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Bcfg2 helps system administrators produce a consistent, reproducible, and verifiable description of their environment, and offers visualization and reporting tools to aid in day-to-day administrative tasks. It is the fifth generation of configuration management tools developed in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory.

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BCFG2 review by Chien H.
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"Might have been a good option a decade ago"

What do you like best?

- XML-based

- Relatively simple to understand and learn the syntax

- Able to group items easily and apply configuration items selectively

What do you dislike?

- Not well documented. Documentation pages usually cover 6-7 different topics on a very short page. Few if any examples provided.

- Documentation more suited for developers looking to customize the software rather than using it.

- Difficult to set up the server.

- Testing mechanisms are really poor and pretty much nonexistent compared to tools like TestKitchen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make the switch to a modern configuration management tool like Chef, Puppet or Ansible. bcfg2 should be put out to pasture.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- It works and we derive revenue from it.

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