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Microsoft Windows 2008 Servers Synchronization

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We have a Microsoft Windows 2008 server and a cloned version of it in case the production crashes and needs to be replaced.  Since the time we created the clone we instituted a policy whereby any changes to the production server also needed to be made on the cloned version as well, but unfortunately people have been negligent in following this policy and it is up to me to compare the two servers to make sure they are identical.  I could create two RDP sessions to each server and manually just go back and forth eyeballing the configurations to see if I notice any differences, but I was hoping there was a more automated way to go about this, to limit human error.  Here are the items I'm attempting to compare at this time:

- Computer Management/Local Users and Groups
- Computer Management/Shared Folders
- Data Sources (ODBC)
- IIS 6.0/Default FTP Site/Virtual Directories

If I could get a text listing from both servers of all this information, for example, I could use this text file comparison tool I have to see exactly what the differences are.  Is a text report possible?

Or, of course, there may be other better ways to perform this comparsion; I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have.

Thanks!
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by:Darius Ghassem
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No text option but you can just clone the server again. Is this server a Virtual Machine?
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by:dswett
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We may end up needing to clone the server again if the differences are substantial but if it looks like only a couple of items need to be copied over it may be faster just to create them manually.  Yes, I believe the cloned server is a Virtual Machine, but the production server is not.
So if there's no text option, are there any other options to make the comparison easier and less prone to error?
Thanks.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Honestly you should have a change management process in place. By having this process you can go back to see what changes have been made.
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by:dswett
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Would you please describe this change management process, or provide a link to where I can read up on it because i'm not exactly sure what that is.
Thanks.
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You need to have some system that you put in place that tracks changes and this system should require approval before changes take place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Change_management_(ITSM)
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