I have various Solaris and Linux servers that our team would like to create a common layout for installations and locations of our customized installations. Essentially, we aren't given
root access to blindly install wherever, but we do have enough access to install many apps locally or in our
/opt/ directory folder, but would need to do so across most of our servers.
What I want to be able to do is set up some common solution for synchronizing a common set of tools to install across our servers, with possible customizations that select servers won't install
x-1.3.0 on server
y-prod, for instance.
Additionally, it would be useful to include setting up and/or synchronizing .ssh keys across servers so that they can communicate to each other without passwords. The same would go for various .profile, .bashrc, and any additional .dot files needed for a common-setup.
Our team isn't given blind
root access to these servers, but we can install to our local
/opt/ folders, so we should theoretically be able to script out a large majority of server setup. I don't think it'd be hard to do this manually, or even to script something out in Ruby or Python, but if there is a tool out there that already does this, it would be excellent to stand on the shoulders of giants for this particular task.