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Using a database to configure CFEngine

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I’m responsible for a pretty large CFEngine installation.  CFEngine is designed to be pretty self-sufficient even when the network is unavailable, so it basically works by keeping its configuration local on each machine, and running from that local copy.  This is mostly implemented using a file-based configuration structure.  There’s a main configuration file (promises.cf) which includes several additional configuration files.  In pretty much every situation, one of the promises (the name for an individual policy item) or bundles of promises will ensure that the local config files are in sync with the configuration files on the central master.

While it’s possible to use LDAP or define some variables on the central master, the main way configuration is done is by putting the policy into some files on the master and then allowing individual systems to copy those files down; the central master is basically just a fairly efficient file server.

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