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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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web based admin management for nginx?

is there any web base management tool for nginx?