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Focuses on CFengine
on January 3, 2009
I bought this book expecting it would describe and demonstrate a variety of automation methods and tools. The book surprised me -- pleasantly. The majority of the book focuses on CFEngine ([...]) and how to use it to manage server configurations, deliver applications automatically to those servers, and enforce a consist policy across the servers.
The book goes into some depth demonstrating how cfengine works. It has chapters on configuration, setting up a production environment, setting up automated installations, and delivering applications using cfengine.
There are smaller chapters on SSH, Nagios (and using CFengine to deliver it), and improving server security using cfengine.
The book is about 400 pages and is packed with content. There are interesting facts and config bits in every chapter.
With the exception of the cfengine manuals, there are no other books on the market today which provide a detailed, comprehensive look at cfengine...until now. If you are using, will use, or have questions about what CFengine can do, get this book. I'm happy I did.