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Generally, a configuration is the arrangement - or the process of making the arrangement - of the parts that make up a whole.

1) In computers and computer networks, a configuration often refers to the specific hardware and software details in terms of devices attached, capacity or capability, and exactly what the system is made up of.

2) In networks, a configuration often means the network topology.

3) In installing hardware and software, configuration is sometimes the methodical process of defining options that are provided.

Also see configuration management (CM).

This was last updated in September 2005

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