Category: ‘Configuration Management’

Rudder 2.4.0~beta3 available!

We are very proud to announce the availability of a brand new version of Rudder, 2.4.0~beta3. This is the first official release in the 2.4 series, code-named Drakkar. This beta version has been a long time in the making, and I’d like to apologize to those who have been waiting for it. Your wait has […] Read more

Rudder and Android working together

After a hard couple of days trying to get it done with our friends from Genymobile, we finally managed to craft a lovely Android compatible Rudder prototype ! Thanks to CFEngine flexibility, we are now able to manage Android-based systems from a standard Rudder server. Thus, we are currently the only user-friendly oriented configuration management […] Read more

Rudder at the LOADays 2012

The Normation team (well at least two of them) was present at the LOADays 2012 in Antwerp, Belgium We had a great time here! Even though the weather was cold, our Belgian friends out here were very welcoming. The organization was perfect, the WiFi too, and the conferences very enlightening. We had the chance to […] Read more

Normation: our mission, why Rudder and our offer

Yesterday, we held a seminar in our offices titled IT infrastructure: Balancing best practices and everyday constraints. Mark Burgess, pioneer of software configuration management and founding CTO of CFEngine AS, was our guest star, and gave a very interesting talk about the Third Wave of IT Management. We took the opportunity to introduce Normation, presenting […] Read more

Barcamp Rudder 2.4.0 – Portes ouvertes

Cette semaine, de mercredi à mercredi (du 22 au 29 février donc), Normation va faire son premier Barcamp Rudder ! Mais qu’est-ce qu’un barcamp ? D’après Wikipedia : Un BarCamp est une rencontre, une non-conférence ouverte qui prend la forme d’ateliers-événements participatifs où le contenu est fourni par les participants qui doivent tous, à un […] Read more

Rudder presentation at FOSDEM

We’ve been back from the latest FOSDEM in Brussels for a week now, but are only just recovering from the freezing-cold weather they had there… As always, FOSDEM was a great event, with thousands of open source users, contributors and developers all mixing together and sharing their findings, software and thoughts. A real spirit of […] Read more

Normation and Rudder at FOSDEM

Just like every year, once the holiday season is over, we start looking forward to FOSDEM the first weekend in February! This year, four of us from Normation will be attending, all the way through, from the world-famous, record-breaking beer event to the last talks on the Sunday. We’ll be introducing Rudder, our open source […] Read more

Interactive key exchange with CFEngine

Here at Normation, we use CFEngine 3 extensively for configuration management across Linux and Windows servers. CFEngine 3 is a very secure tool, that relies on keys to identify hosts and authorize connections. To set up a secure CFEngine infrastructure, you ought to exchange keys between hosts (note that if you don’t have confidential data […] Read more

Configuration management tools for cloud computing (Open World Forum 2011)

The Open World Forum 2011 edition took place last week in Paris. I was invited to present a workshop in the Cloud Computing track. This gave me the opportunity to outline the importance of optimizing the “setup” phase of machines when using cloud computing. Today’s tools and APIs make it very easy to create and […] Read more

Cfengine 3.1.5 is nearly out, what can we expect from it?

Here at Normation, we use Cfengine 3 extensively for configuration management across Linux and Windows servers. Cfengine 3 is an open source project, and as every good open source project, the trunk version is always available (but not always very reliable) and stable versions are released regularly. Prior to the release of a new version, […] Read more

Why we use Cfengine: file editing

Here at Normation, we use Cfengine 3 extensively for configuration management across Linux and Windows servers. A question we get often is why Cfengine? I’d like to focus this post on file editing. Since Configuration Management has a lot to do with configuration files, file editing (either from a template, or just setting parameters) is […] Read more

Cfengine tip: Keeping cf-execd alive (whatever happens)

As good as your configuration management tool may be, it can only do it’s job if it’s running. Some tips on making sure this is the case, whatever happens. Why just cf-execd? With Cfengine, the “heavy lifting” is done by cf-agent, which is normally run on a regular interval by cf-execd (a daemon that runs […] Read more

Why we use Cfengine: memory footprint

Here at Normation, we use Cfengine 3 extensively for configuration management across Linux and Windows servers. A question we get often is why Cfengine? This is phrased either as What is so great about Cfengine? or What is the difference between Cfengine and Puppet or Chef? (as a reminder of how these 3 projects are […] Read more

FOSDEM: Configuration Management wishlist

We were at FOSDEM in Brussels last weekend (OK, like every year, and like thousand of others – yes it’s that good an event!). Alongside a huge number of interesting talks, events and people, of particular interest to us was the Configuration Management DevRoom, organized by James and Nigel from Puppet Labs. It hosted brilliant […] Read more

Cfengine 3 presentation @ RMLL 2010

From the 6 to 11 July 2010, the 11th RMLL are hosted in Bordeaux, a great meeting for anyone interested with Free Software and their uses. Among the numerous very interesting presentations and round tables, I gave a presentation about the advantages of configuration management, and how Cfengine 3 works to help you deal with […] Read more

Managing configuration with Cfengine 3: concepts & theories

In December 2009, Mark Burgess, the author of Cfengine, was in France. This was a great opportunity to arrange a talk with members of the French Cfengine community. Cfengine[0] is a policy-based configuration management system written by Mark Burgess at Oslo University College. Its primary function is to provide automated configuration and maintenance of computers, […] Read more

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