configuration drift

Configuration drift is a term to describe hardware or software infrastructure in an environment becoming different, or 'drifting.'

Configuration drift is inconsistent configuration across computers or devices.

Configuration drift is a naturally occurring phenomenon in data center environments because of continual changes to software and hardware to the environment. Once configuration drift occurs, management can become extremely difficult. Configuration drift can account for many high availability and disaster recovery system failures.

See also: Desired State Configuration (DSC) 

 

This was first published in October 2013

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