simple, fast and open-ecosystem infrastructure automation with strong Infrastructure as Code (IaC) design.
Digital Rebar (aka DRP) is a RackN licensed-core platform with an open ecosystem suite of both licensed and open APLv2 components. The fourth generation platform provides a simple yet complete API-driven DHCP/PXE/TFTP provisioning and workflow system.
Digital Rebar Platform and Ecosystem are designed together to be a complete data center provisioning, content scaffolding and infrastructure workflow platform with a cloud native architecture that completely replaces Cobbler, Foreman, MaaS, Ironic or similar technologies. DRP offers a single golang binary (less than 30MB) with no dependencies capable of installation on a laptop, RPi or switch supporting both bare metal and virtualized infrastructure.
- Platform Capabilities:
API-driven infrastructure-as-code automation
Multi-boot workflows using composable and reusable building blocks
Event driven actions via Websockets API
Extensible Plug-in Model for public, vendor and internal enhancements
Dynamic Workflow Contexts (allows using APIs when agents cannot be run)
Distributed Multi-Site Management
Integrated Secure Boot, SSO and Highly Available options.
Supports ALL orchestration tools including Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, Bosh, Terraform, etc
- Open Ecosystem Plugins:
RAID, IPMI, Redfish, and BIOS Configuration
Cloud-like pooling capabilities
Classification engine for automated workflow
Community Resources from https://rebar.digital¶
Chat/messaging via the Digital Rebar
#communitychannel is our preferred communication method. If you do not have a Slack invite to our channel, you can Request a Slack Invite
Full Documentation (Github /doc sources are updatable via pull request).
Videos on the DR Provision Playlist provide both specific and general background information.
Install & Quick Start¶
There are two quick start paths: Cloud & VM Install (Non-PXE environments) and Quick Start Guide (PXE, bare metal). Don’t worry, they are very simple and take 10 to 20 minutes. Consult the Production Install guide for more details on the install steps.
Current Release (aka “stable”) is the Digital Rebar version 4.11 [January 2023] and next release (aka “tip”) is planned to be Digital Rebar version 4.12 [in process]. See Release Summaries for a complete list.
Components & Extensions¶
Digital Rebar Provision is composable by design. Much of our advanced funtionality is exposed in Content Packages & Plugins that are added into the system as content and plugins which have documentation embedded in the extension.
Table of Contents¶
Reading on Github? Visit Generated Docs for a generated ToC.
- 1. Installing Digital Rebar (options)
- 2. Environment Setup Instructions
- 3. Key Features
- 4. Server Architecture
- 5. Configuring the Server
- 6. Release Summaries
- 7. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)
- 8. Version Strategy
- 9. Digital Rebar Provision Workflows
- 10. Deployment Options
- 11. Digital Rebar Provision Operations
- 12. High Availability (HA)
- 13. Integrations
- 14. OS Support
- 15. RackN Portal
- 16. UX Metadata
- 17. Digital Rebar Provision Command Line Interface (CLI)
- 18. Digital Rebar Provision API
- 19. Contributing to Digital Rebar
- 20. Knowledge Base Articles
- 21. Architecture Reference
- 22. Content Packages & Plugins
- 23. BankN
- 24. RackN Licensing Overview (v4.6+)
- 25. Trademark
- 26. Fun Facts
Digital Rebar Server is proprietary licensed software available in compiled binary format from RackN Rebar.
Code for Digital Rebar client and many catalog componets is available from multiple authors under the Apache 2 license.
Digital Rebar documentation is available from multiple authors under the Creative Commons license with Attribution.
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