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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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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How to automate creating containers/nodes/users on server

I'd like find a way for creating nodes within my server. By nodes I mean user accounts, which I treat as a containers for different applications. Let's say that domain name example.com is pointing to ...
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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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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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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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Is Docker production ready? [closed]

I will set up a new server for a client. I have done this 100 times and I need a new system to make it. My old system is a big lib with self made scripts so I need 20 minutes for a server. I checked ...
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hostname of minion in salt command

I'm fairly new to salt so it's possible that I just missed something, but I can't figure this out. I am using salt as a command execution tool (no config management so far). I couldn't find a way to ...
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Using Mercurial as configuration repository for MS SCCM

We are already using Mercurial for storing scripts and configuration files for our Windows infrastructure. I have also been looking at using it for storing SCCM configuration data. Has anyone done it ...
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Version Controlling Foreman & Puppet

I have just setup Foreman for the first time & am not sure how to go about putting all of my configurations under version control. I know I can use Git for each module I install on my Puppet ...
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How to automate cleanup of config files from past pkgs as reported by “dpkg -l | grep ^rc”

There are a number of pkgs that weren't removed with "apt-get purge" and I would like to automate cleaning them up. You can't apt-get purge apache2.2-common because the pkg is already removed. You ...
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How to initialize known_hosts/authorized_keys/public/private key pairs with ansible

I am using ansible to configure and deploy my app on several machines. The only problem I have now is that I am not sure how to properly initialize/automate the very first connection to this machines? ...
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Dokuwiki: Moving Just the data directory on other server

I have installed dokuwiki on IIS7. As per my teams requirement we have to move just the Data directory to other server location. e.g IIS7 installed Dokuwiki location: ...
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Managing many entries in Route53

We use Amazon Route53 as my company's primary DNS. As we grow into using multiple services from different providers, each of them requested some kind of DNS entry to verify our domain and/or use their ...
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Need a PHP version manager to deploy multiple versions of PHP on production servers [closed]

I'm currently running a few LAMP stacks, where I've setup PHP 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 by hand. All servers are running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. 5.3 is currently installed via apt-get but all other PHP versions are ...
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Group Policy: How to comment on each setting?

I am looking for a way to comment on each and every setting that can be made within a GPO. Unfortunately things like user logon scripts and security settings and some more can not be commented. Is ...
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Puppet package “ensure => latest” doesn't always work

I have a unique situation where the Puppet package ensure => latest directive only worked on some of my systems. Out of 30 servers, the packages updated properly on all but 4. I'm trying to get ...
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What tool can I use to manage the configuration of my Windows Server environments

I help manage environments for an application that uses cloud-based Windows server VMs. The application stack consists of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2008, IIS, and ...
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Which configuration management tool has the best Windows support? [duplicate]

Of the major configuration management tools such as puppet, chef, salt, ansible, etc... which package has the best support for Windows server operating system?
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Best practices for software configuration?

I'm configuring my AWS EC2 instances with Ansible, but I don't know what's the best way of storing my app configuration. Now I'm just sending a "app.properties" file to the server, using Ansible, but ...
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Where do you store shared secrets used in building VMs dynamically (phoenix servers)?

We use vagrant to spin up linux VMs for dev, testing, and evaluation servers for our software. Most often, devs are using linux from VMs inside an AD-connected windows7 box. The configuration of the ...
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Configuration management: push versus pull based topology

The more established configuration management (CM) systems like Puppet and Chef use a pull-based approach: clients poll a centralized master periodically for updates. Some of them offer a masterless ...
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Ansible : using different sudo user for different hosts

Recently started using ansible. We have servers where the application is setup under different users, like in server xyz.com, unix user is xyz_user and so on. So in case of xyz.com, ansible xyz.com ...
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Puppet node ordering

Can someone help me with puppet node ordering, I know how to control sequence inside classes using require, before, subscribe etc but I need to be 100% sure that my node2 will be executed only after ...
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Can we get git-like functionality with a tool like puppet?

I'm thinking about a convenient way to track my vps configurations and to deploy them in one click (or more or less one). I have been reading up and looking into different config deployment tools of ...
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separate code and configuration in Jenkins

I was using home build deployment system, but want to move to Jenkins. One problem is that I do not keep app configuration in revision control system for security reasons. What could be a solution to ...
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How to update grub with puppet?

I would like to change a line in /etc/default/grub with puppet to this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="cgroup_enable=memory" I've tried to used augeas which seems to do this magic: exec { "update_grub": ...
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Cfengine Perform action based on variable value

In cfengine, I have a variable that is set to the output of a command. Let say variable myoutput is set to "hi world". How can I execute a command based on the contents of myoutput. I would like ...
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How to handle SSH port changes with Ansible?

I'm trying to use Ansible for automating the setup process of new server instances. One of the setup tasks changes the default SSH port, therefore requiring me to update the hosts list. Is it ...
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Command or Shell task hangs when using ssh to create a tunnel

I am using Ansible to push configuration. I have a task inside a playbook that I want to start an ssh tunnel in the background for MongoDB. The task command that i'm using is - name: Start tunnel ...
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Chef 11 node attributes available and ordering

In Chef 10 I have a number of roles which set custom node attributes like "appname": "my_rails_app" The attribute is then used to load app specific variables in a wrapper cookbook. There are ...
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How can a Linux Administrator improve their shell scripting and automation skills?

In my organization, I work with a group of NOC staff, budding junior engineers and a handful of senior engineers; all with a focus on Linux. One interesting step in the way the company grows talent is ...
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How do I enable additional debugging output from Ansible and Vagrant?

I'm investigating Ansible for server and application provisioning. My application is currently provisioned with shell scripts in Vagrant. Rather than rewrite my scripts I've taken a sample and ...
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How can I manage hundreds of IPMI BMCs?

I have over 200 computers which can provide IPMI services. The servers are manufactured by several different companies (SuperMicro, Dell, etc.), and there are 6-7 BMC models from about 5 different ...
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System Center Configuration Manager: Endpoint Protection client install error

EP 4.2.223.1 is installed, version is higher than expected installer version 4.1.522.0 Has anyone see that in the EndpointProtectionAgent.log on a system they have been trying to push the SCCM client ...