[Beowulf] Configuration change monitoring

Peter Clapham pc7 at sanger.ac.uk
Thu Aug 30 06:39:57 PDT 2007


On 30 Aug 2007, at 13:10, Tim Cutts wrote:

>
> On 29 Aug 2007, at 9:22 am, Walid wrote:
>
>> What do HPC sites use for configuration/change management, and  
>> configuration
>> monitoring other than cfengine, pupet (agent based), are there any  
>> agentless
>> monitoring tools available to check for inconsistencies of of a  
>> node from
>> other nodes, or deviation from a policy.
>
> We use cfengine.  But it's not agentless.  Think about it.  How can  
> you possibly have an agentless program to do what you want to do?   
> You have to have an agent program, because at least some of the  
> configuration files are going to be resident on the node itself,  
> and those files cannot be read from an external process without  
> running an agent on the node.
>
> Nagios can be agentless, but it won't tell you anything about  
> deviation of config files on the machine; all it will do is tell  
> you whether the machine is up and monitor whether it's running  
> appropriate services.

Unless you create the relevant mibs that is and then it's all under  
snmp... which of course is yet another agent :-)

Pete

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> Tim
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Dr Peter Clapham, Informatics System Group
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