Principles

Provided you have a means of booting a machine that you are trying to install, and if at the same time you can tell it where to find the installation set, the rest of the installation can be done across the network. If at the same time you can tell the installer the answer to each and every question in the interactive installation, the installation would be truly unattended and automated.

AutoYaST does exactly this: It is a highly configurable method of implementing automated, unattended network installations. The details of the installation required for each machine are held in an XML file on the installation server. The XML file allows for a very high degree of detailed control over the installation of the particular machine: different machines can have different specific XML control files. Essentially, the XML file contains an answer to every question that the installer asks the user in an interactive installation.

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