Databases—like all IT assets—are subject to drift that can wreak serious havoc across an organization’s infrastructure. Furthermore, the usual suspects are in play when it comes to database drift: manual ad-hoc changes, frequent software updates/patches, and general entropy, among others. Undetected malicious activity and attempts to compromise database security are also growing causes of database configuration drift. Monitoring for these unexpected changes should therefore be a critical component of any information-driven organization’s configuration management (CM) activities. To this end, UpGuard is happy to announce that support for database node types is now available.
Currently in beta, the new database node type works with MySQL and MS SQL databases out-of-the-box, with more options such as PostgreSQL and Oracle available soon. Please note that at this time a deployed Windows Connection Manager and existing MySQL or MS SQL database are necessary to take advantage of the platform’s new database node support. As with other node types, adding new database instances for UpGuard monitoring is a trivial affair:
1. Click on the "Discover" tab.
Discover nodes in UpGuard.
2. On the next screen, select "Database" as the node type to be monitored.
Node types available in UpGuard.
3. Provide the necessary information as specified on the page (display name for node, description, etc.) and click “Continue.” Your new database node is now set up for UpGuard scanning and monitoring.
Information required to add a database node type to UpGuard.
Once a database node is added to UpGuard, its schema and configuration options will being monitored for changes. For example, standard MS SQL health indicators and status flags like is_read_only, is_cleanly_shutdown, and is_sync_with_backup are now configuration items that can be tracked by UpGuard. Furthermore, UpGuard can already monitor the output of any SQL query and treat it like any other CI. Incidentally, for users that have read our article on Monitoring Database Nodes to Remediate Configuration Drift, the new database node type streamlines most of the steps detailed in the post.
Data is at the heart of any information-driven organization—where it lives should be constantly monitored and safeguarded, like any other critical CI. Database configuration drift can easily lead to decreased system performance, a weakened security posture, and complete application failure—all of which can easily be avoided with UpGuard’s new database node type.
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