[nycbug-talk] New Setup Questions

Brian Gupta brian.gupta at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 22:37:02 EDT 2009

Not to start up the cfengine vs puppet debate again, but one question. How
do you plan to handle package installation? That's one thing where CMS can
really help.


On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 1:42 PM, Matt Juszczak <matt at atopia.net> wrote:

> We're launching an entirely new setup across FreeBSD boxes - about 50
> servers total.  I have two things which I'm still somewhat debating, and
> thought I'd get a second opinion.
> First, instead of using CFEngine to manage the boxes, I was thinking of
> using an SVN-based setup.  Each server would checkout their appropriate
> files via SVN, and I would "trigger" each server when it needs an update
> via config files that would be fetched often via either ftp or svn.  This
> is neat and flexible, but not as complex as CFEngine.  Thoughts?
> Second, I'm trying to decide how to do packages.  Across the 50 servers
> we'll have about 6 or 7 different hardware sets.  Some will be Dell, some
> IBM, etc.  Most will be 64 bit boxes (to address larger memory ranges).
> Should I set up a single server for each class (and do make package to
> create packages for each box), or should I just compile ports from source
> on each box, verifying that I'm installing the same package version each
> time (which will allow each box to take advantage of the benefits of its
> specific hardware).
> Those are my two questions, and I'd appreciate any input anyone can
> provide.  Thanks!
> -Matt
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