OS templates and software auto-installation scripts
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 and 7; Debian 8, 9, 10; FreeBSD 9,10,11,12; Ubuntu 14, 16, 18; Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019.
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.