Configuration management is a critical cornerstone of IT automation, providing tools that allow you to centrally manage the packages, configuration files, process state, firewall rules and other settings that equip servers to do their assigned jobs. Without automated configuration management, you do all these tasks manually, or with handwritten scripts. It’s time-consuming, and prone to human error.
Configuration management is also about making any changes to the system in an organized way so that your servers are modified deliberately and correctly, while accounting for relationships between system components.
People often talk about configuration management as if it referred only to compute servers. But it’s also about managing network devices, storage, and the applications you’re running. So really, you can think of configuration management in IT as making sure all the machines in your data center — and in the cloud, too — are equipped to do the jobs they’re supposed to do, that they’re actually doing those jobs, and that the overall system is functioning well to run the applications that serve the business.
In this comprehensive 10-page handbook, you’ll learn all about automated configuration management, including: