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       addclients - assign clients to an image


       addclients  [  -help  ]  [  -version ] [ -host HOSTNAME ] [ -domainname
       DOMAINNAME ] [ -host-range X-Y ] [ -script SCRIPT ] [ -ip-range IP-IP ]
       [ -interactive YES|NO ]


       This manual page documents briefly the addclients command.

       addclients  is  a  tool  for  mapping  clients to a SystemImager image.
       There are three sections to the addclients utility:

       1. The first section is where  you  define  what  a  hostname  in  your
          cluster  looks  like,  and define a range of hostnames that you will
          associate with an image in the next section.   (You  should  already
          have  created  the  image  for  these clients to use by this point).
          Hostnames are of the form prefixnumber.domainname  For  example,  if
          you  specify  ""  as  your  domainname, "node" as your base
          hostname, a starting number of 1 and an ending  number  of  10,  you
          will have defined the following hosts:

          Note:  Currently, addclients does not support hostnames with leading
          zeros (e.g., instead of, but  this
          will likely be added in a future release.  One reason for making the
          no-padded-zeros method the  default  behavior  is  flexible  cluster
          expansion.  For example, if you had initially chosen node01 - node80
          as your cluster range, and later decide to add 25 more nodes to your
          cluster,  you will have to renumber all of your nodes to add another
          leading zero (i.e. node001 - node105).

       2. Section 2 is where you specify the image you want to assign  to  the
          hosts defined in section 1.

       3. Section  3 gives you the option of automatically generating (or just
          updating) entries in your hosts files.  During an  autoinstallation,
          a  client  will  request  a  hosts  file  in  order to determine its
          hostname from its IP address.  An autoinstall  client  will  attempt
          other  methods for determining it’s hostname, including DNS, so this
          is not always necessary.  Once an entry for a host has  been  added,
          there  is  no need to complete this section for that host again (but
          doing so is harmless).


       A summary of options is included below.  By default, if an insufficient
       set   of  options  is  specified,  addclients  will  fall  back  to  an
       interactive mode.  See -interactive below if you  wish  to  alter  this

       -help  Show summary of options

              Display version and copyright information.

       -host HOST
              Base  host  name  of the client(s) to be autoinstalled.  Will be
              combined with "-host-range" to derive actual host names.

       -domainname DOMAINNAME
              If this option is used,  DOMAINNAME  will  be  appended  to  the
              client host name(s).

       -host-range X-Y
              Number  range used to create a series of host names based on the
              -client option.  For example,  "-client  www  -range  1-3"  will
              cause  addclients to use www1, www2, and www3 as host names.  If
              leading zeros are used, then host  names  will  be  padded  with
              zeros.   For  example,  "-client www -range 01-03" produces host
              names www01, www02, and www03.  Padding hostnames with zeros  is
              not recommended.

       -ip-range IP0-IP1
              The range of IP addresses to assign to your autoinstall clients.
              Where IP0 is the first IP address in the range and  IP1  is  the
              last ip address in the range.

       -interactive YES|NO
              This program will go interactive by default if domainname, host,
              host-range, and script are all specified.

              If you specify YES here, then it will go  interactive,  even  if
              all of these values are specified.

              If you specify NO here, then it will not go interactive, even if
              it is missing some of the required values.

       -script IMAGE
              Master autoinstall script name (typically the imagename).  Don’t
              include the path or the .master extension.


       getimage(8), mkdhcpserver(8), mkdhcpstatic(8)

       More details can be found in the SystemImager manual.


       This  manual  page  was  compiled  by dann <<>> for the
       Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

                               11 November 2004                  ADDCLIENTS(8)