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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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 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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Good way to store domain CSR and KEY files

For my company I'm starting to manage more and more domains; and with that more and more certificates for those domains. What is a good way to store the basic KEY and CSR files generated? I was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Create Mobile Device Management Server for iPhone Management on Windows Server

I need to create Mobile Device Management server to manage my enterprise's iPhone devices. I need to configuration it on Windows 2008 server. What are the steps to configure Mobile Device Management ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Using conrep - Capturing and duplicating the BIOS settings

I got an HP ProLiant DL160SE G6, I need to capture the entire BIOS settings of one server and duplicate them to same model servers. This will save us lots of time and eliminate human errors. I ...
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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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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/ โ”œโ”€โ”€ inventory (alfa, ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to change the cfengine policy server IP without re-bootstrapping all the clients?

We need to change the IP address of our cfengine policy server. It will be the same machine, and nothing else will change, it's just going to have a different ip. Is there some way to avoid re-...
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Using Management classes with cobbler

So, I've been working on creating a standardized install image, and worked out all the kinks, now I need to deliver it. What I decided to do is to use cobbler to create templated kickstart installs, ...
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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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Tool to parse Dell PowerConnect switch configs to make them more readable and diff friendly

I've been working with many Dell PowerConnect switch configurations over the years, and even though their configuration console is quite IOS like, it doesn't manage configuration statements the same ...
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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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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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“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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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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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 ...