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Configuration Management Database


Definition

Configuration Management Database, CMDB, is a central repository for all configuration items that comprise an information system.

A CMDB provides an organized view of data and a means of examining that data from any desired perspective.


Key Concepts

A common trait of organizations that are content with their CMDB solution is they have a well defined CMDB structure.

This means they understand exactly what they are tracking and why they are tracking this information.


Successful CMDBs have these common traits

  • Well defined CMDB structure
  • Clear understanding of what they are tracking
  • Clearly defined roles and responsibilities for data integrity
  • Use the CMDB or it will suffer from Data Rot


CMDB ITSM

According to Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) a fundamental aspect of Configuration Management is the CMDB. The CMDB contains the CI information and is used to understand the CI relationships and track their configuration.



ITSM CMDB Activities

  • Planning
  • Identification
  • Control
  • Monitoring
  • Verification


Configuration Items

Configuration Items are the metadata that is imputed, stored and reported on in the CMDB.

It is just as important to record the attributes and relationships between the CI and metadata as the CIs themselves.

This is usually where the CMDB falls short. Most organizations do a good job of recorded the CI. They usually fall short getting all the required attributes and relationships that are required for a successful CMDB implementation.

It is vital to properly maintain these Configuration Item Attributes and Relationships:

  • CI: Technology, Server, Laptop, Software, Script and the list goes on...
  • Ownership
  • Upstream Dependencies
  • Downstream Dependencies
  • Configuration Item Documentation


Configuration Management Database Success Factor

Last, and definitely not least, is the ability of the CMDB to auto discover CIs.

Unless an organization has unlimited Human Resources, no other factor contributes more to a successful CMDB than automation around the tracking of Configuration Items.


Configuration Management Information

For more information about a Configuration Management Audit process that identifies and maintains the record of all registered configuration items and their related attributes.

Configuration Management Database and a Configuration Management Audit



Configuration Management Table of Contents

Configuration Management CM is a process model established to maintain the consistency and integrity of a system or software product throughout it's lifecycle.

CM Audit This page outlines a CM Audit performed by an internal audit team. A CM Audit ensures that functional and physical attributes are accounted for in accordance with the requirements an applications or system.

Configuration Management Database CM Database, or otherwise known as CMDB, is a central repository for all configuration items that comprise an information system. A key goal of a CMDB is to understand the relationships between application and system components and track their configurations.

Configuration Management Jobs Configuration Management Jobs can vary greatly in scope and responsibilities. They can range from highly technical to process and standard enforcement, or some combination in between. This page outlines some of the most common roles, responsibilities and requirements.

Configuration Management Plan The goal of the Configuration Management Plan is to ensure that adequate controls are in place over all processes, configuration items and project artifacts.

CM Proposal This page is a CM Proposal for a company looking to more tightly integrate their CM team which includes their CMDB and their SCM Team.

Configuration Management Salaries CM Salaries - This page is dedicated to publishing salary information about CM Salaries.

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Configuration Management Software CM Software are the Configuration Management Tools and Utilities used to create records, track changes, manage and control your environments. CM, is a process model established to maintain the consistency and integrity of a system or software product throughout it's lifecycle.

Configuration Management Tools Configuration Management Tools to be truly beneficial need to provide these features: Effective Data Modeling for the CMDB, Change Management and Change Record Tracking, Easy Integration with Other Data Sources, Intuitive User Interface, Useful Metrics Reporting, and Cost Effective Licensing Scheme.

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