Learning CFEngine
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Learning CFEngine

Automated System Administration for Sites of Any Size

About the Book

Get up to speed on CFEngine, the open source configuration management software that enables you to automate everything from one-server shops to enterprise computer networks. This hands-on introduction shows you how to use CFEngine to implement and manage and your IT infrastructure in a sustainable, scalable, and efficient manner.

The book covers CFEngine 3.12 LTS.

About the Author

Diego Zamboni
Diego Zamboni

I am a computer scientist, security expert, consultant, programmer, sysadmin, author and overall geek, with a passion for computer security and automation. I am from Mexico and live in Switzerland.

Diego Zamboni

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Reader Testimonials

Marco Marongiu
Marco Marongiu

Congratulations. This is the tutorial CFEngine deserved and never had.

Nick Anderson
Nick Anderson

I can’t recommend this book enough … It really is one of the best technical books I have read in a while.

Laurent Raufaste
Laurent Raufaste

This is the book about CFEngine 3. Start with this one if you want to commit to the real CFEngine philosophy, the productive and clean one.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword to the first edition
  • Preface
    • Who Is This Book For?
    • Overview of the Book
    • Online Resources
    • Conventions Used in This Book
    • Using Code Examples
    • How to Contact Me
    • Content Updates
    • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
    • How to Achieve Automation
    • A Brief History of CFEngine
    • Versions of CFEngine
  • 2. Getting Started with CFEngine
    • Installing CFEngine
    • Finishing the Installation and Bootstrapping
    • Auxiliary Files
    • Your First CFEngine Policy
  • 3. CFEngine Basics
    • Basic Principles
    • CFEngine Components
    • A First Example
    • The CFEngine Policy Language
    • Clients and Servers
    • CFEngine Information Resources
  • 4. Using CFEngine
    • Initial System Configuration
    • User Management
    • Package Management
    • Using CFEngine for Security
    • Additional CFEngine Features and Information
  • 5. CFEngine Tips, Tricks, and Patterns
    • Hierarchical Copying
    • Passing Name-Value Pairs to Bundles
    • Setting Default Values for Bundle Parameters
    • Using Classes as Configuration Mechanisms
    • Generic Tasks Using Lists and Array Indices
    • Defining Classes for Groups of Hosts
    • Controlling Promise Execution Order
    • Dynamic Loading and Execution
  • 6. Advanced Topics
    • Setting Up Multiple CFEngine Environments
    • CFEngine Testing
    • Using Vagrant with CFEngine
    • Service Management Using CFEngine
    • Where to from Here?
  • Appendix A: Editing CFEngine 3 Configurations in Emacs
    • Setting Up
    • Using the cfengine Mode
    • Customizing Indentation in cfengine-mode
  • Appendix B: Editing CFEngine 3 Configurations in Vim
    • Setting Up
    • Getting Help
    • Using the Plugin
    • Hacking the vim_cf3 Plugin
    • Installing vim_cf3 Using CFEngine
  • Notes

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