Learning CFEngine 3: Automated System Administration For Sites of Any Size

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Get up to speed on CFEngine 3, the open source configuration management software that enables you to automate everything from one-server shops to enterprise computer networks. This hands-on introduction shows you how to use CFEngine 3 to implement and manage and your IT infrastructure in a sustainable, scalable, and efficient manner.

Through numerous examples, you’ll learn how to use CFEngine to perform tasks such as user management, software installation, and security. You’ll ...

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Overview

Get up to speed on CFEngine 3, the open source configuration management software that enables you to automate everything from one-server shops to enterprise computer networks. This hands-on introduction shows you how to use CFEngine 3 to implement and manage and your IT infrastructure in a sustainable, scalable, and efficient manner.

Through numerous examples, you’ll learn how to use CFEngine to perform tasks such as user management, software installation, and security. You’ll also learn how to focus on higher-level issues of design, implementation and maintenance, knowing that CFEngine is handling the lower-level details for you automatically.

  • Discover how far you can go with system automation, using CFEngine
  • Become familiar with the software’s principles, components, and policy structure
  • Configure CFEngine step-by-step to perform routine tasks on your system
  • Specify custom machine configuration without making changes by hand
  • Get tricks and patterns that you can use in your own CFEngine policies
  • Maintain separate CFEngine environments for development, testing, production, or other uses
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449312206
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 161
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Diego Zamboni is a computer scientist, consultant, programmer and sysadmin who works as Senior Security Advisor and Product Manager at CFEngine AS. He has more than 20 years of experience in system administration and security, and has worked in both the applied and theoretical sides of the computer science field. He holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University, has worked as a sysadmin at the supercomputer center at UNAM (the National University in Mexico), as a researcher at the IBM Zurich Research Lab, and as a consultant at HP Enterprise Services. These days, he splits his time between coming up with new security-related projects at CFEngine, managing the Design Center project, nurturing the CFEngine community, coding useful CFEngine policies, and spending time with his family. He lives in Queretaro, Mexico with his wife and two daughters.

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Table of Contents

ForewordPrefaceChapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Getting Started with CFEngineChapter 3: CFEngine BasicsChapter 4: Using CFEngineChapter 5: CFEngine Tips, Tricks, and PatternsChapter 6: Advanced TopicsEditing CFEngine 3 Configurations in Emacs

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