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2. Changes in Fedora for System Administrators

2.1. Installation

  • It is now possible to select multiple items in the Manual Partitioning screen.
  • The space requirement check is now more accurate.
  • The list-harddrives script has been made more robust, and it will now only report block devices, and correctly ignore zram and software raid block devices. In addition, documentation for this script is now available in the Anaconda repository.
  • inst.nosave= is a new boot option controlling which Kickstart files and installation logs are saved to the installed system. It can be especially useful to disable saving such data when performing OEM operating system installations, or when generating images using sensitive resources (such as internal repository URLs), as these resources might otherwise be mentioned in kickstart files and/or logs on the image. Possible values for this option are:
    input_ks — disables saving of the input kickstart file (if any).
    output_ks — disables saving of the output kickstart file generated by Anaconda.
    all_ks — disables saving of both input and output kickstart files.
    logs — disables saving of all installation logs.
    all — disables saving of all kickstart files and all installation logs.
    Multiple values can be combined as a comma separated list, for example: input_ks,logs

2.2. Server Configuration Tools

2.2.1. Deprecation of ipcalculator

In the past, Fedora provided two tools for IP address calculations, ipcalculator and ipcalc. ipcalculator was geared towards being used interactively by administrators and ipcalc was intended for use with scripts. However, recent versions of the ipcalc tool can be used both interactively and from scripts. As a result of that, and the fact that ipcalculator is not IPv6-ready, ipcalculator is not provided in Fedora 24 and ipcalc should be used instead.
More information about ipcalc can be found on its website.