[CentOS] Spacewalk or Puppet?

m.roth at 5-cent.us m.roth at 5-cent.us
Tue Nov 3 20:19:04 UTC 2009


> Dan Burkland wrote:
>>
>> What would you recommend for a larger environment then?

I'm currently supporting the largest environment I've ever done, and we've
got under 200 servers, I think. We've got a small package to handle all
the configuration files, a system my manager wrote.
>
> If I had to choose it would be puppet over spacewalk, though
> I may use spacewalk for the kickstart and inventory stuff.

Haven't played almost at all with kickstart.
>
> Note that spacewalk requires oracle(last I checked) so depending
> on the size of your environment, there is that added cost.

Yes, it does, at least as of 0.5. Now, you can d/l Oracle XE (which is
10g, I think) for free, but it has some hard limits - 1G memory, and I
think 4G data.
>
> Myself I use cfengine, manage around 400 systems with it
> currently. Haven't had the time to check puppet out, heard it's
> pretty neat, but cfengine does everything I need and I know it
> pretty well(using it for the past 5 years) so no real incentive
> to learn something new at this point.

I've seen a lot of folks saying they used cfengine.
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