opsi-Server with multiple depots (free)


Supporting multiple depot shares in opsi aims at the following targets:

  • central configuration data storage and configuration management

  • providing the software depots on local servers

  • automated deployment of software packages from the central server to the local depots

Accordingly, it is implemented:

  • All configuration data is stored on the central 'opsi-Configserver'.

  • All clients connect to this 'opsi-Configserver' in order to request their configuration data. The configuration data comprise the information on method and target of the 'opsi-Depotserver' connection.

  • All installable software is stored on 'opsi-Depotservers'.

  • The 'opsi-Depotservers' have as well an opsipxeconfd running by which they provide boot-images to clients via PXE/tftp.

  • opsi-package-manager
    A program to (de-)install opsi packages on one ore more 'opsi-Depotservers'.

  • The opsi packages are copied via webdav protocol to the 'opsi-Depotservers' and are installed from the opsiconfd via a web service call.

  • 'opsi-configed' supports the management of multiple depots.

  • Clients connected to different depots can be managed in one bundle if the involved depots are synchronized (have all product packages in identical versions).

The following schema gives a more detailed view on the communication between the components of a opsi multi depot share environment.

Scheme: opsi-config server without attached depot server
Figure 1. Scheme: opsi config server without attached depot server (single location)
Scheme: opsi-config server with attached depot server
Figure 2. Scheme: opsi config server with attached depot server (multi location)

Creating an depot server

In order to create an 'opsi-Depotserver' you have to install a standard 'opsi-Server'. This 'opsi-Server' can be configured to act as 'opsi-Depotserver' by calling the script opsiconfd setup --register-depot as user root on the server which should become the 'opsi-Depotserver'. Because this script does not only reconfigure the local server, but also registers this server as 'opsi-Depotserver' with the central 'opsi-Configserver', username and password of a member of the 'opsiadmin' group have to be supplied here.

On Univention Corporate Server the registration of a 'opsi-Depotserver' happens automatically. The first server with an opsi installation is used as 'opsi-Configserver' and all following in a UCS domain installed systems will register there as an 'opsi-Depotserver'.

'opsidepot.your.domain' will be reconfigured as opsi-Depotserver and registered at the opsi-Configserver 'opsiserver.your.domain':

root@opsidepot.your.domain:~# opsiconfd setup --register-depot

Now you will be prompted for the opsi-Configserver you want to connect to . The registration needs to be authorised by supplying the username and password of a member of the group 'opsiadmin' at the opsi-Configserver.

The setup will ask you questions about the server, the user, the password and the description of the depot. In the end the output should look like this:

root@opsidepot:~$ opsiconfd setup --register-depot
Do you want to register this server as a depotserver? [y/n]: y
Enter opsi server address or service url (opsiserver.your.domain):
Enter username for service connection: adminuser
Enter password for 'adminuser':
Connecting to service 'https://opsiserver.your.domain:4447'
Connected to service as 'adminuser'
Enter ID of the depot (opsidepot.your.domain):
Enter a description for the depot (opsidepot): opsidepot
Registering depot
Depot succesfully registered

Usually the configuration files in /etc/opsi/package-updater.repos.d/ on the new depot should be checked.

If the new depot should only update its packages from the main server, only the repository in /etc/opsi/package-updater.repos.d/opsi-server.repo should remain active. A possible configuration can look like this:

active = true
opsiDepotId = opsiserver.your.domain
autoInstall = true
autoUpdate = true
autoSetup = false
; Inherit ProductProperty defaults from master repository
inheritProductProperties = false

Non-interactive registration of a opsi-Depotserver

It is possible to register a depot without interaction.

To do this the data for the connection to the opsi-Configserver has to be passed as JSON object alongside the parameter --unattended.

opsiconfd setup --register-depot --unattended '{"configserver": "https://opsi.acme.corp:4447", "username": "some-opsi-admin", "password": "secret", "depot_id": "depot1.acme.corp", "description": "Depot 1"}'

package management with multiple depots

In or to manage opsi-packages with different 'opsi-Depotserver' the opsi-package-manager got the option -d ( or --depot). With this option you can give the target 'opsi-Depotserver' for the installation. Using the keyword 'ALL' the opsi package will be copied to /var/lib/opsi/repository on all known 'opsi-Depotservers' and then installed via a web service call.

If you don’t give the option -d, the opsi package will be only installed on the local server (without upload to /var/lib/opsi/repository).

Install the package softprod_1.0-5.opsi on all known 'opsi-Depotservers':

opsi-package-manager -d ALL -i softprod_1.0-5.opsi

In order to get information’s about what are the differences between depots you may call opsi-package-manager with the option -D (or --differences).

Show the differences between all known depots regarding the product mshotfix

opsi-package-manager -D -d ALL mshotfix
    vmix12.uib.local :  200804-1
    vmix13.uib.local :  200804-1
    bonifax.uib.local:  200805-2