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#1 2011-01-24 16:09:55

treyb
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Registered: 2011-01-24

DeployStudio on linux?

We currently have DeployStudio installed on a Mac OS X server.  We are planning on moving it to a linux server.  What we would like to know is, how would we do this and which distro is best for this.

can anyone help?

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#2 2011-01-24 16:48:10

thespider
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Re: DeployStudio on linux?

Deploystudio Server will not run on Linux. The best you can do is provide netboot and file sharing from linux, I believe.

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#3 2011-01-24 16:55:59

thespider
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Re: DeployStudio on linux?

See: [url]http://www.deploystudio.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?id=2482[/url]

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#4 2011-01-24 17:14:21

treyb
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Re: DeployStudio on linux?

so the best thing is to run it using wine maybe?

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#5 2011-01-24 18:31:01

thespider
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Re: DeployStudio on linux?

IMHO, the best thing to do is buy a Mini server. Have not tested wine. Give it a shot and let us know!

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#6 2011-01-24 18:31:57

treyb
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Re: DeployStudio on linux?

will do.

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#7 2011-01-25 16:01:35

treyb
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Re: DeployStudio on linux?

is there a Linux equivalent?

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#8 2011-02-14 20:12:18

bruvik
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Registered: 2010-02-24

Re: DeployStudio on linux?

> treyb wrote:

> We currently have DeployStudio installed on a Mac OS X server.  We are planning on moving it to a linux server.  What we would like to know is, how would we do this and which distro is best for this.

can anyone help?

The DeployStudio developers could help, by opensourcing DeployStudio. Running deploystudio from an linux server should be possible, but not without the source code to modify.

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#9 2011-02-15 21:09:00

dave.watkins
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Registered: 2009-12-17

Re: DeployStudio on linux?

Whilst I'd love to see DS open sourced, I'm more than a little disturbed that you guys _expect_ it. They worte this code, they've maintained it and they have beem pretty damn good about implementing requested changes. If they don't want to open source it, they don't have to.

If you really want DS on linux, you're welcome to write it yourselves, but comments made to make them feel guilty for not open sourcing it, just seems petty, especially when they are giving it away for free anyway.

Seriously, if you've got to image that many machines that DS will save you substantial amounts of time, then just buy a Mac to host DS.

Yes, technically the server probably could run on a linux, but the entire GUI would have to be recoded at the very least, there's probably also quite a lot of assumptions made during coding that assume apple specific interfaces.

Sorry if this comes off as a rant but I get annoyed when people get demanding about something they get for free

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#10 2014-02-03 08:53:25

Florent
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Registered: 2008-01-25

Re: DeployStudio on linux?

Is there news about this? We're stuck without enterprise hardware for OS X and need to migrate to a solution that will run on Linux or Windows (only the server, the client can be on OS X).

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#11 2014-02-03 22:15:30

Meat
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From: SF CA US
Registered: 2009-02-04

Re: DeployStudio on linux?

No enterprise hardware, eh?
By that I assume you mean no redundant power supply models.

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#12 2014-02-05 08:30:41

Florent
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Registered: 2008-01-25

Re: DeployStudio on linux?

By enterprise, I say hardware that can fit in a modern data center :
- Manufacturer with correct SLA
- Manufacturer with a strong knowledge in the enterprise market
- Robust OS like a minimal Red Hat or Cent OS (my servers don’t need iPhoto or Pages…)
- Virtualizable OS in Cluster that can be easily move thought different data centers without thinking about the hardware

I do not ask it to annoy the fanboys, but only because it’s really needed for many customers. And I'm pretty sure that can be a payed licence and that will find enough users.

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#13 2014-02-05 16:57:30

admin
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Re: DeployStudio on linux?

We don't plan to port DeployStudio Server on other platform.

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#14 2017-11-08 18:57:41

jelockwood
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Registered: 2009-11-11

Re: DeployStudio on linux?

I would add my vote that a version of DeployStudio server that could run on Linux would be helpful in this era of no Apple server hardware. ;)

Regarding the GUI issue, the client side GUI i.e. the DeployStudio runtime is run on a Mac client netbooting from the NetBoot server - which could be Linux. Therefore this aspect does not represent a problem. The GUI for the DeployStudio Admin program also runs on a Mac and talks over the network to the DeployStudio server. The DeployStudio server is on the surface little more than a HTTP server.

In summary there is no GUI that one needs to worry about as all the GUI aspects are separate to the actual DeployStudio server itself.

I am not one of the DS developers so not speaking from inside knowledge but in theory DeployStudio runtime and DeployStudio admin and their talking to the DeployStudio server are not the issue, most likely the issue is DeployStudio Server and its ability to replicate to other DeployStudio servers although not everyone needs that function.

It would be interesting to see what would happen if you copied the DeployStudio databases to an Apache2 server running on the different port DS uses and pointing DeployStudio Admin at it. Or to do some WireShark sniffing.

Whilst the efforts of the DS team are much appreciated they might need to reconsider their stance over this. The creation of Imagr which is able to run on a Linux server shows there is a demand even ignoring this thread. Not to mention JAMF's NetSus appliance.

If someone were to create the equivalent of DeployStudio Admin for Imagr then you are very close to a replacement. (Imagr currently is purely command line based.)

Update: See https://github.com/mosen/spirit non-functional as is but could be a starting point.

Update: See also https://macops.ca/interfacing-with-deploystudio-using-http/ and the fact that DeployStudio Admin to DeployStudio Server uses REST.

Last edited by jelockwood (2017-11-08 19:06:28)

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