700
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 600 hosts with 4 installs of fai
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Basic Ubuntu kernel 2.6.24.18.20

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Web servers, rails application servers, Mysql DB servers, 
   FAI servers, DNS servers, LDAP servers, etc...

How do you boot your hosts? PXE/DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes, with
  the only exception being a couple raid controllers.  That was easy to fix.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, with puppetd and SVN

What is the business of your company/organisation? A web 2.0 media mashup tool, Flextor

Additional comments: We install a lab environment, dev environment, and a production environment with an a and b side. It is a web 2.0 media mashup tool. Started the ops side of the company about 1.5 years ago. Lots of ruby on rails, flash, media, etc...

From: Olivier Le Thanh Duong, olivier {} lethanh d_ot be>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 02:16:55 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~80, 30 of them on Ubuntu Dapper
   on a old FAI installation and the rest on Ubuntu Hardy in a newer installation

Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.1-0ubuntu2~ppa2~gutsy1
Which version are you using as your install kernel? Default ubuntu Kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Shared Desktop computer for the students

> How do you boot your hosts? A FAI-CD which boot on NFS.
> Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
> Which drivers are missing? None
> Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, as a BZR repository
> How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 2.0M, 281
>How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 26

What is the business of your company/organisation? Computers room for the students, (Free University of Brussels)
    Department of Computer Science, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Additional comments: We use an optical fiber network which is why we didn't use PXE but I'm planning on reconsidering this when I get more time. The homes are shared over NFS, students can acess their files from a separate server via SFTP.

From: Goesta Smekal, goesta | smekal + at
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 21:09:30 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? currently ~ 50, >150 when finished

Which version of fai are you using?
   2.8.4 (Ubuntu Breezy Badger), historical
   2.10 (Ubuntu Dapper Drake), produktion
   3.2.4 (Ubuntu Hardy Heron), in development

Which version are you using as your install kernel? 
   Breezy: default OS Kernel
   Dapper: custon built vanilla 2.6.17
   Hardy: default Ubuntu Kernel 2.6.24

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops, Fileserver (in branch offices)

How do you boot your hosts?
             from floppy: as iso on CD
        via network card: yes
    type of network card: various 3Com, RTL81*, D-Link ...
               PXE, DHCP: in development for hardy

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? serial ATA on several hosts
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, git

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 349MB, 348 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 125

What is the business of your company/organisation? NPO, social services, Wiener Hilfswerk

Additional comments: We use FAI mainly to rollout our Linux desktops and manage software on these. Branch offices also get their fileservers set up by FAI.

From: Ralf Spenneberg, ralf : spenneberg net
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 19:18:49 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? I regularly install 16 hosts using fai.
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.13

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops used for training purposes

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: all
   type of network card: Built-in e100
           using FAI-CD:
	 from USB stick:
	          BOOTP:
              PXE, DHCP: yes, PXE is used for all.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Currently yes.
Which drivers are missing? None.
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Currently no.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 344k, 47
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 39


What is the business of your company/organisation? Linux training and consulting, OpenSource Training Ralf Spenneberg


Additional comments: These are training machines. The install happens weekly. Fai is an easy way to setup the clients for the training classes. I use Fai for Debian and Ubuntu, while I use Kickstart and Autoyast for Fedora and Suse.

From: Philipp Grau, phgrau _a_ zedat dot fu-berlin.de
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 14:07:37 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 110
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Virtually all kinds of hardware (HP DL380,
   FSC-Workstations, HP-Bladecenter, Old-Style-PCs), with all kinds of software...

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: Yes 
   type of network card: bnx2, tg3
           using FAI-CD:
	 from USB stick:
	          BOOTP:
              PXE, DHCP: Yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
Which drivers are missing? None
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, SVN
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 91Mbytes, 300 Files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 216

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Computer Center (ZEDAT)

From: Andrew Janke, a dot janke =+= gmail + com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 07:30:06 +1000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~400
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.7
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom build Ubuntu 2.6.22

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts? PXE+DHCP or USB stick.
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes.
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Nope.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?  824K, 202 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 22

What is the business of your company/organisation? medical imaging research,
   McConnell Brain Imaging Center and Centre for Magnetic Resonance 

Additional comments: We use FAI to install Medical Imaging cluster computing machines and for the affiliated desktop machines that users of the cluster(s) use. The most amusing part to get going has been to bootstrap the various new Ubuntu flavours as they come out. We try to stay on the bleeding edge so perhaps this is our problem! We have also shifted from doing all the config with FAI and softupdate to doing the initial install with FAI (install, base packages, SSH root keys, network setup) and then from there maintaining everything with cfengine2.

From: Volker Epting
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2008 17:32:58 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~100, 82 desktops, 10 measurement systems, at the moment 8 server

Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? plain Debian etch kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, all kind of servers, small measurement-systems with VIA epic boards

How do you boot your hosts?
  mostly with PXE, DHCP
  sometimes I use a floppy when PXE/DHCP doesn't work

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes, in all cases
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? not at the moment :-(
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 305K, 75 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 15 files

What is the business of your company/organisation? Research

Additional comments: I use fai to install standard debian basic systems. Most of the adaptation to our environment is placed in self created debian packages.

From: Ralf Tomczak, noemail @ mobile.de
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 10:55:26 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Approx. 600 hosts
Which version of fai are you using?
   Still on Woody, fai 2.2.3
   On Sarge, fai 2.8.6 (possibly patched by Linux AG - corebiz)

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom build kernel 2.6.21

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Webserver, Database server, Mailserver
   and a bunch of misc server.
   In more detail: Webserver (Apache, Tomcat), Database server (MySQL), Mailserver (Postfix)

 How do you boot your hosts? BOOTP, PXE, DHCP

 Do you manage your configuration space under version control? CVS
 How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?
   Woody: 1.1G, 3500 files
   Sarge: 38M, 3090 files
 How many files do you have in ../fai/files?
   Woody: 3036
   Sarge: 2622

What is the business of your company/organisation? mobile.de, a marketplace for new and used cars

Additional comments: We just use FAI for setting up all of our linux servers on the production sites as well pre-production. It's a pretty convenient way of doing it.

From: Sebastien Varrette, sebastien dot varrette -a t- uni.lu
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 15:00:41 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 19
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?  cluster nodes + NFS server

How do you boot your hosts? via network card, using PXE, DHCP.
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes, yet  
   the ethernet interface are switch - a specialization of /etc/udev/ 
   rules.d/z25_persistent-net.rules is required

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 115M,  137      
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 54

What is the business of your company/organisation? University of Luxembourg

From: Derrell Lipman, derrell.lipman ,at, backlottech com
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 10:22:42 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 100
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4 and 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? linux appliance

How do you boot your hosts? via network card on current hardware;
  using CD on antique hardware, to PXE,DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Custom kernel being used

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 4,4GB, 73 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 18, but many files are
   added/modified via hooks and scripts as well

What is the business of your company/organisation? LifeLine-DVD intelligent backup appliance BacklotTech.com

From: TOUZEAU DAVID, david .touzeau +a+d+ fr.kaspersky .com
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008 14:28:23 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai?  If it working, using FAI has public mode
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.18

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Mail server/web server

How do you boot your hosts?
           using FAI-CD: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yep.
Which drivers are missing? Currently no drivers missing

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 200 mb
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 4

What is the business of your company/organisation? artica

Additional comments: Provide an installation CD without human intercation for install a fully mail server

From: Fabian Haupt, fhaupt X informatik.uni-wuerzburg dot de
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 11:54:57 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 54
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? plain Debian kernel 2.6.18-6-686

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, servers

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yup
Which drivers are missing? none

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, subversion
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 134 MB, 174 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 122

What is the business of your company/organisation? University installation: Labs
in the mathematics departments of the university of Wuerzburg.

Additional comments: It replaced a gentoo setup with Rembotoolkit (now at IBM)

From: Laurent Coustet, ed =@ debian-fr dod net
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2007 16:36:13 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 100
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Only desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
             from floppy: sometimes
        via network card: almost always
    type of network card: built-in (SIS, RTL, Intel, ...)
            using FAI-CD: never tried
          from USB stick: never tried
  	           BOOTP: uh?! :)
               PXE, DHCP: as "via network card"

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No.
   Mostly because machines we buy are too recent, and network / SATA 
  drivers are ofen too old in vanilla.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No. But
   It'll comme very soon as now I'm  not the only one to modify the configuration space :)

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 36M, 970
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 908

What is the business of your company/organisation? Software and hardware products for biological analysis laboratories in France
  Clarisys informatique

Additional comments: We use FAI for all desktop computers we give to our customers. We receive machines from the manufacturer, then, we plug machines on the network then, they boot FAI. We then choose which CLASS to use, in function of the customer, then, it's automatically installed/configured. Ready for shipping :)

From: Ulrich Kortenkamp Ulrich.Kortenkamp = ph-gmuend = de
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:44:37 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~20
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Ubuntu-Kernel: Ubuntu 2.6.20-16.32-generic

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No
Which drivers are missing? drivers for HP hardware (in particular the smartcard keyboard)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 46M, 908 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 909 files, 798 files in /srv/fai/config/files/opt
What is the business of your company/organisation? University of Education, Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd

From: Sebastian Hetze, s.hetze _at= linux-ag do. com
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 11:42:33 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? >>1000
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.6
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom 2.6.20

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? all

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:
       via network card:  X
   type of network card:  all
           using FAI-CD:  X
	 from USB stick:
	          BOOTP:
              PXE, DHCP:  X

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 456K, 89 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files?  27 files

What is the business of your company/organisation? Linux Information Systems AG

Additional comments: We use FAI as vital part of our software and configuration management. Together with cfengine, we install and configure all CoreBiz (Ubuntu-based) systems. We use LDAP to manage installation profiles. FAI classes, variables, package lists and disk configs are derived dynamically from the installation targets LDAP entry.

From: Benoit Mortier, benoit.mortier ,at, opensides do_t be
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 00:39:49 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 24
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? fai-kernels on etch amd64

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts?
	PXE, DHCP: X

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing? none

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no, under ldap with GOsa
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? around 100K
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? around 50 classes and lots of templates

What is the business of your company/organisation? IT consulting in free software OpenSides.be

Additional comments: This installation was done for a customer. EDF R&D They are the French National Electricity company FAI is mainly used for deploying cluster node and distribution servers, they have now a gui - GOsa2 - To deploy their development clusters

From: Gerald Klinkl
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 17:53:18 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 5
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? plain Debian kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? notebooks, desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card:
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD:
	 from USB stick:
	          BOOTP:
              PXE, DHCP: x

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? smartcard reader on notebooks (FSC Lifebook's E8010)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not yet
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 400K, 49
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 14

What is the business of your company/organisation? Program- and System Engineering, Consulting

Additional comments: Set up (and reset) Linux hosts in the test lab.

From: Maxim kovgan
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 14:01:59 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~55
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? plain Debian kernel, 2.6.18

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card:y
   type of network card:Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM/CA/CAM Ethernet Controller (rev 01)
           using FAI-CD:
	 from USB stick:
	          BOOTP:
              PXE, DHCP:X

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? y
Which drivers are missing? -

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? svn
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 3.0M, 90
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 16

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education, university, Technion, Computer Science dept. Distributed Systems Lab

Additional comments: nice package, thanks for the help in IRC.

From: Lou Ruppert, lruppert aatt ucf .org
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2007 12:28:47 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 27
Which version of fai are you using? 2.10.1ubuntu1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom 2.6.17

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?  desktops, mail web file servers, notebooks

How do you boot your hosts? using FAI-CD or from custom GRUB 'reinstall via FAI' entry
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 180M, 372 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 104 files.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Church, University Christian Fellowship

Additional comments: We use FAI to build all Linux systems. This allows less skilled workers to perform systems builds. We maintain machines in two countries, plus newer laptops, machines donated to church members, computer lab machines, and all of our servers with this system. It works great, and takes the guesswork out of machine builds. It also allows us to upgrade a machine clearly. (Back up data, perform build with same profile against newer repo and newer FAI version.)

From: Steffen Bornemann, steffen.bornemann =a=t htw- aalen. de
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 09:29:22 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 120
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.6
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Linux debian 2.6.18

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: nvidia nforce chip
           using FAI-CD: yes
	 from USB stick: no
	          BOOTP: no
              PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 67 MB, 163 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 78 files

What is the business of your company/organisation? Hochschule Aalen

Additional comments: Wir benutzen FAI seit einem Jahr für die Installation der Pool- und Laborrechner. Es gibt zwei unterschiedliche Rechnertypen und mehrere unterschiedliche FAI-Installationen. Der Großteil der Installationen erfolgt über PXE+DHCP, einige ältere Rechner werden über eine Boot-CD angesprochen, die sich dann mit dem NFS-Server verbindet (die eigentliche Installation erfolgt dann wieder über das Netzwerk).

From: Per Foreby, perf at+at ddg dot lth.se
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2007 16:07:52 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 149
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? fai-kernels 1.17+etch2

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktop lab computers

How do you boot your hosts?
             from floppy:
        via network card: y
    type of network card: forcedeth, sk98lin, 3c59x, e100
            using FAI-CD: y
 	 from USB stick:
 	          BOOTP:
               PXE, DHCP: y

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 39M, 239 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 192

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, Sweden 

Additional comments: After using solaris jumpstart for many years, fai was a very natural choice when we made the transition to linux in 2004. It was in fact one of the main reasons for choosing debian. The other reasons were debians stability and total lack of commercial interests. We use fai to install lab computers, mainly used by computer engineering students. All configuration after the initial install is done using softupdate to maintain a consistent installation. Softupdate is done manually with cssh. Configuration is preferably done with cfengine scripts to avoid too much editing when upgrading to a new debian version. For non debian software (firefox, thunderbird, matlab, maple, sun jdk, specific eclipse versions and more), we create local debian packages and add them to our own repository.

From: anonymous, info =@- servercrew dot. de
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 18:25:31 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? I installed round about 500 hosts with it. It will be more and more.

Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom 2.6 kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? root servers for customers, basic install, only with ssh.

How do you boot your hosts?
              PXE, DHCP: X

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Nope, i use basicly the .deb packet

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 26Mb, 53

What is the business of your company/organisation? Small ISP which provides Dedicted server, managed Firewall. www.servercrew.de

From: Tomas Ögren, stric add_ cs.umu dod se
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 20:54:18 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 70
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8 currently, 2.8.4sarge1 before
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom 2.6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, login servers

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: tg3, rtl8169, e1000, ...
           using FAI-CD: no
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE and DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? -
Which drivers are missing? -
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Should ;)
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 40M, 162 (of which 37M/13 files are .deb/.tar)
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? ~150

What is the business of your company/organisation? Department of Computing Science

From: anonymous
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 14:18:48 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~20
Which version of fai are you using? 3.2
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? own kernel, 2.6.22-cks1 from kernel.org

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? webservers/mailservers/...

How do you boot your hosts? PXE

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? SATA drivers missing for PIIX "ata_piix"

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no

What is the business of your company/organisation?-

Additional comments: adding LVM in the normal disk_config would be nice

From: John Heim, jheim .ad@. math.wisc dot .edu
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 16:52:21 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Approximately 60
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom built 2.6.18 kernel patched with speakup

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, laptops

How do you boot your hosts?
           using FAI-CD
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? N/A (using custom kernel)
Which drivers are missing? N/A

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 1.1 Mb
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 81

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education,Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin 

Additional comments: I'm blind so I have written a script to query our mysql database for configuration setting. This script then prints class names that determine how the install will be performed. For example, if a flag is set in the database indicating that the machine should be dual-boot, Windows and linux, the disk partitioning preserves the first existing partition. This way I don't even have to have a monitor on a machine when performing an FAI install.

From: Thomas Böhme, MC-Wetter GmbH
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 16:21:25 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 39
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8 and 2.8.4sarge1 for sarge
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 
  i386  sarge -> vmlinuz-2.6.16.1-fai from kernel.org
  amd64 sarge -> 2.6.17.7 from Kernel.org
  i386   etch -> vmlinuz-2.6.18-fai-kernels from fai-kernel package
  amd64  etch -> vmlinuz-2.6.18-fai-kernels-amd from fai-kernel package

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? certain types of servers
  Many different Webserver setups
  normal server systems running just some perl and java
  3 different MySQL database HA-Cluster
  OpenVPN Server
  FAI-Server itself (including Bind9, DHCP, NFS, ATFPTD, SVN, LDAP, CVS, Nagios and a lot more)
  a second Fai-Server in netherlands
  FTP-Server
  Mail-Server (dev. state)
  File-Server NFS/Samba (dev. state)

- How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: intel, broadcom, 3com
           using FAI-CD: no
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE and DHCP

- Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
  For Debian etch (i386/amd64) it does
  For Debian sarge (i386) it does
  For Debian sarge (amd64) I build a new one from kernel.org, but
     maybe just because I tried with i386 fai-kernel. So I cannot tell
     for sure. But there was a driver missing (I think for
     SCSI-Controller Dell Perc5) only available in 2.6.17 and above.

- Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, we use SVN.
- How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? Sarge: 207M, #818, then Etch: 660k, #138
- How many files do you have in ../fai/files? sarge: 591, etch: 83

What is the business of your company/organisation? weather information and distribution meteogroup

Additional comments: FAI is used here to setup each Linux system, which is gonna be new or upgraded to debian etch. So there will be more in the future. Most of our systems are in a HA setup of 2 machines using heartbeat and drbd. There are atm two classes that include 5 hosts each.

From: Mrfai, fai _ad_ informatik dotr uni dash koeln .de
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 19:16:15 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Currently 22 hosts
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.18 from fai-kernels 1.17, and plain 2.6.18 kernel with initrd

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, notebooks, web servers, file server

How do you boot your hosts? all with PXE
   type of network card: onboard Intel, e1000 and 3com
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yep
Which drivers are missing? none

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yep, subversion
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 20M, 209
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 81

What is the business of your company/organisation? education and research, departement of computer science, university of cologne

Additional comments: The actual number of hosts I've installed is uncountable, since I'm doing a lot of installations for testing purpose. Additionally I'm also using the newest FAI versions before they become available ;-)

From: Andreas Hirczy, ahi xadx itp dot tugraz.at
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2007 16:44:18 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 4 so far, about 80 are planned
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.6 from fai-kernels 1.17+etch2

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, cluster nodes, AFS Server
	architetures are i386 and amd64

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: -
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: 3Com, Broadcom, Intel, ...
           using FAI-CD: no, but will try, since not all our PCs support PXE
                         reliable 
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE/DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes, subversion
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 82 kB, 31 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 5

What is the business of your company/organisation? education & reseach  TU Graz, Institute of Theoretical and Computational Physics

Additional comments: I perform only a very basic installation - target is a text mode only install, with openssh-server, cfengine2, krb5, and AFS client working. I have quite a bit of cfengine and perl scripting to complete this to either a workstation, computing node or AFS file server. After gaining some experience with FAI I plan to install ready to use AFS file servers without any postinstall steps. I keep some (mostly up to date) notes on FAI.

From: Remi Bergsma
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 20:02:04 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 80 (and counting..)
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4sarge1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build 2.4 and 2.6 kernels

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? web, mail and database servers.
   Installed all nodes for our cluster which is used for hosting websites.

How do you boot your hosts? PXE and DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No
Which drivers are missing? broadcom tg3 nic driver (I've built a new kernel for it to work)
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 14M, 109 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 54

What is the business of your company/organisation? Webhosting
and development of Website Management software. (LATUS) MoveNext

Additional comments: We are using FAI to install dedicated servers used for web- mail- and databasehosting. We just plug them into the install-network and a few minutes later the install is ready. It works great! Thank you for creating FAI. It's a wonderful piece of software which has saved me a LOT of time! Thank you very much.

From: Alan Wood, wooda @=@ westminster _ ac _uk
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 15:19:37 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 50
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.4.xx

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops


How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:  *  (occasionally)
       via network card:  *
   type of network card:  Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
                           (on-board on Dell PCs)
           using FAI-CD:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:  PXE/DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? Dell FP1097FP flat-panel display is not recognised (but it is if you load debian from CD)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 364k, 52 files
   (plus a few hundred megabytes of stuff installed by script in /usr/local/share/fai/scripts/LAST)
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 14

What is the business of your company/organisation? Higher Education, University of Westminster, School of Informatics

Additional comments: PCs are used by students in networking, OS and sofware installation laboratory experiments. These get messed up by student installations every day, or have different operating systems installed, and so need reloading with fresh copies of Debian frequently. We may stop using FAI, as there is a fault in the v3 installation that I cannot diagnose; if the documentation were there, I may be able to fix it. The lack of up-to-date documentation is more important than releasing v3.2!

From: Russ Allbery, rra =@ stanford _dod edu
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 20:11:28 -0700
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 450 production hosts
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? We're using the 2.6.18 FAI kernel
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? servers a nd some desktops

How do you boot your hosts? PXE and DHCP

Our systems are all either Dell or Sun server hardware and we install them
all via PXE and DHCP.  We don't use floppies or CDs if we can possibly
help it.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, of course. CVS.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 680KB and 136 files.
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? Only 12, since we avoid using fcopy and Cfengine where we can avoid it.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Stanford University, a private teaching and research university.

Additional comments: We run all of our core infrastructure (Kerberos, AFS, web, DNS, etc.) on Debian and do all Debian installs via FAI. So almost entirely servers, although some of us do install our desktop systems via FAI. We don't have any clusters yet, beyond some simple remote timeshare systems, but when we do we'll install them via FAI. Note that we use one system to FAI build sarge and etch for both i386 and amd64 systems, so our setup is somewhat different and a little more flexible than most FAI systems. We also use bundle to do install-time actions instead of Cfengine or fcopy, since it's a lot easier to deal with. See: http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/software/bundle/ to see what bundle is.

From: Katharina Drexel, Genua GmbH
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 12:37:14 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~100
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.7
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.20.1 (self-built)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Workstations, servers, standalones (all i386 + Etch)

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:    -
       via network card:    -
   type of network card: tigon, 3com, ...
           using FAI-CD:    -
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP + isolinux-CDROM

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?  no
Which drivers are missing?     Tigon (tg)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?    Yes (cvs)
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?    1,8 MB,
How many files do you have in ../fai/files?  254

What is the business of your company/organisation? German IT security specialist, GeNUA
   Gesellschaft für Netzwerk- und Unix-Administration

From: Frank Doepper, fd ** taz * de
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 15:37:33 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~10 so far, but 130 are planned

Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.18 from fai-kernels_1.17+etch2 and
   custom built 2.6.18 (with Fibrechannel support)

How do you boot your hosts?
         via network card: Yes.
     type of network card:  Builtin Intel et al.
             using FAI-CD: Yes.
         BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:  PXE, DHCP.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? In most cases, yes.
Which drivers are missing? qla2xxx, lpfc

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 1.2M, 109
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 43

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops, server (all kinds of), notebooks

What is the business of your company/organisation? Newspaper: taz, die tageszeitung

From: Tim Cutts, tjrc ad sanger dit ac dit uk
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 17:07:50 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Approximately 1000
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8 for etch, 2.8.4sarge1 for sarge machines

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? For etch, the standard FAI 2.6, kernel from fai-kernels 1.17,
   On sarge custom built kernels.  

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? i386 desktops, i386 and amd64 cluster nodes


How do you boot your hosts?
   PXE, using a DHCP server resident on a different machine (we have a  
   central DHCP server for all operating systems and architectures)

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Almost.
   Some very recent graphics hardware is problematic (can't remember the precise model)

Which drivers are missing? Nothing missing,
   but in some cases the kernel doesn't work properly  
   and hangs, but I think this is the fault of buggy BIOSes on the  
   affected machines (HP Deskpro dc7700)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, CVS
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 9.1 MB, 183 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 144 files

What is the business of your company/organisation? Human genome and disease research
The Sanger Institute

Additional comments: See also: Sanger

From: Holger Parplies, wopp _a_d parplies dod de
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2007 23:47:24 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? One test system so far,
   at least 15 more to come once our setup is satisfactory
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6 from fai-kernels 1.17+b1

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
       via network card: Intel EtherExpress PRO/100
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE + DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not so far, but good idea :-).
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 564KB, 86 files so far
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 28 (so far)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Play goods and tinkering specialist shop

Additional comments: One test system so far, at least 15 more to come once our setup is satisfactory (we're migrating from SuSE to Debian etch, cleaning up our installation policy, and using proprietary and own software needing to be packaged, so there's some work to do). Our main goal when using FAI is to be able to rebuild a host in case of a hardware defect with a minimum of attention required. Aside from that, the transition from SuSE to Debian is bound to be much less painful if you can have the whole network complete it in a matter of something like 20 minutes. No, we won't do *all* at once ;-), but we obviously won't need to manually install each computer individually.

From: Steffen Grunewald, AEI MPG
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 12:17:28 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? more than 800
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4sarge1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.4.27 for Sarge installs, 2.6.17 for Etch

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? compute cluster nodes, arch: i386, alpha, amd64

How do you boot your hosts? PXE; netboot for Alpha

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? CVS

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 56 MB
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 549 (no kidding!)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Gravitational wave research
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)

Additional comments: see also Merlin Cluster

From: Brian Gannon, bgannon ad gmail_dod_ com
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 14:13:11 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 200+
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8 -> 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom 2.6 (2.6.19.4)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Servers and cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts?
             from floppy:  No
        via network card: Yes
    type of network card:  intel e1000
            using FAI-CD: Yes
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP/PXE

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Custom kernel so yes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? CVS

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 3.1, 74

What is the business of your company/organisation? Artificial Intelligence driven stock market trading

Additional comments: We primarily use it to build out cluster nodes. It provides an EASY way to reimage and add machines. Most of the FAI boxes are used in the computer cluster for AI Training.

From: Jonathon Blumenthal, jonblumenthal =ad_ gmail dod com
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 11:34:28 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Currently 200+, in the future it will be 1000+
Which version of fai are you using? 2.10.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.16

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Cluster nodes, web server, and DNS

How do you boot your hosts? PXE
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? SVN
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 5.6M, 1287
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 1225

What is the business of your company/organisation?

Additional comments: We are using FAI to deploy a large scale highly distributed HA cluster.

From: Jeffrey Stolte
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 13:47:37 -0600
How many hosts have you installed using fai? sarge: 380, etch: 23
Which version of fai are you using? sarge: 2.8.4, etch: 3.1.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? sarge: custom build 2.6, etch: Debian package 2.6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, laptops, servers, and cluster nodes (Mostly all Dell hardware)

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:  
       via network card: X
   type of network card: mostly 3-Com, Intel, Broadcom
           using FAI-CD: X  (under sarge, would use under etch if available)
              PXE, DHCP: X

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? sarge: no, etch: yes, so far

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? somewhat, using RCS
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 
   sarge: 70MB,  246 files
    etch: 56MB,  180 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files?
   sarge: 38 files
    etch: 39 files

What is the business of your company/organisation? Atmospheric Research

From: anonymous, dot nz
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 22:06:46 +1200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 10 so far
Which version of fai are you using? 2.10.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.16-fai-kernels
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?  yes

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Stand-alone small control systems.
  Not quite embedded, because off-the-shelf PC hardware is used.

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:  no
       via network card:  yes
   type of network card:  mini-ITX motherboard on-board ethernet
           using FAI-CD:  no
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:  yes(?), yes, yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?  yes, subversion
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?  25MB, 300 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files?  100

What is the business of your company/organisation? Production of autonomous control

Additional comments: Small computer systems (mini-ITX) are used for autonomous control, with a Linux base and proprietory application software. FAI is used to install all software during system assembly. FAI is a prety good design which is very flexible. As a downside of this, it is also very complex. The FAI manual is too short, and it was not straightforward to use. In my case, 2 different systems are installed (same hardware), which under-utilises FAI's capabilities by a long shot. Consequently much time has been wasted setting up FAI, though obviously a perhaps not so good decision of my predecessor isn't FAI's fault. I'll remove FAI from the project if I can. E.g. autoyast may not be as capable, but would have been much faster and sufficient for the job. Also, FAI is mono-cultural (it only works with Debian), and I object to sinking a lot of effort into something non-portable because it reduces my flexibility (of moving away from Debian in this case). You could say the same about autoyast, however the effort investment with that is much smaller, and it's not the only alternative by far - cloning a disk springs to mind, distro-independent, and disk space costs dirt compared with engineering time. Thanks for the software!

From: Norbert Tretkowski, tretkowski aadd ip-exchange dot de
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2007 14:33:22 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 500, growing fast
Which version of fai are you using? 2.10.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom build kernel 2.6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? all kind of servers (web, mail, etc.)

How do you boot your hosts? PXE
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 4 MB, 552 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 32

What is the business of your company/organisation? ISP, Server Housing, IP Exchange GmbH

Additional comments: Installation of customer servers. We are installing Debian 3.1, Debian 4.0 and OpenSuSE 10.1, each for i386 and amd64. Some pictures of our locations: 1 2

From: Toomas Tamm
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 12:08:56 +0300
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Currently about 10; a cluster of 16 is waiting to be installed.

Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4sarge1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom build 2.6.18

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
  (eg.: desktops, cluster nodes, notebooks, web server, mail server,...)
  All of the above :-)
  Actually I have not installed any notebooks, webservers or mail servers
  yet, but it is only a matter of time. When they need an upgrade, it will
  be done with FAI.

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: X
       via network card:
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: X

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes.
  Using subversion. I consider version control essential.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 714K, 68 files
  Please note that Subversion causes a huge overhead in the configuration
  space. I guess the actual files are about 20-30 kbytes.

How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 6

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education, computational chemistry (read: number crunching) group,
  Tallinn University of Technology

Additional comments: Floppy boot is essential since I have one type of netcard (dmfe driver under linux) which is ill-supported by rom-o-matic and I have no other option than put a full kernel on floppy. I have set up FAI to install a copy of the install kernel on all hosts automatically, and add that to the Grub menu. So as long as I do not upgrade the install kernel, I can do a re-install via a simple disk-reboot. I think these (the files in fai/files) came from the demo setup which I used to start my development. I rarely (if at all) use the files feature. The systems are customized at the "scripts" stage using cfengine. The cfengine configuration file is > 1000 lines , 47 kbytes and about 100 config files are installed by it. I have ever only used the (new) debian-installer once - to get the first installation server off the ground. I found it a step back from the old install-floppies when advanced changes were the goal. However, I had planned to switch to FAI already then, and I have never had to regret.

From: Tobias Doerffel
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 14:30:55 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 80 at one school and 100 at another school

Which version of fai are you using? since two years always the newest. Currently 3.1.7
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.6 from fai-kernels

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops, in the past also file servers, proxy servers and firewalls

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: for old firewall computers
       via network card: all desktops
   type of network card: VIA Rhine, Intel Ethernet Pro 100
           using FAI-CD: no
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yep
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 2,5 MB, 445
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 375

What is the business of your company/organisation? education,
  Agricola-Gymnasium Chemnitz and Andre-Gymnasium Chemnitz

Additional comments: The same FAI setup is used in two school ich Chemnitz. Using a specific FAI class for every school we manage the differences between those setups. One school is using AFS/Kerberos the other is using NFS/LDAP.

From: Tobias Herziger
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007 15:44:27 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? approx. 50 yet, will be around 200 in a couple of months.

Which version of fai are you using? 2.10 will probably change to 3.x this year.
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build (kernel-image-2.6.18-cxo)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? DELL x86 servers (web, database, cms, monitoring, mail, etc)

How do you boot your hosts? network card: Intel e1000 / DHCP,PXE
Which drivers are missing? megaraid (>2.20)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? not yet
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 4.6M in 197 Files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 90

What is the business of your company/organisation? CHIP Xonio Online GmbH

From: Dan McGrath
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 08:11:35 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Well, all my hosts have current been inside a VMWare machine so I 
  dont know if the numbers mean as much as say seperate machines with slightly different hardware.

Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4sarge1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? using the default 2.4 kernel

How do you boot your hosts? vmware boos via PXE from network card

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
  (eg.: desktops, cluster nodes, notebooks, web server, mail server,...)

What is the business of your company/organisation? production network for an auction business.

Additional comments: So far it seems like something I could find a use for. Many people (myself included) find reinstall's to be a time consuming process. What makes this worse is when you need to reinstall when your not prepared for it. I believe FAI helps by making you put in the "hard work" at the begining of your network by getting all of the replication, installation and other routines implemented and tested ahead of time. The result if that when you finally do need to reinstall a machine, chances are you just need to pop in a boot disk and walk away.

From: Emil Gorter, emil (ad) ripe net
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 13:55:21 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? approx. 55
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1ubuntu1 (shipped with Edgy)
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.17 from fai-kernels 1.12ubuntu1

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Dell Optiplex GX280 desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: X
   type of network card: (onboard) Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5751
           using FAI-CD:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP + PXE + tftp (no BOOTP)

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes, though FAI 2.10.1ubuntu1 (Dapper) which I tried earlier  
   gave me problems with USB keyboards.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No, but I have put some files under RCS
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 6.3M, 75
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 39

What is the business of your company/organisation? RIPE NCC

Additional comments: Previously we installed Ubuntu Hoary using PXE and an old static image on NFS. We kept the machines up-to-date using a script based on rsync. This caused problems when adding packages on the rsync master. Using FAI we update the package list for clients, and let the clients perform a real aptitude install. This is much cleaner. Using a partition hook I was able to backup user data to the network, re-partition the disk, setup LVM and restore user data. N.B.: I have bundled 215 /usr/local/ files (our own scripts and stuff) in a tarball, as moving these into the config tree would get messy.

From: Peter Gervai, grinapo ata gmail.com
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 16:32:34 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 18
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1.6
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? fai-kernels 1.15 (testing the config), custom built kernel 2.6 (final install)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? servers of any kind

How do you boot your hosts? via network card: broadcom nxtreme2, PXE, DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? qla2xxx requires firmware image, and I'm not sure
   whether faikernel knows it at all.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 240k, 56 files

What is the business of your company/organisation?ISP

Additional comments: Right now I'm installing IBM blade centers using fai, and struggling with softraid, lvm. Using Debian fai packages.

From: Christoph Schulthess, christoph dot schulthess ad post dot_ch
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 12:47:29 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ca. 100
Which version of fai are you using? 2.10.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6.17

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, notebooks
How do you boot your hosts? only using FAI-CD
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no: HP DL7100 freezes during boot process

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? yes
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 12 GB
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 1628

What is the business of your company/organisation? A big yellow company in switzerland ;-)

From: Mathieu Rozieres
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 14:40:00 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 14
Which version of fai are you using? fai FAI 2.8.4sarge1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.13

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? web server, mail server, management server, ntp server, heartbeat cluster

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:  N
       via network card:  Y
   type of network card:  Intel Pro
           using FAI-CD:  Y
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:  PXE & DHCP

Which version of fai-kernels are you using as your install kernel? custom build kernel 2.6
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No
Which drivers are missing? LSI Megaraid, MPT Fusion

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? I tried but the Sarge version is broken using the CVS.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 412M, 442
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 223

What is the business of your company/organisation?French travel web portal

Additional comments: Using FAI on production environnement with Debian Sarge. I am looking to integrate it with RedHat ES

From: Raoul Borenius, borenius_dfn_de
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 09:05:24 +0100 (CET)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 15, but there will be more and we are installing all new hosts with fai.

Which version of fai are you using? fai 2.8.4sarge1, now migrating to 3.1.5

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.8.4sarge1: custom kernel
   because of missing serial console support in fai-kernel-1.9.1sarge5, 3.1.5: fai-kernels-1.15

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
  stand-alone webservers
  stand-alone mailservers
  cluster nodes for mailcluster
  nfs-servers
  no workstations so far

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: yes (a few hosts where network card has no boot prom)
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: mostly e100
           using FAI-CD: no
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP and PXE, on SPARC DHCP only

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no, good idea...

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 752K, 136
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 40

What is the business of your company/organisation? DFN - Deutsches Forschungsnetz, Germany`s National Research and Education Network

Additional comments: We use it to install i386, amd64 and sparc architectures. On sparc you have to supply all fai-parameters at the firmware-level since there is no such thing as PXE or similar on sparc.

From: Gavin Burris, ga5in __ psu.edu
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 14:08:29 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 12 hosts
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.4 from fai-kernels 1.8.2

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?  cluster nodes

How do you boot your hosts?
             from floppy: rom-o-matic etherboot
        via network card:
    type of network card: Intel Corp. 82545EM Gigabit Ethernet
            using FAI-CD:
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE, DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing?  All but nvidia graphics

Do you manage your configuration space under version control?  No

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)?  17M, 54 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files?  22 files

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education, Pennsylvania State University

Additional comments: FAI has allowed me to install an entire scientific visualization cluster. If a cluster node should fail, it can be replaced with a new node that is booted with a single floppy and be up and running in fifteen minutes. Website of the project. Pictures showing the Display and Cluster: (1) (2)

From: Paul Lussier, @_you_may_ask_for_it
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 15:38:43 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 300+ actual hosts. But these are re-FAI'ed
  several times a month. Technically, we've FAI'ed many 1000s of hosts.

Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom build kernel 2.4.31.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Lab test systems, desktops, servers
 
How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: Only if we must (most desktops are old enough to require this :(
       via network card: Yes.
   type of network card: Various Intel NICs, some Netgear, some broadcom-based.
           using FAI-CD: Not yet, but we have big plans to.
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: Yes for all.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No.
Which drivers are missing? Qlogic Fibre Channel HBA drivers.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 15M, 139
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 32

What is the business of your company/organisation? Software engineering lab

Additional comments: We maintain a software engineering development lab using FAI extensively. Over 300 hosts are configured to install via FAI. Since we also maintain our own debian repository, we use FAI to keep these hosts all up to date with respect to all the "correct" packages. Because of the number of systems, we incur a significant number of hard drive failures, as well as require drive-size upgrades fairly often. FAI is indispensible for getting a host back into the testing infrastructure quickly and correctly! By creating a 'refai' script which frobs the boot sector of the drive, and setting our default BIOS configuration to boot first from the internal hard drive, then the NIC, we've allowed our our developers to "make a mess" of a machine and be able to quickly get it back in "pre-mucking-with" order consistently, quickly, and predictably.

From: anonymous
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 11:16:47 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? >1000
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1 and for old installation: 2.10.x

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? We need to use selfcompiled kernel because of missing drivers.
 
Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Cluster (incl. Nodes), normal application servers (web/tomcat, mail, dns etc.)

How do you boot your hosts?
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: [X]
 
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No, it doesn't.
    We are using areca raid host adapters and they are not available in original fai kernels.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes, via svn
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 2.7G / 18269
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 7004

From: Maurice Makaay, maurice.makaay @in te rn l.net
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 19:42:56 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Currently one test system
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.8

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Cluster nodes. We
have virus / spam scanning systems, based on debian. 

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: X
   type of network card: SUN X2100 ethernet port, supported by the module "forcedeth"
           using FAI-CD:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE/DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes.
  The SUN X2100 system is fully supported. I've had no troubles installing the system.
  All I had to do was add forcedeth to /etc/modules during install to make the network
  card work correctly after a reboot.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not yet,
   but it will be once this leaves the development stage.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 480K in 37 files.
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 5 files. About the only
   thing in there is the /etc/modules file for X2100 systems. 

What is the business of your company/organisation? ISP in the Netherlands, InterNLnet BV
 (hosting, mail, dial-in/dsl/fiber access, virtual provider services). 

Additional comments: We use FAI to bootstrap a minimal Debian installation and cfengine2 to install all needed software and configure the systems. Currently one test system, but we'll use it a lot more now we've set this up. As a start, we'll bring up a new anti-spam/virus cluster. After that, we'll probably start upgrading some existing Linux systems as well. About our setup: we first installed a Debian system and then the fai packages. After that, we copied all neccessary data (nfsroot, config space and /boot) to our dedicated Sparc/Solaris system that is used for jumpstarting different kinds of systems. This jumpstart environment already had a pxelinux boot environment, so we simply extended this environment to support the FAI setup as well. Works like a charm!

From: Peter Brownell, greenman aatt muti.tv
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 17:16:21 -0000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 15
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4sarge1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Servers and "cluster" nodes 

How do you boot your hosts? PXE and DHCP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No 
Which drivers are missing? We use HP proliant boxes which needed the CCISS drivers 

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Yes (Subversion) 
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 1.6MB, 235
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 140 

What is the business of your company/organisation? LondonMarketing, "Destination marketing" for London, http://www.londontown.com

Additional comments: We use FAI primarily for configuration management and change control for our server infrastructure. Every configuration element of our servers is managed, and (almost) every box can be rebuilt automatically. Our webservers work in a IPVS cluster, a new server will install itself and download the webroot without any user interaction, we only need to tell our loadbalancer that it exists. The main machines that are not currently FAI'd are some of our bigger database servers, which use LVM - and we have not quite done enough work to get FAI and LVM to work nicely.

From: Andreas Jobs, Andreas.Jobs X@ ruhr -uni -bochum.de
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 10:05:11 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 3 in production (1-2 for testing)

Which version of fai are you using? 2.10.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build 2.6 kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? servers (RADIUS, login, proxy, web crawler)

How do you boot your hosts? via network card PXE/DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? IIRC the driver for "BCM5703 Gigabit Ethernet" was mising (but I'm not sure)

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? No.

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 108 files 772K

How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 44

What is the business of your company/organisation? Rechenzentrum Uni Bochum

From: Sebastian Schmitzdorff | sebastian . schmitzdorff hamburgnet . de
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 21:50:44 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 10+
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom 2.6.18.3

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? server, cluster nodes
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 
       via network card:
   type of network card:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: X

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? NO
     Which drivers are missing: LSI MegaRAID support is missing.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Sale and Integration
  of professional server and storage systems. http://www.hamburgnet.de

Additional comments: We are using FAI to install linux based customer machines. It's easy to maintain and has saved us lots of time in the past. Thanks a lot for creating this great tool. For the future Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SLES support would be "nice to have".

From: Michal Svamberg, svamberg a|t civ.zcu.cz
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 22:43:26 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 441 computers
  - 124 Debian 3.0/3.1 servers (87 regular server, 37 servers based on Xen).
  - 290 workstations at 19 classrooms in 6 locations with dualboot (Linux+WinXP)
  - 18 kiosks based on firefox
  - 9 nodes at one cluster

Which version of fai are you using?  We use 3 servers for FAI:
  - 2x FAI server with 2.8.4 version of FAI (use 32bit and 64bit NFSROOT)
  - 1x debian mirror (NFS gateway to AFS), no FAI package

Which version of fai-kernels are you using as your install kernel?
     custom build kernel 2.6 and 2.6 with XEN patches,
     all kernels are with openafs-modules package

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
  - desktops (with gnome, openoffice, burning, browsers, java, matlab, ...)
  - clusters (with openpbs)
  - servers for openafs, camera, web, ldap, database, aplication, shell,
    nocat, gateway/firewall, print, monitoring, ...

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: No, only for reinstalation
       via network card: for workstation in public schoolrooms
   type of network card: 3c509, tg3
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE and DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? Centre for Information Technology,
Laboratory for Computer Science, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic

Additional comments: 87 regular servers (AFS, DB, print, accounting, vpn, freeradius, gateways, etc.) 37 virtual servers based on Xen (FAI, print, wiki, freeradius, testing, etc.) FAI infrastructure: - workstation using PXE boot and sending FAI logs via email - 2 FAI servers with NFSroot (every has 32bit + 64bit AMD nfsroot) with AFS-NFS gateway for $FAI - 1 NFS-AFS gateway (mirror mounting) - mirror + $FAI at AFS - 3 administrators (one is student), using CVS Plan for next year: - append 4 new classroom (about 60 computers) - conversion some clusters at META Centrum (meta.cesnet.cz) from systemimager to FAI Documentation about FAI instalation at University of West Bohemia. It's only in Czech language. Do you have some nice pictures of your installation? Public lab Yet another FAIwork Big pics

From: Hans-J. Ullrich, hans. ullrich æd loop.de
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 12:30:20 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 3
Which version of fai are you using? 3.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Mailserver, webserver, desktop, notebook
How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card:
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD:yes
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? graphics card "I810"
Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no

What is the business of your company/organisation? 
IT-Consultance (this is my private) and government (this is where I am working)

From: anonymous
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 10:20:54 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About a half dozen, but with many, many reinstalls.
   Once every ten minutes is no exception since I'm debugging scripted installs at the moment.

Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6 kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? All kinds of server and desktop.

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: Never.
       via network card: Yes.
   type of network card: TG3 driver works on it. I don'ask.
           using FAI-CD: One machine too old and stupid to PXE-boot.
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: Yes. Most common method.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No. Our HP workstations had a network card that wouldn't
  play nice with the 2.4 kernel provided.

Which drivers are missing? eth0: Tigon3 [partno(BCM95751) rev 4001 PHY(5750)]

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Not the FAI one
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 236M, including nfsroot, 17273 files, again including nfsroot
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? Just a few custom files. 13 files in total.

What is the business of your company/organisation? n/a

Additional comments: FAI is mainly used in our test/development network, where we often have to re-install servers for a variety of tasks. I keep all the servers FAI'ed up, and modify the DHCP server to give the machine a boot file when I want to reinstall it. I've modified fai-monitor to look for "installation complete" events and reconfigure the DHCP server before the machine reboots. I'm using FAI mainly as a super-powered reset button. Once I have the system up and running and SSH-able, I use my own scripts to customise the machine. The idea is to create an environment where I can build whatever server the situation requires, whenever I want. One of the things I would be very interested in is to port the FAI installation resources to one of our AIX machines. That way, I can install both AIX machines and Debian boxen from the same AIX server.

From: Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing, info %ad% tchpc.tcd.ie
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:10:55 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 356 opterons, 80 xeons
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6 on the opterons,
   fai-kernels 1.9.1sarge2 on the xeons

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster compute nodes

How do you boot your hosts?
      via network card:  yes
  type of network card:  Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5704 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 03)
      BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:  we used this to boot the nodes

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes for the Xeon cluster of IBM x335.
Which drivers are missing?
 for the Opteron cluster of IBM e326's, the missing drivers and "parts" were
	- the SATA controller driver for
          SiI 3512 [SATALink/SATARaid] Serial ATA Controller (rev 01)

	- 32bit compatibility layers for running 32bit, grub failed to 
	  install initially because of this.

  And obviously a year ago the OpenIB stack wasnt ready for use and wasn't
  available in the debianised kernels in sarge. (this is needed for our
  Infiniband HCA's to function)

How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 4.1M, 2777
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 559

What is the business of your company/organisation? mainly an academic research/support unit
Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing, The University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin.

Additional comments: The IITAC cluster went into the top500 list in Nov. 2005 at 226th in the list. More information and some pictures on the two clusters IITAC and moloch. I'm answering this questionaire based on what we had available to us in terms of software ~14-16 months ago. We've used FAI to primarily bootstrap compute nodes, but we're slowly adding to our FAI install so that we can bring up full nodes quickly if a node ever has a hdd failure.

From: Adrian von Bidder, avbidder [äd] fortytwo.ch
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 12:06:37 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 80
Which version of fai are you using? 2.10
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build 2.6.15

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, plus one NX terminalserver
 (which is basically the desktop plus a few packages.)

How do you boot your hosts? For Install: net, PXE boot.
  Some hosts are on WLAN which won't boot, so these are put to cable
  in a different room for installation.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No, IIRC
   the main issue was SATA.  Not sure, has been some time.

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? Subversion, yes.
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 5M, 154 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 196

What is the business of your company/organisation? IT consulting company, OPIT Solutions AG

Additional comments: Setup late during sarge lifetime, but too early for etch (particularly: fai was not ready yet) - so we install from a sarge nfsroot, but use "everything" (= KDE, oo.org, X, cups, udev, ...) from etch. Yay! for Debian's package management / dependency handling. This installation was done for a customer. It's Stiftung Bühl, Wädenswil They are a children's home for children and young adults with learning disabilities.

From: Carl Caum, carl ä_d cs.mtsu.edu
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 15:05:21 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 25
Which version of fai are you using? 2.10.1 (ubuntu) 
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.15.6 from fai-kernels 1.10.3 (ubuntu)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops, cluster nodes, various servers

How do you boot your hosts?  DHCP, PXE, TFTP
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes 
Which drivers are missing? none

Do you manage your configuration space under version control? no, but I probably should start
How big is your config space (Mbytes, # of files)? 382 MB, 664 files
How many files do you have in ../fai/files? 463

What is the business of your company/organisation? Middle Tennessee State University, Computer Science Department

Additional comments: To deploy and auto update Ubuntu and Debian systems through our department. Although FAI has saved us time and time again, udev continuously presents problems. I ended up having to give a hack of a workaround like this: #### .../fai/hooks/configure.DEFAULT #### if [ -x $target/etc/init.d/udev ]; then chroot $target /etc/init.d/udev stop chroot $target /usr/bin/dpkg --configure --pending chroot $target /etc/init.d/udev start fi Recentently we ran into a problem with hal and udev. I had to create special udev rules because we didn't want to add all of our users to the cdrom, plugdev, etc groups in LDAP. So I made udev create all the devices with the users group. Hal ended up having to be added to the users group to work properly. Also, we ran into a situation where we have a networking lab with a master node that has a single connection to the outside world and all other machines were on a private network connected to the master node. So I ended up creating a FAI installation that installs an FAI server that all other networking lab machines can install off of. That was fun :) That's also why my .../fai/files is so large.

From: Russel Hill; russh347 xadx gmail.com
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2006 09:23:16 -0700
How many hosts have you installed using fai? a few hundred, unless you
   count each installation on our test station (several hundred by itself)
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.3 plus fai-bootcd 0.3.4
   We are now in the process of updating to the latest fai (in debian testing)

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom built 2.4, derived from from fai-kernels 1.8
   (soon to be the standard 2.6 FAI kernel)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Rack mount servers, in pairs. I'd also like to use FAI on our development boxes.

How do you boot your hosts? Using fai-bootcd, soon to be fai-cd.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
   The 2.4 kernel didn't meet the requirements for fai-bootcd so we
   recompiled to include those. The 2.6 kernel seems to have everything we need.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Key Technology. We manufacture and sell food processing equipment
  (mostly sorters and conveyors).

Additional comments: We use FAI to install and update software on production machines both on our production floor and in the field. FAI makes the software installation fast and easy for our production and field service personnel. It also makes handling service calls easy because we KNOW what's installed. Our build servers automatically detect when source files have changed. They build, test, and package the various software components. One build server is dedicated to detecting new packages and automatically building an fai-bootcd ISO. Picture of our machines. The pair of linux boxes on which we use FAI are just above the UPS. The lower one runs our UI while the upper one does real-time processing. The remainder of the 1U rack mount boxes house custom boards with embedded processors for real-time image processing. The embedded processors also run uClinux.

From: Rudy Gevaert; Rudy.Gevaert _ta_ UGent.be
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2006 14:55:54 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? up to today 43
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4, but now migrating to 2.10.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom built 2.4 and 2.6 kernels

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
  xen virtual and host servers, mail servers, imap servers, general
  purpose servers, file servers, vpn servers, ...
How do you boot your hosts? dhcp + pxe

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? mpt* drivers, megaraid drivers, ipmi

What is the business of your company/organisation? University of Ghent

Additional comments: Hardware are almost all dell poweredges (1750,1800,1850, 1855), we also have a dell blade system. I'm trying to install a Sun X4100 with FAI right now. This is 64 bit.

From: Peter Ackermann; packermann=et=thomas-krenn.com
Date: Mon, 08 May 2006 11:13:33 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 500 Servers per month
Which version of fai are you using? 2.9.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6.16

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Servers and some desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:
       via network card:
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:  X

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?  No
Which drivers are missing? Depends on the Server, mostly block device drivers for
  RAID-Controllers (ARECA, some Intel, LSI), networkcards (Marvel Yukon 2 e.x.)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Server Distribution, www.thomas-krenn.com

Additional comments: We use FAI to install all of our servers for quality checking. As we use a costum kernel that supports all of our hardware, we can see imediatly, if there is a hardwarefault.

From: Jan Jansen, jan.jansen =a=t uni-dortmund.de
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 10:40:52 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 8
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom build kernel 2.6.8

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Mail/DNS/Ldap Server, DB+Terminal Server, Network Clients with different cfgs

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: often
       via network card: more often
   type of network card: intel e100/e1000
           using FAI-CD: not yet
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No
Which drivers are missing? No missing, but wrong choose of ethernet
driver, Raid Drvs

What is the business of your company/organisation? Producer of industrial embedded hardware (cpci), EKF Elektronik &- Messtechnik GmbH

From: Sebastian Broekhoven s.broekhoven _A_d networking4all.com
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 15:00:43 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? At this moment about 15 hosts. But there will be more. 

Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel-image-2.6-686

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? All kind of hosting-servers. Database, DNS, Email, Web.

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: None
       via network card: None
   type of network card: None
           using FAI-CD: Some servers.
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: All our hosts boots this way

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? None at this moment.

What is the business of your company/organisation? webhosting company in the Netherlands, Networking4all bv

Additional comments: All our old Redhad and Fedora installations will be migrated to Debian Sarge with FAI. We are using FAI to install and update our servers remotely. FAI provides us a base installation.

From: Sebastian Schmitzdorff
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 16:26:57 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 200+
Which version of fai are you using? 2.10
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Hosting Server and Root Server

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? easynet GmbH is a hosting company that provides 
customized datacentre/hosting/network solutions for business and enterprise customers.

From: IT Support Mathematical Institute, support =ad_ math.uni-bonn.de
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 13:34:29 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~80-90
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4 (patched)
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.8-2-k7/AMD64

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Desktops

How do you boot your hosts?
             from floppy: 
        via network card: X
    type of network card: 3c905C-TX/TX-M, Yukon Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T, ...
            using FAI-CD:
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE/DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? Only vfat that makes trouble with USB
  sticks if you're not root. We are preloading it now via /etc/modules

What is the business of your company/organisation? Mathematical Institute of the University of Bonn

Additional comments: We're using FAI to maintain the large amount of Debian workstations here. We have a large number of different hardware configurations. FAI does the job very well to handle these in a easy way. Before we used FAI we had to do the boring installation via Debian installer each time we installed a workstation. Transfer of common configurations was made via cfengine and a small script. (Cfengine in woody and the backport was horrible, the cfengine daemon often died and took 100% of the CPU until we finally killed him) The installation of Sarge via FAI was remarkably fast. Compared to the several weeks for the switch from SuSE to Debian Woody (by hand), we only needed several days to update the workstations to sarge (it took several days because of organizational problems)

From: Marco Jankowski, Marco.Jankowski aatt bfr.bund.de
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006 08:58:38 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~30
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.8 and custom build kernel 2.4

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Web-Server, Application-Server, Desktops, Notebooks

How do you boot your hosts? 
    from floppy: Actually from floppy with static ip
    type of network card: pcnet32 e1000 tg3 

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? 
Which drivers are missing? megaide(LSI)


What is the business of your company/organisation? Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
(BfR) is the scientific body of the Federal Republic of Germany that
prepares expert reports and opinions on questions of food safety and
consumer health protection on the basis of internationally recognised
scientific assessment criteria.

From: Guy Coates, gmpc =a_t sanger.ac.uk
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 09:41:19 +0100 (BST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? More than 540 in several clusters and for different servers
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? We use a custom 2.6 kernel.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? compute farm, web servers and other miscellaneous servers

How do you boot your hosts? Via the network card (broadcom gigabit / tg3 cards)
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? Some SAS drivers are missing from the stock sarge kernel.

What is the business of your company/organisation? The Sanger Institute is a genome research institute primarily funded by
the Wellcome Trust. Our purpose is to further the knowledge of genomes,
particularly through large scale sequencing and analysis. Read this article.

Additional comments: Main compute cluster -------------------- 168 IBM HS20 Blades (2x2.8 Ghz PIV, 32 bit OS) (picture) 280 IBM HS20 Blades (2x3.2 Ghz EMT64, 64bit OS) Trace searchengine cluster -------------------------- 48 IBM LS20 Blades (2x2.4 Ghz Opteron, 64bit OS) Web servers ----------- 28 IBM HS20 blades (2x2.8 Ghz PIV, 32bit OS) Misc servers ------------- 20 HP DL585 / 385 servers (various 2 or 4 CPU dual core Opteron, 64bit OS) Our deployed software stack is 725MB. Installation time on an LS20 blade is 153 seconds. (Machines have scsi disks, and we have a local debian mirror) As well as using FAI to install the OS, we also use FAI to "pre-install" the machines. The "Pre-installation" stage flashes and configures the BIOS and configures hardware raid controllers. We run two fai servers, one for installing x86 machines, and one for installing AMD64 machines. (I suspect that we should be able to consolidate onto one FAI server, as /usr/local/share/fai is also identical on the AMD64 and x86 servers). 17 Mar 2004: We've used numerous automatic installers (IBM csm, RLX control tower, redhat kickstart), and FAI is the fastest and the most flexible.

From: Bertrand Rétif, contact aatt phosphore-si.com
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006 09:57:12 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Around 15
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?  File server, mail server, desktops
How do you boot your hosts? via network card, PXE boot and DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? I just
create my company that provide computer services to small companies. I currently working alone.
Phosphore SI - http://www.phosphore-si.com


Additional comments: I use FAI to automate the installation of servers and destops I installed under Linux. I keep the configuration of servers under subversion, then I am able to reinstall quickly a host thanks to FAI and subversion.

From: Juraj Holtak, juraj aadd proaut.org
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 13:20:01 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 50 to 70
Which version of fai are you using? started with 2.5.x and are using 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build 2.4 kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? destops

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: X
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD: X
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE and DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? IT Service Provider, SCHWAAR.COM, ProAut s.r.o.

From: Mamadou Sow, Mamadou.Sow aXt lipn.univ-paris13.fr
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 17:49:15 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 5
Which version of fai are you using? 2.9.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.6.15 from fai-kernels 1.10.2

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops
How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: *
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: *
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? Computer Science lab of the Paris 13 University (L.I.P.N.)

Additional comments: In first time I'm doing some test.

From: Chris Allen chrisa xatx matrixscience.com
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 13:54:11 +0000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 14 blades in an IBM Bladecenter HS20
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6 FAI kernel

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Mascot server cluster nodes
How do you boot your hosts? PXE using on-board Broadcom Gigabit NICs
Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? The 2.6 kernel seems to work.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Matrix Science - proteomics software.

Additional comments: A real time saver for deploying the same Debian image to all nodes in a cluster. Thanks guys!

From: Xavier Claessens, probtech +at+ ulb.ac.be
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 14:11:36 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~70
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4 (ubuntu breezy package) and currently migrating to 2.9.1 (ubuntu dapper package)

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom 2.6.12 kernel because older kernels have a bug in pcnet32 module.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops
How do you boot your hosts? from floppy

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing?
 hardware are reconized but pcnet32 module is buggy is older kernels
 than 2.6.12. Not sure SATA disk drives works good with default kernel. 

What is the business of your company/organisation? Département d'informatique de l'ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Additional comments: FAI is great and very powerful but is still buggy. I hope 2.9.1 will be more stable. Also it would be great to have configuration examples for Ubuntu and not only debian. Thanks for developing FAI !

From: Ryan Nowakowski, ryan =ad_ britestream.com
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 13:41:43 -0600
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 20 or so.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel-image-2.6.8-fai_1_i386.deb from fai-kernels 1.9.1

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? manufacturing test machines

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy:
       via network card:
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD: *
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing? none

What is the business of your company/organisation? Britestream Networks. We make SSL offload NICs.

Additional comments: We needed a way to consistently install test machines for manufacturing. I started with systemimager but the latest release didn't have a 2.6 kernel which was required because of our newer hardware. FAI was easy to set up.

From: Andrew Ruthven, andrew.ruthven ==a=t catalyst.net.nz
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2006 14:56:32 +1300
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 30-40
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build 2.4.26

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? web server, mail server, generic server, customer premise equipment for wlan

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: via-rhine (Epia Mini-ITX) and whatever is on a SuperMicro P4SGR motherboard
           using FAI-CD:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE and DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? At a previous workplace I made extensive use of FAI.
Additional comments: Initially we started using it for building the wireless CPE boxes to put out at customers sites. However when I came to rebuild our mail server cluster I decided to make use of my FAI build environment to make my life easier. My use of it pretty much grew from there. It might be of interest you that the initial wireless CPE boxes were built by dd'ing a master HDD. Then the company that was doing them started using kickstart (Redhat boxes). We then redesigned them and started using FAI.

From: Marc SAUVEUR, marc at= 7ici.be
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 19:40:19 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? first 11 in 1 hour
  (march 2005), now i have installed 117 servers HP DL380 and DL 360 with succes and 25 Dell machines

Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4 last version for Woody
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? actually i'm using 2-4-24
					but i m building a new kernel with support for dell 1650 and 2650

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: Actually from floppy with static ip
       via network card: next step bootp or dhcp
   type of network card:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: drivers for lsi controller are missing it's mpt module

What is the business of your company/organisation? Internet service Provider, Belgacom NV/SA (Belgium)

From: Werner Fischer, wfischer äd thomas-krenn.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:47:43 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? currently about 5, number is growing
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.6.8 from fai-kernels 1.9.1

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? web server

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card:
   type of network card:
           using FAI-CD: X
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? Server distribution, Thomas-Krenn.AG

Additional comments: We use FAI-CD to install "pre-installed webservers", which our customers can buy. We have included the installation of SWsoft's PLESK control panel for webservers. You can find more details here. FAI is a great piece of software - thank you everybody who developed it!

From: Julia Longtin, risc =äd= volumehost.com
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 10:16:01 -0600
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 35-40, unsure.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4 with patches.
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.8

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
  (eg.: desktops, cluster nodes, notebooks, web server, mail server,...)
  all of the above. and then some.
  The primary DNS server of this organization is an FAI install, along with mail, ftp, www, wineserv...
  About half my workstations have been re-installed using my fai-cd.
  My robots were installed using fai-cd.
  Half my notebooks are fai-cd.

Which version of fai-kernels are you using as your install kernel?
      (eg.: kernel 2.4 from fai-kernels 1.8)
      (eg.: custom build kernel 2.6)
so far as i know, i'm using 'stock debian 2.6.8-2'

How do you boot your hosts? fai-cd exclusively. For reproducability of procedure.

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? So far, everything is supported.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Financial image processing

Additional comments: FAI-CD is now my primary install method, and FAI alone used to be my primary install method on my clusters. We use FAI for the reproducability factor. By burning a FAI-CD of our servers/software, we can at any time revert to a previous version, or perform disaster recovery. No "system administration" is performed on live servers. I've already got my subversion account for backporting/merging my patches.

From: Petr Kubanek, petr=kubanek.net
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 16:52:10 +0000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 4
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6.11

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops
How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card:
   type of network card:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: X

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
Which drivers are missing?

What is the business of your company/organisation? High Energy Astrophysics Department, Ondrejov Observatory, Czech Academy of Sciences

Additional comments: If you speak czech language: http://www.root.cz/clanky/fai-full-automatic-installer/

From: Sirk Johannsen, sirk.johannsen _a_t minick.net
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 15:43:19 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? approx. 60 by now
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.3
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6.8

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: X
   type of network card: see below
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: BOOTP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
  No. We had to customize our own kernel to support Broadcom Network cards (module tg3). 
Which drivers are missing? tg3

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes (tomcat-cluster), web server, mail server, java-application server.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Minick

Additional comments: We have 2 FAI Install Server (one in our Datacenter and one in our office). Both are synchronized using rsync to be able to install any host in any location.

From: Mattias Wadenstein, maswan(a)hpc2n.umu.se
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 15:06:23 +0200 (MEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Between 415-420 hosts.

    The clusters:
    190 nodes dual opteron running amd64
    120 nodes dual athlon MP running woody
    100 nodes pentium4 running woody

Which version of fai are you using?  An old woody version and a fresh version that we are setting up for 
  installing sarge or a current ubuntu.

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom 2.4 on the old machines and custom 2.6 on the new ones.

How do you boot your hosts?
             from floppy:
        via network card: yes
    type of network card: various, mostly e1000 and tg3 these days
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Mostly cluster nodes. We have 2-4 admin workstations 
  that are also FAI installed, and a few servers.

What is the business of your company/organisation? HPC2N - High Performance Computing Center North at Umeå University

Additional comments: We use FAI for a convenient and customisable mass installation of clusters. We have these pictures that go together with some text about the clusters: Then lots of various pictures of our hardware:

From: S. Kaikkonen, skaikkon #at# netlab.hut.fi
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005 15:23:33 +0300 (EEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Now we have only 10 nodes in the cluster, later many more
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.9.1
Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes / computers for networking experiments

How do you boot your hosts?
       via network card: yes (and sometimes from CD)
   type of network card: 3c905
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE, DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? No problems

What is the business of your company/organisation?
Research/education, Helsinki University of Technology, Networking Lab

Additional comments: We need a small cluster to make efficient computing possible. Also various networking related measurements and software development would be done using the same infrastructure. Utilizing the automatic installation and other tools / technologies the objective is to create a system that makes it possible for different researchers to easily configure / load a needed environment and also network topology.

From: Roberto Giana
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2005 07:34:07 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 3
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.9.1
Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? cluster nodes, single servers

How do you boot your hosts?
             from floppy:
        via network card: X
    type of network card: Onboard (RTL8139c chipset)
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP & PXE

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? no
Which drivers are missing? None. But IDE disk detection didn't work.
  I had do the corrections as mentioned in http://www.mail-archive.com/linux-fai@rrz.uni-koeln.de/msg02948.html 


What is the business of your company/organisation? No company, just home usage.

Additional comments: I'm running a bunch of small PCs, which I use for testing different software. Sometimes as cluster, somtimes as single servers. Looking for a simple way to set them back to a basic debian installation using network boot I found FAI. I'm happy with it!

From: Kenny Duffus
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 10:09:29 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? approx 55 machines
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.6 from package 1.9.1

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
      desktops (staff and lab machines), servers

How do you boot your hosts? from floppy/cdrom image of floppy, using DHCP

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? Department of Computer & Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde

Additional comments: much better than golden images

From: Christopher Huhn, linuxgroup =a@ gsi.de
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 11:11:10 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Only ~ 10 - 15 yet.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom 2.6.10 kernel.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai?
test desktops, test cluster nodes, web server, NFS server
Yet to come: mail server, HA clusters, other services (LDAP, Radius ...)
Our production desktops and batch cluster nodes are running NFS rooted,
creation of both the NFS root images and the local /var and /tmp shall
be done with FAI in the future.
Our notebooks are installed with SuSE, maybe some day done with FAI ...
(I already had a short look into fai4rh)

How do you boot your hosts? PXE, Intel e100 and e1000 and some
  Broadcom tg3, very old ones with etherboot-PXE-floppies

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing? I don't remember exactly, but I think XFS
  was missing and the AMD64 kernel lacked a 32bit compatability option.

What is the business of your company/organisation? High energy physics research institute,
   Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH, Darmstadt

Additional comments: We are currently becoming quite fond of FAI. In the long term our complete Debian installation (currently 500+ servers, desktops and cluster nodes) will be done with FAI. For our current Woody-to-Sarge-transition we are even evaluating if a reinstallation using FAI is more feasable then a normal upgrade from Woody to Sarge in some cases (simple services) It will surely become a central part of our infrastructure management framework. Do you have some nice pictures of your installation? Maybe we can shoot some impressive pictures after the installation of our 100+ new double Opteron Dual Core boxes in Q4.

From: Klaus Ita, klaus.ita =a=t ai.wu-wien.ac.at
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 16:54:04 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 5*5 + 2
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom built kernel (2.6)

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? desktops for
  training classroom (studends), developer tools/machines, java, openoffice, gnome, ldap-clients (authentication), nfs.

How do you boot your hosts? pxe -> dhcp

What is the business of your company/organisation? university, Institute for Information Business

Additional comments: We are using FAI for setting up our students PC's. We also install win-images with fai that are prepared with sysprep. For customization we are using a lot of cfengine that is started by FAI. setup time for linux: ~7min

From: James Bromberger, james __@= rcpt.to
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 09:44:33 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 60-80
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.3
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.4.27-fai

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Web servers

   How do you boot your hosts? PXE & DHCP
   Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Probably
   Which drivers are missing? Possibly sensors (hardware monitoring)?

What is the business of your company/organisation? Web publishing and advertising

Additional comments: Rapid deployment of web servers

From: Daniel Hamilton
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 22:07:15 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Cluster currently consists of only 8 nodes (excluding Sun server) 
  ... but plans for more ... lots more ;0)

Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.2
Which version of fai-kernels are you using?
      Custom build 2.4.18 kernel for Sun UltraSparc Server.
      Custom build 2.4.18 kernel for i686 Dual Athlon FAI Server.
      Custom build 2.4.18 kernel for i686 Dual Athlon cluster nodes.
      ... I like custom.

Which types of hosts are you installing with fai? Cluster nodes.

How do you boot your hosts?
Via network card: Yes
BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: Yes
Type of network card (i686 FAI server & nodes) : Intel EEPro100 (onboard)
Type of network card (Sun DHCP,DNS,NTP,NFS... etc server) : Sun 
Happymeal and 3Com 3C905c "boomerang" (PCI Cards)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Academic

Additional comments: The current installation is intended as a proof of concept for the CFD work being done on the cluster. To install cluster used for CFD work. FAI's great! Cheers! :0)

From: Kalle Happonen, kalle.happonen ä|t hip.fi
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 10:30:12 +0300
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Around 10 cluster nodes
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.4 from fai-kernels 1.9.1

How do you boot your hosts? from floppy

Does the default install kernel recognize all your hardware? Yup

What is the business of your company/organisation? Research, Helsinki Institute of Physics, Technology Programme

Additional comments: We use FAI to install compute nodes on a small grid cluster, and simply reinstall compute nodes in case of problems. Also FAI is used to reinstall a sandbox server which users may test & play around with. If we want to keep something new even after the reinstall, the packages and configuration files are added simply to the FAI class.

From: Richard Wonka, richard.wonka a|t altanapharma.de
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 14:45:42 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 20+
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6

How do you boot your host?
        via network card or cd using BOOTP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?  nope
          Which drivers are missing: mptscsih,aacraid

What is the business of your company/organisation? Pharmaceutical research, ALTANA Pharma AG

Additional comments: I had initial problems that have been solved in cooperation with the author(s) and a great community. Most of the trouble came from having to install very different hosts, x86 as well as amd64, with very different hardware-setup and uses. Not your usual setup, I guess. Also not being able to have one's own DHCP-server is a pain. We're now installing a small cluster as well as different workstations and some servers. All going well so far. :-)

From: Steffen Grunewald, aei.mpg.de
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 15:45:00 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? more than 200
    * a small Alpha cluster:
       - 1 Alpha XP900 head node
       - 10 Alpha XP1000 slave nodes
    * Merlin (http://pandora.aei/mpg.de/merlin/):
       - 4 Dual Athlon head nodes
       - 180 Dual Athlon slave nodes (picture)
    * a handful of other servers

Which version of fai are you using? 2.8.3
   * started with 2.6.x in July 2004
   * now running 2.8.3 (with the 2.8.4 sources fix patched in)

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.9

How do you boot your host? PXE (EtherExpressPro/100, E1000 on board)

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: 3ware support, in particular 9000 series

What is the business of your company/organisation? Research, Max Planck Institute
  for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), The MERLIN Gravitational Waves Cluster

Additional comments: We used FAI (Fully Automatic Installation) to make the move to Debian less painful - and it proved to be a great setup tool!

From: Manuel Kiessling, manuel+ät+kiessling.net
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2005 13:41:29 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 12
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? using custom build kernel 2.4

       via network card: all
   type of network card: mostly Intel e100/e1000, some SiS900
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: using PXE and DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? WWW search engines, online auctions, SMS services

Additional comments: I've used FAI to set up the server cluster (web/sql) for our new reverse auction platform. FAI is a beast at first, but once I could master it, I loved it! Definitifely worth the hassle.

From: Christopher Redmon, credmon|at|ece.utk.edu
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 19:55:08 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Approximately 40, soon to be approximately 70 total.
Which version of fai are you using?  2.5.4, FAI for Solaris
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom 2.6.10, stock 2.4.27 

How do you boot your host?
             via CD-ROM: X
       via network card: X
   type of network card: SUNWeri, SUNWhme, SUNWskge
        ARP/RARP, BOOTP: X

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education/Research, 
   University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Additional comments: FAI is used for reinstalling labs and servers. The original disk partitioning routine has been modified to allow for machines to utilize software RAID. Also, FAI for Solaris has allowing us to have code reuse, and to have a similar installation platform for Solaris and Linux.

From: Justin Beckley jbeckley=at_ece.utk.edu
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2005 13:59:19 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 40ish
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom 2.6.10

How do you boot your host? CD actually

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No, (maybe yes)
  Which drivers are missing: We had a PERC card it wouldn't recognize.
  We have already got our custom 2.6.10 installed before we realized
  that our PERC card was bad.

What is the business of your company/organisation? College Education

Additional comments: The default kernel is supposed to have PERC modules installed. Our card was bad, but didn't know it since the box was 7 days old.

From: Michael Gellman, m.gellman =ät_ imperial.ac.uk
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 14:41:14 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~70
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.6
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? using custom-built kernel 2.4.27

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: X
       via network card: X
   type of network card: Intel EEPRO 10/100
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: None

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education/Research

Additional comments: Managing a networking testbed for experimental routing protocols. Our project site is here

From: Daniel J. Priem, danielpriem _ät- flexserv.de
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 16:46:19 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 12
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.4.30

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 5
       via network card:7
   type of network card: PXE/BOOTP
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
     Which drivers are missing: none

What is the business of your company/organisation? administration of remote located server, Flexserv

Additional comments: ship preinstalled servers to customers including a recoverydisc

From: Guejo, glatapoui _at_ gmail.com
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 02:10:10 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 29
Which version of fai are you using? First 2.7 then 2.8 (by dpkg)
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? none, I use a customly build 2.6.11.5 version

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: no
   type of network card: no
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE with DHCP.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? no, a GigaByte Ethernet card can't be found.
     Which drivers are missing: sk98lin_v8.15

What is the business of your company/organisation? IMFS (Institut de Mecanique des Fluides et des Solides)
  It is a public institute about solid & fluid mechanism (as you probably guessed :)

Additional comments: Thank you. ;)

From: Henning Sprang, henning_sprang ät gmx.de
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 16:26:58 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 3
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.6 and 2.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.6.8 from fai-kernels

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: yes
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: realtek 8139 and others
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE and DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? seems so.

What is the business of your company/organisation? private hacking for fun :)

From: Ognyan Kulev, ogi _at= fmi.uni-sofia.bg
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 15:40:22 +0300
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 20
Which version of fai are you using? 2.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.4 from fai-kernels 1.9

How do you boot your host?  from floppy, with manually changed fixed IPs

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education,
  Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Additional comments: The installed hosts are in labs.

From: anonymous, unibas.ch
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 10:53:08 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~5
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.8.2

How do you boot your host?
        via network card: X
    type of network card: Intel: i810 e100, 3Com 3c59x
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE, DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? Academic/Education (Library), University Library Basel, Switzerland

Additional comments: We are evaluating fai for setting up all new Debian Systems, mainly terminal servers (Nomachine NX) and some standalone systems (notebooks). As an alternative I will test also the comercial cloning product Rembo (http://www.rembo.com/products_toolkit.htm), that is already licensed in our organisation.

From: Michael Tautschnig, michael.tautschnig _at zt-consulting.com
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 11:54:23 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~50
Which version of fai are you using? I' using FAI since 2.4, currently 2.8
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.4

How do you boot your host?
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: PXE, DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: I didn't try... :-(

What is the business of your company/organisation? University, Technische Universität München,
   Lehrstuhl für theoretische Informatik und künstliche Intelligenz

Additional comments: We are using FAI and the new softupdate-feature for the complete management of our system - and it works great!

From: Stefan Berder, sbe _at= oleane.net
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 19:39:15 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~300
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Used to use fai-kernels 1.6 and now a custom 2.4.29 kernel

How do you boot your host?
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: eepro100, tg3 or bcm5700
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE + DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: tg3 and bcm5700 but that's quite usual ::)

What is the business of your company/organisation? ISP, TRANSPAC (FranceTelecom)

Additional comments: FAI is used to install fresh servers for our service platform, it's also used to reinstall servers that are already in the datacenter without moving to this place (25km for work). I just installed 2 NICs in the FAI server, one public interface and one private with all my gateways as aliases, the private interface is in a special VLAN and I'm doing netfilter NAT between the private and the public interface to get access to the "outside". To reinstall a server I just need to change it's VLAN and reinstall it. I got to do that cause I use 2 repositories, none of them is on the FAI machine.

From: Mathew A. Chrystal, matt =at chrystal-2.science.nd.edu
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 11:12:25 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? approximately 70 machines have been installed
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.3
   at the present time i am using 2.6.3. i had upgraded to 2.6.6 but
   was having some problems with the install being unable to resolve
   names so i went back to 2.6.3 and it worked fine.

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? none, using a custom kernel 2.4.26

    How do you boot your host? Two types of installation were done:
 1) 16 node beowulf cluster amd athlon 2600 which used dhcp on the
    headnode and pxe to install the clients. card was 3c996b-t (gigabit).
 2) various desktop machines boot with cdrom and dhcp. 

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: some of the sata drivers were missing and i think they are included now.

What is the business of your company/organisation? university of notre dame

Additional comments: mass installations of user computers and beowulf style clusters. I have written a paper for
secure installations using debian and fai for a recent sans (GSEC) certification.

From: Andreas Schockenhoff
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 21:48:53 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 5 in production, 
   a gateway with packetfilter, a proxy for mail, http ...., a internal server
 with imap, dns, hylafax ....., our main server with a database LTSP and samba. 

Which version of fai are you using?  2.7 and newer :-)
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.8.1
  (I will allways try to update to the newest version) 

How do you boot your host?
   from floppy: Only if it  necessary
   via network card: PXE 
   type of network card: tulip, e100, e1000 
   BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? mostly 
Which drivers are missing: No. 

What is the business of your company/organisation? EKF Elektronik, Develop hardware for embedded computer

Additional comments: FAI helps us to set up debian systems. We use LTSP, so we need not so much clients. But I plan to use more Linux workstations. We install our servers with fai. We often have new hardware that we must test or debug, so we like quick installation of operating systems.

From: Ingo Wichmann, linuxhotel.de
Date: Sun, 03 Apr 2005 11:21:43 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 20
Which version of fai are you using? woddy 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.4 kernel

How do you boot your host? PXE

What is the business of your company/organisation? Linux training, Linuxhotel

From: Robin Schröder, tp4.ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 15:41:58 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 8 hosts (AMD Opteron Cluster, amd64), 19 hosts (Computer Information Pool, x86)

Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.6 (AMD Opteron Cluster) on x86 server,
   2.6.5 (Computer Information Pool) on another x86 server

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? amd64 Kernel and nfsroot from FAI web page,
   kernel 2.4 from fai-kernels 1.8.1 (Computer Information Pool, x86)

How do you boot your host?
             from floppy: Computer Information Pool, x86
        via network card: AMD Opteron Cluster, amd64
    type of network card: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 10)
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE, DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? research and apprenticeship,
Chair for Theoretical Physics IV

From: Federico Sevilla III, jijo =at free.net.ph
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 19:38:41 +0800
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 40 and growing
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom-built 2.4 Linux kernel with support for the XFS filesystem

How do you boot your host? From floppy. Migrating to PXE boot.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
   Which drivers are missing? We also need to work around the default LILO configuration of FAI
      which writes the boot sector to the boot partition instead of to the MBR, which destroys XFS.

What is the business of your company/organisation?
   Q Software Research Corp. is a consultancy firm that specializes in free and open source software solutions,
   including customized research and development work for various clients.
   
   Shopwise - Rustan Supercenters, Inc. is one of the leading hypermarts in the Philippines and is in the
   process of migrating their branches to a Linux-based Point of Sale solution developed in-house.

Additional comments: QSR developed a fully automatic installation system to support the deployment of the Linux-based Point of Sale system of Shopwise. At present (Q1 2005), Shopwise in Cubao (Quezon City, Philippines) with about 40 active Point of Sale terminals has been migrated to Linux using FAI. We are also in the process of upgrading the facilities in the Alabang (Muntinlupa, Philippines) branch, which will also include a Linux deployment using FAI.

From: Ben Vanhaeren
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 10:47:10 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 50
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.6
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.6 from 1.8.2

How do you boot your host?
       via network card: using PXE
   type of network card: intel e1000 and 3com 3c59x

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes, no problems here

What is the business of your company/organisation? Nuclear research facility
SCK-CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre):

Additional comments: We use fai to install new nodes on our Beowulf cluster. We also use it as a quick failure revovery system / diagnostic system in case one of the nodes goes down.

From: Ulrich Scholler
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 19:35:37 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~20
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4 running on Woody to install Woody
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom-built 2.4.20

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 
       via network card:
   type of network card:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:
 empty, but bootable CD: * (floppy was just too slow)

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
  It didn't at the time (FAI-Kernels were 2.4.18)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Department of Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering is a
department within mechanical engineering at TU Darmstadt. Our "business" is teaching and research.

From: Pedro Ferreira, pedro.m.ferreira -at- gmail.com
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 14:35:06 +0000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 15
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.6
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? build my own fai-kernel from kernel 2.6.10

How do you boot your host?
           floppy and PXE 

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     PERC wasnt working width the default fai-kernel
     missing raid in scsi low level drivers

What is the business of your company/organisation? PTC - DRI

Additional comments: I used fai for installing the following : PowerEdge 2850 width e1000, PERC and 4 CPUS PowerEdge 750 , PII, PIII, PIV We are using fai for quickly install some machines that will work as toolboxes, and we are also using fai for building an pseudo-recovery system. Fai is a little difficult to understand at first but as we go along its pretty easy.

From: Alexander Bugl, bugl -at dkrz.de
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 09:47:38 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? approx. 60 workstations
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.1 (production) 2.6.6 (experimental)

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 
    custom build kernel 2.4.29 (production)
    kernel 2.6 from fai-kernels 1.8.2 (experimental)

How do you boot your host? floppy + PXE, DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? maybe, did not test the defaults, as I use custom kernels

What is the business of your company/organisation? Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
  To understand processes of the earth system, and to measure their
  effects on climate changes.

Additional comments: FAI is currently used for installing workstations used by scientists. We plan to use the upcoming version of Debian "sarge" for all Linux machines, and to use FAI to install workstations and servers.

From: Jeroen Akershoek, Jeroena -at- sara.nl
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 12:49:22 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 40+
Which version of fai are you using? Whichever is current in Debian/Testing (at the moment 2.6.5)
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build 2.6 kernel

How do you boot your host? PXE or boot-CD if no PXE available

What is the business of your company/organisation? High-end scientific visualization

Additional comments: We use it for fresh installs of new machines and clusters and periodical update of workstations configurations

From: Vincent Kraeutler, vincent :at igc.phys.chem.ethz.ch
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 12:12:08 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 60
      45 dual athlon mp 2400+, msi k7d,  
      15 athlon xp 2400+, asus a7v8x

Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.6
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel-image-2.6.8-fai_1_i386.deb

 How do you boot your host?
             from floppy:      
        via network card: yes
    type of network card:
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: pxe

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes, as of kernel-image-2.6.8-fai_1_i386.deb. 
  before that, the broadcom NIC drivers were missing.


What is the business of your company/organisation? biomolecular simulation at the ETH Zurich
 and use fai for the (mostly) automated installation of our computational cluster.

Additional comments: personally, i have found the docs to be very extensive, but rather confusing and at times misleading and/or out of date. the latter is obviously largely due to the fact that fai seems to be evolving rather quickly. still, it should be noted that i have resolved my problems mostly by reading the mailing list and the source (very readable, by the way), rather than the official documentation. i would like to suggest that the following be added to the documentation: -- the addition of a flow-chart or some other high-altitude flyover of the fai boot process to the docs. -- a wikification of the fai documentation process. fai seems to have a rather supportive community. decentralizing the documentation process might help in keeping its large body of documentation well-written, accurate and up-to-date.

From: Jens Bergmann, jens.bergmann -at ewetel.de
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 18:46:33 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~65
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.6
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? custom build kernel 2.6.9 (added some modules/changed modules to built-in)

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: X
   type of network card: (vendor/module) Broadcom/TG3, Intel/E1000, Intel/E100, 3com/3c59x
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: megaraid (megaraid2 - new version of 2.6.9)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Internet Service Provider and Telco

Additional comments: Central FAI Server serving a dedicated installation network at 3 locations in Germany.

From: anonymous
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 17:51:40 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 3 Opteron Systems (planned 40 Sun VX0z Machines), 5 Laptops, 5 Desktop Systems
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.5BETA for the Opteron systems, 2.6.6 for the others
Which version of fai-kernels are you using?
   For the Desktop using custom build kernel 2.6
   For the opterons a costom 2.4.27-om (openmosix) Kernel, derived from the clusterknoppix CDROM

How do you boot your hosts?
       Via PXE, DHCP:
Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No.

     Which drivers are missing:
  The VX0z Boxes miss a driver for the LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c1030 PCI-X Fusion-MPT Dual Ultra320 SCSI

What is the business of your company/organisation? Teaching and Research in Computational Linguistics.

Additional comments: Fai is faster than Jumpstart and autoyast! :) I use FAI as installation tool for Linux and also Windows via partimage and sysprep.

From: Noah Meyerhans noahm - at- csail.mit.edu
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 17:25:50 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? There are approximately 200 hosts currently running. 
  These range from servers to cluster nodes to workstations.

Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom 2.4 build

How do you boot your host? Most are booted via floppy or CD. Some netboot.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
Which drivers are missing:
  We had some problems with missing drivers for newer hardware.  SATA and
  some broadcom network hardware.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Computer science research lab

Additional comments: Debian is the official Unix-like system at the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab, and all our machines are installed using FAI. It makes it easy for us to start all the machines off in the same configuration. We've found FAI to be flexible enough to handle the installation of numerous different types of system (including multiple Debian versions) with widely varying hardware and software configurations. It often takes some hacking to get things completely right, but the framework is there and is very usable. Additionally, we've found FAI's fcopy utility to be very useful for maintaining systems after installation (though we have hacked it slightly to be quiet in the case where it doesn't actually copy any file).

From: Heiko Zang, hosteurope.de
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005 10:14:29 +0100 (MET)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~250
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? using kernel custom build kernel 2.4

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: X
       via network card:
   type of network card:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? NO
     Which drivers are missing:  The former kernel-image-2.4.24-fai
     isn`t used in fai anymore, so no more important. aacraid in kernel-image-2.6.8-fai

What is the business of your company/organisation? Internet server hosting, Hosteurope GmbH, Köln

Additional comments: We are using FAI to install dedicated Internet Servers. No complex class configuration because FAI only has to differ between IDE, SATA and SCSI Harddisks.

From: David Hausheer, hausheer AT tik.ee.ethz.ch
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 12:04:06 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 8( 5 identical, 3 different)
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.4 from fai-kernels 1.8.1

How do you boot your host?
             from floppy: using etherboot 5.3.7-3c90x, with PXE/DHCP (from 3 hosts)
        via network card: using PXE/DHCP (from 5 hosts)
    type of network card: 3c905C-TX/TX-M (6 hosts), 3c905B 100BaseTX (2 hosts)
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE/DHCP only

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
      Which drivers are missing: none

What is the business of your company/organisation? Research (Networking),
  Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory (TIK), ETH Zurich

Additional comments: We are using FAI to setup a small networking testbed which is used by 2 different projects. We need to be able to quickly reconfigure the network configuration and install new software on all hosts. Also we can now modify individual hosts for testing purposes and if anything goes wrong simply reinstall that machine. 3 of our hosts are quite different from the rest, e.g., they are not able to boot from the network card, 2 of them have SCSI harddisks, while the others have IDE harddisks, 1 host has two harddisks etc. Nevertheless we managed to setup a fai configuration with which we can install all hosts the same way (but using different disk configurations, special chboot hooks etc.). We are always booting over the network. Fortunately, all hosts are able to run with the default fai-kernel. Only the SCSI hosts need a different initrd file.

From: Ben Willcox ben.willcox at british-gymnastics.org
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 12:05:18 +0000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 7, soon to be 11 more
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel 2.4.27 from fai-kernels 1.8.1

How do you boot your host?
             from floppy: Yes
        via network card:
    type of network card:
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?  Yes, except for 
  acpi which works with kernel 2.6.8 from fai-kernels 1.8.1 (but that 
  won't fit on my bootfloppy.)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Governing body for Gymnastics in the UK

Additional comments: The initial build of 7 machines was for laptops used as part of our in-house developed gymnastics scoring system used at major events. The next 11 are also laptops, but will be used as normal Linux workstations at remote sites, which are replacing old Windows machines.

From: Thomas Glanzmann sithglan @ stud.uni-erlangen.de
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 14:12:13 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? several hundreds. In production are 110 at the moment.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? we use our own generic install kernel 2.4

How do you boot your host?
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: eepro100 or 3c509b
		PXE + GRUB + grub.conf via network + generic kernel

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
   Sure it does, but we don't use it anyway, because we have our own
   generic kernel with some security patches and local enhancements like:
	01.ipv6-2.4-fix
	02.ea+acl+nfsacl+sec-2.4.25-0.8.71.diff
	03.autofs-patch
	04.2.4.28-pre3-syscall-FAUMACHINE
	05.nfs-wait.fix
        06.IGMP

What is the business of your company/organisation? Public Computer Science CIP Pool, Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen

Additional comments: FAI bootstraps our machines and calls cfengine in the last script to do the host specific configuration. We need absolut no intervention except for telling the grub config to 'install FAI' to reinstall a machine.

From: Charles Fry cfry at ece.cmu.edu
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 15:40:26 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 78
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? kernel-image-2.4.27-fai from fai-kernels 1.8.1

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: Intel PRO/1000
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University

Additional comments: We are using FAI to setup a cluster used for distributed systems research.

From: Francois JEANMOUGIN, Francois.JEANMOUGIN @ 123multimedia.com
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 12:28:23 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 6 already installed, 60 planned, using sarge.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.6.8 form fai-kernels 1.8.1

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 
       via network card:
   type of network card:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE is managed by Altiris Deployment Console. Last
  step of the process is to launch a kernel with loadlin from a small windows
  partition. I use a kernel extracted from the boot floppy generated by
  make-fai-bootfloppy. For several machines, I will have to give make-fai-bootcd a try.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
  Yes. (I have to check why I can't connect to the HP bl10e serial console, but
  this sooo specific and does not work even with some certified systems).

What is the business of your company/organisation? Mobile services (SMS premimum, imode and such) 123 multimedia

From: anonymous
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 16:09:46 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? One test host
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.3
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom build 2.6.8.1

How do you boot your host?
              from floppy: X
        via network card:
    type of network card:
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? XFS made always problems.

What is the business of your company/organisation? IT-Business

Additional comments: It is to be used for setting up hosts with identical configurations for longer time.

From: anonymous
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 15:09:26 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 25, monthly increasing
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? self-made kernel

How do you boot your host?
       via CDROM: 
   BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? Fully ranged ASP: hosting, housing and dedicated servers,
    Service providing/IT Outsourcing: eg. pirobase®

From: anonymous
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 09:45:19 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 32
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Kernel 2.6.x from fai-kernels 1.8.1

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: x
       via network card: xxx
   type of network card: 
e100: Intel(R) PRO/100 Network Driver, 3.0.18
e100: Copyright(c) 1999-2004 Intel Corporation
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP, PXE

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
yes

What is the business of your company/organisation?Research

From: Jay Kusler kusler at nscl.msu.edu
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 17:30:18 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 70+
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? using 1.8.1 currently, with 2.6 kernel,
   but have used other versions as well over the last year or so

How do you boot your host?
    I boot from a custom boot-cd, but have used both floppy and
    PXE boot in the past.  CD fits better into our environment.  The
    CD is basically just a boot CD: no deb archive or anything else.
    I generate the iso based on some script I found once (I think a Suse
    thing, but I'm not sure)

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?  Yes, but I do have 
   issues with the Compaq SmartArray controller.  I have found that if I 
   replace /usr/lib/fai/nfsroot/sbin/sfdisk with a copy from a woody 
   distribution, it all works fine (of course the disk_config needs to 
   understand about the /dev/ida mess as well... )

What is the business of your company/organisation? Nuclear physics research
National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

Additional comments: We use it to get a consistent, easily installed system. I have classes for workstations, for file/samba servers, and for a number of variations in between. FAI with cfengine2 gets me a known-good machine from bare metal in about 12 minutes.

From: Uli Fietz, Fietz @ BLB-Karlsruhe.de
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2004 11:17:43 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 42
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.2 with kernel 2.4.18

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: x
       via network card:
   type of network card:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP:

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: 3c59x ?

What is the business of your company/organisation? regional research library

Additional comments: We are installing the machines a clients only for web browsing with firefox in a special kiosk mode.

From: Robert LeBlanc leblanc at byu.edu
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 18:19:38 -0600
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 64 node Dual Opteron Beowulf cluster
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom kernel

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: Broadcom Extreme
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE, DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? most
     Which drivers are missing: lacks Broadcom network drivers

What is the business of your company/organisation? Biological study and research,
  Brigham Young University

Additional comments: We use FAI to set-up and reimage our cluster. Once I find the Debian setting to allow more rsh connections at once, our cluster can be re-imaged in about 30 minutes. Every setting I have tried does not affect the amount of connections allowed, but a bash script just reboots one a minute.

From: Gerfried Fuchs, alfie at sil.at
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 12:04:01 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~50
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? home brewed

How do you boot your host?
   type of network card: BROADCOM Corp.
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? no idea...
     Which drivers are missing: tg3 is needed for our hosts, don't know
     if it's in. And the special compaq modules, this is the reason
     why we brew our own kernel

What is the business of your company/organisation? Silver:Server ISP: mainly access providing; but also quite some housing,
    hosting, and other things

Additional comments: as (re)install image for the dedicated servers we offer our customers. two classes: maintained (no root access for customers, admin ssh key login), unmaintained (no login for us)

From: Trishan R. de Lanerolle
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 18:00:29 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 35
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.2
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.7.1

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: using EtherBoot CD + DHCP
   type of network card: NForce2
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No
     Which drivers are missing: NForce2 network driver.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut USA 
Institute of higher education.

Additional comments: Used to configure and maintain Computer Science Department Linux Laboratories. FAI significantly reduced installation time and is expected to reduce upgrade times as well. Overall FAI is a great installer. FAI is relatively easy to create a one of a kind installation of Linux, with user defined configurations. We have added personalized settings such as custom GDM logs as well as 3rd party applications, such as Matlab and PPR Print Spooler. However we did find the FAI documentation suffers from a number of problems, including a failure to correctly explain how to use Ether-boot instead of PXE and generally confusing terminology and vague and imprecise wording. For example it took us a long time to understand that the phrase "define a class" actually means to enable a class. We almost gave up trying to use FAI due to the ambiguity of the documentation. A thorough editing of the existing manual would go a long way towards correcting this problem.

From: Holger Mense hmense at math.uni-paderborn.de
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 11:54:57 +0200 (MEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~120 Clients and Servers
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? None, we build our own kernel.

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: yes (and CDROM if floppy is not available)
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: eepro100, eepro1000, tg3, 3c59x
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: yes

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
     Which drivers are missing: none

What is the business of your company/organisation? University of Paderborn, Mathematics Department

Additional comments: FAI is used to install several types of clients and servers on different hardware. With help from kudzu and severall bash-scripts all necessary hardware informations are detected. FAI is only used for a base installation (~60 packages) - our self developed software management system then installs all remaining packages. It is also later responsible for online-updates and configuration management. It depends on FAIs class system.

From: Arcady Genkin agenkin at cdf.toronto.edu
Date: 28 Sep 2004 14:20:44 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 113 hosts (106 workstations and 7 compute servers)

Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? Custom-built installation kernel to support newer hardware.

How do you boot your host?
  We boot all our hosts via PXE+DHCP at install-time.  Many hosts have
  3COM NICs (3c59x), some have Intel EtherExpress 1000 (e1000).

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
  When we first started using FAI, the e1000 driver was missing from
  the kernel.  Also, some hardware had newer IDE controllers, so we
  built our own install kernel, which we are still using.  Most
  probably, though, by now the default FAI install kernel will work
  for us, but there is no need to switch.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education. We, the CDF support undergraduate
 computing needs at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto

Additional comments: We have over a hundred individual Linux workstations, about fifty older Sun workstations turned into diskless X terminals, connected to three Linux compute servers, a bunch of Win2000 machines and a bunch of specialized servers. All of our user-accessible Linux machines have been switched from RedHat 7.3 to Debian 3.0 this Fall. This migration was a rather challenging task, but we are quite happy with Debian and FAI as the unattended installation method. Now reinstalling a machine is as simple as rebooting it, since the boot-up is controlled from our PXE server. We use FAI to do a minimal installation, installing only the necessary packages. All of the configuration is then done using Cfengine 2, which is also used later for keeping the configuration up-to-date. We like the fact that the concept of classes is shared by both FAI and Cfengine, and we use the same classes names for both systems. The biggest problem with FAI that we observed is that installing a number of machines in parallel (e.g. 14 machines) saturates the network and places a heavy load on the NFS server, hosting the mirror. Many thanks for providing FAI! Without it going to Debian would not have been an option for us.

From: Dale Einarson
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 12:05:19 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Now more then 20, 10 Lab computers, 10 in a cluster

Which version of fai are you using? 2.6 I haven't looked and the updates for a while
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? vmlinuz-2.4.24-fai
   can't say that there has been any problems with this... although  see later

How do you boot your host? The floppy built by an earlier fai version

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
   I have an sl98lin based card that seems to hang on DHCP.  Pervious
   version of this card (when on-board) seem to work fine.  the cards
   I have now I still have yet to get working (not enough time to look
   at it)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Centre d'Imagerie Cérébrale McConnell, McGill University

Additional comments: I have a background in cluster management and SMP presently I have 3 labs to support mostly students developing software ( 35 linux boxes) presently one cluster ( 10 DUAL CPU nodes ) I used to clone disks to copy config's... then moved to Kickstart... (redhat is/was a dead dog) heard about cfengine, never got to it... A fellow I worked with (Andrew Jenke) started up FAI... I am sold! FAI is a playground for out caffeine induced development! Thanks to you for creating something so cool that I can respond to :) Thank you all for your project and wisdom!

From: Harald Gröne ha at mst.hamtec.de
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 11:31:08 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 7
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.2
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.7.1 + custom kernel

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: or CDROM, if PXE is not available
       via network card: PXE or etherboot
   type of network card: e100,e1000, sis900, 8139too, via-rhine, 
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE, dhcpd3, bootp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
     Which drivers are missing: none

What is the business of your company/organisation? network security consultant

Additional comments: I implement firewalls, mail servers, fax servers, samba servers and terminal servers with FAI. All systems run for different customers on different hardware. I'm still struggling with the class concept to keep everything tidy. I manage my fai tree with CVS and I try to migrate to branched CVS now. Some of the systems are not static, I'd like to see some restore procedure in FAI, to read back the actual state of passwd, shadow, group, named.conf, DNS zones and databases (mysql) from some directory tree or mounted backup media. I think, this is a quite common scenario, so it shoud get into the examples. I had problems with SIS mainboards. Seem's, they had some undocumented bios bugs/features. They got very slow after 20 minutes, though Power Saving was completly disabled.

From: Cyril Bouthors, cyril at jexiste.org
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 13:28:44 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Already 10 hosts but 20 more hosts are planned.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.6.2
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.7.1 with kernel 2.6.7

How do you boot your host? From network card (nvidia nforce2 ethernet), using PXE + DHCP.
Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No.
Which drivers are missing: forcedepth

What is the business of your company/organisation? Jexiste, Internet web hosting.

From: Harald Staub, staub at switch.ch
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 23:32:21 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~20
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? self made kernels

How do you boot your host?
             from floppy:
        via network card:
    type of network card: mostly Broadcom 570x
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE + DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? SWITCH - The Swiss Education & Research Network
  Our two most important activities:
  - operating and enhancing the Swiss university network
  - registering domain names ending in .ch and .li

Additional comments: We are interested in the extensions currently known as pfai to get a configuration management system. When looking at the concepts of the tree of configuration files and the fcopy command, this looks like a small step for fai with a big win.

From: Philipp Sacha fai (at) blue-cable.net
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 07:25:30 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~30
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.6

How do you boot your host?
             from floppy:
        via network card:
    type of network card:
        BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE, DHCP


Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
      Which drivers are missing:

I do not use the default kernel, because i need support for the xfs 
filesystem. Therefore i have built my own kernel, version 2.4.26, based 
on the config from the kernel in the 1.6 package.

For setting up harddisks with LVM and XFS i use the setup_harddisks 
script from  Sam Vilain. I had to patch it a little bit, because there 
were some failures in setting up ide drives with software raid and LVM.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Cable ISP

Additional comments: We have slightly different hardware and we needed to setup different machine types. The machine types differ from the software packages which have to be installed. A machine type might be for example MySQL-, News-Server or MTA. To be able to install different machine types on different hardware i have implemented dialogs which will be shown when a new installation starts. In the first dialog one have to choose the hardware, afterwards the machine type and finally the servers name and ip address. P.S. I´d like to mention, that FAI is an excellent piece of software.

From: Nicolas Courtel courtel at cena.fr
Date: 24 Aug 2004 10:59:27 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 33
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4 currently upgrading to 2.6.1;

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.6, currently upgrading to 1.7

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: only when PXE is not available on the (old) client
       via network card: most of the time
   type of network card: Intel, 3Com, Realtek, nForce, ...
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE + DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No
     Which drivers are missing:

-> Broadcom 4400 (for newer Dell Inspiron laptops)
-> nForce (for some nForce1 motherboards, nForce2 also has a 3Com Ethernet)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Centre d'Etudes de la Navigation Aérienne
Working on software for air traffic control, we try original solutions
that might be useful in future operational software

Additional comments: Our FAI server is directly connected to 3 separate networks, and supports both Woody and Sarge installations: 2 config directories, 2 NFS roots, and 2 groups in dhcpd.conf, so that we can choose which system is installed on a client. Only one FAI kernel, though, built locally, and that includes the 2 network drivers we need for some hosts. And thanks for this great software!

From: Paul Nijjar pnijjar at utm.utoronto.ca
Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2004 12:46:44 -0400 (EDT)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Maybe 50 so far?
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.6

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: Yes (Static IP)
       via network card:
   type of network card:
          BOOTP or DHCP:

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? It recognises all network cards we use frequently.

How many hosts have you installed using fai?
        Maybe 50 so far?

What is the business of your company/organisation?
   We are a nonprofit organization. This project redistributes donated
   computers to individuals and groups. We use FAI to install Linux on
   some donated computers. The Working Centre in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Additional comments: Our purpose in using FAI is to customise the installer so it is easy for our volunteers to use (many of them have never used Linux before). I find the following components of FAI very useful: - Being able to put the installer on a bootable CD - Partitioning disks via config files - Choosing software sets based on the disk sizes/RAM of our computers - Good support via the mailing list Things I don't like: - Scripts/hooks are not stable between releases, so I have to merge changes to scripts after each release or risk breakage. My current policy is to do all my customization via hooks, not scripts. - The chroot environment causes problems (e.g. in using dpkg)

From: Oliver Eberlein
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 12:55:59 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 30
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? self made kernels

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: mostly
       via network card:
   type of network card:
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: now testing PXE boot

What is the business of your company/organisation? local telephone company
and ISP, Network Engineering & Design (NED), www.netcologne.de

Additional comments: FAI has eased the work enormously. We had only minor problems with the hardware detection.

From: Gilbert Laycock g.laycock at mcs.le.ac.uk
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 14:08:04 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai?  ~150 so far
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4, testing 2.5.5beta for the
  round of new installs due over the summer.
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3, (a 2.4.24 kernel), moving to custom
  built kernel.

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: Yes (older PIII machines with non PXE nic)
       via network card: Yes
   type of network card: e100, realtek 8139, 3c905
       BOOTP, PXE, DHCP: PXE and DHCP (but some issues with conflicts
                         with campus wide DHCP system)

Does the default kernel recognise all your hardware? No problems.

What is the business of your company/organisation? University, School of Maths &
Computer Science, University of Leicester

Additional comments: We use fai to deploy linux (and a win2000 image) to all the machines in out teaching labs, and also fro installing to new staff machines. Having such a powerful standard install system has meant a great saving of time, although the learning curve was steep.

From: Heiner Mudersbach, infos at fms-computer.com
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2004 20:14:17 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 
 In combination with Debian linux installations we built serveral HPC
 clusters with AMD AthlonMP, Intel Pentium3, Pentium4 and Intel Xeon
 (about 200-300 machines) and some AMD Opterons in 32bit mode so
 far.  Plus lots of pre-installed servers for customers as webserver,
 database-server, router, application-server and so on.

Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4 and 2.5.5beta (with upcoming AMD64 support)
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.6
How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: No.
       via network card: Yes, via PXE. 
   type of network card: Various, mostly Gigabit Ethernet like Intel PRO/1000,
                         Broadcom 570x, Marvell
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCPv3

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
We normally use our own customized kernels. This is not FAI specific.

What is the business of your company/organisation?
  Customized, linux-compatible high-quality servers and clusters, not only x86
  but also 64bit platforms like Alpha (in the past) and AMD64 (today).

FMS Computer & Kommunikationssysteme fms-computer.com

Additional comments: We are using a debian-based environment for testing purposes and pre-installations with PXE network boot and FAI autoinstaller. Right now it is only 32bit but we are working on the new 64bit environment for AMD64/EM64T based on Debian-AMD64 Unstable. Additionally we are looking for a port of FAI for SuSE and/or RedHat/Fedora, but this is work in progress I guess :-).

From: anonymous
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2004 17:34:48 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai?  About 40, monthly increasing by 1 or two.
 
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? self-made kernel

How do you boot your host?
       via network card: X
   type of network card: BROADCOM BCM570x
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation?
Full ranged ISP: mainly access providing, but also hosting and
dedicated servers (this is where FAI is used), both managed and
unmanaged.

From: anonymous
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 14:48:47 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 3 
different machines from different classes yet. A PIV 2,8 an PII333 and a
Pentium 166. The installation of the new pool (15-25 machines) was
schedules for September, but will probably happen to take place in the
beginning of 2005.

Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using?

I do only use selfcompiled Kernels. I know them best. :)
I do run 2.4.26 on the Clients and 2.4.22 on the server.

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: yes, rom-o-matic boot floppy
       via network card: yes
   type of network card:e1000,eepro, viarhine,rtl3139
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
I always use my selfcompiled Kernel.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education

Additional comments: I'm using it as Software deploy System in my local network. It currently installs two kinds of Systems: a) A Dualboot Debian-Linux and Win2000 client ready to log in (Install time on a PIV: ~15 Minutes, sysprep run included) b) A Debian system. Install time: 15 Minutes on a P166, 5-7 Minutes on a PIV. I install a bootmanager which gives the user 5 Boot options: a) linux normal b) Linux reinstall c) windows reinstall d) reinstall all e)windows The system will be used to serve roughly 30-50 clients within the next half year. Hopefully other faculties will use the system, too. All in all: Yiepie! I can stop wasting time with client installation and Maintainance. That was the piece missing to become a real System Architect on a Linux System. Unfortunately, now my jumpstart installation will become useless...guess my solaris boxen will run Linux too, soon. ;)

From: Mike Horansky moho AT stanford.edu
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 17:03:36 -0700
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 14
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.6 (customized to work with Dell 1750)

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: no
       via network card: always
   type of network card: eepro100, tg3
          BOOTP or DHCP: dhcp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? no
     Which drivers are missing: megaraid2 (for kernel 2.4.24)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Educational, ITSS/Stanford University

Additional comments: I found fai harder to learn than redhat's kickstart, but I found it to be much more powerful. The documentation took some getting used to. We are, to begin with, using FAI to build our webmail servers, mail routers, and mysql server.

From: Bernd Broermann, bernd at broermann.com
Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 09:13:05 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 4
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.6, special kernels for FAI

How do you boot your host?
             from floppy: Yes
        via network card: rtl8138, sis900 , 3c5?? all PXE
    type of network card:
                       DHCP:

What is the business of your company/organisation? IT-Service
for companys, Broermann Technologie-Beratung, Hamburg

Additional comments: I was looking for a Backup/Recovery which I can control over remote access. It should work for Linuxservers and Windows clients. Before FAI I worked with Knoppix, which also can boot over network. But on Knoppix you have to start sshd and set an password. With FAI I can tell the clients in the network what they should do. Setup of windows can cost a lot of time, even when there should run a lot of special software. critical applications should have short downtimes, when they crash. For Windows backup I used partimage 6.4.

From: Holger Levsen, hl at hbt.de
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 15:35:12 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~70 and increasing
Which version of fai are you using? As of 2004-05-24 we use 2.3.1
for production, but we will soon redesign our linux infrastructure
with fai 2.5.4 - both with Debian "woody".

Which version of fai-kernels are you using? none, we built our own

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: some
       via network card: no, has not been necassary so far
   type of network card: pcnet32 eepro100 e1000 3c90x 3c59x
          BOOTP or DHCP: BOOTP
                from cd: some more (bootfloppy burned on cd)

We boot them once for the first time from those media. After that, we boot
from harddisc only as we install a fai boot kernel on it, too.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? no
     Which drivers are missing: e1000, disc drivers are important, too: raid, scsi

What is the business of your company/organisation? HBT, Hamburger Berater Team GmbH,
 founded in 1983, is a ISO9001-2000 certified consulting company. 28 coworkers
 offer IT consulting and services, application development and business consulting.
 For more information see http://www.hbt.de (german only at the moment) or
 visit www.geofox.de (also in english)


Additional comments: We are using FAI to install (almost) all of the Linux-Systems (servers and clients) in a mixed infrastructure (Windows 2000 and Debian/GNU Linux). We built an environment for developement and testing of our products (E.g. www.geofox.de, a passenger timetable information system written in Java), which need many systems with different configurations. The characteristic of our infrastructure is the large number of sometimes slightly different systems for which we need about 40 different configurations for about 70 installed systems in FAI. To fit new requirements from these many different configurations we now need to re-design and re-organize our fai setup. At the moment we have eight (8!) FAI servers in our company: one for production, one for testing and each member of the infrastructure team has at least one "own" FAI server to develope and test FAI classes. Using FAI we are able to maintain this heterogenous infrastructure by means of about one admin. But of course the developement of new systems needs more manpower as well as using new features of FAI like fai-bootcd or fai-configdir from cvs. FAI is a very great tool, thanx for your nice job Thomas and all the other contributors !

From: alexander zangerl az+fai@bond.edu.au
Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 15:00:55 +1000
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 26 lab machines, plus a couple of test boxes
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.6

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: yep
       via network card: nope, too much hassle (for now)
   type of network card: 3c905
          BOOTP or DHCP: dhcp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? no, see recent fai-kernels bugrep.
     Which drivers are missing: ide-detect is not autoloaded.


What is the business of your company/organisation? educational, bond university, australia

Additional comments: we're using fai to setup a lab of debian systems every trimester. it works great, but the documentation could stand a bit of improvement (especially in the area of the client configuration files).

From: Haakon Humberset
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 14:23:15 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 10 different hosts, about 20 installs total.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? I have fai-kernels 1.5.3
installed, though I've compiled my own fai-kernel, as to support new NICs.

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy:  On some older hosts not able to boot from LAN
                          or with a non-functional PXE implementation
        via network card: Preferably..
   type of network card:  Intel PRO/1000 nic's built into our
			  motherboards for our racks, but a wide
			  variety of others for other computers.
         BOOTP or DHCP:   DHCP


What is the business of your company/organisation? Bioinformatics, Interagon AS

From: anonymous
Date: Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 17:49:34 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Still experimenting with four hosts. Could grow up to hundreds.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.6

How do you boot your host?
      via network card: PXE-boot
  type of network card: Intel Pro 100
         BOOTP or DHCP: dhcp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No
    Which drivers are missing:
  The Kernel didn't recognise the 3Ware-SATA-Raidcontroler.
  I built my own kernel 2.4.25, based on your config-file, and added
  3ware-driver support.

What is the business of your company/organisation? We do ServerHosting, 
offering root-Server with Debian-Linux. Would be nice to offer SuSE or
RedHat Linux to our customers in future, automatically installed with FAI.

From: Daniel LEPRINCE calibre at edf.fr
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 12:08:47 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 200 at this day
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? We are using our own kernel 
  based on GNU/Linux 2.4.21 or 2.4.25

How do you boot your host?
   from floppy: Yes on the LAN
   via network card: Yes inside Cluster Networks
   type of network card: Broadcom 57xx
   BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? Scientific
   Computing for a company of electricity, Electricité de France (EDF)

Additional comments: We are using FAI for the installation of our Linux Distro called "Calibre" on the Engineers Workstations. We also use it inside clusters of PCs, to make the deployment easier. We can easily control what is installed on each PC by using specific classes.

From: Frédéric BOITEUX fboiteux at calistel.com
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 11:19:51 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~25
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.2
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? home-built kernel...

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: various, with drivers rtl8139too, eepro100, e1000, tg3, etc.
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? don't know, I use mine.

What is the business of your company/organisation? telecom / phone systems

Additional comments: I've first used FAI to install Debian systems on boards without CD nor floppy drives. When it worked (and it works well !), I used it also for almost every install I can have to do many times... Uses of classes let me define some profiles, share some scripts, and I appreciate also the fact you can patch the code to suit our needs (until pacthes are integrated mainstream ;-)

From: Olivier olivier at celia dot u-bordeaux1 dot fr
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 15:39:25 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 4 growing to 25
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.6

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: yes 
       via network card: yes (pxe)
   type of network card: e1000 tg3
          BOOTP or DHCP: dhcp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes 

What is the business of your company/organisation? University

Additional comments: I use fai to the installation of all of our linux (sarge, woody) workstations. (pc's, and workstations).

From: Jim Mintha j.t.mintha at uva.nl
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2004 00:09:27 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 15 so far.
  Mostly servers although I'm about to do 10 new desktop machines.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.1 About to upgrade to 2.5.4 when I saw the questionaire
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3 (1.6.0 shortly)

How do you boot your host?
Mostly via network card. (3com or Intel with PXE). A couple of
strange machines (either weird network card, or in unaccessible subnet) 

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
   Which drivers are missing:
No problems so far. (kernel has all the drivers needed for install,
after we add our own custom kernel package with the rest such as fibre card, etc.)

What is the business of your company/organisation? Education (university)

Additional comments: We use FAI for the installation of all of our Linux servers. It allows us to very quickly install new servers and ensures that all of our servers remain consistent.

From: Yaroslav Halchenko, fai at onerussian.com
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 15:49:11 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 25 amd64 opteron nodes with 32bit Linux.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? none - used our own

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5702
   type of network card: Gigabit
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

What is the business of your company/organisation? University/Research
Psych. Dept., Rutgers-Newark, ravana.rutgers.edu

Additional comments: High learning curve but pleasant experience aftewards. The only problem I've encountered was apt hanging process during installation of some programs. May be it was fixed by now - I didn't run FAI afterwards but looking forward to set it up to be used for any other new comming machine. After installation the cluster was maintained using cfengine2 Cluster web page Pictures of the cluster

From: Aaron T Porter
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 16:28:26 -0800
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 215 in two clusters,
   one 80 dual xeons the other 135 dual opterons
Which version of fai are you using? 2.3.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? homegrown

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: PXE
   type of network card: e1000 & tg3
          BOOTP or DHCP: dhcp

What is the business of your company/organisation? Government/Scientific Research

From: Gabriel ILLOUZ, Gabriel.Illouz at limsi.fr
Date:Thu, 26 Feb 2004 18:30:36 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? a dozen
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.4 (just changing, before the woody one 2.5.3)
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? do-it-myself, (some machine with specific hardware)


How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: Y
       via network card: Y
   type of network card: MANY
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? nope
     Which drivers are missing:	
		(if I remember well, some mpt scsi, 3ware, some gigagbit eth)

What is the business of your company/organisation? research lab
Language, Information and Representation research group (LIR, LIMSI lab)

Additional comments: nice and easy to modify package. Using FAI to install automatically, new and old machine to have a homogeneous distrib on hetrogeneous machine. One objective will be to have a cluster of personnal machine during the night for corpus processing (Natural Language Processing)

From: Jordan Hrycaj jordan at mjh.teddy-net.com
Date: 20 Feb 2004 10:27:59 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? There were about twenty
 (or a bit more) different setups. The rest is just cloned. 
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.2
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? customized 2.4.20/2.4.24
  (I also need e100), will probably change in future

How do you boot your host?
           BOOTP or DHCP: fai installation mostly with pxe when available

What is the business of your company/organisation? domain development, consulting,
company name: Maxina GmbH & Co KG, www.maxina.de


Additional comments: Fai is used to set up the gw128 appliances that run under debian. We produce accounting systems for internet access.

From: Arno Wagner wagner at tik.ee.ethz.ch
Date:Tue, 17 Feb 2004 18:23:46 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 20, all identical.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.3
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 
  No special kernels. We have a stock www.kernel.org 2.4.23 for
  installation and an OpenMosix 2.4.22 for operation.

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy:  Etherboot 5.3.5-mc1 (was patched for us) 

   type of network card:  Netgear GA302T (Tigon 3 ac9100)

          BOOTP or DHCP:  DHCP. Also for normal operation so we can
			  select the kernel to boot on each node from
			  the server.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Research (Networking, Network-Security)

Additional comments: While a little difficult to initially understand, once you have grasped the core idea of FAI, it is very easy to use. We have an experimental cluster intended for frequent re-installation. Since FAI can install all 20 machines in about 8 minutes, we now do a reinstallation when we want to upgrade/modify the installation, instead doing individual modifications on the computers. There are no user accounts on the machines themselves, so this works well.

From: Andrew Janke rotor at bic mni mcgill.ca
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 10:28:14 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~50 and counting
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.2
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy:  Initially and then from fai-boot
       via network card:  Soon (I hope, if the PROMS arrive)
   type of network card:  Linksys (tulip) + 3com
                           Also ASUS onboard 3c940's but I can't find
                           a reliable driver (3c2000).
          BOOTP or DHCP:  DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: tulip

What is the business of your company/organisation? Brain Imaging Centre
 (www.bic.mni.mcgill.ca) and when I'm home, another Imaging Centre
 (www.cmr.uq.edu.au)


Additional comments: At the Dept. of Computer we used to use a Redhat kickstart install for a variety of linux clients with a wide variety of hardware, those times are now (thankfully) gone. I also use FAI back home (Australia) to install a small cluster. In short FAI is one of the best tools I have ever used. Difficult to learn initially but well worth it.

From: anonymous
Date: 03 Feb 2004 18:09:42 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Maybe a dozen or
  so since I started this job. 

Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? None, we roll our own kernel.

How do you boot your host?
             from floppy: Never.
        via network card: Yes.
    type of network card: 3Com Tornado and
			  Intel EtherExpress Pro/100

           BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP, PXE, TFTP, in this order.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     Which drivers are missing: Dunno, see above.

What is the business of your company/organisation?
  We provide computing facilities for a University institute.
It's called "Rechenzentrum des Mathematischen Instituts der
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München".

From: Venkata venkata at cs.uno.edu
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 2004 13:08:02 -0600

How many hosts have you installed using fai? 72
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3

How do you boot your host?
             from floppy: yes
        via network card: n/a
    type of network card: 3com 3c59x
           BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
      Which drivers are missing: none that I know of.

What is the business of your company/organisation? higher education

Additional comments: At the Dept. of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans, we have used fai to install a 72-node Beowulf cluster. Each node is a 2Ghz Pentium 4 with 1GB of RAM and 20GB of disk. We are also planning to use fai to install linux boxes in student labs. fai is great -- can't wait until the version for the next release of debian becomes available. Thanks Thomas.

From: Henning Glawe glaweh at physik.fu-berlin.de
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 10:36:40 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 139
Which version of fai are you using? PFAI, a fork of 2.3.1cvs plus a few
  backports from HEAD, currently working on integrating PFAI into FAI
  HEAD

Which version of fai-kernels are you using?
  none. we use a customized kernel (2.4.23 + nfsacl + libata )

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: most computers
       via network card: 2*laptop + 1*EPIA
   type of network card: e100, via-rhine
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
     didn't try default fai kernel for 2 years...

What is the business of your company/organisation? physics department of university (FU Berlin)

Additional comments: We are a team of 5 admins, so for better cooperation I patched FAI to support CVS (merged); we need on-line updates, so once again FAI was patched (half-merged with mainstream fai); currently I'm working on debconf support (seems to be working, so expect a release soon).

From: John Bazik jsb at cs.brown.edu
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 09:34:13 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~300
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? we build our own

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: X
   type of network card: mostly 3com, some intel
          BOOTP or DHCP: dhcp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? nope
     Which drivers are missing: broadcom ethernet (module-only source)

What is the business of your company/organisation? higher ed

Additional comments: FAI is an essential part of our infrastructure, we couldn't do without it. Thanks.

From: Guillaume Lederrey Gehel@LedCom.ch
Date: 11 Oct 2003 12:04:07 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 25
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: Yes
       via network card: No
   type of network card: 3c905
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
     Which drivers are missing: NONE

What is the business of your company/organisation? Technical School
  EIF - Ecole d'Ingénieurs de Fribourg (Technical School Fribourg) www.eif.ch

Additional comments: FAI is used in our school to install one computer room of 25 clients. Computers have removable disks, one with Windows 2000 one with Debian GNU/Linux. It took about 2 weeks to deploy FAI. Thanks for your great job !!

From: Ake.Sandgren@hpc2n.umu.se (Ake)
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 11:54:11 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? +120
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5 + patches
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? None. Only our own kernels.

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: X (on our smaller cluster and some older machines)
       via network card: X
   type of network card: 3com, intel and some others
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Not using default kernel

What is the business of your company/organisation? Educational, High Perfomance Computing
  HPC2N, Umea University, http://www.hpc2n.umu.se

From: Michal Svamberg svamberg@civ.zcu.cz
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 15:30:12 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai?
   160 workstations (30 stations use FAI only for install MS Windows image)
   20 servers (plan is to next 30 servers install by FAI)
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? I use my own kernels.

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: grub
       via network card: perex (special bootrom SW) and grub
   type of network card: 3c509, 3c905, ne2000
          BOOTP or DHCP: booth

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
I have a problem with AACRAID (not in older standard kernels) and I need
a fiber channel driver qla2300 (the driver is outside standard kernels).

What is the business of your company/organisation? education
  Laboratory for Computer Science
  University of West Bohemia
  Czech Republic

Additional comments: Workstations are installed on demand (from bootmenu by user), logs are sent by e-mail to administrators. We use BOOTP and DHCP, workstations have bootroms and use Perex for netboot menu allowing users to select boot options (operating system, reinstalation, help). We often use FAI for dual system installation (linux, windows). The FAI choses the appropriate Windows image, uses 'dd' to write the partition and resizes it to fit the target partition. At the university, we use FAI to install AFS, DNS, BOOTP, DHCP, database, print and other servers.

From: Jan Nabbefeld jan at sigterm dot de
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 19:05:35 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 3 but will be more
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: [X] 3,5"
       via network card:
   type of network card:
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
     Which drivers are missing: none

What is the business of your company/organisation? research, study purpose, FHTW Berlin

We plan to install a pool of 20 debian boxes. 

From: Ulrike Nitzsche U.Nitzsche@ifw-dresden.de
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 12:31:36 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? ~100
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: only the hosts with old network cards
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: eepro100, 3com with bootprom,
                         DS21140 (tulip) with floppy
          BOOTP or DHCP: dhcp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? scientific research, (solid state theory)

Additional comments: FAI is used to install cluster nodes and to do reproducible installations of servers. According the fai-kernel version I have to complete that for cluster nodes I use a self compiled kernel-package with enabled "big memory (4GB)" option and without initrd. A lot of unused features are removed (Irda, video, sound, firewire,...) For the other hosts a recompiled kernel-package without initrd is used.

From: anonymous
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 15:21:36 -0500
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 33 and counting
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3 is installed, but we had
to compile our own kernels for the Broadcom 9570 nic.

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: Only when the machine doesn't support PXE.
       via network card: On machines that support PXE, yes. Mostly dell 1750's.
   type of network card: Broadcom 9570
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP with static ip's.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No
     Which drivers are missing: Megaraid 1.18j and Broadcom 9570

What is the business of your company/organisation? Electronic Payment Management 

Additional comments: FAI has made our transition from RedHat to Debian one of the most painless efforts I have ever had the pleasure of completing. Thanks for your effort.

From: Jacques Foury Jacques.Foury@math.u-bordeaux.fr
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 16:50:20 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 16, growing
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3 but we recently built our own 2.4.21 kernel

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy:yes if old PC 
       via network card:yes
   type of network card:intel e1000
          BOOTP or DHCP:DHCP with fixed addresses

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No, then we built new one
Which drivers are missing: 3w-xxxx aic79xx

What is the business of your company/organisation? University

Additional comments: It is a pity Woody does not give the last fai package... and the fai-kernels should be up-to-date and generic as often as possible ! Indeed a great work !!! Thank you Thomas !

From: Ari Pollak ari@debian.org
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 09:13:34 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 12+
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 2.4.20

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: yes
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP, with static server IP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes

What is the business of your company/organisation? College of computer & information science

From: Joerg Lehmann Joerg.Lehmann@Physik.Uni-Augsburg.DE
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 14:00:55 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? Around 80 at the moment
Which version of fai are you using? 2.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? None, we use our own customized kernels

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: Yes (old hosts)
       via network card: Yes (new hosts)
   type of network card: various types (mostly Intel e100)
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? 
    Does not apply since we use our self-built kernels

What is the business of your company/organisation? University,
Universität Augsburg, Institut für Physik

Additional comments: We started using FAI some years ago for the installation and the administration of Linux desktop systems. Subsequently, we started deploying Linux servers with the help of FAI. Our most recent FAI project was a Linux cluster with one master (IBM x345) and 16 compute nodes (IBM x335). For the administration of the clients, we use a stripped down version of the FAI install script, which works quite well.

From: Souchon Yann
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 11:42:05 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 5
Which version of fai are you using?  2.5
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: No
       via network card: Yes
   type of network card: Broadcom 9570 (DELL PowerEdge 1750)
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No
     Which drivers are missing: Megaraid 1.18j, Broadcom 9570 

What is the business of your company/organisation? Development + Hosting

Additional comments: FAI is great and very useful. Many thanks Thomas for your work !!!

From: anonymous
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 12:42:27 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? about 30
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3

How do you boot your host?
       via network card:  yes
   type of network card:  RealTek onboard 8139C Chipset, PXE boot rom
          BOOTP or DHCP:  DHCP
          
Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
     Which drivers are missing: none, at the moment ;-)
     
What is the business of your company/organisation? Network Security / Developement

Additional comments: we're using FAI to install our IDS (based on SNORT, but very much imporoved) on our IDS hardware boxes. In future, i'll try to create a FAI boot cd to install the whole system, including our own packages, so that we can ship the IDS also as a cd standalone version. this will be very tricky because we want the ids to support a variety of hardware... i'm not sure if i'll be able to successfully complete that tast, but at least, i'll give it a try ;-)

From: Andrew Agno
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 07:58:01 -0700
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 40 + repeats.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3
How do you boot your host?
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: 3Com 3c59x driver ;
		   Via-rhine built-in for Via Epia M10000, M9000, M800; 

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware?
Yes, although the X detection misses the on-board via driver
-- should be vesa or trident.

What is the business of your company/organisation?  AI Research in our group

You can also add some words, how you are using FAI in your company.

Additional comments: FAI is used for the centibots project, http://www.ai.sri.com/centibots/ Love the product--it's fantastic as a rescue system, too.

From: Jacob Weismann Poulsen jwp@dmi.dk
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2003 12:08:50 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? around 85 at the moment
Which version of fai are you using? a patched version of 2.3.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? none of them

How do you boot your hosts?
            from floppy: yes
            from cdrom:  yes
       via network card:
   type of network card:
          BOOTP or DHCP: BOOTP (boot-menu as well as install-kernel 
		  are downloaded via TFTP)

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? we use our own customized kernels

What is the business of your company/organisation? weather forecasts and research (http://www.dmi.dk)

From: Arnaud Lauriou lauriou@enst.fr
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 15:39:16 +0200 (CEST)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 30
Which version of fai are you using? 2.2.3
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? We don't use the FAI kernel,
we use our own kernel.

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: Yes
       via network card: Yes (with PXE)
   type of network card:
          BOOTP or DHCP: DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No, so we decide to use our own kernel.

What is the business of your company/organisation? Educational (engineering school).
  Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, PARIS, FRANCE

From: Aurélien Gâteau
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 13:58:08 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai?
   A dozen right now, we will install a lot more soon, when the product
   we developed is officially launched.
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5.3

How do you boot your host?
We use a floppy which boot the system, get an IP from our local DHCP server, 
then mount the FAI nfsroot. The FAI server address and the target hostname 
are hardcoded into the server through kernel options.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? No problem, works fine

What is the business of your company/organisation? We develop dental aid software.

Additional comments: FAI is great, this is really the tool we were looking for. Keep up the good work!

From: Ludwig Schwardt schwardt@sun.ac.za
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 10:37:21 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? About 5 and counting.
Which version of fai are you using?2.4.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using?  1.5.1

How do you boot your host? From floppy.

I've modified make-fai-bootfloppy quite a bit, added initrd support to
handle my nforce2 network card (I know you don't like this very much,
but there was no other way, plus I really wanted those
motherboards...). I still use DHCP to get network settings
though. I've also added an optional manual override to the network
settings during bootup, for computers whose DHCP settings are
unavailable. For this I had to hack ash/busybox a bit.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? NO

Which drivers are missing: nvnet nForce2 network card.
Unfortunately this is a proprietary NVidia driver with no way of using
it besides via initrd. That's why I am also interested in fai-bootcd, 
which would make this problem go away.

Upgrading to Debian and simultaneous hacking of 
FAI is a rather slow process at the moment, given that people are still
using their computers...

What is the business of your company/organisation? Engineering research.

Additional comments: Thanks for a very nice package! The Digital Signal Processing Lab here at the University of Stellenbosch has been a Linux environment for more than 7 years now. We've got about 30 machines running various distros, from Redhat 5 (!) to Debian sarge. They mostly serve as workstations and for running simulations. I've helped push the lab towards Debian for ease of maintenance, and FAI fits right in there. Especially after reading infrastructures.org, I became convinced that this is a good road to go down. The biggest obstacle is the fact that the lab hardware is very heterogeneous. Sitting in South Africa, we mind our budget very carefully, and always go for the best deals we can get. Unfortunately we therefore don't buy PXE network cards or 100 identical computers at a time. A lot of legacy systems remain, combined with very recent and less supported hardware. The FAI system has made it easier, though, and I am satisfied with the results so far. I've been hacking at fai since May this year... I might send you patches once I've figured out what I've done myself :-> Thanks again for a nice system!

From: Alex Pothaar a.pothaar@rc.rug.nl
Date: 23 Jul 2003 12:03:03 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 40+ workstations and servers
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using? 1.5

How do you boot your host? Intel 100 networkcard using PXE2.0

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes. 

What is the business of your company/organisation? University
  Rekencentrum Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Additional comments: We have used FAI for installation of servers for some time now. Recently we had to design an enviroment for storing and processing of fMRI-scanner data (neuroimaging project for http://www.rug.nl/bcn). These systems had to be installed and supported by non-linux staff. The setup consists of servers, a SAN connection and about 40 workstations. Installationprocedures are reduced to editing some files (dhcp, classes) and pressing <F12> (PXE networkboot) for an unattended install. In less than 15 minutes a Debian GNU/Linux with software and vmware (for a proprietary OS) is installed, preserving local data. FAI is great stuff. Keep up the good work!

From: Daniel Myers dmyers@pomona.edu
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 20:04:55 -0400
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 30+

Additional comments: I work in the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole,MA). I just thought I'd let you know that I've used FAI with great success to set up the computing laboratory for the Workshop on Molecular Evolution at the Marine Biological Laboratory (http://newfish.mbl.edu). Using FAI, we were able to get 30+ workstations up and running (starting with an empty room) in the space of about a day--thanks much for some excellent software.

From: Philipp Grau
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 14:21:39 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 
  We are currently planing the installations of about 40 Linux computer as x-terminals
  and about 40 Servers via fai.
Which version of fai you are using? 2.4.1

How do you boot your host? 
       via network card: x
   type of network card: 3com

Do you use bootp or dhcp? dhcp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes
     Which drivers are missing: none

From: Joshua Moore
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 16:55:28 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 4 currently. The final
  system will be 40+ as soon as netboot is configured.

How do you boot your host? Currently we boot from floppy, then the
  information is pulled over by bootptab. At DKFZ, however, we are
  part of a large network, so there is also a main bootptab running
  over yp-server and dhcp. There are problems due to this. We would
  like to use pure netboot as soon as possible.

Do you use bootp or dhcp? bootp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes. We've had to kernel problems.

Additional comments: My biggest problems, I think, have always been with ssh. Notice above what I had to do to get it running, and I >STILL< can't ssh in to a installing machine. Much of this ssh setup should be self-configuring during "fai-setup". In general, though I'm thoroughly happy with FAI, I would have to say that the version 1.3.1 should definitely NOT be in stable. The changes I had to make there were extreme. Even tracking down the posix problem in make-fai-nfsroot was a bit extreme. A typical user, simply shouldn't be expected to go through such lengths. Nevertheless, I would be very interested in your work for solaris. We also have +20 Solaris machines, which I could possible tie into the one cluster.

From: Francois CONTAT
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 12:02:45 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? pratically 1 for
  the moment, 15 in the future
Which version of fai you are using? 2.4.1

How do you boot your host?
       via network card:Y
   type of network card:eepro100 (Intel ethernet express pro 100)

Do you use bootp or dhcp? None, fixed-address

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes

Additional comments: Appears that there is a big problem in the make-fai-bootfloppy script. The root data is supplied with the nfsroot value, and nfsroot is left blank. Needed to change manually the script at the lilo and grub section to add the good nfsroot and root value. I hope this will be corrected. Really thank you for this work.

From: Stephane FRITSCH
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 12:03:13 +0100
How many hosts have you installed using fai?
 2 installations servers (yes, FAI servers are installed with FAI :-)
 we plan to use it to deploy debian linux onto users' desktops,
 laptops and devlp servers

Which version of fai you are using? fai:2.4.1 fai-kernels:1.5.3

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy: yes, with dhcp and static IP passed as a
                         parameter to the kernel from the boot menu 
       via network card: no, not currently but this may change if we decide it
   type of network card: eepro100 mainly
Do you use bootp or dhcp? we use dhcp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? no drivers are missing
  right now but we haven't tried all our configurations yet.

Additional comments: No, we use FAI to install classical server and desktop on our LAN. We want all our machines to share the same settings and the same package set (well, mostly the same settings). And of course, we want to do a unattended install of debian/linux over the network. In the future, we will probably also experiment cdrom-based FAI installation to configure dedicated server at customers' place.

From: Niklaus Giger ngiger@mus.ch
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 21:38:55 +0200
How many hosts have you installed using fai? 3
Which version of fai are you using? 2.4.1
Which version of fai-kernels are you using?

How do you boot your host?
            from floppy:
       via network card: yes
   type of network card: built-in
          BOOTP or DHCP: dhcp

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? yes
     Which drivers are missing: eepro100

What is the business of your company/organisation? I am using this just for my 
  fun at our home with 2 IntelPCs and 2 Macs. Next week I will setup a neighbours one. 

From: Florent DEMURE florent_demure@yahoo.fr
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 16:17:02 +0100 (CET)
How many hosts have you installed using fai? One, but the install is quite not finished at the moment
Which version of fai you are using? 2.3.1
How do you boot your host? from floppy: 

Do you use bootp or dhcp? dhcp, becauses it forces you to reload
  manually each time you change something

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware? Yes

Additional comments: I'd like to thank you one more time, because thanks to your work, i was given an interesting and useful project (the Nautibus - computer science area - plans to use FAI in a close future), even if i spent hours on errors (Linux newbies are newbies :D)

From: Susan G. Kleinmann
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 12:14:23 -0500
How many host have you installed using fai ? None
Which version of fai you are using ?  2.2.3

How do you boot your host ?
            from floppy: 
       via network card: X
   type of network card: 3C905C-TX-M

Do you use bootp or dhcp ? DHCP

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware ? I used my own 2.4.X kernel.
     Which drivers are missing:  Mostly I was interested in having support
                          for the I845 chipset.

Additional comments: I had the following questions about using fai, which eventually led me to use a manual install rather than an fai install: 1. Do I have to have RARP and NIS working on my server to use fai? Off-topic: Do RARP and NIS have to be working on my server in order to execute a remote install, whether or not I am using fai to do it? 2. Why can't debdist be 'unstable'? 3. Isn't it true that _either_ FAI_DEBOOTSTRAP _or_ FAI_BASETGZ should be defined, but not both? It's not clear whether all the configuration parameters have to be set, and whether one should specifically not set some parameters if others are set. 4. I don't have a lot of space left on /usr/local/share, so I would have liked to change the default value for FAI_CONFIGDIR. But I needed to know -- how big does this directory have to be? -- what ownership/permissions does it need? 5. Why does the fai install process require fixed IP addresses? I'd like to use dhcp without fixed addresses. This problem was really the reason why I finally decided to do the installation manually. FWIW, this is my situation/configuration: Currently, I run a sid system on my workstation. For testing purposes, I also used debootstrap to install potato and woody on separate partitions. Recently, I ran out of disk space, and decided to get a new computer (because the disk controller is old and slow). For this new computer, I chose not to get yet another floppy and CD-ROM, since I rarely use either. Therefore, I needed to do a remote install. I needed to build a custom kernel, since the motherboard (ASUS P4B) was fairly recent and required new drivers (particularly for the I845 chipset). I often have need for DHCP here (Windows visitors), so I wanted to set up DHCP on my server anyway. I was trying to figure out how to use fai in such a way that I could (a) use my custom kernel, (b) use my woody partition that was already insalled on my current (old) workstation, and (c) use DHCP. When I finally succeeded in getting DHCP to recognize the NFS-boot server with the custom kernel I'd built, I went ahead and proceeded with the roll-my-own install.

From: Matthew Palmer mjp16@ieee.uow.edu.au
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 10:30:53 +1000 (EST)
How many host have you installed using fai ? No complete installs. Teething problems.
Which version of fai you are using ? 2.0
 
How do you boot your host ? floppy disk.

Do you use bootp or dhcp ?  DHCP.  I have to support Windows clients as
well, and I wanted a single daemon to mess with, rather than several.

Does the default kernel recognize all your hardware ? On every machine tried so far.

Additional comments: Doesn't work on base2_3.tgz and woody packages. Intend to use Potato install and an immediate upgrade to Woody on install clients. What is the business of your company/organisation? Student-run computing lab at a university. University of Wollongong, IEEE Student Branch.