managing servers...

bruce bedouglas at
Fri May 27 17:52:52 UTC 2005

i would have thought that some would have said that you used some sort of
control panel to aid in the overall management process...

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[mailto:fedora-list-bounces at]On Behalf Of Scot L. Harris
Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 10:34 AM
To: 'For users of Fedora Core releases'
Subject: Re: managing servers...

On Fri, 2005-05-27 at 13:18, bruce wrote:
> hi..
> i'm trying to get my hands around the issue of managing servers. in
> particular, i'm trying to get a better understanding of how people manage
> their servers when it comes to installing/upgrading apps.
> i imagine most people simply do the install via rpm/yum/apt-get.. however,
> if you really want to manage multiple servers, you need some way of
> that what you're doing want screw up something else on the server. you
> need some way of managing the software assets on the different
> so, assuming you have multiple servers, how do you deal with these issues?

You have to implement a change control process.  This process controls
everything that is modified on your servers.  Part of this process is to
test all changes prior to implementation and to develop back out plans
in case something does not work as expected.  Such a process documents
everything about your servers.

You will not find a simple tool or set of tools to do this for you.  It
is difficult to do.  If it was easy then anyone could do the job.  :)

You may want to read up on ITIL.  It is a documented method for
implementing such processes.

Scot L. Harris
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