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A Method to Allow Administrators to Determine the Results of Policy Settings Before Implementing those Policies Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031323D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-21

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Storage and Systems Administrators are often faced with the challenge of introducing complex automation into their environments. Although automation is desireable because it can reduce the workloads on human administrators, this is only true if the automation does what is expected. Having a system in place that automatically does inappropriate things can be devastating. To help administrators verify the usefulness of these automated functions without having to endanger their production environments, this article describes a method that allows adminstrators to test out the policies that drive the automation in a "dry-run" so that they can see what the results of those policies would have been without actually having to carry them out.