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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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?
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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 ...
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Remote Control for windows 7 machines

In the past (with windows XP) we have used the Altiris Deployment Console 6.9 SP3 to remote control our users machines. Since windows 7 has been released and deployed the remote control no longer ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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HP Rapid Deployment - Change Data Store Path

I am running HP Rapid Deployment (Altiris eXpress Deployment Server 6.9 - Build 164) on an inherited Windows Server 2003 SP2. I need to change the Data Store Path as the default is pointing to the C: ...
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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 ...
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Used SQL Svr 2008 Config Manager to Set Service Account to Local System: What Did It Change?

Direct shot to foot moment... While setting-up individual non-admin accts for MSSQLSERVER services, I temporarily set Server service login to Local System account. I remembered later that: SQL ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Deploying Java via Configuration Manager / SCCM / SMS

So my package is working. Problem is, it doesn't uninstall the old version during the install. If I run the install on the local system it works fine. Here is the command line I'm using: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Altiris gets Disabled?

We use Altiris for software deployment at our organization. Sometimes when we remove a piece of software altiris will turn gray and every feature is disabled in it. The only way to fix that is to ...
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Office 2007 New Message Window Does Not Respond

I am using Windows XP and every time I open the new message window in Office 2007 the window can't be dragged, can't be closed by clicking on the window. I can close or move or maximize the window by ...
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Altiris Deployment Console and PXE booting over multiple vlans

I am rebuilding a 2008 server with sql 2008 and altiris Deployment console 6.9 sp2. It is working now however I am trying to get the clients to be able to pxe boot and load an image from altiris no ...
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How to fix Puppet fully-qualified parameter path error?

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 ...
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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 ...
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Anyone run into issues updating Altiris Deployment Solution to SP2?

We're going to be updating our Altiris Deployment Solution (build 365) to SP2 (build 375) and wanted to know if any of you have done so yet. Were there any issues or hiccups you came across? Thanks. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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automated linux deployment and config management at small scale - is it worth it?

I'm about to deploy ~25 servers running Debian. The machines will have different roles - web servers, Java appservers, proxies, MySQL boxes. The environment will probably not grow much in the future - ...
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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.
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What features would you add to Firefox to get it into the enterprise?

Firefox adoption in the home/personal user base seems to be growing fine, but adoption in the enterprise is not going anywhere quickly. My view on this is because SysAdmins are not promoting it ...
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Why on EARTH is my windows 2003 Altiris server rebooting itself, once a day?

I mean, it's being awfully nice about it and all. Each and every time it seems like it's a graceful shutdown. Windows 2003 R2 server. (SP2) HP Proliant DL380 G4. (BIOS current as of 2007.) Xeon ...
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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 ...
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How to record server changes?

So we've all probably had this situation: you debug some problem, only to realize it was caused by a config change you made six months ago, and you can't remember why you did it. So you undo it and ...