We have an application that runs on our servers at customer sites. These are Fedora machines and the app is a Java app with many supporting files. These servers have access to a web server located at our office. We would like to be able to update the code at the customer sites remotely without any user intervention. Basically the app could check for updates periodically. Can you recommend any tools that would allow us to do this? It is not an overly complex problem and we are contemplating writing something in house but I would like to know if there is something already written that would do the trick. We are a small company so cost could be a factor.
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Hi scarlander,

I am not sure how many administrators will be pleased with an automatic update service:
In every project I've worked for so far, automatic update features had to be disabled. Of course I don't know what buisness you're in and who your customers are, but it could be something to think about.

Answered 09/19/2005 by: Ilikebananas
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Thank you for your response. This is definitely something we will have to consider. It probably is best to require some type of user intervention to initiate the update. Our biggest issue there is that the Fedora servers are headless. We do have a centralized GUI application that can send messages to the server app so perhaps we could do it that way. Again thank you for your input. That is an important consideration for sure. I'm still leaning toward an in-house implementation for the updates unless you can think of any third party tool that might help.
Answered 09/20/2005 by: scarlander
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