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Comparing Three Approaches to Modern Server Automation, From Scripting to DevOps Tools

Published: 27 October 2016

ID: G00311428

Analyst(s): Paul Delory


No one tool automates the whole server life cycle. Technical professionals will use scripts; server automation tools such as Microsoft SCCM or BMC BladeLogic; and continuous configuration automation tools such as Puppet, Chef or Ansible. This research shows how to choose the right tool for each job.

Table Of Contents



  • Configuration Management in Theory
    • The Server Configuration Management Life Cycle
    • Scripting
    • Server Automation Tools
    • Continuous Configuration Automation Tools
  • Configuration Management in Practice
    • The Data Center Automation Toolbox
    • The Role of the Automation Architect


The Details

  • Example 1: Windows Server Configuration
  • Example 2: Linux Server Configuration

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