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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
3answers
1k views

Enforcing hashed home directory permissions with puppet

Home directories in our environment are hashed using the first two letters of a username. For example, the home directory for user lars is /home/l/a/lars. I would like to use puppet to enforce mode ...
1
vote
1answer
344 views

When is applicationHost.config read from the filesystem?

We're thinking of updating our server farms to use Shared Configuration, and we're wondering about the performance penalty for doing so. We're wondering when the applicationHost.config file is read ...
6
votes
2answers
348 views

Is there a recommended automated production environment setup for Microsoft stack?

We are looking at rebuilding our small production running redundant servers with IIS, .Net 4, MSSqlServer 2003 setup. The previous tri-server configuration evolved organically and has a lot of ...
1
vote
3answers
336 views

How to quickly start an EC2 instance based on another instance?

I'm not even sure how to properly phrase this question, so please bear with me as I'm new with EC2 lingo/terminology. What I want to be able to do, is configure a template, if you must, and that ...
14
votes
4answers
4k views

Best practice for testing chef recipes?

My team has created a large number of chef cookbooks. I was wondering what methods and frameworks I should look into so we can start creating tests to assure that our nodes are configured properly?
-1
votes
3answers
189 views

RANCID, but for arbitrary server configuration files

Does anyone have advice on such a beast? I would prefer not to have to install additional software on my AIX machines, so etckeeper isn't ideal. It's also not centralized, based on my quick reading. ...
1
vote
3answers
735 views

How do I sync configuration between my ubuntu servers? And how do I automatically restart services when their configuration changes?

First of, I'm fairly new to this whole linux thing... So be gentle. The setup: I have a couple of Ubuntu servers... A pair of DNS servers running Bind, and a pair of servers running Nginx and HAProxy ...
1
vote
2answers
98 views

Which tool: graph business services and their technology dependencies

I'm looking to give our company an overview of the business services that IT offers and their various dependencies. The purpose of this graph would be to show the dependencies of technology on ...
2
votes
2answers
203 views

How to manage configuration in a windows 2008 R2 server?

I'm using ec2 to host a windows server (2008 R2). This server is strictly for serving an ASP.NET MVC website on IIS, nothing more. Once I have things setup, I want to be able to create duplicate ...
1
vote
1answer
151 views

Create Mobile Device Management Server for iPhone Management on Windows Server

I need to create Mobile Device Management server to manage my enterprise's iPhone devices. I need to configuration it on Windows 2008 server. What are the steps to configure Mobile Device Management ...
1
vote
2answers
233 views

How to manage the installation and configuration of software on non-domain joined Windows XP machines?

I have a large set of unattended Windows XP machines who are not connected to a domain or even to each other. I am struggling to find any tools out there that I can use to deal with them in one ...
0
votes
1answer
280 views

Apache configuration in production environment

I have an apache configuration (the test version) that is working good. When I pass to production configuration, my clients says that they have the error 400 bad request when requesting web services ...
0
votes
3answers
278 views

Tools to use for ec2 instance management [closed]

I am looking over couple of tools for managing the ec2 instances: Requirement: 1) I should be able to spin-off a new instance and the new instance get all the configurations required. 2) I ...
4
votes
3answers
135 views

versioning system with less duplication of data

We have a homegrown config management system and we'd like to add config file versioning to it in a simple way. My first thought was svn (or similiar), but I'm concerned with creating a repo in one ...
0
votes
4answers
785 views

Sync Files Between Windows Machines

I'm looking for a solution to sync files automatically across a number of windows operating systems, including Windows Server 2003, 2008 and Windows 7. One of the use cases would be keeping Nagios ...
3
votes
1answer
116 views

update manager to update remote software (windows)

We deploy windows machines with a 3rd party application that we modify slightly (config files and images) just after we install it on the soon to be deployed systems. This application does not have ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

HP ProLiant system preparation/deployment techniques (Array, BIOS, firmware, etc.)

I spend a lot of my time with HP ProLiant systems and Linux installations. Due to the nature of the business I work in, I don't have the luxury of being able to deploy large numbers of identical ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Tips for optimizing RHEL/CentOS kickstart workflow

I'm working in an environment that consists of CentOS systems located in multiple data centers and office locations. I've been using a reasonable kickstart with a solid post-install script, but want ...
3
votes
2answers
308 views

Testing apache config changes

What's the best way to reconfigure an apache server that's hosting a production site? The basic workflow I use is as follows: Make a test server that's as similar to production as possible ...
3
votes
3answers
700 views

Is there an automated method to simplify cfengine config?

I work with a cfengine installation that has grown organically and become quite complicated. Some stanzas use many classes, e.g., class1&(class2|class3)&!class4|class5 Is there some tool that ...
1
vote
2answers
768 views

puppet or chef for stand alone server with limited resources

I have a small virtual linux server (500 megs ram). I may eventually get one or two more servers, not more. I'm a dev, not a sys admin so I don't know the best practices involving linux ...
2
votes
2answers
444 views

Is there something like puppet or chef that can manage dependencies across hosts?

Chef/puppet are great tools for managing the configuration of individual hosts, but they seem to fall down slightly when a configuration has dependencies between hosts. For example, I'd like to have ...
1
vote
0answers
486 views

Using conrep - Capturing and duplicating the BIOS settings

I got an HP ProLiant DL160SE G6, I need to capture the entire BIOS settings of one server and duplicate them to same model servers. This will save us lots of time and eliminate human errors. I ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I configure exim4 with a smarthost via puppet?

I have tried to automate the exim setup via puppet. I followed the approach described here, whiched worked for me for a few packages, but for exim I had a problem: one selection was not correctly ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Chef/Puppet with multiple configuration servers

Does either Puppet or Chef support replicated puppetmasterd/Chef servers? It seems very surprising to me that these tools would force a single point of failure, but I haven't been able to find any ...
1
vote
3answers
3k views

Using MCollective to run Puppet

I have to administrate a big cluster of servers in the cloud and now I want to automate the installation process of these machines. Therefore I use puppet as configuration management system. I want ...
0
votes
4answers
509 views

dead man's switch for remote networking interventions on Linux

As I'm going to change the network configuration of a remote server, I was thinking of some security mechanisms to protect me from accidentally losing control on the server. The level-0 protection ...
16
votes
7answers
2k views

What are the right questions to ask when deciding whether to use Chef or Puppet?

I am about to start a new project which will, in part, require deploying many identical nodes of approximately three different classes: Data nodes, which will run sharded instances of MongoDB. ...
2
votes
5answers
847 views

Opensource RightScale-like EC2 deployment management [closed]

Does anyone know if there are any solid opensource alternatives to RightScale for EC2 deployment+maintenance management? Basically what I'm looking for is: Script based AMI deployment and ...
1
vote
2answers
185 views

Git Repo to mantain the app configurations in several servers

I need to versioning in a GIT repository, configurations of a particular platform, spread across multiple servers. Take into account that in each of these servers there are completely different ...
4
votes
4answers
323 views

Configuration Deployment to Linux Systems [closed]

I'm looking for a nice way to add / remote ips (and possibly interact with an asset inventory system to track where ips are), start / stop processes, download logs, and all around genearal system ...
2
votes
1answer
144 views

How to host and manage 1000s of low traffic websites on a single nginx server

Our company has created simple CMS app, which it is planning to sell to thousands of small companies. Right now, our CMS app spits out the html files to a pre-configured directory in a directory ...
9
votes
2answers
681 views

Configuration Management overkill for 3 node clusters?

I have 2-3 node clusters for our load balancers and various web applications. I'm having to make the change in QA first, then in staging (on 2-3 servers), then in production (on 2-3) servers. Is a ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Aliasing (local) in Sql Server

I've not read (much) into SQL Server aliasing, it feels like a good, simple way to avoid managing configurations across multiple environments (developing on (local) instance, but production is a ...
14
votes
5answers
3k views

What's the strengths and weaknesses of existing configuration management systems? [closed]

I was looking up here for some comparisons between CFEngine, Puppet, Chef, bcfg2, AutomateIt and whatever other configuration management systems might be out there, and was very surprised I could find ...
5
votes
3answers
275 views

What configuration management solutions exist in a non-networked environment?

My servers exist in an environment without outside network connectivity (this is a requirement), so when I deploy updates all packages, binaries, config files, etc. must be included on the delivered ...
1
vote
1answer
142 views

Comparing DLL sets from the same app on two different machines

Is there a good way to compare the DLLs loaded between two machines running the same app. (And to replicate the process between N other machines, two at a time?) Background: I am trying to track down ...
1
vote
3answers
62 views

Is there a method or application which compares server configurations?

I have windows staging and live servers for hosting our companies asp .net web applications. Recently, there have been issues with changes existing between the staging environment and the live ...
2
votes
1answer
196 views

UI to managing specific applicationhost.config

I'm doing some work with IIS Express and it has it's own applicationhost.config. Is there any UI that I could use to manage that config file without editing the XML directly? I downloaded IIS ...
0
votes
1answer
368 views

Is there a tool to check GPOs like MBSA?

I'd like to provide some background before I pose my question so please, bear with me. I have come across Microsoft's Security Compliance Manager. It's rather new to me and as I understand so far, ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

distributing config over a windows domain

I have a Windows C++ application, that's run on lots of machines within the same Windows 2008 domain. I'm also the (not very good) domain administrator. What I'd like to do, is somehow distribute ...
2
votes
1answer
844 views

web based admin management for nginx?

is there any web base management tool for nginx?
1
vote
4answers
293 views

How do big internet shops manage hosting services provisioning and configuration?

We're starting to expand our hosting business and I'm wondering how big hosting providers manage their services, like creating directory structures and configurations in email servers, web servers, db ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

Cataloging web/db/app servers in an organisation - Excel/Wiki/?

I've inherited "ownership" of various servers (the hardware itself and server software that runs on in - lots of Apache/Oracle/MySQL) with a wide variety of configurations. I'm a developer - I've been ...
1
vote
1answer
102 views

configuration Manager PXE boot all machines

Im wonder how to configure Config Manager 2007 R2 to allow PXE boot to all machines (Its password protected) without every user getting a message saying they can install windows. I would consider it ...
2
votes
3answers
251 views

Find all files with an undefined GID (A group without an entry in /etc/group)

On several of our CentOS 5 systems, the /etc/group file was munged by an automated script. As a result, there are some files on the system which have an undefined GID-- the GID is not defined in ...
5
votes
3answers
533 views

How to manage configuration & automatic rollout of 20 virtual machines

I have a TeamCity build server, with about 20 "build agents", both Windows and MacOS machines. Often, I need to install a newer version of XCode or VisualStudio or some other tool. Having to do this ...
2
votes
2answers
304 views

rpm-based system configuration management

Scenario: I've got a network with a few score RPM-based machines, and need to standardize and sometimes en masse update some predictable *NIX configuration files: nsswitch.conf, ntp.conf, ldap.conf, ...
2
votes
3answers
510 views

maintaining entries in linux config files like syslog.conf automagically in a robust manner

sometimes I want to automatically add a config to a conf file that I can scriptably remove later, for example I want to temporarily make 10 hosts log to a remote syslog server. So I so something like ...
1
vote
2answers
381 views

Installing Zend Server via Puppet, on RHEL and Ubuntu?

I'm learning Puppet by example and writing some modules to manage our current RHEL and Ubuntu servers. My first serious attempt is a Zend Server module. Since Puppet has a Yumrepo, but no Aptrepo ...