Chapter 4. Ease the Chaos with Configuration Management and Security Compliance

In a large data center, it is perfectly possible to have tens of thousands of Targets – servers, databases, listeners, application servers, web servers, and so on. So it is almost impossible to attempt to gather and maintain the configuration details manually—unless you have a veritable army of configuration clerks, which is not possible in any company.

So how do you find what's out there in the data center? In such situations, information gathering is very ad hoc, there are spreadsheets all over the place with little bits of information such as IP addresses and network details, or server details with CPU sizing. Some companies even use large white boards in their offices ...

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