Managing Ubuntu with Canonical Landscape

Landscape Gardener

Conclusions

Landscape is an excellent solution for managing large numbers of computers – whether servers, desktops, or OpenStack – that run on Ubuntu. It is unbeatable for patch management and upgrading many machines.

The ability to create profiles and thus improve the configuration for installing individual packages is particularly useful and well implemented and is a great way of avoiding incompatibilities up front. Monitoring is not comparable to a dedicated monitoring tool and only gives you a view of the acquired data.

The SaaS version used in our lab does exactly what is designed to do: manage software in large environments. The MaaS version offers fully automated installation and setup of new computers, but needs to run on a dedicated server to achieve this.

Currently, Landscape is only available as a management solution within the scope of Ubuntu's Advantage offerings. However, Canonical has announced that it will be freeing Landscape from the packages during the course of this year and offering Landscape as a standalone management solution.

Infos

  1. Canonical Landscape: https://landscape.canonical.com

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