Bare-metal provisioning is
the process of installing an operating system (OS) or Type 1
hypervisor directly on a computer's hardware.
Bare-metal provisioning can be done manually by inserting an operating system CD or hypervisor DVD into a new computer and
responding to question prompts, or it can be automated across a large number of commodity computers with
special software tools such as BMC's BladeLogic or Puppet Labs' Razor.
Bare metal provisioning should not be confused with bare metal imaging, a scenario in which a golden image
that contains an operating system, drivers and applications is used
to clone identical
See also: bare
metal environment, bare metal restore, Ghost imaging
Contributor(s): Tomas Walat
This was last updated in January 2013
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