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Razor is an advanced provisioning application that can deploy both bare metal and virtual systems. It's aimed at solving the problem of how to bring new metal into a state that your existing DevOps/configuration management workflows can take over.
Newly added machines in a Razor deployment PXE boot from a special Razor microkernel image, then check in, provide Razor with inventory information, and wait for further instructions. Razor consults user-created policy rules to choose which preconfigured model to apply to a new node. The new node then begins to follow the model's directions, giving feedback to Razor as it completes various steps. Models can include steps for handoff to a DevOps system such as Puppet or to any other system capable of controlling the node, such as a vCenter server taking possession of ESX systems.
Getting in Touch
We'd like to hear from you. Find us here for feedback and questions:
- Razor mailing list: puppet-razor
- Bug and issue tracking: Razor in JIRA
- Installation: Get a Razor environment up and running
- Getting Started: Create basic objects, load a repo, and declare a broker to get started with Razor
- Common Problems and Solutions: Discover solutions to some of the more common issues
- Installing Windows: Set up Razor to automate Windows installation
- Installing RHEL5: Notes on configuring Razor to provision RHEL5
- IPMI Support: Configure and use the preview IPMI support
- Writing Tasks: Control how nodes get installed
- Writing Broker Types: Get management involved
- Developer Setup: Set up your environment to start developing Razor code
- Node Identity: Learn how to identify nodes with Razor
- Securing the Server: Control how Razor is accessed
- Using R10K: Configuring r10k for Razor tasks, etc.
- API Reference and Use: Find out how to use the Razor query and command APIs