Automatic OS deployment
Automatic installation of operating systems on a server is one of DCImanager key features. Due to this feature a customer can get a ready-to-go server right after the payment has been made. Debian 8 or any other popular operating system can normally be installed within 30 minutes.
DCImanager allows adding your own templates, but it also includes over 20 pre-built operating system templates, such as: CentOS 6, 7, 8; Debian 8, 9, 10; FreeBSD 9,10,11,12; Ubuntu 14, 16, 18. In Q4 2019 users will be able to create custom OS templates and install Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019.
Recipes (coming soon)
Apart from OS templates, DCImanager also uses recipes. Recipes are scripts that can be run for automatic installation of specific software. Recipes can turn a server with a bare operating system into a ready-to-go machine. Unlike OS templates, creating recipes is available for both, admin and users.
Let’s introduce an example. A user establishes video conferences by using BigBlueButton. The conferences are established once per four months, and renting a server on a permanent basis would be too costly. In this case, it is much easier to rent a machine right before the conference starts. However, the user would like to avoid spending 1,5 - 2 hours to deploy the required software each time he/she prepares for the conference. Here is where recipes would be very handy.
A script can be installed by simply opening a corresponding menu in the control panel and entering the code. Recipes can be created in any language; the only requirement is a special interpreter on the operating system side.