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9 Excellent Open Source Configuration Management Applications
This software automates the configuration of machines to a particular state. Like any other tools, they are designed to solve specific problems in certain ways. The goal is to get a system from whatever state it is in, into the desired state. Configuration management software are the tools of choice for many system administrators and devops professionals.

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  • BruteBlock
    Bruteblock allows system administrators to block various bruteforce attacks on UNIX services. The program analyzes system logs and adds attacker's IP address into ipfw2 table effectively blocking them. Addresses are automatically removed from the table after specified abound of time.
  • CensorNet
    (commercial) an Internet management tool designed to control and monitor individuals accessing Internet resources on a local area network
  • Chimera
    Chimera is a configuration management tool designed around three basic concepts. The first is a framework for managing servers, allowing for command execution and file transfer over SSH. The second is a repository for managing files that enables change tracking, archiving, and management of various user definable configuration files across multiple servers through a standard revision control tool. The third concept is an aesthetic principle of simplicity, giving administrators straightforward interfaces to manage complicated environments
  • Conc
    a console concentrator for Linux and Gnome. It features remote maintenance of systems over IP, and concurrent connections to consoles
  • conntrack-tools
    conntrack-tools is a set of userspace tools for Linux that allow system administrators to interact with the Connection Tracking System, the module which provides stateful packet inspection for iptables. It includes the userspace daemon conntrackd and the commandline interface conntrack.
  • DnsAdmin
    a GPL development project to create a set of programs to manage dns information
  • dnsutl
    dnsutl is a collection tools to make administering DNS easier.
  • dwl-1000ap-config
    a perl command line configuration tool for the D-Link DWL-1000AP Wireless Access Point (802.11). Uses SNMP
  • gadminhttpd
    GadminHTTPD is an easy to use GTK+ user interface for Apache. It features support for multi-vhosting and many other things required for day to day maintenance of the servers.
    a tool for the centralized management dns files
  • gtkol-ldap
    GtkOL-LDAP is a client GtkOL based on GUI. It is designed to help you administer OpenLDAP directories. The application core is developped in a modular way to enable easy template handling such as posix accounts or samba entries specificities managing.
  • InterWorx Control Panel
    (commercial) a dedicated server control panel and web hosting automation system. It provides a clean, consistent interface to your dedicated server through NodeWorx, the server-level management tool. This same consistency is extended to end-users via SiteWorx, the website-level user management interface
  • Intuitively
    a network autoconfigurator. It sends out ARP packets on your local ethernet and depending on who answers, it knows where it is and configures the network interface accordingly
  • Ipanto IP Discovery
    (commercial) Ipanto IP Discovery is a database driven IPAM (IP address management) application that offers on-demand discovery, a single repository, full identification of active IP addresses and connected assets, the ability to share information between geographically disperse administrators and to concurrently manage the application using powerful delegation and security settings, several user profiles, centralized auditing and reporting for a decentralized network, and a user-friendly and intuitive GUI.
  • KNfsPlugin
    KNfsPlugin is a KDE plugin for configuring an NFS server. In fact it consists of two plugins, one for the Konqueror which creates a new tab in Konqueror's properties dialog for quickly configuring the NFS share options of a directory and one for the KDE Control Center.
  • LDAP Migration Tools
    LDAP Migration Tools is a set of Perl scripts for migrating users, groups, aliases, hosts, netgroups, networks, protocols, RPCs, and services from existing nameservices (flat files, NIS, and NetInfo) to LDAP.
  • MCM
    MCM (mcm-connections-manager) is a set of tools that ease the management of multiple servers. It's aimed at network or system administrators who need to connect to different servers by different means every day.
  • ModemManager
    ModemManager provides a DBus interface to communicate with mobile broadband (GSM, CDMA, UMTS, ...) cards.
  • MRTG-Config-Generator
    a configuration file generator for mrtg to handle multiple clients and servers for any type of device which supports snmp
  • Net-Policy
    a highly-scalable, role-and-policy based network management system. It distrubutes configuration to a network primarily through the SNMP protocol. (It's initial configuration mechanisms are designed for IPsec VPN management.)
  • NetDirector
    NetDirector is an open and extensible management framework for managing configurations of common open source network services. It offers both form driven and fine-grained control of server configuration files with many added benefits including rollback and policy-based access.
  • netprofiler
    Netprofiler saves the settings of network devices into files with appropriate names for each device in a folder whose name is specified by the user. These are called netprofiles. It is then easy to change the network settings to those saved in the profiles.
  • network-config
    Network-config is a simple and easy to use program that helps in configuring the network interfaces for Linux-based operating systems. It allows you to have multiple configurations for the same computer, and to easily configure NAT for Internet sharing. It can also be used to scan for wireless networks. It is written in Perl and uses GTK2+, but also works as a command line program.
  • NetworkManager
    The GNOME NetworkManager is a set of co-operative tools that make networking simple and straightforward. Whether wireless or wired, NetworkManager allows you to quickly move from one network to another: once a network has been configured and joined once, it can be detected and re-joined automatically at a later date. It was designed to auto-detect as much information as possible, seamlessly switches connections when necessary, and provides immediate feedback of the network state to users and applications. It utilizes D-Bus and HAL.
    bridges the gap between NIS and LDAP. It works by pulling info from an LDAP DB and formatting the data into passwd, shadow, aliases and so on to be read by ypmake to create NIS maps
  • nmon
    nmon is short for Nigel's Performance Monitor. It is a systems administrator, tuner, benchmark tool. It can display the CPU, memory, network, disks (mini graphs or numbers), file systems, NFS, top processes, resources (Linux version & processors) and on Power micro-partition information. Read more
  • Node Director
    The Node Director is a system management application for centralized user and host management in small to medium sized Unix / Linux / (Windows) system environments.
  • nss_pgsql
    a PostgreSQL backend for the Linux Name Service Switch
  • Nwu
    Nwu is a network-wide update system for systems which use APT for software installation and upgrades. It allows an administrator to maintain all relevant network nodes from one central point, using a simple CLI tool.
  • oladm
    oladm is a tool designed to help administration of an OpenLDAP v2+ server. It features a browser and a configurator with a Gtk interface.
  • p@rdalys
    p@rdalys provides the full configuration set for the Kolab Server and is based on puppet. Besides the configuration data, it provides Ruby extensions to puppet.
  • Project Observer
    Project Observer is an autodiscovering network management system focused primarily on Cisco and Linux networks. It is capable of automatically generating network diagrams. Networks are automatically discovered based on CDP data collected via SNMP.
  • PureAdmin
    a graphical tool used to make the management of PureFTPd a little easier. It uses the GTK+2.x widgets for its GUI and thus are not dependent on a specific desktop environment such as GNOME or KDE. It is, however, designed with the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines in mind so it should integrate nicely with at least GNOME
  • PVHost
    an ISP/poweruser tool that lets admins easily create new virtual web servers using Apache, PHP, mod_auth_mysql, and custom ftpd. It supports PHP, FTP and FrontPage rights control, etc
  • Pydsh
    PyDSH is a remote administration tool, consisting of pydsh and pydcp. Pydsh allows you to run a command on multiple hosts in parallel over RSH, SSH or Telnet, OR manage your SSH public keys. The pydcp command allows copying files to/from multiple hosts.
  • routekill
    routekill is an open-source, BSD-licensed, Python-based project that assists the systems administator in handling automated nullrouting on multiple-platforms.
  • Satools
    Satools is a collection of tools to help UNIX system administrators to gain control of large UNIX networks.
  • SFI Director
    tool for managing distributed, hetergeneous UNIX Systems. Its functionality includes System Configuration, Application Distribution, NIS & NIS+ Management, User Creation and Dynamic System Documentation
  • SiteBios
    SiteBios is a free Linux control panel with server management tools.
  • SMaNT
    Systems Management And Network Toolkit
  • Sneakyman
    an easy GTK+/GNOME-based ruleset and snort configuration tool designed for network administrators who need their NIDS, packet sniffer, or traffic logger up fast
  • Snort Config
    a tool that provides an intuitive, easy to use menu-based interface for setting up the configuration file of the GPL IDS tool Snort. It provides error and sanity checking on user input, and an online help facility
  • Stanford NetDB
    NetDB is a suite of applications for managing DNS and DHCP in a distributed, collaborative fashion. It is geared towards very large networks and can support thousands of nodes, networks, and users. NetDB consists of a database with Web, command-line, and RMI interfaces.
  • system-config-network
    system-config-network is a network configuration tool, supporting Ethernet, Wireless, TokenRing, ADSL, ISDN and PPP.
  • tcpspy
    tcpspy is an administrator's tool that logs information about incoming and outgoing TCP/IP connections: local address, remote address and, probably the most useful feature, the user name.
  • Teemip
    TeemIp is a robust Open Source web 2.0 solution that enables professional IP Management activity within IT departments of all size.
  • Untangle Gateway Platform
    The Untangle Gateway Platform is a Linux-based network gateway with pluggable modules for network applications like spam blocking, Web filtering, anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, VPN, SSL VPN, firewall, and more.
  • Userful Desktop Multiplier
    Userful Desktop Multiplier is a virtualized X server that turns one computer into ten "workstations" by using extra video cards, keyboards, and monitors. This approach offers significantly higher performance and lower hardware costs than Thin Client or LTSP. It installs on most popular Linux distributions (Red Hat, Novell/SuSE, Fedora, Mandriva, Xandros, Linspire, Ubuntu, etc.). It supports USB touch screens (Elotouch, Microtouch), card-swipes, barcode scanners, as well as all virtually all video cards supported by X. It features easy setup and graphical configuration.
  • useripacct
    allows you to account the ip traffic on a per user basis
  • vhost
    a one-step solution for all virtual hosting needs. It enables a Linux/BSD server with single or multiple IP addresses to handle unlimited web/ftp/email domains. It comes with both command line and web based graphical user interface, which gives maximum control to a domain's owner, while relieving the system administrator of most routine administration tasks
  • WeBBind
    a graphical interface for manage BIND server written in PHP for everyday-carnage usage. With WeBBind you can administer all the DNS server in your organization from a centralized Http Apache Server
  • Webdhcpd
    an application that uses encryption, logging, and documentation to add, delete, and modify entries in the DHCP config file

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