The following sections provide a concrete example of a fairly sophisticated configuration tool (LCFG) being used to perform some typical configuration tasks—in this case, managing an externally visible Web server at the author's site. This involves:
Specifying the required configuration.
Physically installing the machine with that configuration.
Subsequently changing the configuration requirements.
Replacing failed hardware (possibly with hardware of a different type).
Decommissioning the machine and removing all traces from the network.
Note that many of these operations entail a chain of related configuration actions which affect not only the server itself, ...