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Old 03-18-2012, 02:47 AM
Miles Fidelman
 
Default provisioning and configuration tools

Hi Folks,

Just wondering what folks are using in the way of various provisioning
and configuration tools.


I'm currently doing things manually, and using various shell scripts
accumulated over the years - but starting to think about some
scalability issues, and what it takes to manage more than a few
servers. Looking at tools like FAI for provisioning; puppet, chef, and
such for configuration; rundeck, controltier, capistrano for
orchestration. Focusing particularly on Debian environments, and even
more so on Xen virtualization with Debian Dom0 and DomUs.


Not quite ready to buy the DevOps koolaid; tend to favor shell scripts,
pipes, ssh over puppet/chef-like approaches, agents, and all that. But..
the idea of using a database for configuration stuff, scripts that can
suck things from database, tools for managing scripts, and building
blocks that can be glued together (e.g., things that are easily composed
with pipes, or present RESTful interfaces) is pretty attractive. In
that regard, rundeck looks attractive.


Sort of wondering what other folks are using, have used, experiences,
suggestions, comments, etc.


Thanks,

Miles Fidelman

--
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra



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