Bulk updating dozens of (not identical) servers

Dan Sheffner dsheffner at gmail.com
Fri Jan 28 05:27:14 UTC 2011

I have used Capistrano.  It is a ruby gem that enables concurrent commands
to be executed across any number of servers using SSH. More info can be
found here:


On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 10:35 PM, Carlos A. Carnero Delgado <
carloscarnero at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi there,
> the number of servers we have in my organization -- both physical and
> virtual -- is slowly increasing at a steady pace, and the trend will
> continue for the foreseeable future. It has come to the point that
> apt-get upgrading && updating each one individually, and manually, is
> really time consuming and prone to errors. We're looking into stuff
> like Puppet and Cfengine, and it seems that either will do fine, but
> we have this "feeling" or notion that they're a little bit heavyweight
> for our needs. Not to mention the learning curve.
> So, in the context of *only* dealing with installed packages updates
> in an automated way[1] and having 8.04 and 10.04 LTS releases in
> service, do you guys recommend anything? Did you write custom code?
> Has anyone seen Fabric in the context of systems administration?
>  [1] Please note that automated here really means "bulk updating" started
>       from a command (or thingie) given by an administrator. It should not
>       be interpreted as autonomously contacting repos.
> Thanks in advance,
> Carlos.
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