The Bcfg2 server is responsible for taking a comprehensive infrastructure description and turning it into a series of configuration specifications for particular clients. It also manages probed data and tracks statistics for clients.
The Bcfg2 server takes information from two sources when generating client configuration specifications. The first is a pool of metadata that describes clients as members of an aspect-based classing system. That is, clients are defined in terms of aspects of their behavior. The other is a file system repository that contains mappings from metadata to literal configuration. These are combined to form the literal configuration specifications for clients.