Installing CFEngine Nightlies using cf-remote

Nightly packages are very useful for testing new features of CFEngine. Right now, nightly packages can be used to test out these new features: Compliance Reports. Mission Portal Dark Mode. New host info page with variable pinning and copy buttons. Note that …

CFEngine 3.16 – Compliance

Today we announce the newest additions to CFEngine. CFEngine 3.16 brings several improvements, bug fixes, and new features. The theme for this release has been compliance, and it notably includes a new category of reports for proving compliance to regulation and other …

CFEngine 3.12.5 and 3.15.2 released

Yesterday, packages for CFEngine 3.12.5 and 3.15.2 were made available. This release announcement was delayed in support of Blackout Tuesday in the United States of America. We are pleased to announce two new patch releases for CFEngine, version 3.12.5 and 3.15.2! These …

Introducing cf-secret – Secret encryption in CFEngine

Contributor and CFEngine Champion, Jon Henrik Bjørnstad, developed a tool for encrypting files using CFEngine host keys, called cf-keycrypt. Thank you to Jon Henrik and all of our contributors for helping improve the CFEngine project. Our developer, Vratislav Podzimek, recently took some …

Introducing cf-remote: Tooling to deploy CFEngine

About a year ago, I wrote a small python script to automate installing and bootstrapping CFEngine on virtual machines in AWS. It had some hard coded IP addresses that I needed to update when I spawned new hosts, but other than that, …

Using cf-runagent as non-root

cf-runagent is a component for triggering remote agent runs using the CFEngine network protocol. It does not allow for arbitrary commands to be executed, but rather asks the remote host to run the policy it already has. To trigger cf-runagent from other …

Restricting CFEngine to one CPU core using Systemd

In some performance critical situations, it makes sense to limit management software to a single CPU (core). We can do this using systemd and cgroups. CFEngine already provides systemd units on relevant platforms, we just need to tweak them. I’m using CFEngine …