Operating Systems

Operating systems are one aspect of orcharhino’s Provisioning Setup. The operating systems page can be accessed via The Hosts Menu:

Hosts > Operating systems

The operating systems page is the place where all the ingredients from orcharhino’s Provisioning Setup are tied together. In particular an operating system entry will detail an operating system known to orcharhino which can (and should) then be associated with one or more Architectures, Partition Tables, Installation Media, and Provisioning Templates. Once all of these ingredients are tied together within an operating system entry, orcharhino can then use these ingredients as the basis for creating new hosts. (See also: Create Host)

The operating systems page includes a Create Operating System button and a list of existing operating systems as follows:

List of already configured operating systems
  • Existing operating systems can be edited by clicking on their name in the list.

  • New operating systems can be created by clicking on the Create Operating System button.


While operating system entries are not sensitive to context. (See also: The Context Menu), associated provisioning elements may well be. This means that for example an installation medium associated with some operating system will not be visible if that installation medium is not associated with the currently selected context (<organization>@<location>).

Select Any Organization and Any Location from the context menu to see all existing associations. For the sake of users with restricted access, make sure all associated provisioning elements are themselves associated with the right organizations and locations.

When creating or editing an operating system you must at minimum provide a name and a major version number. Additional information like operating system family and associated provisioning elements will be required before the entry can be used to create new hosts. See the following:

Creating a new operating system entry
  • Name and Major version are required fields.

  • Family can be selected from the drop down list provided. Some families may require additional information when selected.

  • Operating systems can be associated with one or more Architectures. (See also: Architectures).

  • Operating systems can be associated with additional provisioning elements. (See also: Provisioning Setup) via the Partition table, Installation media, and Templates tabs.