If you rent a root server, you sometimes want to install your own operating system. Maybe because you want to know exactly what was installed there - or because the provider does not offer the desired operating system.

The article shows the installation of Debian Stretch on a root server (here in the Strato data center). Most root server vendors do not allow you to insert a virtual CD as an ISO image, so you cannot install your own Linux the regular way.

Prerequisite is that you can boot another Linux (means with Strato Rescue System / Recovery Manager) and you should be able to see the messages of the server (with Stratro: serial console).


Those who work with Ansible Core usually work on the command line. What is still ok for small projects quickly reaches its limits in larger environments, for example when dynamic inventories, automatic retrieval of playbooks from repositories and so on and so forth are required.

Of course, you can do all this somehow, but Red Hat also offers a web-based essay called Ansible Tower, which offers some exciting features, including those mentioned above.

In autumn 2017 it was decided to publish the Ansible Tower in an open source project called AWX - details can be found here if interested - so that these functions can now also be used without purchasing a license.

The article briefly shows the necessary steps to install AWX on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch".


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