What does one use for provisioning servers nowadays?

So far every solution left quite a lot to be desired.

@holger Thanks, will check it out.
Is it capabale of handling long running instances (i.e. update existing servers instead of re-creating a new one from scratch)?

@dwardoric @holger It's basically state-aware scripting. You define a resource & the state it should be in, and Ansible will try to create that state.

@dwardoric it was specifically made for that purpose. Also you can start using it with an existing configured system. No need to start from scratch with a blank system.

@dwardoric basic idea is that instead of describing what needs to be done as in a shell command (install), you specify the target state (make sure Package is installed). You can specify configuration files and also use templates for that.

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