I tend to work on small production environments for a large enterprise.
Never more than 15 web servers for most sites.
But most are only 3 to 5 web servers. Depends on the needs of the client.I actually like to install Apache and PHP from source and by hand. Although I know that’s considered sacrilege in some shops.
I do this because on RH flavored systems like CentOS the versions of Apache, php and most other software are a little behind the curve in terms of versions.
And that’s intentionally so! Because the versions that usually go into the various repos are tested and vetted thoroughly before going into the repos.
I like to use the latest, stable versions of apache and php for my clients without having to create a custom RPM every time a new version comes out.
So what I’d like to know is it better in your opinion to install from repos than to install by source as a best practice? Is it always better to use puppet, chef, ansible etc even if the environment is small? I’m sure this is a matter preference, but I would like to know what your preferences are.
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