Comparisons are used to validate an installation or system configuration. By comparing the configuration of a host against its original configuration, you can tell if anything has changed. You can also compare one or more hosts against a reference host to ensure that all hosts are configured the same.
With the provisioning system you can compare one or more hosts against another host, one or more hosts against a model in the Master Server, or a host against its original configuration. The provisioning software allows you to check the entire configuration of a host or limit what is checked to a single directory.
N1 Service Provisioning System software allows you to perform three types of comparisons.
Model to Model
Model to Install
Install to Install
Because the time stamp for a comparison is based on the clock in the Master Server, you should run some kind of synchronization utility on all your N1 Service Provisioning System software machines so that all system clocks are synchronized on the same time.