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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Where can I find the DRAC bulk configuration tool?

I need to reconfigure and reset the DRAC configuration on hundreds of servers. This document indicates the tool I need is called "RACT" or "AD with the Dell RAC Tool" The hyperlink in the document ...
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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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SCCM 2012 R2: Email / Alert on component status errors

I know that as of SCCM SP1 we are now able to monitor and alert on a few more things in SCCM. We can now alert if there are problems with not only AV / malware alerts but also client and database ...
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how to have one role deploy different files per hosts in ansible [duplicate]

I have a role in ansible but and want to use the copy module in ansible to copy the specific files for specific hosts. Not exactly but pretty same scenario .../roles/serverfiles/tasks/main.yml # ...
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Command or Shell task hangs when using ssh to create a tunnel

I am using Ansible to push configuration. I have a task inside a playbook that I want to start an ssh tunnel in the background for MongoDB. The task command that i'm using is - name: Start tunnel ...
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Choosing between meaningful and meaningless hostnames [closed]

Assume an environment with a puppet-managed cluster of different servers - various hardware, software, operating systems, virtual/dedicated, etc. Would you choose meaningful hostnames ...
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How can I manage hundreds of IPMI BMCs?

I have over 200 computers which can provide IPMI services. The servers are manufactured by several different companies (SuperMicro, Dell, etc.), and there are 6-7 BMC models from about 5 different ...
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How do i print the current hostname of a host in ansible

I wrote a role to edit the motd when user log into the machine, but i want to personalize the motd to print the hostname of the machine What vriable do i use? or how do i do this? template? how? I ...
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What is the easiest way to deploy the same desktop & software across 35 workstations for several hundred users? [closed]

Currently we have 35 workstations with WIN XP SP3 on it. Currently they logon to Server 2012 Standard (we do have ability for RDS Session Based desktops), and the users files (my documents are stored ...
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Replicating My Production Environment

I have a CentOS production server that I am currently doing my development on (I know this is awful) I'm bringing on some new developers and I want to set up appropriate development, staging and ...
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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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Securing the primary Ansible user

It seems that there are only two reasonable approaches for the primary Ansible user: Using root Using another user (e.g., ansible) with NOPASSWD sudo access The first option is a no-go since I ...
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How to do a git pull/push using ansible

I am trying to do a git pull/push using ansible. I am running ansible on one server and want to automate or orchestrate a git pull/push on a remote host. Now since i didn't find a mmodule to do this ...
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Increasing server upload speed tricks [closed]

Server : IBM X3630 CPU : 2x Intel Quad Core E5620 (8265 point) RAM : 16GB DDR3 Hard Disk : 4x300GB SAS 15k Bandwidth : 10 TB Uplink Port Speed : 1 x 1000Mbps Full-Duplex With above features my ...
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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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Using ansible to add users' public keys to one user's authorized_keys file

Trying to add two people's Github public keys to a user's authorized users file. I am able to successfully retrieve the SSH keys: --- - hosts: 127.0.0.1 connection: local vars: my_users: ...
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Report on Changes to IIS configuration

We are currently looking for a method of verifying what changes have been made over a period of time to our IIS 8.5 sites. We have reviewed the IIS auditing event log which can be useful for ...
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ansible cannot download git repo on centos 7

I have this in my drupal roles to download drupal git --- - name: Install git yum: name=git state=latest - name: Clone Drupal git: repo=http://git.drupal.org/project/drupal.git ...
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error creating database using ansible on centos 7

I am trying to install mysql AND setup database using ANSIBLE on CentOS7(i have no idea why every documention in the world now ONLY talks about Ubuntu and NO CentOS anymore...really SAD!) here is my ...
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Static Analyzer for Configuration files

I'm currently planning to analyze csv-reports from our ActiveDirectory and configuration files from our switches with Python. I'm thinking of having seperate modules for each type of data (csv, txt). ...
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Is it worth it to do revision control/puppet/etc. on a single-server-setup?

After reading Using revision control for server configuration files?, I decided to install etckeeper on my server. However, it's a one-server setup, so I only have one physical machine and no load ...
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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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Best practices for puppet module management with software development life cycle approach?

How do people organize their Puppet manifests and modules in your source code repository? I am not seeing any obvious way to implement changes in Puppet in a phased manner on a single Puppet master. ...
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How to read/ modify freetds.conf (for ODBC) using augtool or similar in bash script?

How can I get augtool (augeas) or a similarly common tool to work with freetds.conf, so I can automate some configuration in a bash install script? This doesn't seem to work: augtool print ...
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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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Puppet for Patch Management

I am thinking of using Puppet for massive patch management. The way to go with this, based on some research, is to create a class and apply it wherever you need, like in the following case: class ...
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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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Ansible/Capistrano with fixed sudo command (“sudo su -”)

I have to administer some half-managed servers (monstly CentOS 6), where we are only allowed to login as a regular user, then do "sudo su -" and type the regular user password, and then run the ...
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Difference between HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\ and HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\

What is the difference between editing settings in HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services and HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server? Similar settings seem to ...
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Using yum-builddep instead of yum install in Puppet

Is there a simple way to change the default behaviour of yum when installing packages to for instance instead of doing a yum install instead use yum-builddep to install only the dependencies of a ...
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Version Controlling Foreman & Puppet

I have just setup Foreman for the first time & am not sure how to go about putting all of my configurations under version control. I know I can use Git for each module I install on my Puppet ...
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Config Manager 2012 Application Download stuck at 0%

We have a Config Manager 2012 R2 setup with 2 Distribution Points on remote sites. In the remote site the Applications don't get downloaded, the status remains on 'downloading (0% complete)' In the ...
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What is a sane way to deal with changed configuration files and/or ABI breakages after package updates while using a CM software?

First of all: Full disclosure, I asked the same thing on the Salt ML but thus far the response rate has been zero. Also, gathering a broader spectrum of opinions and experiences never hurts. So I hope ...
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How can I use chef to configure a basic system starting from a template?

I am working on the setup of a new virtual infrastructure that will eventually become the production one. I am at the very beginning and I want to use Chef as automation tool. I've already worked with ...
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Looking for a central console management software that utilitizes my RDP credentials for access [closed]

All our managed Windows Server 03+ machines are enabled for and connect fine via RDP. However, I would like a less heavy central management (command line based?) to mass manage and maintain the ...
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How do I enable additional debugging output from Ansible and Vagrant?

I'm investigating Ansible for server and application provisioning. My application is currently provisioned with shell scripts in Vagrant. Rather than rewrite my scripts I've taken a sample and ...
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2 computers with same Previous ConfigMgr UUID

I have cloned a computer using CloneZilla and the two computers has the same "Previous ConfigMgr UUID" but all other UUIDs SIDs and so on are different. Will this be an issue with updates and talking ...
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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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Configuration management: push versus pull based topology

The more established configuration management (CM) systems like Puppet and Chef use a pull-based approach: clients poll a centralized master periodically for updates. Some of them offer a masterless ...
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Why my Rudder server restart every 5 minutes?

My Rudder server is working great, but every 5 minutes or so, I'm kicked-out of my HTML session, and a ""Rudder is loading, please wait" screen appears. After some time, I can use it again normally. ...
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Having puppet use yum --installroot for certain nodes

I have a case where we are throwing together diskless node images that get thrown out to nodes via PXE and then mounted via a ramdisk. To build these previously we have just installed packages with ...
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What does r10k provide since Puppet natively supports directory environments?

I'm just starting to read about r10k because I love the fact that it can create dynamic environments based on Git branches. Now, I just read that Puppet can do this without r10k. What does r10k ...
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How can we ensure that a user who is not realized does not exist in that puppet node?

We declare all our users as virtual resources. E.g.: @user { 'belmin': uid => 2001 comment => 'Belmin Fernandez', groups => ['sysadmins'], } Sometimes we temporarily realize a ...
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How to automate creating containers/nodes/users on server

I'd like find a way for creating nodes within my server. By nodes I mean user accounts, which I treat as a containers for different applications. Let's say that domain name example.com is pointing to ...
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Looking for tool to create server configuration [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that will help me to define some configuration for example in JSON file or something containing what to install and how to setup the whole environment like install nginx, ruby, ...
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How can I have puppet use a local (on the master) password hash for users?

We define users as such: user { 'belmin': ensure => present, uid => 308, comment => 'Belmin Fernandez', managehome => true, password ...
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System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 - accessing property of returned item

I've got an Orchestrator runbook that is using the Query Configuration Manager activity from the Configuration Manager Integration Pack to query SCCM for all pending application requests. It appears ...
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How can we force a puppet manifest and module syntax check prior to version control check-in?

I am working on deploying version control for our puppet modules and manifests. I want to enforce a workflow that requires a puppet module and manifest code check prior to a check-in of changes. This ...
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Using /etc/services for in-house well-known ports

I couldn't find anything much about this, but I'm interested what are pros and cons (if any) in using /etc/services for in-house software? On my Linux distro (Ubuntu 14.04) at the end of ...
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Easily recreate a server's “state” [closed]

I want the ability to setup new servers for dev/testing/prod very easily. The reasons for being able to setup a new dev VM is obvious, but for prod my concern is adding a new production ...