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Track Configuration Changes & Compare Systems

Use XIA Configuration to compare the configuration of items against previous versions to determine when a change was made to a system, or to compare two different items to see differences between them.

Baselines allow you to compare a system's configuration to a "golden build" so you can determine when a server, SQL instance, database or any other item within the inventory does not adhere to your organisation's configuration policy.

Use the results to determine what changes have occurred to an item. Here are just a few examples of real world scenarios where item comparison is used:

  • Green tick Detect databases added to a SQL instance
  • Green tick Detect changes to the code of a stored procedure
  • Green tick Detect services added or removed from a Windows Server
  • Green tick Detect software installed on a Windows PC
  • Green tick Detect unauthorised changes to an Active Directory schema

Demonstration Video

The following video demonstrates the item comparison feature. Firstly, security settings are changed on a server that has previously been scanned. The server is then scanned again and the latest version is compared with the previous version.

A demonstration video of the item comparison feature within XIA Configuration

To see an overview video, visit the XIA Configuration product page. To see all the tutorials, visit our tutorials page.

Change Tracking Example

In this example, the World Wide Web Publishing service is disabled in the services management console:

Disable WWW service screenshot
World Wide Web Publishing service disabled

Then an ODBC data source server name is changed:

Change ODBC screenshot
ODBC data source server name changed

Once the item has been scanned by the client, the item is compared with a previous version:

Screenshot showing the Compare option in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing the Compare option in the XIA Configuration web interface

The results of the comparison are displayed in the user interface:

Screenshot showing comparison results in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing comparison results in the XIA Configuration web interface

Export to PDF

The results of the comparison can be exported to PDF. Click the image below to see an example.

Comparison results exported to PDF
Comparison results exported to PDF

Export to XML

The results can also be exported to XML and viewed and analysed in Microsoft Excel:

Excel comparison screenshot
Comparison results exported to XML and viewed in Excel

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