System Administrator Guide

Welcome to the Fedora Infrastructure system administration guide.

Getting Started

If you haven’t already, you should complete the general Getting Started guide. Once you’ve completed that, you’re ready to get involved in the Fedora Infrastructure Apprentice group.

Fedora Infrastructure Apprentice

The Fedora Infrastructure Apprentice group in the Fedora Account System grants read-only access to many Fedora infrastructure machines. This group is used for new folks to look around at the infrastructure setup, check machines and processes and see where they might like to contribute moving forward. This also allows apprentices to examine and gather info on problems, then propose solutions.


This group will be pruned often of inactive folks who miss the monthly email check-in on the infrastructure mailing list. There’s nothing personal in this and you’re welcome to re-join later when you have more time, we just want to make sure the group only has active members.

Members of the Fedora Infrastructure Apprentice group have ssh/shell access to many machines, but no sudo rights or ability to commit to the Ansible repository (but they do have read-only access). Apprentice can, however, contribute to the infrastructure documentation by making a pull request to the infra-docs repository. Access is via the machine and from there to each machine. See the SSH Access Infrastructure SOP for instructions on how to set up SSH. You can see a list of hosts that allow apprentice access by using:

$  ansible/scripts/hosts_with_var_set -o fas_client_groups=fi-apprentice'

from a checkout of the Ansible repository. The Ansible repository is hosted on in /git/ansible.

Selecting a Ticket

Start by checking out the easyfix tickets. Tickets marked with this tag are a good place for apprentices to learn how things are setup, and also contribute a fix.

Since apprentices do not have commit access to the Ansible repository, you should make your change, produce a patch with git diff, and attach it to the infrastructure ticket you are working on. It will then be reviewed.

Standard Operating Procedures

Below is a table of contents containing all the standard operating procedures for Fedora Infrastructure applications. For information on how to write a new standard operating procedure, consult the guide on Developing Standard Operating Procedures.

Standard Operating Procedures: