Resources about best practices for performing configuration management tasks in an organization and for using configuration management tools.
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Below we have compiled publicly available sources from around the world that present views on Configuration Management Best Practices.

General Best Practices for Configuration Management

Gartner Magic Quadrant: Application Release Automation

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Academic Papers on Configuration Management

Configuration Management in ITIL/ITSM

Configuration Management in Regulated Environments

Case Studies


Specific Environments

Specific Technologies


Consultants and Service Providers






Further Reading

  • AnsibleResources about the use of Ansible. Ansible provides app deployment, configuration management and orchestration.
  • Chef Configuration ManagementResources about the use of Chef. Chef automate how you build, deploy, and manage your infrastructure.
  • CMDBResources on the use of Configuration Management Databases (CMDB). A CMDB is a repository that holds a collection of IT assets, known as configuration items (CI), allowing IT organizations to manage these assets.
  • Puppet LabsResources about the use of Puppet, a configuration management tool. Puppet provides automated configuration management that eliminates a lot of manual work, and creates greater stability and predictability.
    • Puppet Labs How ToResources and tutorials for Puppet, a configuration management tool, including docs, how-to's and getting started guides for working with Puppet.
  • Salt Configuration ManagementResources about the use of Salt - orchestration and automation software for CloudOps, ITOps and DevOps at speed and scale.
  • Vagrant Configuration ManagementResources about the use of Vagrant in the context of configuration management. Vagrant provides easy to configure, reproducible, and portable work environments with a single consistent workflow.

Gartner Magic Quadrant: Application Release Automation

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