Managing configuration items
Configuration management identifies, controls, and maintains the database
records known as
configuration items (CIs), which represent service components,
infrastructure elements, or other items that need to be managed to ensure the successful delivery of
Configuration management overview
Configuration management, working with other processes, enables you to see a logical model of the configuration items in your environment, control changes to these items, and automate processes to make controlling your infrastructure more efficient.
Planning for configuration management
To make effective and efficient use of configuration management, you must identify the types of configuration items that you want to manage and which of their attributes and relationships you will monitor.
Actual configuration items
Actual configuration items are read-only data records that reflect the discovered components of your IT infrastructure.
Authorized configuration items
Authorized configuration items contain the attributes and relationships that you want to manage.
Configuration item collections
You can use collections to gather configuration items into groups. You can use collections to work with CIs as a group or to control access to CIs.
Configuration management processes
Configuration management processes help you to manage your environment in an orderly and accountable way.
You can create baselines that record the attributes and relationships of a set of configuration items (CIs) when they are in a desired state.
Managing CI lifecycles
The CI Lifecycles application helps you to manage the status of your configuration items.
If your administrator configures mapping for all of your sites, you can view maps that give you a more complete picture of how assets, configuration items (CIs), and other resources are geographically distributed.