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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how to remove a node in rudder 2.3

I'm using Rudder 2.3 (v.2.3.7~rc2~git201205021042 ) since some months now and I have added some VM which have been deleted now. So I search a step by step howto to remove its from my rudder node ...
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Packaging a Custom Chef Server (via Chef solo) installation for RHEL 6 / CentOS

I am currently installing a Chef server according to http://wiki.opscode.com/display/chef/Installing+Chef+Server+using+Chef+Solo for CentOS 6.2. I want to package everything up into my own custom RPM ...
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Generating Puppet resources from array of hashes

I'm new to Puppet and to start using it I want to learn how to manage system users. I have several users, which share common properties, so I thought I should factor things out. After some struggle, ...
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Is Chef/Puppet too complicated? [closed]

I know both of them are amazing tools, and have great feature sets. But maybe, just maybe, they are like Word/Excel, which I probably only use < 10% feature in my lifetime. To me, a bash-based ...
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storing nagios configuration data in oneCMDB

I want to store my nagios configuration data into oneCMDB(configuration management database). What i trying to achieve is i will be developing a GUI app in which one can edit the configurations and ...
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Using Augeas to modify Squid configuration

I'm running squid-deb-proxy and I want to alter the configuration using Puppet/Augeas. When I try this: augeas {'squid-deb-proxy.conf': lens => 'Squid.lns', incl => ...
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How do you keep up with Nagios/Capistrano configs when using EC2?

I use Amazon EC2 for my mobile app. Depending on load of the application at a given time, I might spawn new instances and then take them down when load is lower to save costs. How does one keep up ...
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Amazon EC2, fastest way to get a node into an existing cluster

I'm new to Amazon AWS. A lot of the time I hear about people folks spawning instances and almost instantly putting them behind a load balancer and into an existing cluster. In the traditional world ...
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Formatting data from management database

I've got some data that goes like this: Config_Name Question Answer Cisco WAN Sensitivity: High Cisco WAN Authorized Users: Brent, Charles Cisco WAN Last Audited: n/a ...
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How do I (robustly) remotely execute tasks on Windows workstations in a domain?

I'm not even sure if "robustly" is a word. Anyway. Context: We have a few hundred Windows 7 workstations on a LAN. We use AD/GPO management pretty heavily, but there are a lot of periodic and/or ...
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Suggestions for making sysfs parameters persist across reboots

I'm experimenting with large changes to Linux system runtime parameters exposed through the sysfs virtual file system. What is the most efficient way to maintain these parameters so that they persist ...
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Set sysctl.conf parameters with Puppet

This was a breeze in CFEngine... But I'm in a Puppet environment now, and need to be able to assign/ensure/check certain sysctl.conf variables. In the CFEngine world, I could simply check for specific ...
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Automatic management of SSL certificate on multiple servers…good or bad

We're using puppet to manage a group of Ubuntu boxes and will shortly require each of these servers to share a common SSL certificate, in order to serve a site over HTTPS. Naturally, we'd like to use ...
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How do I restrict MediaWiki user groups from access to portions of my wiki by namespace?

In the release notes of Mediawiki 1.18 there is this line: $wgGroupPermissions now supports per namespace permissions. I cannot find the implementation within the documentation. The wiki page for ...
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How do you handle ad hoc configuration?

We use Puppet (or Chef) to script out commissioning of the new servers for different roles as well as configuration of the software that is deployed on those. However, how do you handle ad hoc ...
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How to comment out / uncomment a line in a configuration file with Augeas?

Assumming that I have the following in the /etc/syslog.conf file: # Log all kernel messages to the console. # Logging much else clutters up the screen. #kern.* /dev/console ...
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IIS-like UI for http.sys programs

Does anyone know if there is a open-source or built-in way to view ALL IIS and http.sys endpoints/sites via a GUI? The problem I have is that I'm a little wary of having no visibility for http.sys ...
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Is it an unsafe practice to symlink /etc conf files?

To manage the configuration of a server, I keep some configuration flies (located in /etc) under version control (in the home folder) and then symlink to them from their /etc locations: ...
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Patching with Puppet

I am new to Puppet, and I am wondering if it is an effective solution for patch/pkg management on Solaris as well as Linux. I am more interested on the Solaris side. So far am unable to locate any ...
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Specifying prerequisites for Puppet custom facts?

I have written a custom Puppet fact that requires the biosdevname tool to be installed. I'm not sure how to set things up correctly such that this tool will be installed before facter tries to ...
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How can I find which configurations I've modified?

I installed Debian on a computer three years ago. I've made changes to a variety of configurations (print, ssh, and so on). I'm now backing up in preparation for an upgrade. I would like to save ...
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IIS Configuration Management… Alternatives to MSDeploy and Web Farm Framework?

In my experience both IIS Web Farm Framework and MSDeploy is doing a really poor job of managing configurations between servers. While the idea behind the Web Farm Framework and MSDeploy is awesome, ...
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Chef best Practices/Questions

I use and love Puppet. I moved to a new company and they are adopting Chef. So I'm trying to learn Chef but am having a hard time piecing it all together because I still think in Puppet =) These ...
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Server configuration automation for windows server on ec2, how much can be done?

I believe stackexchange runs on IIS and windows server. I understand windows server doesn't have anything similiar to chef/puppet, but it does have powershell and probably other things I am not aware ...
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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 ...
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Preventing multiple line loss when storing syslog messages in a Postgres database

I have an application creating reports that are centralized using syslog, and I'm storing them in a Postgres database for custom use. The database has a specific format (given that the data I'm ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Puppet configuration using augeas fails if combined with notify

I'm having a problem with the following Puppet manifest, which is meant to enable the passwdqc pam module on a RHEL-6 system (this is using Puppet 0.25.5 and augeas 0.7.2): augeas { 'authconfig': ...
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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 ...
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Configuration Manager sub site codes

I have two sub-sites set up in configuration manager. When the SCCM agent installs on the client machines within the boundaries of those sub sites they are assigned the site code of the Primary site, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...