This is part Two of an N-part series (I'm thinking 4 parts) discussing the investigation of radmin as a patch/deployment tool for FreeBSD. It will be filled in over the course of Q2/2009 as we test (and possibly deploy) radmin at Premier Heart. This part deals with some more basics: Creating an radmind "Base Load" to distribute to your machines. The radmind Base Load is the template that will be deployed to all servers and consists of Three major parts:
A "Positive Transcript" (often just called a transcript), which lists files and directories to be included in radmind deployments
A "Negative Transcript", which lists files and directories to be created or adjusted, but not replaced by radmind deployments
A "Defaults Transcript", which is a special case of a negative transcript.
A "Command File", which lists the transcripts to be applied, and the order in which to apply them.
These transcripts are used to create "Load Sets", which are what radmind actually distributes to the clients.
Continue reading "Managing Multiple FreeBSD Machines with radmind -- Part Two"