Is it practical to track all changes to our infrastructure at every level for compliance?

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For compliance reasons, we need to track all changes to our infrastructure at nearly every level (physical, software/patches, and policy changes). Is this practical? This question was asked during the Microsoft System Center live chat on IT Knowledge Exchange in January 2010.

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System Center can assist with regards to tracking configuration changes (configuration drift), patch tracking, audit tracking and more. We are also working on some add-ons for Service Manager that, working with the Unified Compliance Framework (UCF), linking in the capabilities of System Center and Active Directory to assist with the mapping of compliance objectives to the actual technical activities and reporting and tracking those (e.g., ensuring that passwords meet policy requirements, and mapping that technical activity to the respective objectives for the main regulations and policies that you may be subject to).

With the forthcoming release of Service Manager 2010, you will have a location for tracking all of our compliance information. It can track changes as well as help you build the compliance documentation (among many other things). Service Manager also delivers an integrated ability to manage and track your incident, change and problem requests (see
<a href=”http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/service-manager.aspx”>microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/service-manager.aspx</a>). On top of that, Desired
Configuration Manager (DCM) from System Center Configuration Manager can track whether a configuration has changed from a previously saved state, and alert you if it has. This gives you multiple ways to ensure compliance.

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