[rancid] Rancid for other types of devices

Daniel Rich drich at employees.org
Mon Nov 8 17:11:07 UTC 2010

Jethro R Binks wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Nov 2010, Daniel Rich wrote:
>> I have been a rancid user for several years, mostly on Cisco and Foundry 
>> devices.  One of our admins walked into my cube this morning and asked 
>> about using it on other types of devices and I wanted to see if anyone 
>> had beat me to it before I spent the next few weeks fiddling with the 
>> code to make it do what I want... :-)
>> Has anyone attempted (or more importantly succeeded) in getting rancid 
>> working with any of the following?
>>     * HP On-Board Administrator (controller for their blade chassis,
>>       also contains the switch configs)
> Which product do you mean exactly here?  We have c7000 blade chassis, 
> although the server team chose the bladenetworks GbE switches rather than 
> the real Cisco blade switch offering, but it is managed completely 
> separately from the blade chassis.

HP Onboard Administrator is the chassis administrator interface.  It
allows you to manage and configure the enclosed blades, switches, SAN
hardware, etc.  It has an ssh interface that allows you to access the
configuration that would be well suited for use with rancid.

I should mention, I don't deal with OA or ILO myself, I'm just going to
be the one attempting to build a rancid interface to it if I can't find
anyone else who has already tried.

>>     * HP ILO
> What configuration does the iLO have that it is worth rancid pulling?

I believe the big thing for us is the user authentication config.  But I
know that there are other bits that we would like to both track and be
able to update using some sort of config management system, rancid being
one possibility.

>>     * Network Appliance Filers
>> All of the above have a CLI interface that is similar to a routers, it's
>> just a matter of getting the right commands into the scripts - I hope.
>> Thanks!

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