[kwlug-disc] Opinions needed

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Fri Feb 8 14:46:13 EST 2019

I have some experience using apt-dater.

https://packages.debian.org/apt-dater . (I may have even given a KWLUG
presentation on it years ago.) 

apt-dater allows you to remotely connect to groups of hosts and run
updates on them. Launching the updates is (was?) a manual operation,

These days I feel the trend has moved to configuration management
systems like puppet/chef/ansible/saltstack, or better yet just making
temporary servers that you blow away and replace with updated systems. 

- Paul

On Fri, Feb 08, 2019 at 02:39:08PM -0500, CrankyOldBugger wrote:
> My boss would like me to investigate what's out there for open source apps
> to regularly patch all of my Red Hat, centOS, SuSe, and Ubuntu servers
> (several hundred servers to begin with).  Essentially this app will hit
> certain servers on certain days, apply all available patches, then reboot
> only if it's during a schedule time frame.
> I suppose I could run around and install an RSA key on all of my servers
> for the app to gain access to each server, if necessary.
> Any ideas on what's out there?  Does anyone in this group do regularly
> patching in this manner?
> Thanks in advance...
> Jeff/Cranky

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