Bcfg2 – portable configuration management system

Bcfg2 is a configuration management system. It helps system administrators deploy complex changes across large numbers of systems in a coherent and transparent fashion.

Bcfg2 produces a consistent, reproducible, and verifiable description of their environment, and offers visualization and reporting tools to aid in day-to-day administrative tasks.

The software is based on a client / server architecture. The client is responsible for interpreting (but not processing) the configuration served by the server, and uses almost no client side processing. It renders a declarative configuration specification, provided by the Bcfg2 server, into a set of configuration operations which will, if executed, attempt to change the client’s state into that described by the configuration specification.

The Bcfg2 server is responsible for taking a network description and turning it into a series of configuration specifications for particular clients. It also manages probed data and tracks statistics for clients.

Features include:

  • Manages complete system configuration.
  • Metadata based client configurations.
  • Change detection.
  • Improved server performance.
  • 2 way configuration verification.
  • Sparse configuration installation.
  • Probes.
  • Dry-run mode.
  • Profiles.
  • Configuration specifications are designed to be reusable
  • Machine functionality can be easily duplicated for testing or upgrades.
  • Changes are made in a single location.
  • Cross-platform software – runs on Linux, AIX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris, and Solaris.

Website: bcfg2.org
Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Narayan Desai and contributors
License: BSD 2-clause License

Bcfg2 is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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