IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Mar 4 2011   6:42PM GMT

Managing the Growth and Impact of Virtual Machines and Memory – Part VII

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

As with any IT architecture item, to address the entity’s processing needs, virtual machines require execution of effective configuration management. Application of effective configuration management principles and practices “enables management to reduce the risk of requiring back-out due to inadequate preparation and/or incompatible changes affecting system availability and data processing integrity.” Therefore, an entity’s IT management should ensure the IT department has:

  • undertaken configuration management planning
  • identified configuration items
  • established a configuration management database
  • established a definitive software library
  • recorded configuration controls
  • maintained the status of configuration items
  • tracked the status of configuration items
  • reviewed configuration items against configuration management database records
  • managed configuration item libraries, licenses, and stores

View Part I of the Managing the Growth and Impact of Virtual Machines and Memory series here

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