Configuration Management refers to establishing and maintaining standardized system configurations within an organization. This tag encompasses the process of defining the configuration profiles, and the software used to manage and deploy it.

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SCCM Report: Update Compliance per Device in a collection

I'm trying my hand at building a custom SCCM report and could use some help from those who have more experience with the database structure than I do. What I would like is to list: Device ...
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Best practices: OS deploy menthod for enterprise IT management [closed]

In our company, we have different models of DELL desktops/laptops, and they will need different OS on them. Every time there are people coming and going, we need to reformat the OS, install drivers, ...
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How to test for file absence with serverspec?

The serverspec guide on resource types doesn't explain how to test for the absence of a file. This is the best I could come up with: describe command('/bin/bash -c "[[ ! -e /var/foo ]]"') do ...
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Managing thousands of machines with approval controls [closed]

We are a startup that is just getting up to speed and running into the problem of managing hundreds of machines, and having to do nightly and weekly releases to all of them as well as managing their ...
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When is it appropriate to use a configuration manager (eg Puppet / Chef / Ansible)?

At my current workplace, I look after two VMware host machines, an OpenBSD physical machine, three Debian VM's, and six Windows Server VM's (2008/2012). I'm considering implementing a configuration ...
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Securing SSL Keys (for production web application) with Puppet and Hiera

I'd like to know what is the best way to secure SSL keys and certificates for web applications. I am using the roles/profiles pattern. Here is the scenario: I have a web application. There is a ...
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Ansible using role template vs copying static configuration file [closed]

I have been using ansible to manage the haproxy configurations for a few servers and I really like the tool. It makes deploying new servers and keeping the configurations in sync a breeze. One ...
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What is Most Reliable/Sustainable Way to Distribute a File to a Group of Windows Servers

In managing one of my applications, I need to distribute a small text file to a specific directory on a number of application servers and restart the service when a new version is pushed out. I have a ...
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Using Management classes with cobbler

So, I've been working on creating a standardized install image, and worked out all the kinks, now I need to deliver it. What I decided to do is to use cobbler to create templated kickstart installs, ...
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Sharing simple tasks across roles in ansible?

I have a couple of different machine types that all need to have the official postgres APT repo defined for them in order to be able to apt-get install the right version of tools. These different ...
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Where can I find the DRAC bulk configuration tool?

I need to reconfigure and reset the DRAC configuration on hundreds of servers. This document indicates the tool I need is called "RACT" or "AD with the Dell RAC Tool" The hyperlink in the document ...
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how to have one role deploy different files per hosts in ansible [duplicate]

I have a role in ansible but and want to use the copy module in ansible to copy the specific files for specific hosts. Not exactly but pretty same scenario .../roles/serverfiles/tasks/main.yml # ...
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How do i print the current hostname of a host in ansible

I wrote a role to edit the motd when user log into the machine, but i want to personalize the motd to print the hostname of the machine What vriable do i use? or how do i do this? template? how? I ...
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Replicating My Production Environment

I have a CentOS production server that I am currently doing my development on (I know this is awful) I'm bringing on some new developers and I want to set up appropriate development, staging and ...
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How to do a git pull/push using ansible

I am trying to do a git pull/push using ansible. I am running ansible on one server and want to automate or orchestrate a git pull/push on a remote host. Now since i didn't find a mmodule to do this ...
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Increasing server upload speed tricks [closed]

Server : IBM X3630 CPU : 2x Intel Quad Core E5620 (8265 point) RAM : 16GB DDR3 Hard Disk : 4x300GB SAS 15k Bandwidth : 10 TB Uplink Port Speed : 1 x 1000Mbps Full-Duplex With above features my ...
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Using ansible to add users' public keys to one user's authorized_keys file

Trying to add two people's Github public keys to a user's authorized users file. I am able to successfully retrieve the SSH keys: --- - hosts: 127.0.0.1 connection: local vars: my_users: ...
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Report on Changes to IIS configuration

We are currently looking for a method of verifying what changes have been made over a period of time to our IIS 8.5 sites. We have reviewed the IIS auditing event log which can be useful for ...
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ansible cannot download git repo on centos 7

I have this in my drupal roles to download drupal git --- - name: Install git yum: name=git state=latest - name: Clone Drupal git: repo=http://git.drupal.org/project/drupal.git ...
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error creating database using ansible on centos 7

I am trying to install mysql AND setup database using ANSIBLE on CentOS7(i have no idea why every documention in the world now ONLY talks about Ubuntu and NO CentOS anymore...really SAD!) here is my ...
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Static Analyzer for Configuration files

I'm currently planning to analyze csv-reports from our ActiveDirectory and configuration files from our switches with Python. I'm thinking of having seperate modules for each type of data (csv, txt). ...
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How to read/ modify freetds.conf (for ODBC) using augtool or similar in bash script?

How can I get augtool (augeas) or a similarly common tool to work with freetds.conf, so I can automate some configuration in a bash install script? This doesn't seem to work: augtool print ...
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Puppet for Patch Management

I am thinking of using Puppet for massive patch management. The way to go with this, based on some research, is to create a class and apply it wherever you need, like in the following case: class ...
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Best practices for puppet module management with software development life cycle approach?

How do people organize their Puppet manifests and modules in your source code repository? I am not seeing any obvious way to implement changes in Puppet in a phased manner on a single Puppet master. ...
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Ansible/Capistrano with fixed sudo command (“sudo su -”)

I have to administer some half-managed servers (monstly CentOS 6), where we are only allowed to login as a regular user, then do "sudo su -" and type the regular user password, and then run the ...
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Using yum-builddep instead of yum install in Puppet

Is there a simple way to change the default behaviour of yum when installing packages to for instance instead of doing a yum install instead use yum-builddep to install only the dependencies of a ...
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What is a sane way to deal with changed configuration files and/or ABI breakages after package updates while using a CM software?

First of all: Full disclosure, I asked the same thing on the Salt ML but thus far the response rate has been zero. Also, gathering a broader spectrum of opinions and experiences never hurts. So I hope ...
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How can I use chef to configure a basic system starting from a template?

I am working on the setup of a new virtual infrastructure that will eventually become the production one. I am at the very beginning and I want to use Chef as automation tool. I've already worked with ...
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Looking for a central console management software that utilitizes my RDP credentials for access [closed]

All our managed Windows Server 03+ machines are enabled for and connect fine via RDP. However, I would like a less heavy central management (command line based?) to mass manage and maintain the ...
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2 computers with same Previous ConfigMgr UUID

I have cloned a computer using CloneZilla and the two computers has the same "Previous ConfigMgr UUID" but all other UUIDs SIDs and so on are different. Will this be an issue with updates and talking ...
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Why my Rudder server restart every 5 minutes?

My Rudder server is working great, but every 5 minutes or so, I'm kicked-out of my HTML session, and a ""Rudder is loading, please wait" screen appears. After some time, I can use it again normally. ...
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Having puppet use yum --installroot for certain nodes

I have a case where we are throwing together diskless node images that get thrown out to nodes via PXE and then mounted via a ramdisk. To build these previously we have just installed packages with ...
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What does r10k provide since Puppet natively supports directory environments?

I'm just starting to read about r10k because I love the fact that it can create dynamic environments based on Git branches. Now, I just read that Puppet can do this without r10k. What does r10k ...
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Looking for tool to create server configuration [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that will help me to define some configuration for example in JSON file or something containing what to install and how to setup the whole environment like install nginx, ruby, ...
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How can we ensure that a user who is not realized does not exist in that puppet node?

We declare all our users as virtual resources. E.g.: @user { 'belmin': uid => 2001 comment => 'Belmin Fernandez', groups => ['sysadmins'], } Sometimes we temporarily realize a ...
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How can I have puppet use a local (on the master) password hash for users?

We define users as such: user { 'belmin': ensure => present, uid => 308, comment => 'Belmin Fernandez', managehome => true, password ...
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System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 - accessing property of returned item

I've got an Orchestrator runbook that is using the Query Configuration Manager activity from the Configuration Manager Integration Pack to query SCCM for all pending application requests. It appears ...
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Securing the primary Ansible user

It seems that there are only two reasonable approaches for the primary Ansible user: Using root Using another user (e.g., ansible) with NOPASSWD sudo access The first option is a no-go since I ...
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How can we force a puppet manifest and module syntax check prior to version control check-in?

I am working on deploying version control for our puppet modules and manifests. I want to enforce a workflow that requires a puppet module and manifest code check prior to a check-in of changes. This ...
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Using /etc/services for in-house well-known ports

I couldn't find anything much about this, but I'm interested what are pros and cons (if any) in using /etc/services for in-house software? On my Linux distro (Ubuntu 14.04) at the end of ...
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Looking for a program to run perl scripts and collect/report results

One of the technologies we manage is rather difficult to monitor due to lack of hooks into the running state and configuration. A teammate and I are working on a script/series of perl scripts that ...
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Difference between HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\ and HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\

What is the difference between editing settings in HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services and HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server? Similar settings seem to ...
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Deploying Office 2013 Home and Business via System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2

It's beginning to seem like I am chasing my tail on this one so I am going to ask the question here to see if anyone else has an answer to this. I have been trying to get SCCM 2012 setup and my ...
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What is the easiest way to deploy the same desktop & software across 35 workstations for several hundred users? [closed]

Currently we have 35 workstations with WIN XP SP3 on it. Currently they logon to Server 2012 Standard (we do have ability for RDS Session Based desktops), and the users files (my documents are stored ...
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Manage workstations with Puppet and TheForeman

I'm building an IT infrastructure for managing all the workstations in my company. I am interested in Puppet and a external node classifier as The Foreman, but I see all the time that Puppet and The ...
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What are the pros and cons of using S3 as a data access server? [closed]

I need to manage some configuration files. The files can be stored on AWS S3 and retrieved via the URL. The alternative is to use an application server and store the JSON content to a database and ...
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A testing framework for Linux server configuration management

We are a medium sized shop that uses Puppet for Linux configuration management. Since we are a small shop, it's difficult to deploy and maintain DTAP environment. We normally perform manual testing ...
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Tracking the linux config with git: how?

I'd like to track my linux configurations with git. My idea is to have a branch for each server. /etc is not the only one directory to be tracked (I won't git init in '/etc' ) As far as I could ...
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SCCM 2012 Clients no longer detecting

Here is the scenario I had a fully functioning SCCM 2012 site server with the DP, MP, SUP, Application catalog, etc. roles configured and working. There is only one server on this site. Everything ...
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Configuration Manager (SCCM) Clients not updating their status

I have issues where the configuration manager CAS server is showing the clients as "Pending System Restart". When you look at the client it's referring to, it shows the status as having been sent, and ...