USENIX Tenth System Administration Conference (LISA
Automating the Administration of Heterogeneous LANs
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
The areas of machine configuration and software package
installation and maintenance have been frequent areas of work in
recent years. This paper describes a hybrid system developed to
address both problems and more. The resulting system is designed to
reduce the complexity of the administration of a large network of
computers down to that of the administration of a few heterogeneous
In particular, this system allows machines to be maintained
without ever having to manually change files on their disks.
Systems can also be upgraded, installed from scratch, or recovered
with a minimum of effort. The system described is designed to be
extremely general and applicable to virtually all versions of UNIX
and UNIX-like operating systems.
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