Please help me with my research on automatic system
admin by filling out this questionnaire. Even if you only return this
to say that you are using cfengine (and which version) please do
so. This will be a big help to me and hopefully you will benefit from
the returns in the future. The results will influence the direction of
my research in the future, whether that means further developing
cfengine or in creating complementary software. Questions which you do
not answer, I will assume you have no strong feelings about. Mail the
results to Mark
Burgess. It does not matter if several people from the same
company reply. Please indicate whether I can quote specific
comments in research work or whether you would prefer the results to
be kept confidential.
- Are you using cfengine? If not, are you interested in using it? What
are your reasons? If so, what version of cfengine are you using?
- Approximately how many hosts does your cfengine configuration cover?
- Have you used any other system administration tools (e.g. Tivoli,
Openview, Solstice?) If so, in what way were these tools good or bad
compared to cfengine?
- ease of configuration
- power of expression
- How would rate on a scale of 1 to 10 (where 10 is good) the following
features of cfengine
- Central configuration file
- Pull rather than push in copying
- Convergence to a healthy state?
- Mount model
- Its basic functionality
- Its reliabilty
- The idea of feedback through classes
- Anything else (please specify)
- Do you feel that cfengine is missing any important/pressing features?
If so please mention these.
- Do you use cfengine mainly to warn about problems or to fix them
- Do you think that it is desirable to minimize the amount of cfengine
output (faults, etc) which is sent to the administrator? Or would
you prefer to see more?
- Briefly, what kind of network model do you have? - Firewall. Would you
use cfengine on the firewall? - Central file server with NFS
clients (other file systems) - Many distributed
- Do you use cfengine for garbage collection? i.e. file and process
tidying. If so, what kind of policy do you use to decide which
types of file should be deleted?
- Do you run NT? If so would you like to
have the same kind of administrative model there, or is the
domain server administration model adequate? How do you
deal with garbage collection in NT?
- Do you feel that
cfengine saves you time in performing routine tasks?
- Does cfengine simplify communication of system policy between
cooperating administrators, by having a single configuration file(set)
which is self-documenting?
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$Date: 2001/07/20 07:06:26 $ $Author: brett $