OSMC Hackathon: Feature complete?

Our fourth OSMC hackathon started fully packed after an overwhelming conference – free form, and our introduction round provided many interesting topics to keep up with.
MQTT, OpenNMS, NSClient++, Elastic/Graylog, Migration from Nagios to Icinga 2, Zabbix, Prometheus, MySQL, ARM packages, Notification issues, Golang frameworks, Ansible, Puppet, Icinga Web 2 modules, Vsphere, Director, Maps, … holy moly, that’s super effective for just one day. Missed it? Join us next year!
Jens Schanz from Müller (Hint: The environment with 17k hosts and 200k services) mentioned a problem with missing notifications in his OSMC talk on Wednesday. So we did a deep dive in the production environment into one-time delayed notification without recovery for their ticket system integration. Turns out, that we’ve found a bug in Icinga, and also a quick workaround for production. Jens also knows how to use the debug console for future troubleshooting. Real #monitoringlove ❤️
Gian Arb from InfluxDB joined for the first hours, so “everyone who has questions, be quick”. Maybe he’ll stay longer next year, since he’s said that OSMC feels like home already. Rihards Olups shared Zabbix insights and focussed on improving MySQL monitoring. Our friends Tarus Balog and Ronny Trommer from OpenNMS looked into pushing sensor values into MQTT and OpenHAB, Tarus had his first success 🙂 Julien open-sourced an AMPQ adapter which forwards alerts from Prometheus.
Nicolai Buchwitz is building Icinga 2 for ARM hardware, and asked me to look into failing tests during the Debian package build. This turned out to be a very deep analysis with memory access violations and specific gcc and libstdc++ versions on this hardware, x86 works just fine. 50% are solved, more investigation needed.
Michael Medin implemented a huge new feature: Native Powershell support in NSClient++.  Cannot wait to see this being released! Dave Kempe started working on translation for the famous Icinga 2 book, together with Thomas Mr. Icinga Book. Or as they say: “Translating Austrian to Australian (English) …” 😉 Thilo jumped right into Jinja templates for the Icinga Ansible modules, and also offered help on enhancing the graph integration in mail notifications.
Noah and Jean played with the Gin library in Golang, providing an HTTP framework. They also discussed the state logic in Icinga 2 together with Eric and our friends from Syseleven, Max and Maurice. Max also did a deep-dive into new enhancements for Icinga Web 2 with more advanced scheduled downtime options. Together with Eric, he found a bug in the forms too. First time hackathon attendees discovered how to write Icinga Web 2 with the help from Eric.
The Map module for Icinga Web 2 received a docs patch from Jens, while Thomas Mr. Director looked into improvements for the business process module, Director, Cube (PR from Nicolai) and certainly the newly released Vsphere module. Last but not least, Flo was for the rescue and helped Jens to modify his Batman theme for Icinga Web 2. Dave also shared the color blind theme for Icinga Web 2 with Jennifer, and to mention too, Jean helped Jens with a DNS/network problem on Icinga startup.
It is INCREDIBLE what we achieved together as OSMC hacking family. We are never feature complete, always exploring and developing new things. See you next year, mark November 4th–7th, 2019 in your calendar!

Michael Friedrich
Michael Friedrich
Senior Developer

Michael ist seit vielen Jahren Icinga-Entwickler und hat sich Ende 2012 in das Abenteuer NETWAYS gewagt. Ein Umzug von Wien nach Nürnberg mit der Vorliebe, österreichische Köstlichkeiten zu importieren - so mancher Kollege verzweifelt an den süchtig machenden Dragee-Keksi und der Linzer Torte. Oder schlicht am österreichischen Dialekt der gerne mit Thomas im Büro intensiviert wird ("Jo eh."). Wenn sich Michael mal nicht in der Community helfend meldet, arbeitet er am nächsten LEGO-Projekt oder geniesst...

Monthly Snap October – NET News | Tips & Tricks | DevOps | Events & the WAYS we go


Hey guys,
you might have noticed: OSMC is in full swing! In the month before you could for sure feel the excitement in the air. WHAT THE HACK?! October was full of preparations, writing talks, ordering roll-ups, coding, hacking, getting things done, spreading the #monitoringlove… In the blog we suggested: OSMC: Extend your stay / knowledge!
Some knowledge you could also gain in this month’s tips & tricks section in the NETWAYS blog! Ein paar vim tricks shared Christoph. Lokale Time Machine Snapshots blockieren Speicherplatz told you Georg. Not the pasta-kinda-thing, but Gnocchi: Metriken und Metadaten explained Achim. With Florian you could join an experiment in Wahrnehmungspsychologie im UI Design. And Jean thought On giving up and trying an IDE. While David might have sung With a little Help from my Chef …

Modems and monitors

In the shop too there was a lot going on, as Silke let us know: USB oder RS232? Das LTE Dualport Modem von ConiuGo hat beides! Besides: HW group STE2 – Netzwerk-Thermometer And anyway: Erst testen, dann durchstarten – Unser Netways Monitor! But: Nicht nur Schall und Rauch – Die neue Generation der AKCP Sensoren Wherever you are: Das Office ist nur einen Klick entfernt – Mit dem STARFACE Mobile Client 2.3 Thank you, Silke!
A report from his first team event delivered our new Azubi Tobias in Teamevent 2018: Professional Services. And Dirk shared what it is like to train our new colleagues in Ausbilder erzählt – Professional Services – 2018. Looking for new job opportunities? Visit jobs.netways.de !

The ways we go…

Is there a fair anywhere… IT, Start-Ups, Open Source: You might possibly be meeting Manfred! In October thanks to him: NETWAYS goes to the Dortmund “Initiale”. „Go geht einfach“. Hm, that‘s another thing – from Alexander. More in: The way to Go
The NWS team was happy to announce they started an exciting journey with OpenStack as a Service on nws.netways.de. Get to know more about it here: NWS OpenStack | The ultimate IaaS Platform! And here: NETWAYS Webinare – Jetzt mit OpenStack ! Interested? Pssssst. Apply this code for 45 days free hosted OpenStack: Ge1AL

And now: Back to OSMC!

See you at the conference and the Evening Event in the Loftwerk tonight!
 

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

WHAT THE HACK?!


Only 16 days to go?
Time for you to speed up: Grab one of our popular Hackathon tickets and join the event on Nov 08!
It’s fun! You’ll start the day with a short round of introductions, then run a brainstorming session for possible topics in addition to these ones that we came up with so far:

OPENNMS   |   NSCLIENT   |   GRAYLOG
ICINGA   |   ZABBIX   |   PROMETHEUS   |   ELASTIC

Team up, accept the challenge, collaborate to find a solution, succeed!
Find all details at: osmc.de/hackathon

 

Taking place on Nov 08 the Hackathon directly follows OSMC’s lecture program. Be part of OSMC and round off your stay! Get your conference and add-on ticket here! We would be happy to see you soon at…

#OSMC | November 5 – 8, 2018 | Nuremberg

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

OSMC: Extend your stay / knowledge!

 
OSMC is coming! Once again the Open Source Monitoring Conference assembles some of the most important representatives of the international Open Source scene. Get in touch and inspired by their talks:
 

>> CHECK OUT THE PROGRAM

 
Besides the lecture program OSMC offers plenty of opportunities to learn even more: Round off your participation with…

  • A pre-conference Workshop | Nov 05. FYI: Prometheus and Icinga 2 / Puppet are sold out. Get your Graylog or Ansible workshop ticket quickly!
  • What the… Hackathon! Team up, define the challenge, collaborate, succeed | Nov 08.
  • OSCAMP on Puppet! Same venue, NEW EVENT with a special focus: Be part of the Puppet Masters League | Nov 08. For more info and your OSCAMP ticket visit: opensourcecamp.de

Don’t miss the chance to extend your stay / knowledge and get your OSMC conference ticket plus add-on!
 

>> REGISTER NOW!

 
We would be happy to see you soon at…

#OSMC | November 5 – 8, 2018 | Nuremberg

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

Monthly Snap November > OSMC 2017, OSDC 2018, Puppet, GitLab EE, Icinga 2, NETWAYS Startupdays, Visual Studio 2017

In November, we had our international Open Source Monitoring Conference where Markus announced the last tickets for. Julia blogged live OSMC news, and Michael explained how to replace spaces with tabs in Visual Studio 2017, while Dirk told us about Custom Datatypes in Puppet.
Nicole always brings something interesting every month, this time she showed some NETWAYS Web Services: GitLab EE and connect to your own Domain!. Noah explained Icinga 2 – CA Proxy, Christoph brought some creative stuff in “Unusual Surveillances” and Isabel shared some news on the SMSEagle.
Later in November, Dirk shared his impressions of OSMC day 1 and 2 as well as the news from the Hackathon on the last day of OSMC. Keya announced the Call for Papers for the Open Source Data Center Conference and last but not least, Philipp shared exciting news from the NETWAYS Startupdays, before the Christmas month at NETWAYS starts.

Keya Kher
Keya Kher
Marketing Manager

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”.  

Monitoring – it’s all about integration and automation – OSMC 2017 Hackathon

OSMC 2017
Also this year we organized a hackathon as follow up and managed to get about 50 people to work on actual coding. We started again with a small round of introduction so everyone had the chance to find people with same interests or knowledge needed. Afterwards people started to hack on Icinga 2, Icinga Web 2, different Modules, OpenNMS, Zabbix, Mgmt, NSClient++, Docker containers, Ansible and Puppet code or simply help others with configuration and other tasks to solve in their environment.
Here is a list of some things developed or at least designed today:
* Tom accepted and improved some of my pull requests, so the director got more property modifiers
* He also was working on improving notifications to allow managing them via a custom attribute of hosts and services
* Markus was improving Icinga packaging resulting in new package releases for SLES and support for Fedora 27
* Bodo was trying to move the ruby library for Icinga 2 to 1.0.0 release and got valuable input by Gunnar for displaying API coverage
* Thomas improved his diagnostics script for Icinga 2 to help with troubleshooting
* Nicola was working on a graphical picker for the geolocation in the Director for his awesome map module while getting several other ideas and requests
* David started a Single Sign On module for Icinga Web 2
* Mgmt got some improvements by Julien, Toshaan und James
* Michael was working on Elastic integration and web based installer for NSClient++
* Gunnar and Michael discussed so many features they actual did not find time for hacking, but keep our eyes open for Elastic 6 support and datatypes for arguments
* Steffen, Blerim and Michael discussed how to fix a problem with running two Icingabeat instances which now could probably be solved
* Stephan finally solved the management issue of red alerts in Icinga Web 2 😉

Furthermore an impressive amount of knowledge was transferred, user questions got answered and problems got solved. One thing I am really happy about seeing one user to use the URL encode property modifier only minutes after being accept by Tom to create Hostgroups including membership assignment from PuppetDB. But I want to end this blogpost with one really cool thing Dave from the Australian Icinga Partner Sol1 showed us. This map displays all pubs in Australia because it monitors Satellite receivers to visualize any large outages for Sky Racing Australia.
Map of Australian Pubs by Sol1
So have a nice weekend and keep on hacking.

Dirk Götz
Dirk Götz
Senior 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.

Most awaited OSMC is here!!

Hello! Your long wait is over and finally OSMC day starts. As the day begins with the following workshops Icinga 2 – Distributed Monitoring by Lennart Betz, Ansible – Configuration Management by Thilo Wening, Timesseries & Analysis with Graphite and Grafana by Markus Waldmüller and Elastic Stack – Modern Logfile Management by Thomas Widhalm. WOW! Lot more to know.
Bernd will kick start the Day 2 & 3 with so much exciting talks, Alba Ferri Fitó from Vodafone, Martin Schurz from T-Systems, Rihards Olups from Nokia, James Shubin from Red Hat and the long list of the speakers across the world. The day will follow by “evening event” where you can socialize with the fellow with the same interest.
Last day of conference is the “Hackathon Day”.
Download our OSMC App and Enjoy the conference.
 
 
 

Keya Kher
Keya Kher
Marketing Manager

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”.  

Monthly Snap October > OSBConf 2017, DevOpsDays, GUI REST clients, Puppet 5, Hackathon, OSMC, Graylog, Icinga 2.8.0

In October, Markus shared great event experience from OSBConf 2017 and also announced next DevOpsDays last tickets for Berlin, while Fabian said what you need to do for Postfix – Fine tuning for better performance and Marius put his thoughts for GUI REST clients.
Ronny found something new about Puppet 5, meanwhile Dirk talked about Systemd unit files briefly. Riccardo and Keya shout out their entry to NETWAYS. while Killian shared their Team on the go.
It’s Party time said Bernd as he completed 10 Years at NETWAYS. Julia says what is important is coming up Hackathon for OSMC, OSMC workshops and accessibility of All log data with Graylog. Lennart says that fundamentals for Puppet goes public.
Achim explained ceph increasing placement groups in production, Keya expressed her heartily thanks to The Linux Magazine and The Admin Magazine. Jean-Marcel talks about flapping in Icinga 2.8.0.

Keya Kher
Keya Kher
Marketing Manager

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”.  

Open Source Monitoring Conference 2017 – Last Ticket to grab!

The Open Source Monitoring Conference is the world’s leading interactive, community networking conference. This is your chance to network with more than 200 Open Source Monitoring community developers, system engineers, network engineers and IT managers from all over the world.
You will get a chance to hear and interact from around 34 expert speakers including Alba Ferri Fitó (Vodafone), Rihards Olups (Nokia), Martin Schurz (T-Systems), James Shubin (Red Hat), Holger Koch (DB Systel GmbH), Walter Heck (OlinData), Jan Doberstein (Graylog Inc), Bodo Schulz (CoreMedia) and many more.
The experts will get your insight with the cutting-edge agenda which will help you to gain actionable insight into 2017’s biggest challenges. For your food for brain, we announce last minutes shout out for all to grab the seat ticket. Get your ticket on www.osmc.de

Keya Kher
Keya Kher
Marketing Manager

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”.  

Hackathon auf der OSMC

Nachdem bis auf Ansible alle unsere Workshops bereits ausgebucht sind, kann die OSMC nicht mehr lange hin sein! Wohl wahr, in gut einem Monat geht’s schon los.
Und nun steht auch das Programm für den perfekten Konferenzausklang am Hackathon-Freitag. Fünf Themen haben wir ausgewählt, wir freuen uns natürlich auch über eure eigenen Vorschläge! Lasst euch diesen spannenden Hacker-Tag nicht entgehen und tüftelt mit Gleichgesinnten!
Das Programm steht auch schon länger fest, mit dabei sind unter anderem diese Highlights:

Die Workshops sind bis auf “Ansible – Configuration Management” schon restlos ausgebucht. Wer hier noch teilnehmen will, sollte also nicht lange zögern, sondern schnell klicken.
Alles weitere zur Konferenz findet ihr wie immer brandaktuell auf unserer Webseite!