The capability of installing an OS on multiple provisionable servers from a single interface is one of the core features of the N1 System Manager. Installing an OS on a provisionable server for the first time is a three-step process:
The N1 System Manager must have system access to an OS distribution before it can be installed on the provisionable servers. Use the create os command to copy an OS binary or OS distribution into the N1 System Manager. Use the show os command to view the available OS distributions on the N1 System Manager.
An OS profile specifies which operating system components to install, which additional files and programs to install with the operating system, and configuration information such as the root password and the disk partitioning specifications. OS profiles enable you to install and configure a group of servers consistently. You can create one or more OS profiles depending on how many different ways the servers need to be installed.
A default OS profile is automatically created for each newly created OS distribution, with the same name as the OS distribution.
The browser interface provides a step-by-step wizard to help you create an OS profile. You can also create an OS profile using the command line. In both instances, once an OS profile is created, you can display it in the browser interface under Shortcuts or by using the show osprofile command.
The browser interface provides a wizard to help you install an OS distribution on a single provisionable server or group of provisionable servers. You can also use the command line load server or load group commands.
After you perform step 1 for an particular OS and create the appropriate OS profiles mentioned in step 2, installing an OS becomes a single step, even on multiple servers.