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Four Questions to Ask When Getting Started With Server Automation

Published: 21 April 2017

ID: G00323327

Analyst(s): Paul Delory

Summary

Technical professionals understand the value of server automation, but they often don't know where to begin. Ask these four critical, but challenging, questions at the very beginning of an automation initiative. Your answers will illuminate the hard problems of server automation.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • I. Will You Automate Physical Hardware Configuration? If So, How?
    • Lesson Learned: Not Every Process Should Be Automated
    • Lesson Learned: The Pros and Cons of Frameworks
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  • II. How Will You Configure Network Settings?
    • Past Lessons Learned
    • Lesson Learned: Fix the Process First
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  • III. How Will You Configure Privileged Accounts?
    • Past Lessons Learned
    • Lesson Learned: Design for Compliance and Auditing
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  • IV. Is the Server Managed by IT Operations Systems? How Are Those Configured?
    • Past Lessons Learned
    • Lesson Learned: Automation Capabilities Depend on the Underlying Systems
    • Lesson Learned: Have Fallback Methods
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Conclusion

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