Chapter 6 Policy-Based Configuration Management

In the preceding chapters we have discussed policy technologies for building self-managing systems. We have defined policies, and indicated how they can be used, and how they can be specified, deployed, analyzed, and enforced. In this chapter and the two following chapters, we look at some applications of policies in specific areas of systems and network management.

As mentioned in Chapter 1, “Policy Definition and Usage Scenarios,” policies enable the development of systems that can manage themselves. To enable such behavior, policies need to assist, automate, enhance, and simplify the different functions related to management that are typically performed manually. Traditionally, management functions ...

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