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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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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Why Puppet can require each package just once?

When defining dependencies in a class each Package can be globally defined just once. I have hierarchy of configuration and some packages should be installed on all machines (that goes to default ...
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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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Puppet package “ensure => latest” doesn't always work

I have a unique situation where the Puppet package ensure => latest directive only worked on some of my systems. Out of 30 servers, the packages updated properly on all but 4. I'm trying to get ...
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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 ...
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Why is it so difficult to upgrade between major versions of Red Hat and CentOS?

"Can we upgrade our existing production EL5 servers to EL6?" A simple-sounding request from two customers with completely different environments prompted my usual best-practices answer of "yes, but ...
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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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Manage workstations with Puppet and TheForeman

I'm building an IT infrastructure for managing all the workstations in my company. I am interested in Puppet and a external node classifier as The Foreman, but I see all the time that Puppet and The ...
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What are the pros and cons of using S3 as a data access server? [closed]

I need to manage some configuration files. The files can be stored on AWS S3 and retrieved via the URL. The alternative is to use an application server and store the JSON content to a database and ...
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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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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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A testing framework for Linux server configuration management

We are a medium sized shop that uses Puppet for Linux configuration management. Since we are a small shop, it's difficult to deploy and maintain DTAP environment. We normally perform manual testing ...
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How to initialize known_hosts/authorized_keys/public/private key pairs with ansible

I am using ansible to configure and deploy my app on several machines. The only problem I have now is that I am not sure how to properly initialize/automate the very first connection to this machines? ...
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Tracking the linux config with git: how?

I'd like to track my linux configurations with git. My idea is to have a branch for each server. /etc is not the only one directory to be tracked (I won't git init in '/etc' ) As far as I could ...
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Why use Chef/Puppet over shell scripts?

New to Puppet and Chef tools. Seems like the job that they are doing can be done with shell scripting. Maybe it was done in shell scripts until these came along. I would agree they are more readable. ...
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How to automate cleanup of config files from past pkgs as reported by “dpkg -l | grep ^rc”

There are a number of pkgs that weren't removed with "apt-get purge" and I would like to automate cleaning them up. You can't apt-get purge apache2.2-common because the pkg is already removed. You ...
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Is Docker production ready? [closed]

I will set up a new server for a client. I have done this 100 times and I need a new system to make it. My old system is a big lib with self made scripts so I need 20 minutes for a server. I checked ...
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Any good yum repository management dashboards?

I'm currently managing hundreds of CentOS/Amazon Linux servers, and our homegrown tools for managing the myriad package versions seems inadequate and unnecessary. What I'm looking for is a tool that ...
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hostname of minion in salt command

I'm fairly new to salt so it's possible that I just missed something, but I can't figure this out. I am using salt as a command execution tool (no config management so far). I couldn't find a way to ...
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Using Mercurial as configuration repository for MS SCCM

We are already using Mercurial for storing scripts and configuration files for our Windows infrastructure. I have also been looking at using it for storing SCCM configuration data. Has anyone done it ...
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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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How to grant in Puppet a global permissions to PostgreSQL?

Official postgresql module from puppetlabs allow granting privileges on specific database. postgresql::database_grant{'grant to myuser': privilege => 'CREATE', db => ...
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Managing many entries in Route53

We use Amazon Route53 as my company's primary DNS. As we grow into using multiple services from different providers, each of them requested some kind of DNS entry to verify our domain and/or use their ...
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Dokuwiki: Moving Just the data directory on other server

I have installed dokuwiki on IIS7. As per my teams requirement we have to move just the Data directory to other server location. e.g IIS7 installed Dokuwiki location: ...
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Need a PHP version manager to deploy multiple versions of PHP on production servers [closed]

I'm currently running a few LAMP stacks, where I've setup PHP 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 by hand. All servers are running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. 5.3 is currently installed via apt-get but all other PHP versions are ...
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Group Policy: How to comment on each setting?

I am looking for a way to comment on each and every setting that can be made within a GPO. Unfortunately things like user logon scripts and security settings and some more can not be commented. Is ...
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What tool can I use to manage the configuration of my Windows Server environments

I help manage environments for an application that uses cloud-based Windows server VMs. The application stack consists of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2008, IIS, and ...
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Which configuration management tool has the best Windows support? [duplicate]

Of the major configuration management tools such as puppet, chef, salt, ansible, etc... which package has the best support for Windows server operating system?
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Best practices for software configuration?

I'm configuring my AWS EC2 instances with Ansible, but I don't know what's the best way of storing my app configuration. Now I'm just sending a "app.properties" file to the server, using Ansible, but ...
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Ansible : using different sudo user for different hosts

Recently started using ansible. We have servers where the application is setup under different users, like in server xyz.com, unix user is xyz_user and so on. So in case of xyz.com, ansible xyz.com ...
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How to handle SSH port changes with Ansible?

I'm trying to use Ansible for automating the setup process of new server instances. One of the setup tasks changes the default SSH port, therefore requiring me to update the hosts list. Is it ...
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Where do you store shared secrets used in building VMs dynamically (phoenix servers)?

We use vagrant to spin up linux VMs for dev, testing, and evaluation servers for our software. Most often, devs are using linux from VMs inside an AD-connected windows7 box. The configuration of the ...
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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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How to update grub with puppet?

I would like to change a line in /etc/default/grub with puppet to this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="cgroup_enable=memory" I've tried to used augeas which seems to do this magic: exec { "update_grub": ...
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Puppet node ordering

Can someone help me with puppet node ordering, I know how to control sequence inside classes using require, before, subscribe etc but I need to be 100% sure that my node2 will be executed only after ...
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Can we get git-like functionality with a tool like puppet?

I'm thinking about a convenient way to track my vps configurations and to deploy them in one click (or more or less one). I have been reading up and looking into different config deployment tools of ...
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separate code and configuration in Jenkins

I was using home build deployment system, but want to move to Jenkins. One problem is that I do not keep app configuration in revision control system for security reasons. What could be a solution to ...
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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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Ansible experts: 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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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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Cfengine Perform action based on variable value

In cfengine, I have a variable that is set to the output of a command. Let say variable myoutput is set to "hi world". How can I execute a command based on the contents of myoutput. I would like ...
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puppet fileserver serve non-module file

I'd like to server file which is located in /etc/puppet/files/key.pgp file { "/var/www/key.gpg": ensure => present, source => 'puppet:///files/key.gpg', } I'm getting this ...
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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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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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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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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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Chef 11 node attributes available and ordering

In Chef 10 I have a number of roles which set custom node attributes like "appname": "my_rails_app" The attribute is then used to load app specific variables in a wrapper cookbook. There are ...
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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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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 to invoke Ansible built-in module from custom module?

I am currently following this url (http://www.ansibleworks.com/docs/moduledev.html) to write my own custom module. I want to invoke some built-in modules from my own module, so in order to reuse the ...