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0answers
43 views

Chef or Puppet or other [on hold]

Currently for server management I'm using Sprinkle scripts https://github.com/sprinkle-tool/sprinkle This tool was ok, when we managed 3-5 servers. Now we have more and more nodes coming, in that case ...
4
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1answer
58 views

Is there a streamlined way to export settings from an existing CentOS 5.10 server for local Vagrant provisioning? (Puppet, Chef, shell, or otherwise)

I've recently started the process of learning how to use Vagrant for spinning up a local development environment. (after getting frustrated with the various WAMP stack options) Vagrant is great so ...
-1
votes
3answers
217 views

Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?

On the face of it, it looks like I need to be able to install some software daemons on the target nodes for these things to work. If I can't do that (e.g. an Amazon RDS instance), what are my options? ...
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1answer
369 views

Why chef, puppet, ansible, salt, etc.? [duplicate]

The devops tools ecosystem is puzzling to me. Instead of shell scripts that work everywhere everyone in the server orchestration/management space is bolting on their own proprietary formats. Ansible ...
1
vote
1answer
103 views

How can I use a remote admin tool (puppet or chef) combined with a sync tool (e.g. rsync) to send log files from several servers to a central server?

Summary How can I use a remote admin tool (puppet or chef) combined with a sync tool (e.g. rsync) and scheduler (cron) to send log files from several servers to a central server? Context Our ...
8
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1answer
607 views

Configuration management: push versus pull based topology

The more established configuration management (CM) systems like Puppet and Chef use a pull-based approach: clients poll a centralized master periodically for updates. Some of them offer a masterless ...
2
votes
1answer
149 views

How to manage Linux servers and tasks?

As a developer who is managing more and more Linux servers for my various projects and tasks, I'm starting to seriously think about how to manage these servers efficiently. I have come up with such a ...
2
votes
1answer
281 views

Vagrant: I need a provisioning system with no dependecies

Getting off the ground with a vagrant config. Host is Windows. I have a really simple config, so I wanted to use Ansible, but got this: [default] Running provisioner: ansible... The executable ...
3
votes
1answer
171 views

Is it worth it to do revision control/puppet/etc. on a single-server-setup?

After reading Using revision control for server configuration files?, I decided to install etckeeper on my server. However, it's a one-server setup, so I only have one physical machine and no load ...
42
votes
6answers
10k views

Why use Chef/Puppet over shell scripts?

New to Puppet and Chef tools. Seems like the job that they are doing can be done with shell scripting. Maybe it was done in shell scripts until these came along. I would agree they are more readable. ...
1
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1answer
148 views

How auto configure or mirror my dev Ubuntu installation onto other dev machines?

I have a lot of packages and configurations done to setup my dev machine. I have other developers in my team and want them to have the same setup to start with to ensure compatibility and availability ...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

Is there a way to specify versions for programs using Vagrant and Hosted Chef?

I am trying to improve my development workflow but am running into some major roadblocks. Currently, we develop on local Windows machines running XAMPP then after tested on an individual machine, push ...
0
votes
1answer
180 views

Cloning and deploying existing Linux builds via Chef, Puppet, etc

Is Chef, Puppet, etc able to be pointed at an existing Linux server and suck down 100% of the 'stuff' that would be required to build the server OS/package-versions/custom-files/etc including the ...
7
votes
2answers
3k views

Simple Windows+Linux server provisioning? Chef/Puppet/Ansible etc [closed]

I'm primarily a developer, part time devops; and manage servers here and there for my projects. I want to automate provisioning of web/app/database servers going forward for my projects I manage a ...
5
votes
1answer
122 views

Looking for a Backup/Recreate Solution

I have 2 crucial servers that are running an unsupported & ancient version of Linux, and there's currently no disaster plan for them. I want to set up a backup system for them, and be able to ...
32
votes
0answers
4k views

What advantages/features does Puppet or Chef offer over Salt (or vice versa)? [closed]

I am looking at rolling out a new configuration management tool to replace our home-grown solution. The defacto standards are Chef and Puppet, both of which are Ruby-centric (though can be used to ...
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votes
1answer
1k views

Is Chef/Puppet too complicated? [closed]

I know both of them are amazing tools, and have great feature sets. But maybe, just maybe, they are like Word/Excel, which I probably only use < 10% feature in my lifetime. To me, a bash-based ...
6
votes
1answer
228 views

What are compelling use cases for having both Chef/Puppet and RightScale/Scalr?

I was wondering about the differences between cloud computing management tools and server configuration software as there seems to be an overlap between them. I would like to have some feedback from ...
16
votes
7answers
6k views

Do chef and puppet cost money?

I intend to use chef or puppet to do administration (I'm thinking more of chef as it's younger and I get a better feeling about it). In both home pages I saw there is an "enterprise edition" that ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

How do I provide dpkg configuration parameters to aptitude or apt-get?

When installing gitolite I find that: # aptitude install gitolite The following NEW packages will be installed: gitolite 0 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 29 not upgraded. ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

emulate fabric/capistrano with puppet or chef

i have a few remote environments where i can only connect from outside but not from inside to outside. for my deployments/configuration needs i used fabric and capistrano that works fine but I have ...
1
vote
2answers
835 views

puppet or chef for stand alone server with limited resources

I have a small virtual linux server (500 megs ram). I may eventually get one or two more servers, not more. I'm a dev, not a sys admin so I don't know the best practices involving linux ...
2
votes
2answers
455 views

Is there something like puppet or chef that can manage dependencies across hosts?

Chef/puppet are great tools for managing the configuration of individual hosts, but they seem to fall down slightly when a configuration has dependencies between hosts. For example, I'd like to have ...
2
votes
1answer
972 views

Puppet or Chef to configure webapplication

I'm looking for a deployment tool for java based webapps deployment to QA/preprod enviroments. Application is typical webapp, compiled to war/ear with .properties file. During deployment ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Chef/Puppet with multiple configuration servers

Does either Puppet or Chef support replicated puppetmasterd/Chef servers? It seems very surprising to me that these tools would force a single point of failure, but I haven't been able to find any ...
16
votes
7answers
2k views

What are the right questions to ask when deciding whether to use Chef or Puppet?

I am about to start a new project which will, in part, require deploying many identical nodes of approximately three different classes: Data nodes, which will run sharded instances of MongoDB. ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Slackware: Chef or puppet?

Do chef or puppet have any slackware support? Are any slackware admins using either of these? What has your experience with them been and which one would you recommend to someone who is maintaining ...
9
votes
2answers
704 views

Configuration Management overkill for 3 node clusters?

I have 2-3 node clusters for our load balancers and various web applications. I'm having to make the change in QA first, then in staging (on 2-3 servers), then in production (on 2-3) servers. Is a ...
14
votes
5answers
3k views

What's the strengths and weaknesses of existing configuration management systems? [closed]

I was looking up here for some comparisons between CFEngine, Puppet, Chef, bcfg2, AutomateIt and whatever other configuration management systems might be out there, and was very surprised I could find ...
5
votes
3answers
281 views

What configuration management solutions exist in a non-networked environment?

My servers exist in an environment without outside network connectivity (this is a requirement), so when I deploy updates all packages, binaries, config files, etc. must be included on the delivered ...
2
votes
6answers
4k views

How to edit /etc/shadow on many Linux servers?

I would like to change the root password on about 20 Linux servers. Mostly CentOS and Ubuntu. So I have looked at Puppet, chef, and cfengine, but I can't really tell if they can do that, or if they ...
50
votes
6answers
13k views

Puppet vs Chef, pro and contra from users and use cases [closed]

I already googled and read the "to-puppet-or-to-chef-that-is-the-question" article. I'm interested in use cases, real world implementations in which people had choosen one or the other on real ...
23
votes
9answers
10k views

Are configuration management tools (Puppet, Chef) capable of keeping installed packages up to date?

This is probably a simple question for those of you already running configuration management tools. Are configuration management tools such as Puppet or Chef the right approach for keeping installed ...
6
votes
8answers
2k views

any way to use puppet or chef without launching daemons?

Is there any way to use puppet or chef recipes without launching daemons and such? I'd like to be able to interpret files and apply them without all of the heavy lifting. If not, is there an ...