Linux Journal: Automating Security with GNU cfengine
Feb 06, 2004, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kirk Bauer)
"Many years ago, I had a small revelation that I'm sure many of
you have experienced yourselves. I realized that maintaining 10
systems requires a good bit more work than administering a single
computer. But, it doesn't have to take that much more
work--assuming the proper tools and methodologies are used.
"When you want to make a change to a single system, you simply
decide what to change and poke around until everything works
properly. Three months later, you may not even remember what it was
you did or why you did it. Does that matter? Not usually.
"But when you have to make those changes to several systems, do
you really want to perform manually the same task numerous times?
If you had 10 systems but now have 11, will you remember to make
all of the same changes to the new arrival? Maybe the new system is
slightly different--or maybe none of your systems are the same.
Wouldn't it be nice to know exactly what you did and why you did
"This is where GNU cfengine, by Mark Burgess, comes into