Kickstart (Linux)

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The Red Hat Kickstart installation method[1] is used primarily (but not exclusively) by the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system to automatically perform unattended operating system installation and configuration. Red Hat publishes Cobbler as a tool to automate the Kickstart configuration process.


Kickstart is normally used at sites with many such Linux systems, to allow easy installation[2] and consistent configuration of new computer systems.

Kickstart configuration files can be built three ways:

  1. By hand.
  2. By using the GUI system-config-kickstart tool.
  3. By using the standard Red Hat installation program Anaconda.

Anaconda will produce an anaconda-ks.cfg configuration file at the end of any manual installation. This file can be used to automatically reproduce the same installation or edited (manually or with system-config-kickstart).


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