Is there a way to run kickstart scripts on a pre-existing server?

Rob asked:

We normally provision servers using kickstart scripts (served by Cobbler) when installing the operating system.

But we are to be given a new server from an ISP that already has the operating system installed, and possibly with no remote console access.

Is there a way to reboot a linux server (same OS that we normally use) and force it to re-install using a kickstart script?

My answer:

You can do the installation yourself if the provider gives you remote access to the server’s out-of-band management hardware (e.g. IPMI, iLO, DRAC). If you don’t get such access, or if the server doesn’t even have such hardware, you should probably not do business with them and find another provider.

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