Configuration management is the process of identifying and tracking configurations of software systems and hardware components. It is used to ensure that changes to a system are made in a controlled and consistent manner. Tracking these changes over time helps to identify and resolve conflicts between different versions of a system.
If configurations aren't managed properly, it can be difficult to track changes and this can lead to errors and inconsistencies in the system, making it difficult to roll back changes if necessary.
Managing configurations is essential for maintaining the integrity of a system. Having good visibility of the changes in your system is a strong starting point from a security perspective. Moreover, achieving consistent configuration across your infrastructure is essential for stability and predictability.
It is important to note that while hardened images provided by CIS or other security standards make it easy to deploy a system securely, maintaining that configuration can be a difficult and painful process. This change from the ideal configuration is known as ‘Configuration Drift’. We know the complexity of managing these configurations and keeping track of the changes to your infrastructure, all while having services spread across On-Prem, Cloud, Kubernetes, and different OS. Finding out what has changed in your environment without a Configuration Drift Management system can take hours of searching and looking through events and logs.
How to manage configurations
There are a variety of ways to manage configurations, but the most common approach is to use a configuration management system. A configuration management system is a solution or tool that helps to automate the process of tracking and managing configurations. Configuration management systems typically store information about configurations in a database, and provide tools for inspecting and comparing configurations over different time periods.
Easier and Automated Solution with Runecast
Configuration management or Configuration Vault as it’s called in Runecast, allows you to inspect and compare configurations at different points in time. Our Configuration Vault allows you to go back in time as far as you want. You can choose a historical reference point to compare to and see when and where any changes have occurred in your current configuration.
Furthermore, you can choose any object or configuration scan and turn that into a baseline to instantly see all the differences between your baseline and other assets.
In addition, Runecast offers you a Historical Changes option to compare your system’s current configurations to any other time slot in your analysis history.
The question is “Why not?”! Runecast accelerates the pace with which you secure your environment.
Runecast covers AWS, Azure, GCP, Kubernetes, VMware vSphere, Horizon, NSX-T, and VMware Cloud Director (vCD), as well as Windows and Linux, so you can track changes across your entire infrastructure in one platform.
Runecast as your Configuration manager helps you be audit-ready, shorten troubleshooting time and serves as a central place for any kind of custom configuration analysis.
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