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RaelOM 08-04-2008 04:23 PM

Central Administration Framework
So I'm facing scaling issues and need to implement a central administration framework.

instead of re-inventing the wheel, does anyone know of a software suite which will fill this role? Basically a centralized server from which I can run for loops against a server list and run remote commands, or push files or reset user passwords remotely without having to actually login to the host?

MensaWater 08-05-2008 08:40 AM

What we do here (and at prior jobs) is pick a secure server (e.g. one ONLY the admins have access to). We setup of ssh trust from root user on that server to root user on all the other servers.

We can then use ssh to do any command we want on the remote servers.

No special software required - just the initial setup of the trusts.

farslayer 08-05-2008 10:41 AM

Look at puppet as well.. there are lots of how-to's around for this too..

RaelOM 08-06-2008 07:51 AM


Originally Posted by farslayer (Post 3237532)
Look at puppet as well.. there are lots of how-to's around for this too..

What would be some good search strings to use to find some how-to's on this?

I've tried many with limited results.

farslayer 08-06-2008 09:49 AM

Google Linux Puppet How-to

RaelOM 08-06-2008 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by farslayer (Post 3238745)

LOL. No. That was easy with the link you provided, I thought you meant their were other "How To's" out there that existed beyond Puppet and the search strings I was using to find these other CAF's weren't yielding many results.

farslayer 08-06-2008 03:57 PM

Ahhh I see, I Misunderstood the question. :)

I'm not familiar with any other free alternatives that do something like that, although there probably are a few.

a commercial alternative would probably be Novells ZENworks...

Maybe Linux Management Automation - I see both puppet and ZENworks came up in that search..

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