Getting started

This section describes the use of tasks and workflows used in Lenovo ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit, Linux Edition for creating deployment images.

Linux Scripting Toolkit creates deployment images based on workflows. A workflow is an aggregation of supported tasks, such as: tasks for pre-operating system installation, operating system installation, and post-operating system installation. A workflow links desired tasks together in a sequence for unattended execution on the target machine. After you have created a workflow, you create an image based on a boot media profile. The files used by the deployment can be either bundled locally on the deployment media or accessed over your network through a repository shared through NFS.

At a high level, the process for using Toolkit is:
  1. Create new tasks, modify existing tasks, or use the provided tasks.
  2. Create a workflow.
  3. Add tasks to the workflow.
  4. Select a boot media profile to deploy your workflow.
  5. Create a deployment image.
  6. Use the deployment image to boot the target server.
When you boot the target server, the workflow performs the tasks that you included.

Through the Linux Scripting Toolkit Console, you can create and modify tasks, create workflows from your libraries, and create deployment images from workflows. The following topics describe how to perform these tasks.