Item Attributes

This post is for Serio Configuration Managers (or any Serio user changing Item data) on an often overlooked part of the Serio system called Item Attributes.

Item Attributes offer a flexible way to store data against Items (Configuration Items [CIs], or if you like Assets). Typically, an Item Attribute is used to store a characteristic – for instance, the amount of memory installed in a computer, or the type of keyboard it has, or the port number used by a particular webserver. Anything which is part of the make-up of a Configuration Item.

Getting Inventory Data when Machines are Off

A few of the more recent posts have covered aspects of Asset Management, Configuration Management and the CMDB. This post is related to the series about Configuration Management for beginners because it discusses a very useful tool for gathering Configuration information.

This tool is a small software agent which is installed on a target machine and is capable of returning configuration information over the network ‘live’ - but what about those machines that are not switched on when this information is gathered?

Setting-up a CMDB for Beginners

This is a follow-up to my earlier beginners Asset Management and Configuration post.

I described previously how it was difficult to keep an Asset register up to date – but keeping a CMDB up to date is harder because it holds more information.

Here’s the problem. In the previous post I mentioned some computers (Items) that ran enterprise-level services, and how we’d show them on a CMDB. Part of the information we’d store about each Item might include

Getting started with a CMDB

This post is for a customer fresh from an ITIL foundation course, looking for guidance or help with getting started with a Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

I’ll start with a reminder of what the CMDB is. It is a documentation for your IT infrastructure, describing how various parts (called Configuration Items, CIs) fit together to deliver services to customers. It typically shows dependencies between CIs, and carries a lot of business-related information in addition to the technical data you would expect.


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