What is Configuration Management?

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Configuration management is the process by which a company or organization defines and tracks the state of its infrastructural resources. Encapsulated in those resources are both physical hardware and software. It is a means to ensure that when changes are made to a system, those changes are tracked, geared toward the ultimate predefined criteria of what state should be.

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What is Puppet and What Role Does it Play in DevOps?

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What is Puppet?

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Puppet is a cross-platform client-server based application used for configuration management. It handles the software and its configurations on multiple servers. There are two versions available. One is open-source, the other is a commercial version. It works on both Linux and Windows platforms. It uses a declarative approach to automate updates, installations, and other tasks. This feature allows the software to configure those systems using files called manifests. A manifest contains the instructions for a group or type of server(s) being controlled. 

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What is the Difference Between Git and GitHub?

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What is Git?

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Git is a distributed version control system (or VCS), typically used to track files changes. It was developed in 2005 by Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel. Git’s primary use is to keep track of changes within source code during the software development process. Source Code Management or SCM was the primary reason for its creation.

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How to Clear Browser Cache and Cookies

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What is the Browser Cache?

The browser cache is used for storing website data like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and images. Caching is a method of storing data that can be used later. Like other programs that you may have installed, browsers use caching to store website data on your computer instead of requesting the data from a web server to make web pages load faster.

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How Has Containerization Changed the World?

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The arrival of containerized software has drastically changed the landscape of web hosting, and web application provides. The simplification and speed that comes with containers make deploying services like websites so efficient that the traditional model of dedicated servers running specific web-based software is almost obsolete. This being said, there will always be a place for virtual server projects and dedicated servers handling specific tasks like HIPAA compliant hosting services.

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How To Install Git on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Git is one of the most popular tools used as a distributed version control system (VCS). Git is commonly used for source code management (SCM) and has become more used than old VCS systems like SVN. In this article, we’ll show you how to install Git on your Ubuntu 16.04 cloud dedicated server.

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What is Cloud Automation?

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What is Cloud Automation?

Cloud automation is a blanket term that is often used to denote specialized software, tools, and operations that help us reduce the manual effort when it comes to deploying and maintaining cloud-based IT infrastructure. Simply put, it is automating tasks programmatically.

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How to Install INXI on Ubuntu 18.04

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INXI is one of the best tools that offer a straightforward and comprehensive method for obtaining a wealth of information about a server with a single command.

There are a myriad of individual tools and commands that can be utilized to glean this information from a Linux system. Understanding the specific hardware that underlies a Linux server is an integral part of understanding that server’s capabilities. In this tutorial, we will cover the installation of INXI on an Ubuntu 18.04 server. It will also include some basic command-line usage of the INXI tool.

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Docker For Beginners

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What is Docker?

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Docker is a containerization software that is used for automating the deployment and management of applications within an isolated environment. This software allows us to “pack” and ship an application, along with all of its needed files, libraries, and dependencies, into a “docker container“. That container can then be easily ported to any Linux system that contain cgroups support within the kernel, and provides a container management environment. Docker is one of several containerization implementations (not to be confused with virtualization) based on this cgroups mechanisms built into the Linux kernel.

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The Best DevOps Tools for Infrastructure Automation

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Today, DevOps teams try to utilize automation as much as possible. This is to cut down on the sheer number of repeatable processes to limit man-hours worked, throttle development efforts, and to reduce the possibility of errors. This is also a business necessity to reduce overhead costs, increase the speed of the CI/CD process and increase customer satisfaction. There are multiple individual areas that need to be automated to have a fully autonomous infrastructure. Luckily, there are various tools we can take advantage of to help us automate our infrastructure and make sure we have well-developed DevOps processes. In this article we will go over the several of the best DevOps tools for our infrastructure systems.

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