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James Martin, 08/11/2011 11:40 AM

I'm not using Storeconfigs, how can I still use Foreman?

See Puppet Facts

I'm using Storeconfigs, how can I populate various settings in Foreman that are required for hands free (unattended) installations?

See Puppet Facts

How do I use unattended installations (Kickstart, jumpstart, preseed)?

see Unattended installations

I don't want to use Foreman for unattended installations can I disable it?

yes, edit config/settings.yaml and add this line:

:unattended: false

and restart your foreman instance.

This will will not ask you to enter additional information (e.g. mac address etc)

How do I use Foreman with Puppet external nodes?

see External Nodes

But I'm already Using External nodes!

see External Nodes

Where is the DB?!

By default, Foreman will use sqlite3 as a database, its configuration can be found at


By default, the database can be found at the db subdirectory.
Foreman is a rails application, therefor, anything that is supported under RAILS (sqlite, mysql, postsql, oracle etc) can be used.

I want to use MySQL

edit your config/database.yml and modify:

  adapter: mysql
  database: puppet
  username: puppet
  password: password
  host: localhost
  socket: "/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock" 

afterwards you would need to re populate your database, simply execute extras/dbmigrate script.

What about other operating systems?

Foreman currently supports RedHat/Fedora, Debian/Ubuntu and Solaris Jumpstart
it has been successfully tested on CentOS 3,4,5 Fedora 10-11, Ubuntu 9.04 and Solaris 8-10 on Sparc.

If you have any other operating system you would like to see added to Foreman, please contact us and we would be happy to add it.

for Jumpstart support, as Solaris doesn't support nativity accessing the profile data dynamically, its required to create some workarounds
example for those are found at the extras/jumpstart directory.
You may find the dynamic profile and dynamic finish at the following URL's:


It is also required to add vendor options to your dhcp server if you plan to boot from network on the sparc platform.

Will Foreman manage non OpenSource services (e.g. DNS/DHCP etc) ?

Yes! we understand that many enterprises relay on non opensource infrastrucutre as well
Currently it is plan to support MS DNS and DHCP services (its actually easier than ISC DHCP and BIND).
(done already)
If you have any additional requirements, please enter a feature request.

How do I fix this error: "Unable to find directory $confdir/environments/$environment/modules in environment master" ?

If you've followed to
create a multi-environment puppet configuration, you're initial rake may look something like this:

rake puppet:import:puppet_classes RAILS_ENV=production
(in /usr/share/foreman)
Evaluating possible changes to your installation
Problems were detected during the evaluation phase

Unable to find directory $confdir/environments/$environment/modules in environment master

Please fix these issues and try again

This is because Foreman does not currently evaluate $confdir. There is a feature request open on this issue. In the
meantime, hard code your $confdir in your puppet.conf.

Whats planned for the next major release?

The next major release of The Foreman will include DNS and DHCP management, this should allow:
  • Subnet management (e.g. install servers in different subnets with no effort)
  • IP address management, Foreman will suggest you free IP Addresses, and basically allow you to relay on it to manage your IP address assignments.
    Already done

If you want additional features, please open a new feature request!