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NETWAYS Webinare: Geballte Power

Am 20. Februar 2019 gibt es eine Doppelfolge unserer beliebten NETWAYS Webinar-Reihe: Vormittags behandeln wir OpenStack und nachmittags Graylog. Was erwartet unsere Teilnehmer inhaltlich?

OpenStack ist seit vielen Jahren in der IT-Branche ein Begriff und wird auf nahezu allen Konferenzen, die sich mit Automatisierung, Hosting, Rechenzentren usw. beschäftigen, beworben und vorgestellt. Unsere eigene IaaS-Plattform baut ebenso auf OpenStack auf – aber was ist OpenStack eigentlich? Wo kommt es her, welche Vorteile bietet die Lösung und was kann ich damit am Ende tun? Diese Fragen wollen wir in unserem Webinar beantworten und einige Möglichkeiten anhand unserer OpenStack-Plattform demonstrieren.

Graylog ist eine vielseitige und umfangreiche Lösung, wenn es um die zentrale Speicherung, Analyse und Auswertung von Logdaten – egal ob Syslog, Windows Event Log, Log-Dateien oder viele andere – geht. Neben einer übersichtlichen Oberfläche bietet Graylog vor allem die Möglichkeit, nativ Berechtigungen auf Inhalten und Dashboards festzulegen und individuelle Streams, Inputs und Filter zu definieren. In der neuen Version 3.0 stehen viele neue Features wie Views, Reports und die neue Sidecar zur Verfügung. In diesem Webinar wollen wir grundlegend auf die Möglichkeiten von Graylog, vor allem jedoch auf die Neuheiten, eingehen und diese vorstellen.

Für alle Freunde unserer Icinga 2 Webinare haben wir leider schlechte Nachrichten, da wir im März das Thema vorerst abschließen wollen:

Aber niemand muss traurig sein – seht Euch unseren Webinar-Kalender einfach an. Wir sind sicher, dass Euch auch die neue Webinar-Reihe zum Thema OpenStack begeistern wird.

Wir freuen uns, Euch in unseren Webinaren begrüßen zu dürfen!

Learn more and get inspired: OSMC Workshops!

OSMC, November 5: One day, four experts, four chances to gain knowlegde and come closer to being an expert yourself. The Workshops at OSMC are perfect opportunities for learning, gaining new friendships and bringing helpful and valuable information back to your business. Choose the one that suits your monitoring requirements best:


Prometheus brings monitoring to another level, when everything is about metrics and graphes. It puts the data first, and takes advantage of multiple service discovery systems. This workshop will dive into its ecosystem and teach you how to get the best out of it. Be ready to discover a new and very effective approach to monitoring.


This workshop leads you to your very first automated deployment. Starting with the basic concept how Ansible works and how it will support you at your daily tasks. In this session we will guide you step by step to your first playbook and application deployment.

Icinga 2 / Puppet

This workshop is an advanced workshop to show how a distributed Icinga 2 environment is managed by Puppet. We will build a distributed Icinga 2 setup with puppet-icinga2 module using the role/profile concept. Additionally we will spend some time to discuss zones and endpoints in Icinga 2 and also some advanced puppet features used by previous mentioned puppet module.


This workshop is a beginners guide to central log management. After talking about fundamental elements of central log management with Graylog we will start to setup a Graylog system from scratch to ingest, and filter and visual individual data.
All courses will take place on November 5th, from 10 am to 5 pm, at the conference venue. To promote a comprehensive training success, the number of participants is limited. Workshops are held in German, Prometheus in English. Attendance requires the purchase of an OSMC & Workshop ticket.
More on osmc.de/workshops/

OSMC | November 5 – 8, 2018 | Nuremberg

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Lead 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.

Open Source Camp Issue #1 – Foreman & Graylog

Open Source Camp Issue #1Right after OSDC we help to organize the Open Source Camp, a brand new serie of events which will give Open Source projects a platform for presenting to the Community. So the event started with a small introduction of the projects covered in the first issue, Foreman and Graylog. For the Foreman part it was Sebastian Gräßl a long term developer who did gave a short overview of Foreman and the community so also people attending for Graylog just know what the other talks are about. Lennart Koopmann who founded Graylog did the same for the other half including upcoming version 3 and all new features.
Tanya Tereshchenko one of the Pulp developers started the sessions with „Manage Your Packages & Create Reproducible Environments using Pulp“ giving an update about Pulp 3. To illustrate the workflows covered by Pulp she used the Ansible plugin which will allow to mirror Ansible Galaxy locally and stage the content. Of course Pulp also allows to add your own content to your local version of the Galaxy and serve it to your systems. The other plugins a beta version is already available for Pulp 3 are python to mirror pypi and file for content of any kind, but more are in different development stages.
„An Introduction to Graylog for Security Use Cases“ by Lennart Koopmann was about taking the idea of Threadhunting to Graylog by having a plugin providing lookup tables and processing pipeline. In his demo he showed all of this based on eventlogs collected by their honey pot domain controller and I can really recommend the insides you can get with it. I still remember how much work it was getting such things up and running 10 years ago at my former employer with tools like rsyslog and I am very happy about having tools like Graylog nowadays which provide this out of box.
From Sweden came Alexander Olofsson and Magnus Svensson to talk about „Orchestrating Windows deployment with Foreman and WDS“. They being Linux Administrators wanted to give their Windows colleagues a similar experience on a shared infrastructure and shared their journey to reach this goal. They have created a small Foreman Plugin for WDS integration into the provisioning process which got released in its first version. Also being a rather short presentation it started a very interesting discussion as audience were also mostly Linux Administrators but nearly everyone had at least to deal in one way with Windows, too.
My colleague Daniel Neuberger was introducing into Graylog with „Catch your information right! Three ways of filling your Graylog with life.“ His talk covered topics from Graylogs architecture, what types of logs exists and how you can get at least the common ones into Graylog. Some very helpful tips from practical experience spiced up the talk like never ever run Graylog as root for being able to get syslog traffic on port 514, if the client can not change the port, your iptables rules can do so. Another one showed fallback configuration for Rsyslog using execOnlyWhenPreviousIsSuspended action. And like me Daniel prefers to not only talk about things but also show them live in a demo, one thing I recommend to people giving a talk as audience will always honor, but keep in mind to always have a fallback.
Timo Goebel started the afternoon sessions with „Foreman: Unboxing“ and like in a traditional unboxing he showed all the plugins Filiadata has added to their highly customized Foreman installation. This covered integration of omaha (the update management of coreos), rescue mode for systems, VMware status checking, distributed lock management to help with automatic updates in cluster setups, Spacewalk integration they use for SUSE Manager managed systems, host expiration which helps to keep your environment tidy, monitoring integration and the one he is currently working on which provides cloud-init templates during cloning virtual machines in VMware from templates.
Jan Doberstein did exactly what you can expect from a talk called „Graylog Processing Pipelines Deep Dive“. Being Support engineer at Graylog for several years now his advice is coming from experience in many different customer environments and while statements like „keep it simple and stupid“ are made often they stay true but also unheard by many. Those pipelines are really powerful especially when done in a good way, even more when they can be included and shared via content packs with Version 3.
Matthias Dellweg one of those guys from AITX who brought Debian support to Pulp and Katello talked about errata support for it in his talk „Errare Humanum Est“. He started by explaining the state of errata in RPM and differences in the DEB world. Afterwards he showed the state of their proof of concept which looks like a big improvement bringing DEB support in Katello to the same level like RPM.
„How to manage Windows Eventlogs“ was brought to the audience by Rico Spiesberger with support by Daniel. The diversity of the environment brought some challenges to them which they wanted to solve with monitoring the logs for events that history proved to be problematic. Collecting the events from over 120 Active Directory Servers in over 40 countries generates now over 46 billion documents in Graylog a day and good idea about what is going on. No such big numbers but even more detailed dashboards were created for the Certificate Authority. Expect all their work to be available as content pack when it is able to export them with Graylog 3.
Last but not least Ewoud Kohl van Wijngaarden told us the story about software going the way „From git repo to package“ in the Foreman Project. Seeing all the work for covering different operating systems and software versions for Foreman and the big amount of plugins or even more for Katello and all the dependencies is great and explains why sometimes things take longer, but always show a high quality.
I think it was a really great event which not only I enjoyed from the feedback I got. I really like about the format that talks are diving deeper into the projects than most other events can do and looking forward for the next issue. Thanks to all the speakers and attendees, safe travels home to everyone.

Dirk Götz
Dirk Götz
Principal Consultant

Dirk ist Red Hat Spezialist und arbeitet bei NETWAYS im Bereich Consulting für Icinga, Puppet, Ansible, Foreman und andere Systems-Management-Lösungen. Früher war er bei einem Träger der gesetzlichen Rentenversicherung als Senior Administrator beschäftigt und auch für die Ausbildung der Azubis verantwortlich wie nun bei NETWAYS.

We are Ready, Are you Ready for the OSCamp?

Summer is approaching and so the OSCamp #1!
The 14 June 2018 is getting bit closer every day now! The agenda for the day of Open Source Camp is online now with power packed Foreman and Graylog talks!
Supercharge your mind with the talks as:
Manage Your Packages & Create Reproducible Environments using Pulp | Tanya Tereshchenko
An Introduction to Graylog for Security Use Cases | Lennart Koopmann
Orchestrating Windows deployment with Foreman and WDS | Alexander Olofsson & Magnus Svensson
Catch your information right! Three ways of filling your Graylog with life |Daniel Neuberger
Foreman: Unboxing and Review | Timo Goebel
Graylog Processing Pipelines Deep Dive | Jan Doberstein
Errare Humanum Est | Dr. Matthias Dellweg
How to manage Windows Eventlogs |Rico Spiesberger
From git repo to package |Ewoud Kohl van Wijngaarden
Sounds compelling to you? So Hurry up! and Get your Ticket.

Keya Kher
Keya Kher
Graphic Designer

Keya ist seit Oktober 2017 in unserem Marketing Team. Sie kennt sich mit Social Media Marketing aus und ist auf dem Weg, ein Grafikdesign-Profi zu werden. Wenn sie sich nicht kreativ auslebt, entdeckt sie andere Städte oder schmökert in einem Buch. Ihr Favorit ist “The Shiva Trilogy”.  

NETWAYS‘ Upcoming Training #Summer2018

Our Open Source trainings are designed to support your modern business processes

New Ways with NETWAYS – Our goal is to design your learning process as comfortable as possible! 

Foreman – Life Cycle Management for Servers
2 days training sessions | 03.07.2018 to 04.07.2018
CEPH – Scale out Storage
2 days training sessions | 03.07.2018 to 04.07.2018
GitLab – Modern Software Development
2 days training sessions | 10.07.2018 to 11.07.2018
Icinga 2 Fundamentals – Monitoring Redesigned
4 days training sessions | 10.07.2018 to 13.07.2018
Bareos – Level 1 – Introduction to Bareos
3 days training sessions | 16.07.2018 to 18.07.2018
Graylog training – Centralized Logfile Management
2 days training sessions | 17.07.2018 to 18.07.2018
Bareos – Level 2  – Backup with LTO
2 days training sessions | 19.07.2018 to 20.07.2018
Ansible  Configuration Management
2 days training sessions | 24.07.2018 to 25.07.2018
Ansible AWX (Tower) 
1 day training session | 26.07.2018

For the whole NETWAYS training schedule visit: netways.de/training. For assistance please contact us.

Keya Kher
Keya Kher
Graphic Designer

Keya ist seit Oktober 2017 in unserem Marketing Team. Sie kennt sich mit Social Media Marketing aus und ist auf dem Weg, ein Grafikdesign-Profi zu werden. Wenn sie sich nicht kreativ auslebt, entdeckt sie andere Städte oder schmökert in einem Buch. Ihr Favorit ist “The Shiva Trilogy”.