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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SCCM Report: Update Compliance per Device in a collection

I'm trying my hand at building a custom SCCM report and could use some help from those who have more experience with the database structure than I do. What I would like is to list: Device ...
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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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SCCM 2012 Clients no longer detecting

Here is the scenario I had a fully functioning SCCM 2012 site server with the DP, MP, SUP, Application catalog, etc. roles configured and working. There is only one server on this site. Everything ...
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How do I configure the iDRAC on a static IP?

I have a Dell PowerEdge R610 in colocation. When I set it up at home, the machine was assigned two IP's from my router (using DHCP): one for the OS and one for the iDRAC. Now that the server is in ...
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How do I keep 6 Hyper-V machines in sync?

Our build server setup looks like this: 6 x Windows Server 2012 R2, physical machines, each running: one Hyper-V Windows 7 VM each basically using all the resources of the host When we need to add ...
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Confused on BigFix relevance - x64 files

I am using BigFix in an Enterprise Environment and noticed a recent round of Microsoft patches for 2016 have failed on a small group of assets. I was able to work around this by creating Custom Copy ...
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Compare 20 files with diff, not 2

Background We are moving from managing hosts by hand to configuration management. 20 files I want to compare 20 times a config file from 20 hosts. For example /etc/crontab Use case I guess about ...
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How do I handle a IP change affecting many servers?

Due to a location change, we have to move a number of servers to new IP addresses (from 10.X.*.* to 10.Y.*.*). We're taking the opportunity to clean up our IP allocations from a haphazard setup to a ...
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Configure management tool to auto-configure by reading config file

The use-case is as given below: The user has a Flat File in his Linux system. This file is a human readable/editable file which contains the configurations for all the needed components of his ...
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How to secure configuration management server

There are many configuration management software options nowadays (Chef, Puppet, CFEngine, Ansible...) which offer an architecture with their repository on a central server and clients communicating ...
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Immutable Infrastructure

I'm working on a cloud based solution architecture at the moment and want to take the approach of using an immutable server infrastructure (creating and then deploying new AMIs when updating software, ...
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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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Ansible variable precedence

I'm trying to understand variable precedence in Ansible - more exactly the part about host_vars and group_vars in inventory or playbook. My layout looks like this: production/ ├── inventory (alfa, ...
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Unable to use config.pp in puppetserver 2.3.1(master) and puppet 4.x(client)

1 I am following this guide. So bascially in my manifests directory I have everything in here. When I run puppet agent -t in the client. I got the following error. error: Could not retrieve catalog ...
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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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Problems with a script uninstall (SCCM 2012) and its causing the detection method to fail

We use the Powershell Application Deployment Toolkit for deploying applications in SCCM. I'm currently working on uninstalling Sophos VPN from machines in a certain collection in our environment. ...
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Ansible work with large variables locally

I am trying to develop a local configuration management application working with ansible(2.0.1) under the hood. I have large selection of variables (about 1000 entries per var file) to be used which ...
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System Center extend hardware inventory no database view

I'm trying to create a system center report on local administrator accounts. I followed the steps as explained here: https://walidhegazy.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/sccm2012-r2-collect-local-group-users-...
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Auto-Retry Config Push with Ansible or Saltstack?

I'm trying to choose a configuration management system for 500-2000 very-geographically-distributed hosts. Due to varying network reliability, it's possible that a number of hosts may be temporarily ...
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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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What do you use to monitor and deploy linux config files? [duplicate]

I'm working in an environment where multiple groups share servers. I was wondering what tools are used to check if configurations files were modified, maybe able to say who modified them, and revert ...
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Ansible - Access through Bastion w/ MFA

In my current environment, I have all my Linux servers only accessible through a bastion host, which has MFA enabled. I've managed to get Ansible to successfully talk to servers through the bastion, ...
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How can I WSUS and AV update and manage compliance reporting on air-gapped Windows boxen?

A.k.a "WSUS via Sneakernet?" (Similar question asked in 2013 here, but some key differences and no strong answers to that one.) Most of my environment consists of AD-joined Windows 7 workstations; I'...
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How to remember/cache or specify private key passphrase for Ansible

Just starting out with Ansible, I have set up an Asible user on the client machine and created a set of keys from OpenSSL. I am running Ansible under my own account. I have specified the user and ...
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How to handle a private key SSL certificate with Ansible

I'd like to deploy my webserver config with copy. Is there any way to keep the SSL cert private key encrypted, and to decrypt it when the playbook is started? The reason is that I want to to use ...
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Ansible - use host IP as a variable for file copies

I am looking for a way for config management with Ansible. I have the structure repo/1.2.3.4/file.conf. Can Ansible get the IP 1.2.3.4 per host and deploy the file to the host? Using a variable ...
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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 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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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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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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“clientless” rdp session to windows 7 professional

I am currently automating the installation of a legacy windows 7 application, that requires a desktop session on the target machine. We are currently setting up automated testing system (using Jenkins)...
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use of remote procedure call in NETCONF

I was reading RFC6241 about netconf, where it's said about RPC as a messaging mechanism of the protocol. However, the spec defines XML for transmitting RPC messages, so I don't quite understand why ...
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// , In Puppet, what is the accepted way to use different Puppet modules in different Puppet environments?

Some people I work with actually give each Puppet environment its own $modulepath, but also have the common $modulepath. Please find an example of this below: [redis] modulepath = /usr/...
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How to manage server systems so that service consumers are notified before changes are made?

Our IT department has around 90 people. We manage systems and create applications. The systems are of varying size from SAP to Lotus Notes to Tivoli Access Manager (TAM). Increasingly, the ...
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Saltstack - Error - No Top file or external nodes data matches found

I'm trying to configure my Saltstack Architecture. I followed all the steps, but It seems not working and I'm not able to find the problem. /etc/salt/master file_roots: base: - /srv/salt dev: - /...
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Saltstack: different versions for Master and Minion

I've a little-big problem. I've an architecture with dozens of servers, everyone having a different OS. My Master is on an Ubuntu Server 14.04 and its version is 0.17.5. My Minions are of different ...
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HP ProLiant system preparation/deployment techniques (Array, BIOS, firmware, etc.)

I spend a lot of my time with HP ProLiant systems and Linux installations. Due to the nature of the business I work in, I don't have the luxury of being able to deploy large numbers of identical ...
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How to keep a reproducible server admin log?

So here is something I am always wondering about when setting up a new Linux machine, be it desktop or server: How can I keep a reproducible log of what administration tasks I did on the machine, so ...
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What's the right way to switch from CFEngine to Rudder?

We have an existing cfengine3-community installation with lots of custom promises and it runs on about 50 machines. I'm interested in switching to Rudder, and I'm wondering about the best way to ...
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How can I provide services to an internal air-gapped extranet

Background - "Extranet" We have about a dozen users that are on what I would call an Extranet. It is an air-gapped LAN that is physically in the same location as our primary LAN. We share the ...
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How to use Ansible to manage multi-server with multi-website configuration?

I have researched Ansible to provision new servers and this works great. My play installs MySQL, Nginx and all the rest. Now I wonder what is the best way to use it as configuration management tool as ...
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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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Configuration Manager (SCCM) Clients not updating their status

I have issues where the configuration manager CAS server is showing the clients as "Pending System Restart". When you look at the client it's referring to, it shows the status as having been sent, and ...
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ConfigMgr 2012 - How to automatically make updates available to computers without forcing them to be installed?

I'm using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 with the Software Update Point feature; however, in this environment patching has to be strictly manual, because server reboots need to be approved ...
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Bacula configuration management in git, without passwords

I'd like to to use git to start managing our Bacula configuration files, but want to keep out (or mask) the passwords in these files. I've considered: looked for a setting within Bacula that allows ...
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Clojure production server restart

I have a Clojure/pedestal web server. I run it locally via lein, and now I would like to deploy it. I could use lein again, or use an uberjar, but I am worried about future updates. I want to avoid ...
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SCCM App Catalog won't install applications if started as user other than the one logged in

We have been playing around with SCCM's Application Catalog and have come across an interesting quirk. My manager has directed me to implement the catalog so that software that falls somewhere between ...
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Recommended approach for configuration management of the small but vital changes on Linux servers [closed]

Folks - what is the recommended approach for controlling and recording small but vital changes on the Linux servers - creation of the group, adding users to a sudo, etc.? We use Salt for the major ...
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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 http://blog.ioshints.info/2007/08/sample-configuration-...
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Managing application configuration in aws using puppet

I have a web application with .net backend ( RESTful Services) and angular js frontend. The application is hosted on IIS Web Server. I am going to deploy the application on AWS such that I will have ...