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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Puppet Enterprise vs. Open Source

I'm interested in learning to use Puppet. One example I see over and over again is user management. According the the Puppet website, "Configuration management – User accounts" is a feature that only ...
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Why is Configuration Manager 2012 creating a SMSPKG folder on my C: drive?

I'm testing System Center Configuration Manager 2012, and I installed it on a server with two disks (using a SQL Server instance on a second server). Before installing, I created a file called ...
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Managing several PCs

I'm looking for suggestions on how to best manage a group of 5-10 Windows 7 PCs. My primary concern is making sure the OS and applications stay up-to-date. My ideal solution would be to partition ...
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Is cf-serverd necessary?

Since a cfengine client can run autonomously based upon the files in its 'inputs' directory, why is it necessary to have a policy server running cf-serverd? Would some other file distribution ...
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How to put FreeBSD configuration under Revision Control?

I heard once that in Linux it's possible to put whole /etc/ directory into repository. In fact i already done too much crap on server and I quite disoriented what exactly is setup in there at all. ...
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Is there a standard method for assigning nameservers to servers in a Windows domain?

As the title asks, I'm wondering if there's any standard or "best practice" for how to actually assign nameservers (DNS) and manage the nameserver configuration for client servers on a Windows domain. ...
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configuration mangement on third party devices

Can anyone point me in the direction of configuration management software used for access and distribution level equipment? (i.e. DSLAM, GPON Equipment, Proprietary IP PBX Systems) These devices ...
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Puppet: array in parameterized classes VS using resources

I have some use cases where I want to define multiple similar resources that should end up in a single file (via a template). As an example I'm trying to write a puppet module that will let me ...
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How to organize deployment process in Chef-controlled environment?

I have a web Linux-based infrastructure which consists of 15 virtual machines and over 50 various services. It is fully controlled by Chef. Most of the services are developed internally. Basically ...
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Puppet: managing (lots of) Apache VirtualHosts

I'm learning my way through configuration management in general and using puppet to implement it in particular. I have already done some generic research (also on SF) and right now I'm considering ...
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What advantages/features does Puppet or Chef offer over Salt (or vice versa)? [closed]

I am looking at rolling out a new configuration management tool to replace our home-grown solution. The defacto standards are Chef and Puppet, both of which are Ruby-centric (though can be used to ...
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What should NOT be managed by puppet?

I'm learning my way through configuration management in general and using puppet to implement it in particular, and I'm wondering what aspects of a system, if any, should not be managed with puppet? ...
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Managing servers, applications, configuration and their contacts [closed]

Currently we are using a wiki (Confluence) to track this information like: servers applications configuration (IP addressees, domains used owners (contacts) The problem is that a wiki does not ...
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Arbitrary software configuration management with Puppet?

I am evaluating Puppet as a potential replacement for an in-house software configuration and distribution system. I am looking for advice on whether Puppet can satisfy certain requirements for ...
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How can I use the output of a command in cfengine3

I want to list a directory content and use the result somewhere else: bundle agent test { commands: "ls /tmp/test/"; reports: ubuntu:: "print output here for example"; # ...
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Return from Chef recipe without rising an exception

Is there a way to return from Chef recipe without rising an exception? Say I have a long recipe. I want to add a ruby block to it's beginning which will check some condition (for example directory ...
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Does there exist a solution for full filesystem revision control where the revision db/repository is remote? [closed]

Question: Is there a good solution out there for revision control on an entire file system? This includes the question "would any of the typical revision control systems out there work for this (git, ...
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How can the little guys effectively learn and use Puppet?

Six months ago, in our not-for-profit project we decided to start migrating our system management to a Puppet-controlled environment because we are expecting our number of servers to grow ...
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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 list....
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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 => '/etc/squid-...
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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: /etc/someprog/...
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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 hand-...
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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 ...