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Chapter 1. Host Lifecycle Standard

Mike McGrath

Fedora Infrastructure Lead
Fedora Project
1.1. Introduction
1.2. Host Deployment
1.2.1. Physical Deployments
1.2.1.1. Physical Inventory
1.2.1.2. Firmware Updates
1.2.1.3. Physical Racking
1.2.1.4. Post Racking Checklist
1.2.2. Host Installation
1.2.2.1. Host Preinstallation
1.2.2.2. Host Kickstart
1.2.2.3. Post Kickstart
1.2.2.4. Host Certification
1.2.2.5. Host Re-certification
1.3. Maintenance
1.3.1. Monthly Updates
1.3.2. Package Integrity
1.3.3. Security Updates
1.4. Host Decommission
1.5. External Sources and References
The host lifecycle standard focuses specifically on host management including areas of provisioning, updates, security, and finally decommission. For specific services, please use the service lifecycle standard. The target audience for this document is for system administrators, system engineers and system architects.

1.1. Introduction

The host lifecycle standard contains several steps for doing specific actions on hosts. This includes initially setting hosts up, keeping them up to date and removing hosts when they are no longer needed. This document is divided up into individual sections. It is good to read through the entire document once so admins can understand each task and how it fits into the greater picture. Some sections contain checklists that are to be followed every time that task is done. It might be best to print out several copies of these check lists and check them off one by one as the task is complete.
Each section below is generally written with the assumption that an actual human being will be completing those tasks. This does not scale to large numbers of systems though. Any section that can be automated via script or some other process may be automated. It is important, however, to keep those scripts in compliance with the standard.