Configuration and change management with Bcfg2
The powerful Bcfg2 provides a sophisticated environment for centralized configuration management.
The experts at the department of mathematics and computer science at the Argonne National Laboratory  were so unhappy about having to configure their numerous computer systems manually that they started an internal research project, dubbed Bcfg2 , that they later released under the BSD license.
Bcfg2 provides a sophisticated system for describing and deploying complete client configurations. This flexible tool uses a comprehensive XML format to describe the configurations, and RPC to communicate with the clients.
Experts will find Bcfg2 easy to extend, but the learning curve is steep – the program uses a powerful, abstract approach.
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