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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, what should and shouldn’t be running, whether or not services will automatically start on (re)boot and who the services should and shouldn’t run as. We’ll go through each of these pieces to see how a strong service management policy can help reliability and security in the data center and how configuration management and testing is key.

Filed under: configuration management, server management, how-to, IT operations

How-to: Fix Your Horrifically Inconsistent IT State

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

Filed under: configuration, policies, UpGuard101, how-to, IT operations

UpGuard 101: Verifying Windows Groups

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.

Filed under: server management, Windows, UpGuard101, how-to, IT operations

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.

Filed under: configuration testing, configuration management, ssl, UpGuard101, how-to, server

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.

Filed under: configuration management, Configuration Drift, IIS, UpGuard101, how-to, IT operations, server