[CentOS] Spacewalk or Puppet?

Karanbir Singh mail-lists at karan.org
Tue Nov 3 21:09:12 UTC 2009


On 03/11/09 19:23, Dan Burkland wrote:
> I am a little new to managing large numbers of CentOS/RHEL servers and
> was wondering what you experienced sysadmins prefer, Spacewalk or Puppet?

They are not really the same thing - puppet tends to be more policy and 
role centric while spacewalk is more state centric. Which tool one 
should use depends a lot on what and how they define 'management' of 
machines.

If building-from-bare-metal is not going to be a concern, I would 
recommend skipping spacewalk at the initial steps and move to evaluate 
the config and policy management tools [1], see what fits the 
requirements better.

Then as a second step, consider spacewalk as a tool that can be brought 
in later to do more of state-management. Also, I would ignore the 
comments about spacewalk being a waste of time - at ver 0.6 its very 
usable today. Just needs a bit of thinking about its layout and policies 
and it *does* need a significant investment in time. Much more so than. 
as an example puppet would need to start with.

Anyway, my point really being that spacewalk and puppet are not 
competing components that can be compared on a fair platform.

- KB

[1]: puppet / chef / bcfg2 : all worth looking at, cfengine is now 
mostly a waste of time and only worth considering if you already have 
skill and/or legacy to support.


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