I just found out about a really interesting use of Python, that Red Hat Emerging Technology is developing called func. This was in a recent article at Red Hat Magazine, who I happen to write for as well btw.
We will be covering some examples of func in our book. At a high level though, func allows you to administer machines with python and python scripts. Here are a few examples from their front page:
import func.overlord.client as fc client = fc.Client("*.example.org;*.example.com") # package controls! client.yum.update() # service controls! client.service.start("acme-server") # hardware info! print client.hardware.info() # etc ... etc ..
I really like this example too, of rebooting all machines running http:
results = fc.Client("*").service.status("httpd") for (host, returns) in results.iteritems(): if returns == 0: fc.Client(host).reboot.reboot()
It is great to see Python use exploding at Red Hat. The cobbler/PXE boot project is also quite cool.