Custom Operating Systems linked to Hosts

A couple of weeks ago we published a blog article on how to create Custom Account Types and Scripts .  This week’s blog article builds on that with running through how to add custom Operating Systems and linking these to Hosts.

Adding a Custom Operating System

In our previous blog you’ll have created a Custom Account Type by navigating to Administration->Images and Account Types. 

Now we’ll add a custom Operating System as well.  To do this we’ll navigate to Administration->Host Types & Operating Systems and click on View Operating Systems as shown below, 

This will take you to the screen showing all the Operating Systems, Host Types and AD Attributes.  From here we’ll add the new Operating System by clicking on Add Operating System,

now we’ll specify the Host Type, in our case Linux, and type in the name of the Operating System we’ll add.  In this example we’ll add in GeckoLinux (based on the openSUSE distribution it’s great for out-of-the-box usability on the desktop),

Note, we’ve set the AD Attribute to ‘na’ as the Linux host isn’t added to Active Directory as we’re not interested in scanning AD to import these hosts via discovery jobs in this example.  Once completed we’ll click on Save.

Adding a New Host

Next, we’ll add in a host manually under the Hosts Tab and tag the host with the Custom Operating System entry we created.  To do this we navigate to Hosts and click on Add Host.  This will open the Add New Host screen.  Here we specify the Host Name (GeckoLinux_01), select the Host Type (Linux) and choose GeckoLinux from the drop down list,

We’ll also specify the connection type of SSH and the port number of 22 before clicking on Save.

Then Specify the Credentials, and Reset Scripts

When you Add New Password record for connection to the host, you can select the Account Type of Linux and then start typing in the Host Name (GeckoLinux_01) and it will populate the field correctly.  We’ve also added the Username (Root) and supplied the Password,

then moving reset options tab, the Password Reset Script has been populated correctly with the reset script to be used.  Then simply click on Save to save the Password Record.

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