standards Questions

Hi everyone,

as always we love to get YOUR input on which topics we should be covering in the coming months. 
Obviously, DevOps is hot, Cloud & Mobile are essential. We have had many issues dedicated to CM for Small Teams, Process and more process and tips and strategies for Build Engineers.

What topics would you like us to cover? What topics would you like to write about yourself??
(Hint - I will help you! - just contact me directly)

Bob Aiello
Editor in Chief
[email protected]

Is there is any study done which can state the ratio of  no. of SCM resources support to Dev+QA  resources in a company?

Hi Everyone!

this is a great time to get involved with CM Crossroads by submitting your own articles on software and systems development. CM Crossroads has always had a strong focus on Configuration Management within the full software and systems lifecycle and this means that we are interested in articles on a wide array of topics. Contact me directly to get involved with submitting your own articles and I will help you with getting started, forming your ideas and editing your article for publication.

Common topics include:

  • Build and Release Engineering
  • Source Code Management including branching and streams
  • Deployment Engineering (DevOps)
  • Development in the Cloud
  • Configuration Management (including the CMDB)
  • Continuous Integration and Deployment
  • Environment Management
  • Change Management

    and much more! 

    Bob Aiello
    Editor in Chief
    [email protected]

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?

I can't find anything anymore on this site and from other comments, I'm not the only one. When will you bring back the forums? If you won't then you've lost another person.

By Paul Wally - January 21, 20132 Answers

I go on google and search for error code issues ect. I come across this site a lot. In fact there is a thread "somewhere" in the old cmcrossroads site that I cannot access (but can see the topic on google). Now instead of the useful forum based system we have a use-less q&a system. What prompted this change? Is another website going to spring up with a forum for change management topics?

On site search gets me nowhere, what is the purpose of this website?

By Patrick Egan - January 11, 20131 Answer

Trying to provide answers to a couple posts I found that I can not include a link/url in the body of the reply or my answer is simply not posted. I received no notification that this was the case. It just did not show up. It is kind of frustrating to try and guess what happened.

It would seem that Q&A would be more usefull if you can point someone to an example but if not, I would like to suggest that...

A) there be some kind of notification telling posters ahead of time that they can not use links in their posts, or

B) at least notify them when they post with a link that their answer will not get posted. 



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