configuration management Questions

I'm setting up a documentation library for a customer on a shared directory pending transfer to SharePoint later in the year. Per the customer’s request, the document ID numbers should contain an abbreviation for the team (e.g., CM for Configuration Management, EA for Enterprise Architecture, and SI for Systems Infrastructure). I'm adding docs related to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). 

I don't know whether to number these docs as CM, EA, or SI. Or whether to add a new abbreviation, maybe OTH for Other (which seems sub-optimal). Examples of the documents are:

Configuring SCCM
Installing SCCM
Importing Drivers into SCCM
Installing System Center Client on Servers
Configuring SCCM Client Policies
Create a Package in SCCM


We will later add documents for two other apps in the System Center suite: Operations Manager and Service Manager. I can see having similar questions about these… with additional abbreviations being M&M for Management & Monitoring and HD for Help Desk.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

Hi All,

As a configuration engineer, what all are the points we need to discuss, or what all are the questions to be asked to decide which version control tool can be used for a new project developement?

As there are many version control tools available, I want to know the diffenrences among them and benifites of them.

Many of us support automated Windows installation. I have used MS Build for some time and most recently got to play with ClickOnce which is great. But what about legacy Windows applications? Do you still use Wise or InstallShield? What are the best practices and best products for supporting legacy windows application installation?

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1) I have installed CS4.7

2) After creating the package by using one of the xml file, I dont see that in teh package installer  windows

2) Im alsonot able to impor tthe users/add users.

Using ClearCase Remote Client,, attempting to deliver a single activity with a single change from a child stream to the parent.  Get this error mesage:

Error: " malformed response: Content-ID "CheckoutInfo""

Merge take place but I have to go to the target veiw and check the file in, which succeeds without incident.  Error only occurs when performing the delivery.

By Jirong Hu - January 28, 20132 Answers

Five years ago, this forum used to be the best place to ask CM questions, but now it seems not many participates anymore. They all moved to somewhere else, or SCM is no longer hot?



By Jirong Hu - January 28, 20132 Answers

Hi All

Most of large organizations have a line between development area and production/operation area, due to many reasons, historical or outsource, etc. So there are a set of SCM processes for the development area, and another set  for production, e.g. change control.

Traditionally, the SCM specialists are working in the development area most of time, doing version control, change request, sort of things, util the software is realesed to production for operation.

My understanding of ITIL is more for production operational control. Therefore, as a SCM specialist, I haven't met with ITIL until today. However, when we start to talk about continuous delivery which strechs all the process all the way to production, how shall we deal with ITIL?



By Jirong Hu - January 28, 20133 Answers

Hi All

I've worked as a SCM consultant for about 10 years, in the fields of configuration management (version control), build and deployment automation, change and release management, etc, most of time with IBM Rational tools in very large organizations such as banks, telcos and governments.

I feel I masted the principles in the first 5 years, and after that, just updating myself with newer tools and ideas such as from continuous integration to continuous delivery, etc.

This time I am working in the architecture team in the government, and my official title is Technology Architect, setup enterprise SCM solution including developing SCM processes. Now my manager (cheif architect) is suggesting me going down the path as a Solution Architect and then Enterprise Architect. I am interested, but my concern is I have been away from the real software development job for years. I mean we are not writing real java code, doing design patterns anymore. We just take the whole solution from IBM. I can work on solutions for SCM, but not sure if can for other fields/industries.

So what do you think? What's your caree path after being a SCM specialist?




How feasible it is to update the albd service account,license host,registry host and regsions details through the IBM installation manager response file after the successful installation of the ClearCase through the silent install or gui install.

Can it be scripted ? Please let me know on the same.  Thanks in advance.

Ashok Kumar


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