[GLLUG] ssh key distribution tools

Matthew Copperwaite mattcopp at gmail.com
Thu Mar 6 10:26:17 UTC 2014

On 6 March 2014 10:10, tid <td at bloogaloo.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> I have a group of developers ( 12 ) who ssh into ~60 boxes using a few
> shared keys. I'm looking for a steer on applications that can push out a
> set of public keys based on a limited set of criteria - anyone got any
> recommendations? I'm not really looking for fully fledged LDAP services or
> anything too heavyweight as the target machines are locked down behind
> firewalls ( and draconian firewall teams ) so only ssh is available to me.

The obvious options that spring to mind to me are tools like Puppet, Chef
and SaltStack that allow for automated management of machines and
deployment of tools on those machines and can be specified based upon
properties of those machines such as hostname, hardware or environment

I know of at least one place that use Chef for exactly the scenario you


> Any suggestions gratefully received.
> Tid.
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