Bcfg2 provides a declarative interface to system configuration. Its configuration specifications describe a literal configuration goal state for clients. In this architecture, the Bcfg2 client tool is responsible for determining what, if any, configuration operations must occur and then performing those operations. The client also uploads statistics and client configuration state information. The design and implementation of the reporting system is described on a separate page.
A comprehensive description of the Bcfg2 Architecture (and the choices behind the design) can be found at Detailed Bcfg2 Architecture.
The role of the Bcfg2 server is rendering a client-specific target configuration description from a global specification. The specification consists of a directory structure containing data for a variety of server plugins. The Bcfg2 server has a plugin interface that can be used to interpret the configuration specification. Read on for more information about The Bcfg2 Server.