I’m a big fan of system packages for lots of reasons and have often ended up rolling my own debian package repository at work, or working with others that have done so. Recently I finally got round to setting up a personal package repo, at packages.garethrushgrove.com.
Unlike many, I’m actually a good boy and do backups of my personal data (for which I can mostly thank my obsessive-compulsive side). However, up until now I’ve been remiss in my duties to also take these backups off-site.
QuickBuild is a continuous integration and deployment server featuring build definition inheritance and overriding to easily handle large number of projects.
Here are some notes regarding how to install Ubuntu 12.10 in a VirtualBox VM. It contains a set of slides since the process is well represented visually.
In this video from PyCon Argentina 2012, PostgreSQL experts help you administer the database when it's not your job: "In this DevOps world, Django programmers are increasingly being asked to manage the database as well..."
After you've spent the last year or two eliminating the single points of failure from your computational infrastructure, you realise that you're the only one who knows which cronjobs run when, and on which servers.
The most frequent conversation I had this year was with colleagues who asked for advice on their "career path". How should they stay motivated? How do they take on new or bigger responsibility? How do they earn more money?
During my Pro Camp events I often get asked about Hyper-V “Datastores,” in that VMware administrators want to know how to access them, search through the contents, and move files around.
I don’t want to flame here, but the argument that one should not position a cursor using a mouse reflects either total 1) ignorance 2) stupidy 3) lack of vision.
Our first ever ITOps sprint completed on Friday 7th December amid much fanfare and celebration (ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). The team completed a whopping grand total of 103 points. Among the highlights were:
SSH keys are useful to login over ssh (secure shell) without typing a password. Here is some basic information from a dev point-of-view on how to use SSH keys for maximum comfort and security.
I always had the idea of having some kind of organized store, some kind of very simple knowledge base where I could memorize interesting stuff around software development which I encounter i my day-to-day business.
UNIX grep is a command tool for searching text strings inside files. (One should not confuse it with find which matches filenames and properties). In this blog post there are some hints how to use grep to search from files fast and efficiently.
At the OWASP AppSec 2012 keynote, Gene Kim discusses DevOps and information security.
The CastBroadcast Channel presents a webinar on risk reduction through careful quality measures.
The Instant Technology DevOps team attempts to define DevOps in sixty seconds.
This case study describes the complete root cause analysis and resolution of a File Descriptor (Too many open files) related problem that we faced following a migration from Oracle ALSB 2.6 running on Solaris OS to Oracle OSB 11g running on AIX.
Jez Humble, co-author of Continuous Delivery, speaks on implementing and scaling DevOps.
OSX’s iTerm 2, and maybe some other terminal applications, support ANSI control sequence extensions which allow shell to set the color of the terminal tab.
All you need to do is head over to the Continuous Delivery and DevOps book page and look through the product description of the book. Drop a line via the comments below this post to let us know what interests you the most about this book. It’s that simple.
Cameron McKenzie discusses Agile, DevOps, and non-functional requirements.
UNICOM Seminars presents Stephen Nelson-Smith on DevOps and organizational effectiveness.
Remember the blog post about user plugins? How easy and fast is it to add or change functionality in Artifactory? When you went skeptic, like "come on, it's nice in the blog post, but how useful it really is?" Here's real live example from today...
Initally, we had a storage server, with 30-odd TB of SATA storage, using some bit of LSI technology with a battery-backed write cache.. Pretty good for scheduled rsnapshot backups. However, in May, we decided to sort out off-site backups, and build up some kind of disaster recovery strategy.
ServiceSphere presents the ITSM weekly podcast -- this episode tackles "company culture" and much more.