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Debian Local Area Network

Debian - the universal operating system - runs on small embedded devices, on desktops and in environments composed of dozens or hundreds of machines with centralized administration. Whereas the installation and configuration of a single, individual desktop has been made easy by the Debian-Installer, the deployment of a whole system environment is more involved. This is where the Debian Local Area Network Project comes in.

Goal of the Project

The goal of the "Debian Local Area Network"-project is to make setting up a local network with centralized user and machine management, intranet, etc. as easy as possible in Debian. To do that, the project aims to provide anything needed for such systems: Documentation, code, whatever.

Currently, there are two implementations available:


How it works

It's recommended to get some familiarity with FAI: FAI-Guide:, read at least "Introduction" (chapter 1) and "Quickstart" (chapter 2). After that, start the deployment of the Debian-LAN system:

  1. Install the FAI-server of the system to be deployed. This can be done by preparing/downloading a CD/USB image or by converting an existing minimal Debian installation. See the bootstrap page for instructions.

  2. As soon as the FAI-server of the system is set up, all following installations will be accomplished by that server over the network.
  3. Depending on the environment and use case, add a FAI class which contains additional package selections.


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