[clug] old-school remote sys configuration/management options

George at Clug Clug at goproject.info
Thu May 7 05:46:46 UTC 2020

+1 Ansible

On Thursday, 07-05-2020 at 14:30 Hugh Fisher via linux wrote:

On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 1:07 PM Bob Edwards via linux

	*  wrote:
[ munch ]
> Wondering if anyone else has considered this and if anyone can
> recommend any existing frameworks or similar? I am looking for
> that can do some/all of:

I recommend Ansible.

To be clear, I'm not saying that Ansible is perfect, not saying it
does everything,
not saying that everyone should use it. I do think it is a good fit
for what Bob
wants to do.

The only network link required between controller and managed hosts is
which you have already.

The only software that needs to be installed on the managed hosts is
Which is usually already present, and has other uses besides
so again not difficult or wasteful.

Config is expressed in YAML files, which not everyone likes. But they
plain text and stored in the file system, not some kind of database.

Ansible comes with a lot of built-in config commands which work across
most popular distros, handling things like "on Fedora you set the
like this, on Ubuntu like that, ..." So your managed hosts don't have
to be
all the same.

If you need to do something yourself, it's fairly easy to run your own
Python, or custom Bash/whatever, scripts, within configuration.

And you can have your progress reports from an ASCII art cow if you


        Hugh Fisher

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