How-to: Master Your Unruly Services

Services are the programs that run in the background on servers. All OSes come with a set of base services and most software utilizes services as well. Effectively managing servers means controlling these services—knowing what is there, ...

UpGuard 101: SSL Certificate Expiration

This article is part of our ongoing UpGuard 101 series that focuses on ways to use UpGuard to keep your environment ready and yourself sane in real world scenarios.

Tripwire vs Puppet

  In terms of what they do and how they work, Tripwire and Puppet have little overlap. Tripwire is for monitoring changes and Puppet is for configuring servers. The reason for tracking changes and configuring servers, however, brings them ...

UpGuard 101: Managing IIS Server Configs

This article is part of our ongoing UpGuard 101 series that focuses on ways to use UpGuard to keep your environment ready and yourself sane in real world scenarios.

[Infographic] Ansible vs Chef

This is a tale of a newcomer vs a relative oldie in the Configuration Management (CM) arena. Both are tools to help the sysadmin or devops professional to better manage large numbers of servers. They excel at stuff like repetitive task ...

Opsworks vs Hosted Chef

Opsworks and Chef are very similar Configuration Management (CM) tools. Opsworks is actually built on the Chef framework, then customized for Amazon’s giant cloud environment AWS. Hosted Chef is an IaaS solution from Chef parent company ...

Pallet vs Chef

There has recently been a huge growth in the number of Configuration Management (CM) tools available to the sysadmin or DevOps professional. Well, ‘huge growth’ really means an increase from just 2 or 3 in the early 2000’s (CFEngine comes ...

Pallet vs Puppet

Configuration Management (CM) tools like Pallet and Puppet are to sysadmin and DevOps professionals what a dishwasher is to an exhausted homeowner who’s just come home to the pile of dirty dishes from last night’s party – a huge life and ...

Ansible vs Salt

The sysadmin or devops pro of today typically needs to manage a large numbers of servers, often automating some tasks or performing the same action several times over, like installing and provisioning a new server, rebooting a set of ...

Puppet vs Salt

Two factors have resulted in a corresponding increase in the number of servers supported by today’s sys admin - virtualization and the massive growth of computing in the organization. Even in small and medium-sized companies, it is not ...
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