11th Systems Administration Conference (LISA '97)
Automation of Site Configuration Management
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Although there are countless tools to track and manage the
configuration of large numbers of Unix systems, there seems to be a
lack of tools to manage the interaction and dependencies between
systems. As our site has grown, many machines provide services that
are required for the operation of other machines and applications. We
have been unable to maintain accurate lists of services and servers,
and even routine system upgrades have resulted in unexpected service
To address this problem, we are developing a system to
automatically detect many of these service dependencies, and generate
up to date server listings. In addition, it provides a general
framework for indexing and accessing troubleshooting, operational,
installation and a number of other types of documentation. The system
also assists in verifying the configuration of systems being
installed, and assists with the real time testing of services.
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