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I would like to modify the images that are included in MAAS so that I can install laptops and desktops with it instead of the normal cloud images.

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Edit /var/lib/cobbler/snippets/mass_client_packages

Add whatever package you need in a the same format as a debian preseed file, here is the default:

d-i pkgsel/include string cloud-init openssh-server python-software-properties vim avahi-daemon server^

You can add packages you want in there, or you can then customise this to do something like the desktop instead:

d-i pkgsel/include string ubuntu-desktop

This will install your packages on all subsequent installations (previously provisioned machines will be unffected).

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Say I want to make my MAAS server a local package repository as well... is it possible to configure MAAS to use the local package repository when packages are installed on subsequent installations? – Bryan Aug 28 '12 at 15:41
Also, is it possible to specify different sets of packages for different types of machines? Or is this getting into Juju territory? – Bryan Aug 28 '12 at 16:05

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