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

2
votes
5answers
903 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
189 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
335 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
156 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 ...
10
votes
2answers
736 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
285 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
179 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
64 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
223 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
395 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
43 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
969 views

web based admin management for nginx?

is there any web base management tool for nginx?
1
vote
4answers
312 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
104 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
328 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
572 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
335 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
575 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
414 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 ...
1
vote
1answer
351 views

Network configuration tools for Debian (or ubuntu)

During the initial Debian setup, we are asked simple questions to configure network interfaces. I would like to know is there are some interactive (but something terminal-based, no X11) tools to do ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

How to manage linux workstations with policies

I am going to be administering a small network of linux based workstations for a charity institution (not all have the same distro- some are ubuntu and some are fedora). Is there something in Linux ...
0
votes
2answers
133 views

Ways for managing the installation and configuration of various software applications and settings in linux?

What are some ways for managing the installation and configuration of various software applications and settings in group of linux development and server computers? Is a set of basic scripts a good ...
1
vote
1answer
99 views

Are there any good references coparing Software Development CM best practices to IT CM best practices?

I have spent my career on the software development side of things and in the latter part have become more and more involved in the realm of Software Configuration Management. Now I am moving into an ...
0
votes
3answers
3k views

ubuntu: server management GUI tools like ebox?

i wonder if there are some GUI management tools for ubuntu to be used to manage all server tasks. eg. installing server applications, managing them, editing their conf files and so on. i saw ebox ...
3
votes
2answers
137 views

Configuration management in support of scientific computing

For the past few years I have been involved with developing and maintaining a system for forecasting near-shore waves. Our team has just received a significant grant for further development and as a ...
1
vote
1answer
522 views

Centralised configuration management for basic linksys routers?

Does anyone know if its possible to install a custom router firmware, such as dd-wrt and then use a central config management tool to push/pull changes? The setup here involves each office having ...
0
votes
1answer
517 views

How do you organize system configuration files for cfengine3?

Where do you like to put system configuration files (not the cfengine language) for cfengine to copy into place?
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Parse/Edit Apache conf files with Ruby?

I need to write some scripts to make changes to Apache conf files, namely to add/update VirtualHosts. I plan on doing this in Ruby. before I write my own, are there any scripts/rubygems which allow ...
5
votes
2answers
292 views

Generating/managing config files for hosted application

Edit - I'm starting to look into Perl's Template-Toolkit. It seems to fit the bill nicely for the problem described below. Has anyone played with it? Any (detailed) advice? I asked a question about ...
1
vote
2answers
407 views

Linux clustering over WAN links

I am working on a project that would require the following : - Central administration of multiple servers over multiple locations - Secure connections between multiple locations - Manage ...
2
votes
2answers
374 views

How to document configuration changes from incidents

how do you document changes to your configuration which were made during an incident? In ITIL incident- and configuration-management are two different processes but they are related at this point. My ...
50
votes
6answers
14k views

Puppet vs Chef, pro and contra from users and use cases [closed]

I already googled and read the "to-puppet-or-to-chef-that-is-the-question" article. I'm interested in use cases, real world implementations in which people had choosen one or the other on real ...
26
votes
9answers
10k views

Are configuration management tools (Puppet, Chef) capable of keeping installed packages up to date?

This is probably a simple question for those of you already running configuration management tools. Are configuration management tools such as Puppet or Chef the right approach for keeping installed ...
5
votes
4answers
6k views

Puppet : How to override / redefine outside child class (usecase and example detailled)

The use case i try to illustrate is when to declare some item (eq mysqld service) with a default configuration that could be included on every node (class stripdown in the example, for basenode), and ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Cisco ASA config management

I read that for Cisco devices which run IOS, there's a scheduler (kron) which can be used similar to Linuxs cronjobs. I followed the guide on ...
2
votes
3answers
479 views

cfengine3 outputs directory

I have started running cfengine3, using cf-execd to schedule runs of cf-agent at the default interval of every 5 minutes. cf-execd captures the output of cf-agent (which is run with the --inform ...
4
votes
3answers
698 views

Manage config files using hardlinks and subversion?

I'm considering hardlinking config files into a working copy of my SVN config repository. Is there any reason why not to manage config files this way? Assume /home/user/confmgr/confs is a working ...
4
votes
6answers
373 views

Site System Configuration Management — what's there to help me?

I have just started a gig and have inherited a large collection of heterogeneous UNIX systems of the following flavors all running: hpux (11.11, 11.31), aix, mpras, sun solaris (sun 8 9 10), redhat ...
1
vote
4answers
1k views

Puppet: sharing info between classes

I don't think there is a right way to do the following (yet) in Puppet, but this strikes me as desirable. I want my classes to be able to influence the content of a templated file from another class ...
1
vote
3answers
398 views

apache2 - read configurations from MySQL

I'm trying to move away from nasty daemons that write config files and need root access to operate. I want to store vhosts/domains in an MySQL database, ideally with restricted access. I'm looking ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Is there any strong, well tested and general purpose puppet recipes-base to be used as starting point for customization?

I have configured a working cobbler system that successfully handles my bare metal server deployment and I'm going to start the configuration management issues using puppet (integrating it as much as ...
2
votes
3answers
4k views

Puppet fully-qualified parameter path error — how do I find what is wrong with my manifest and where?

I regularly but randomly get the following error message when I run the puppet client on machines (non-daemonized): err: Could not create : Parameter path failed: File paths must be fully qualified ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Which way is the most 'elegant' way of installing packages with Chef?

I have 3 different ways to install said package, and I prefer option #1 the most, but I wanted to see if there was a reason to use option #2 or 3 or any other options? (My goal of this question is to ...
17
votes
3answers
23k views

puppet: force service restart after configuration file was modified

how can i ensure that if new version of configuration file is downloaded via puppet from master repository to one of managed servers relevant service is restarted. typical scenario - let's say there ...
2
votes
4answers
333 views

Software Installation And Configuration Management Frameworks for Windows

I am looking at using a software installation and configuration management framework/tool to automate building virtual images (based on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003/2008) for developers. Can ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How does one configure puppet for push-only updates?

Setting runinterval=0 in /etc/puppet/puppet.conf causes continuous pulls, not no pulls. I'm trying to arrange puppet so that it will listen for puppetrun calls, but never pull without one.
7
votes
8answers
3k views

What configuration items do you track for proper configuration management? [closed]

As a professional system administrator, what configuration items do you consider it essential to track to perform proper configuration or change management? For example, in Windows, do you track ...