About machines

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This section explains MAAS machines.

Machine basics

The basics of machines include the machine list and jq dashboard, the machine summary, USB and PCI support, network states, configuration, and different ways of sorting machines.


MAAS machines have a complex life-cycle, with several machine states and a number of state transitions.


This page explains the commissioning process, relevant scripts and logs, and various customisation options.


This page explains allocation and deployment, including a detailed flowchart of the deployment process.

Read about deploying machines.


This page explains various customisation options available for deployment, including pre-seeding and special kernels.

Read about machine customisation.

Deploying live machines

This page explains the theory behind deploying a running machine, without affecting its current workload, also called “hardware sync.”

Read about deploying live machines.

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