PXE: Stands for Preboot eXecution Environment. This a widely supported boot method that allows a system to get its boot image over the network instead of from a local hard drive, CDROM, or floppy. This boot image can be used to install a new OS, among other things.

Anaconda: this is Red Hat's installation program for Red Hat Linux and, later, Fedora Linux, and used by numerous other Linux distributions as well.

Kickstart: a kickstart file is a set of installation instructions that can optionally be provided to Anaconda to allow for a fully-automated or partially-automated installation.

DHCP: Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A client can send a DHCP request on the network for an IP address and a DHCP server, if available, will respond with the proper network configuration for the client. This is an alternative to static IP address assignment (although a DHCP server can also be configured to always give specific IPs to specific hosts). Hosts are tracked and identified using their MAC addresses.

MAC: Media Access Control. Each Ethernet adapter in the world has a unique MAC address, including VMware virtual machines. This MAC address is visible to other machines on the local network and is used by the DHCP server to identify each system. It is also used by the PXE booter to provide a system-specific boot file, if necessary. Note that in VMware, changing the path or name of a machine may change its MAC address, and it is possible for a MAC address conflict to occur between different VMware instances on the same bridged network.

Profile: A profile is a specific set of Kickstart settings that you may use to install one or more hosts through the KickstartWeb system.

KickstartWeb Version 1.5 Copyright 2005 Kirk Bauer (released under BSD license)