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Re: Managing many Debian machines



On Fri, Feb 02, 2001 at 01:40:42PM -0500, Daniel Whelan wrote:
> Greetings - I am currently looking for a solution to managing
> and maintaining a large number of Debian machines. While I
> absolutely love apt-get, manually apt-getting a hundred
> machines to upgrade one piece of software is suboptimal. Is
> there any way to automate this process? One solution that has
> been suggested is to NFS mount some of the software off a
> server - my issue with this is that it would hose the package
> management somewhat. Does anyone have any experience with
> this?

having no experience in this whatsoever, i feel fully qualified
to render my opinion:

have one test box where you
	apt-get install gizmo
and when you're satisfied with the working order,
	apt-move
to put it in your 'broadcastable' area, which could
be nfs or http or ftp from your local intranet.

then have your other internal net boxes point
	/etc/apt/sources.list
to your one test box as their repository, and for
all of them, it should be safe to do
	apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
via cron, since they only point to your tested
server repository.

did i mention this is based on conjecture?

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