Give Your PXE Wings! Bootstrapping Explained

Due to the evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, SREcon20 Americas West has been rescheduled to June 2–4, 2020.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 2:50 pm3:30 pm

Rob Hirschfeld, RackN

Core Principles

What is PXE anyway and why does it work? System bootstrapping is one of the great mysteries in IT. In this talk, we'll break the entire bootstrapping process down into components. That will allow us to discuss a way to make it faster, simpler, and more reliable. Most importantly, we'll show how you can improve the automation options involved in day two operations for anything that boots.

Rob Hirschfeld, RackN

Rob has been in the cloud and infrastructure space for 20 years and has done everything from working with early ESX betas to serving four terms on the OpenStack Foundation Board and as an executive at Dell. As a co-founder of the Digital Rebar project, Rob created a new generation of DevOps orchestration to leverage the containers and service-oriented ops. He believes that the technology of running data centers and applications cannot work without also addressing process and people challenges. He trained as an Engineer from degrees from Duke (BS Mechanical) and LSU (MS Industrial).

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author = {Rob Hirschfeld},
title = {Give Your {PXE} Wings! Bootstrapping Explained},
year = {2020},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
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month = mar,