Beyond Automation with CFEngine 3
Configuration Management for Smart Architectures
By Mark Burgess
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2014
Run time: 2 hours 12 minutes

Learn how to go beyond classical automation with CFEngine 3, one of the most established configuration management systems available. In this video tutorial, host and CFEngine creator Mark Burgess takes you on a tour of discovery from basic automation concepts to more complex examples, such as implementing distributed orchestration.


Along the way, sysadmins, developers, and distributed system architects will learn the theory behind configuration management, executable documentation, and self-healing systems through many exercises and hands-on examples. You’ll also discover how to apply CFEngine to a variety of systems.


  • Dive into the basics of automation: the brain model vs the society model
  • Explore CFEngine 3 components, including promises and agents
  • Understand the three roles for using CFEngine
  • Take the first steps towards becoming a system designer
  • Learn how to tell your story with promises, the basis of orchestration

  • Mark Burgess, inventor of CFEngine, is a leading voice in the field of infrastructure automation.
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