#110 F39/40 Work Project: Fedora Server in a virtualized runtime environment
Opened 7 months ago by pboy. Modified 6 months ago

On our May 03 meeting we decided:
WG will pursue ... for F39 ... 'Fedora Server Edition in virtuialized environments' with 2nd priority.

The Goal

So far, both documentation as well as installation media are very much focused on running a Fedora server on hardware or as a virtualized guest of a Fedora host on hardware. In both cases, the system administrator has the most extensive configuration options.
In view of the enormous increases in hardware performance, an individual server project is often no longer able to exploit this performance. A market has developed where professionalized service providers offer a virtualized runtime environment for individual servers, known as "virtual private server" (VPS) or "virtual dedicated server" (VDS). In this case, the setup options of an administrator are significantly more limited. For example, the installation must follow the provider's specifications and organizational requirements.
The goal is to facilitate and simplify the operation of a Fedora server in such a runtime environment by providing special documentation and also customized installation media, if useful.

Preparatory working steps

  1. Ask community about their experiences

  2. Analyse user experience and market offerings
    As far as known up to now:
    a. Managed preinstalled distribution, Fedora not so often represented
    b. Unmanaged preinstalled distribution for choosing in advance
    c. Clean VM with either preinstalled distributions to choose from, or custom images

  3. Probably the most interesting and the greatest need for support: alternative c.

Issue tagged with: in progress

7 months ago

Metadata Update from @pboy:
- Issue assigned to pboy
- Issue tagged with: meeting

6 months ago

Short description of a project workshop:

Fedora Server – Installing in a Virtualized Runtime Environment

The increased performance of modern server hardware generated the idea of systematically dividing hardware performance among several (virtualized) servers, each of which is resembling a common hardware server (in contrast to cloud systems). And a market of hosting providers for "Virtual Private Servers" (VPS) or "Virtual Dedicated Servers" (VDS) developed. These basically use KVM virtual disk images. But many providers impose specific additional requirements and supply specifically customized images a customer can choose from. Debian, Ubuntu, partly also CentOS and Alma/Rocky Linux are very common. Fedora is offered rather rarely.

Some providers also allow customers to create their own customized images. This functionality makes it possible to bypass the restricted offer, and enables to use Fedora Server nevertheless. On the workshop we will

  • collect prior experiences among participants
  • exemplarily analyse requirements of specific hosting providers, choosen by participants
  • exemplarily demonstrate the process of generating a custom Fedora Server image using Fedora tools (kickstart, imagefactory)
  • maybe hands-on practice with various providers test accounts
  • resolve problems having arisen on the workshop or at prior experiences

In the end it aims to gather existing experiences, turn it into improved installation support, and extend Fedora Servers usage by providing adjusted installation images.

To take full advantage of workshop, please bring a device capable to establish a ssh terminal session to a remote server as well as a Cockpit Web session. Anyone planning to participate can suggest a hosting provider they have experience with or would like to use in future, as a comment to https://pagure.io/fedora-server/issue/110.

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