Note: There is a new Server Configuration Reference page with a more complete overview of MCollective’s server daemon settings. A similar client configuration page is forthcoming.
This guide tells you about the major configuration options in the daemon and client config files. There are options not mentioned here typically ones specific to a certain plugin.
There are 2 configuration files, one for the client and one for the server, these default to /etc/mcollective/server.cfg and /etc/mcollective/client.cfg.
Configuration is a simple key = val style configuration file.
|collectives||mcollective,subcollective||A list of Subcollectives to join - 1.1.3 and newer only|
|main_collective||mcollective||The main collective to target - 1.1.3 and newer only|
|logfile||/var/log/mcollective.log||Where to log|
|loglevel||debug||Can be info, warn, debug, fatal, error|
|identity||dev1.your.com||Identifier for this node, does not need to be unique, defaults to hostname if unset and must match /\w.-/ if set|
|keeplogs||5||The amount of logs to keep|
|max_log_size||2097152||Max size in bytes for log files before rotation happens|
|libdir||/usr/libexec/mcollective:/site/mcollective||Where to look for plugins|
|connector||activemq||Which connector plugin to use for communication|
|securityprovider||Psk||Which security model to use, see SSL Security Plugin and AES Security Plugin for details on others|
|rpchelptemplate||/etc/mcollective/rpc-help.erb||The path to the erb template used for generating help|
|helptemplatedir||/etc/mcollective||The path that contains all the erb templates for generating help|
|logger_type||file||Valid logger types, currently file, syslog or console|
|ssl_cipher||aes-256-cbc||This sets the cipher in use by the SSL code, see man enc for a list supported by OpenSSL|
|direct_addressing||n||Enable or disable directed requests|
|direct_addressing_threshold||10||When direct requests are enabled, send direct messages for less than or equal to this many hosts|
|ttl||60||Sets the default TTL for requests - 1.3.2 and newer only|
|logfacility||When using the syslog logger sets the facility, defaults to user|
|default_discovery_method||The default method to use for discovery - mc by default|
|default_discovery_options||Options to pass to the discovery plugin, empty by default|
The server configuration file should be root only readable
|daemonize||1||Runs the server in the background|
|factsource||Facter||Which fact plugin to use|
|registration||Agentlist||Registration plugin to use|
|registerinterval||120||How many seconds to sleep between registration messages, setting this to zero disables registration|
|registration_collective||development||Which sub-collective to send registration messages to|
|classesfile||/var/lib/puppet/classes.txt||Where to find a list of classes configured by your configuration management system|
|rpcaudit||1||Enables SimpleRPC Auditing|
|rpcauditprovider||Logfile||Enables auditing using MCollective::Audit::Logfile|
|rpcauthorization||1||Enables SimpleRPC Authorization globally|
|rpcauthprovider||action_policy||Use the MCollective::Util::ActionPolicy plugin to manage authorization|
|rpclimitmethod||The method used for –limit-results. Can be either first or random|
|fact_cache_time||300||How long to cache fact results for before refreshing from source|
The client configuration file should be readable by everyone, it’s not advised to put PSK’s or client SSL certs in a world readable file, see below how to do that per user.
|color||0||Disables the use of color in RPC results|
You can add free form config options for plugins, they take the general form like:
plugin.pluginname.option = value
Each plugin’s documentation should tell you what options are availble.
Common plugin options are:
|plugin.yaml||/etc/mcollective/facts.yaml:/other/facts.yaml||Where the yaml fact source finds facts from, multiples get merged|
|plugin.psk||123456789||The pre-shared key to use for the Psk security provider|
|plugin.psk.callertype||group||What to base the callerid on for the PSK plugin, uid, gid, user, group or identity|
It’s recommended that you do not set host, user, password and Psk in the client configuration file since these files are generally world readable unlike the server one that should be root readable only. I just set mine to unset so it’s clear to someone who looks at the config file that it’s not going to work without the settings below.
You can also put client configuration in ~/.mcollective as an alternative to the method below, but you will need a full client.cfg then in that location.
You can set various Environment variables per user to supply these values:
export STOMP_USER=user export STOMP_PASSWORD=password export MCOLLECTIVE_PSK=123456789
You an set options that will always apply using the MCOLLECTIVE_EXTRA_OPTS as below:
export MCOLLECTIVE_EXTRA_OPTS="--dt 5 --timeout 3 --config /home/you/mcollective.cfg"
The client library will use these and so you can give each user who use the admin utilities their own username and rights.