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Monthly Snap June 2020

Summer in the city! The NETWAYS family is happy to celebrate the one- year anniversary in our new office with a rooftop and air conditioning!

 

What makes you happy? Anke shared her recipe for achieving happiness at work and in private life in Von Problemen, Arschengeln und Lösungen.

 

Techie topics

As most others, Tobias was faced with various (technical) challenges while working from home. Read about them and his solutions in Arbeiten aus dem Homeoffice! The Icinga director has a new feature! Tom presented it in Versteckte Director-Features: Update-Only Sync-Regeln. Achim wrote Persistente Volumes in Kubernetes erstellen, the next part of the blog series Kubernetes- so startest du durch. Martin taught us a bit about the S3/Swift Object Storage in NETWAYS Cloud: Mit flexiblem S3/Swift Object Storage. In Überspringen von Online-Werbung in Videos mit dem Mac you will find Bernd`s advice on how to skip online ads in videos on your Mac.

 

NETWAYS Shop

Nicole informed us of the impending change from 3G to 4G in Von 3G zu 4G: Umstellung auf LTE im SMS-Versand und bei Modems. In Nicole`s opinion a good LTE router can totally save the day. The NETWAYS shop has new ones available! Neue LTE-Router bei uns im Shop! In our Shop you can also find various GUDE products. Natalie gave us more information about the GUDE Expert Net Control 2191. There is a new update available for the WLD2! Read Natalies` blog HW Group WLD2 – Das Update!

 

Stackconf 2020

Did you miss out on the stackconf, our first online conference? Read the recaps by Blerim (Day one), Nicole (Day two) and Feu (Day three). Julia wrote about the decision to go online with the stackconf, and the advantages that came with it in stackconf online recap: from deep dive to offbeat and back.

 

OSMC

A few of us have already started the countdown for the Open Source Monitoring Conference in November. Some of our colleagues are writing recaps from last year`s conference to tide us over. Read Nathaniel`s recap of the Current State of Icinga by Bernd Erk | OSMC 2019

#lifeatnetways

In Kroko Doc – Entscheidungsfindung leicht gemacht! Tobias explains why a bit of fun can make hard decisions and bad outcome bearable and sometimes even positive.

 

Main Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay

Catharina Celikel
Catharina Celikel
Office Manager

Catharina unterstützt seit März 2016 unsere Abteilung Finance & Administration. Die gebürtige Norwegerin ist Fremdsprachenkorrespondentin für Englisch. Als Office Manager kümmert sie sich deshalb nicht nur um das Tagesgeschäft sondern übernimmt nebenbei zusätzlich einen Großteil der Übersetzungen. Privat ist der bekennende Bücherwurm am liebsten mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs.

Current State of Icinga by Bernd Erk | OSMC 2019

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series OSMC 2019 | Recap

 

 

At the Open Source Monitoring Conference (OSMC) 2019 in Nuremberg, Bernd Erk presented the „Current State of Icinga”. You have missed him speaking? We have got something for you: Watch the video of Bernd‘s presentation and read a summary (below).

The OSMC is the annual meeting of international monitoring experts, where future trends and objectives are set. Since 2006 the event takes place every autumn in Nuremberg, Germany. Leading specialists present the full scope of Open Source monitoring and are ready to answer your hardest questions. Learn new techniques, exchange knowledge and discuss with top developers.

In-depth workshops the day prior to the conference and a Hackathon provide further possibilities to extend your skills and deepen your knowledge in IT monitoring and management.

The next OSMC takes place November 16 – 19, 2020 in Nuremberg.

More information and tickets at osmc.de.


Current State of Icinga

In the talk „Current State of Icinga“ Bernd Erk shortly introduces himself and the team behind Icinga. Bernd’s presentation gives at first a quick overview over Icinga, followed by a really funny presentation with Emojis (Long story short: Icinga makes you happy!). After that Bernd explains the blog, the ongoing user survey, IcingaConf, Icinga Camp and Icinga partners all around the world. He also presents the reason why we don’t know most of the Icinga users: As it is an open-source product, anyone can download it and use it for free.

In the main part Bernd gives a product update for Icinga and everything connected to it. Thereupon he reports about what happened during summer 2019 regarding development. After that he goes deeper into the new features and innovations of Icinga version 2.11, which is the current major version as of November 2019. In the second part of the main presentation he illustrates Icinga Web 2 and the new features of the current version 2.7 (November 2019) and its accessibility features. vSphere version 1.1 is the third main theme and Bernd touches on its new features and improvements. The topic after vSphere is Icinga Director and its current version 1.7 (November 2019). Bernd discloses the new features of the Director and what it is capable of. He completes his talk with aspects of Icinga Business Process Monitoring in its newest version 2.2 (November 2019). Here the main components are the Drag & Drop feature, Export & Import and Usability. With regard to this Bernd presents the mentioned features and innovations in a short live demo.

After the live demo Bernd introduces Icinga for Windows. A short video of the installation of Icinga on Windows is shown. Christian Stein, a long-standing member of the Icinga team, is the main developer of this outstanding Icinga innovation. After having presented Windows monitoring, the focus moved on to Icinga for AWS (Amazon Web Services) version 1.0 (November 2019) and its possibilities. Thereafter Bernd goes in deep with the Icinga module for JIRA in version 1.0 (November 2019) and how it works.

Icinga DB is the last topic covered. For that a few last year’s slides were repeated, followed by a funny video about why it took so long. After this hilarious video a live demo of all the new features and innovations is given.

Bernd concludes his talk with a summary:

  • Icinga Director 1.7.2 is out now
  • Icinga Module for vSphere 1.1.0 is out now
  • Icinga Module for JIRA 1.0.1 is out now
  • Icinga 2.12 RC will be ready later

And that is basically Bernd’s entire talk, though highly compressed. If you are interested in the full talk with all its details and funny moments I recommend watching the whole video. It is worth every second, entertaining and highly informative.

Nathaniel Donahue
Nathaniel Donahue
Junior Consultant

Nathaniel hat 2019 die Wirtschaftsschule abgeschlossen. Wegen seinem Interesse am IT-Bereich entschied er sich dafür eine Ausbildung zum Fachinformatiker im Bereich Systemintegration zu machen und fing im September 2019 bei NETWAYS Professional Services an. Auch in seiner Freizeit sitzt er gerne am Computer, allerdings meistens zum Spielen, oder er unternimmt etwas mit seinen Freunden.

Call for Papers: Become a Speaker at OSMC 2020

Be a trendsetter! OSMC is the annual meeting of international monitoring experts, where future trends and objectives are set.

The Open Source Monitoring Conference is your conference of choice, when it comes to networking within the monitoring community, getting new inputs and ideas for your monitoring environment, and presenting yourself and your work to a highly skilled audience.

Become a speaker and share your knowledge with the community! Call for Papers is running until July 31, 2020! Submit your paper here.

Share your ideas!

We are looking for technical presentations that provide insights into new subject areas or open source projects, explain technical backgrounds, and present the latest developments and features. How-tos, case studies, best practices and outlooks on future trends are welcome.

Speakers can choose between three formats: the 60-minute presentation, the 30-minute presentation and the Ignite Talk (5 minutes). A question and answer session is scheduled after each presentation. The conference will be held in English and German. Presentations in English are particularly welcome!

Workshops and the OSMC Hackathon

In addition to the lecture program, the event includes a day of technical workshops and the popular OSMC Hackathon. The OSMC will take place in Nuremberg, Germany, November 16 – 19, 2020. Until June 30, 2020 you’ve got the opportunity to purchase one of the coveted Early Bird tickets. Don’t miss to get your conference pass for the best prize!

The annual meeting of the monitoring community has been held in Nuremberg since 2006. The event brings together 250+ participants, leading international systems engineers, developers, IT managers, users and open source community members. You’ll be in good company!

More information and tickets at osmc.de.

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Senior Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 bei NETWAYS. Mit ihren Spezialgebieten Texte/Konzepte, Branding und PR ist sie für Tone of Voice und Wording von NETWAYS und Icinga verantwortlich. Davor war sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene spannenden Geschichten auf der Spur. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Ihre innere Mitte findet sie beim Klettern und Yoga.

Monthly Snap November 2019

The NETWAYS-November was, as usual, all about the OSMC. And, as usual, it was a splendid event with interesting talks, great food and the best attendees! But what else was on our minds?

The Juniors

Our Junior Consultant Aleksander started the month with Windows Passwort mit Linux zurücksetzen, wherein he described useful tools for resetting your Windows-password.  Artur wrote about his first project in Azubiprojekt für das erste Lehrjahr: Framadate!

SHOP

What does IoT mean, and which products do we offer with it? Nicole let us know in HW group: IoT mit Modbus und MQTT. She also gave us an overview on the various AKCP products in our shop in AKCP sensorProbe: 2, 4 oder 8 Sensoren, potentialfreie Kontakte und PoE. Our apprentices get to visit our different departments to learn more about the company. Artur visited the NETWAYS shop for a week and learnt about our offered products. Read what he found out about AKCP in AKCP sensorProbeX+: Individuelle Monitoring-Lösungen für IoT. A new product will soon be available in our shop: Leonie presented the SMSEAGLE MHD-8100-3G/4G.

Tipps from techies

Our consultants travel a lot, mostly by train. Christoph recommends a website that helps travellers find the best train wagon for their needs and informs of delays and technical Problems in Wie bekomme ich bessere Informationen über Züge als die DB. In SSH – Der Schlüssel zum Erfolg, David gave us a few tips on how to use SSH. According to Johannes Text-Utils can be of importance. Read Text-Utils unter Linux – Wer kennt sie?

OpenStack

Martin wrote his very first NETWAYS- blogpost this month! OpenStack made easy – Sicherheitsgruppen verwalten und zuweisen, which was also his first contribution to the blog series OpenStack made easy. And the next contribution came from Fabian: In OpenStack made easy… Mit Icinga 2-Master Maschinen überwachen he explains how to easily monitor Icinga 2 Master machines with OpenStack. Now it was Martins turn again! Read OpenStack made easy – Snapshots erstellen, rotieren, einspielen, where he taught us how to program Open Stack to create backup snapshots regularly.

#lifeatnetways

This month, two employees shared a bit about themselves in our series NETWAYS stellt sich vor. Read about our junior consultant Tobias, and the newest member of team-marketing Anke!

Keep developing

Florian proudly presented the new Icinga DB user interface: Das neue User Interface von Icinga DB. Check it out! Noah shared his knowledge on GitLab in GitLab-CI / YAML – Write less with Anchors, Extends and Hidden Keys. What is this SVG Feu is talking about? Read the Introduction to SVG: The Basics.

The OSMC after-effect

Dirk reported live from the OSMC! Read his thoughts on OSMC 2019 – Day 1. And what did Dirk do on the next day? Of course, he kept us up to date on talks, the evening event and delicious food in OSMC 2019 – Day 2. After the OSMC we traditionally have on Open Source Camp, where an open source project can be treated thoroughly. This year was all about Foreman. Alexander gave us his personal recap of the Open Source Camp on Foreman. For some attendees the hackathon after the OSMC is the highlight of the conference. Henrik enjoyed the Hackathon immensely, and highly recommends that we all attend next year! OSMC Hackathon – Share your impressions!

Catharina Celikel
Catharina Celikel
Office Manager

Catharina unterstützt seit März 2016 unsere Abteilung Finance & Administration. Die gebürtige Norwegerin ist Fremdsprachenkorrespondentin für Englisch. Als Office Manager kümmert sie sich deshalb nicht nur um das Tagesgeschäft sondern übernimmt nebenbei zusätzlich einen Großteil der Übersetzungen. Privat ist der bekennende Bücherwurm am liebsten mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs.

OSMC Hackathon – Share your impressions!

After two informative and exciting days at OSMC, the cherry on the sundae for me was joining our fifth OSMC hackathon for the first time. Hearing and learning about the discoveries, lessons learned and experiences made by other people in different environments, maybe using different tools, and being shown cool tricks and setups, I personally always get a little twitchy in my fingers wanting to jump at my keyboard and download, clone, install, code and play around with all the amazing new stuff I’ve learned attending OSMC 2019.
And the hackathon is the perfect setting to do this – people having seen the same talks, being excited about the same new features that have been at the forefront of discussion during the last few days.

On Wednesday the attendees made a short trip to a restaurant to have dinner, where people got to know each other casually and dream up the first plans and ideas for the main event tomorrow. After a well deserved night of sleep, the morning started with high spirits and a bit of coffee.

Round tables were placed in Saal Elizabeth, the biggest of the three OSMC conference rooms, everybody got together, and after Bernd welcomed us (and told us when lunch would be served!) everybody got a chance to introduce themselves, what one was looking for on this day, where areas of expertise lie, and if there are any specific problems to be solved.

 

Collaborative hacking equals collaborative fun

The topics were as diverse as the plethora of tools discussed at OSMC – people were working with GitHub Actions, Golang, Kubernetes, translating bash scripts in python, setting up clusters with Grafana, LOKI, Prometheus, automating the pain away with Ansible, having private lessons in Terraform, making logging more effective with Elasticsearch and Logstash, Icinga modules like Icingabeat, looking at the awesome stuff you can do with Icinga Director, and I’ve even seen people working on issues and pull requests – as we know, the community is always active. #monitoringlove <3 

Personally, I was working with Tobias on a SELinux check plugin for Icinga, but mostly, I was looking around, taking in the experience and trying to learn a bit from all the interesting discussions that developed. I can really recommend it! It can make your OSMC experience more complete and rounded, working, coding and developing alongside the experts. Maybe this year you were only able to check out our cool videos from OSMC, and you really wanted to ask one of our amazing speakers a certain question? Well, follow our Twitter at @NetwaysEvents, keep an eye out for the next registration, sign up for two days of open source monitoring goodness plus the hackathon and meet up with your engineering heroes – I’ll be there and I’m looking forward to you!
Henrik Triem
Henrik Triem
Junior Developer

Henrik is Anwendungsentwickler in Ausbildung, verhindeter Rockstar, kaffeegetrieben und Open Source-begeistert. Zuhause lässt er es auch mal ruhiger mit Tee angehen, entspannt an Klavier oder Gitarre, erkundet neue Musik oder treibt sich mit seinen Freunden in Deutschland herum.

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Elastic Stack Training | Online

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Graylog Training | Online

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GitLab Fundamentals Training | Online

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