A configuration management database (CMDB) is a repository of information related to all the components of an information system.

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Why are the meanings of “upstream” and “downstream” reversed in CMDBs?

In a CMDB (HPSM in this case) items an item depends on are listed under "downstream relationships", for example an ESX cluster depends on several ESX hosts which are listed as the cluster's ...
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How would we automate networking in a puppet environment?

Our infrastructure: we run a puppet master for about 250 nodes (about 100 hardware servers). The OS on the nodes itself is fully puppetized. Now we're looking into extending this puppet setup to the ...
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Tracking desktop asset assignment

Figured this may be a good place to ask this one, as I'm guessing most of you folk are admins and run across this issue. I'm currently in the process of defining scope for an overall system lifecycle ...