You missed out OSDC? — Sign up for OSCamp!

Hey folks!

The OSDC 2019 is in full swing! You didn’t get to be part of the happy DevOps crowd meeting in Berlin?

Here‘s your chance to find some relief by participating in the next big Open Source thing happening in Berlin this week: Be part of our OSCamp on Ansible!

But you gotta be really fast to grab one of the few remaining seats at opensourcecamp.de

To get a glimpse of how it feels to be one of the OSDC guys, just take a look at the photos published so far on our Twitter channel. And start getting excited what’s coming up at the OSCamp…

See you in Berlin on Thursday!

Pamela Drescher
Pamela Drescher
Head of Marketing

Pamela hat im Dezember 2015 das Marketing bei NETWAYS übernommen. Sie ist für die Corporate Identity unserer Veranstaltungen sowie von NETWAYS insgesamt verantwortlich. Die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Events ergibt sich aus dem Umstand heraus, dass sie vor ein paar Jahren mit Markus zusammen die Eventsabteilung geleitet hat und diese äußerst vorzügliche Zusammenarbeit nun auch die Bereiche Events und Marketing noch enger verknüpft. Privat ist sie Anführerin einer vier Mitglieder starken Katzenhorde, was ihr den absolut...

Monthly Snap April 2019

Springtime in Nuremberg! In this month of Easter-eggs and chocolate bunnies our colleagues wrote about various interesting subjects. You missed some of these? Just click the links below!

No Aprils fools at NETWAYS!

Nicole started the month with a post from the NETWAYS shop on the Expert Sensor Box von GUDE, with which you can monitor your infrastructure. Alerts are sent by E-Mail if the temperature, the humidity or the air pressure deviates from your set limits.
A week later Nicole presented the Expert Net Control von Gude. A bigger monitoring system which can also monitor water leaks and detect smoke.
The summer can really cause damage to your data center. Rising temperatures and higher humidity need to be reined in. Nicole explained how the NETWAYS Monitor alerts you if needed in her blog Der Sommer kommt!
Our apprentice Tobias visited our shop for a week and had a look at some of our products. In his blogpost Und der Sommer kommt immer noch! he presented the Ares 12 von HW group, with which you can monitor not only the usual temperature and humidity, but among others also wind strength! Last month Henrik wrote about testing Tinkerforge. Now Nicole offers it in the NETWAYS Shop: RackMonitoring Kits von TinkerForge! The brick-based system can be extended individually to meet your Needs.

Why should you attend a conference?

Julia keeps giving us reasons to attend the OSDC. In her Blog Series 17 reasons why you should join OSDC. In April reasons number 12-14 were quite convincing! But that was not all! Check out OSDC: DevOps Culture meets Technology for more information about talks on DevOps at the upcoming conference!
Meanwhile Keya keeps showing us highlights from last year’s OSMC in her series OSMC | Take a glance back… Whether you missed some of the talks or the entire conference, these highlights remind us why attending the OSMC is such a great idea! Which leads us to Julia’s call for papers for OSMC 2019.
Get on stage! Have you already gotten a ticket for the OSCamp on Ansible? Julia finally revealed: Agenda out now! And Pamela made sure we all knew what we would miss if we didn`t register for the OSCamp on Ansible in her post Sign up for ANSIBLE Automation

Developers developing!

Marius shared his experience on different tools which are helpful if working with Finder Mac Helper: Finder
Did you read Verschachtelte Listen mit Sortable.js? Johannes let us take part in his obstacle-filled journey. Michael wrote the most thorough blog of the month: Modern C++ programming: Coroutines with Boost.

Consultants consulting!

How To: Director Import #1 Max showed us how to import with the director using the Fileshipper CSV import. David took a look at the Terraform Changes, as version 0.12.0-beta 1 was due.

Junior consultants consulting!

Our apprentices Aleksander and Philipp were also busy consulting us!
Philipp taught us i-doit API Ruby-Scripting and Aleksander let us know basics on SSL/TLS certificates. SSL/TLS Zertifikate für die Nutzung im internen Netz (Apache)

NWS – Quick and dirty?

Gabriel showed how to easily set up a GitLab Runner VM per CLI in OpenStack Quick and Dirty: OpenStack + CoreOS + GitLab Runner

Stay tuned on netways.de/blog/

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.

Sign up for ANSIBLE Automation

Get your OSCamp badge now to Ansibuild your Automation skills!

Meet Anton Vorobiev and learn how to reuse your existing Ansible roles for your Kubernetes apps. Anton will show you how to combine them with the K8s’ operators.

Learn all about Automated Tests of Ansible code with GitLab, Vagrant, VirtualBox and Ansible from Klaus Franken. The Engineer at ING Germany will introduce you to the triple-A concept! Curious? Join his talk at OSCAMP!

Ansibuild your systems! Don’t miss Toshaan Bharvani showing how roles can build a virtual machine or containers for deployment and much more.

You want to provide End-to-End Automation for the Enterprise?
Check out Nikhil Kathole‘s presentation. The Quality Engineer at Red Hat and upstream contributor demonstrates how Ansible and Foreman integrate!

Get to know how to automate your things and learn best practices, tips and tricks with Ansible!

Find out more at opensourcecamp.de & register now!

Pamela Drescher
Pamela Drescher
Head of Marketing

Pamela hat im Dezember 2015 das Marketing bei NETWAYS übernommen. Sie ist für die Corporate Identity unserer Veranstaltungen sowie von NETWAYS insgesamt verantwortlich. Die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Events ergibt sich aus dem Umstand heraus, dass sie vor ein paar Jahren mit Markus zusammen die Eventsabteilung geleitet hat und diese äußerst vorzügliche Zusammenarbeit nun auch die Bereiche Events und Marketing noch enger verknüpft. Privat ist sie Anführerin einer vier Mitglieder starken Katzenhorde, was ihr den absolut...

OSCAMP on Ansible: Agenda out now!

 

This time Open Source Camp will deal with the automation tool Ansible. We are very happy to announce the third edition’s agenda!

You will get the chance to meet and learn from

  • Anton Vorobiev | vorobiev.cloud
  • Martin Schurz | T-Systems Multimedia Solutions
  • Felix Frank | The unbelievable Machine Company
  • and other Ansible experts

Their topics: Reusing Ansible Roles as Kubernetes Operators, the free Ansible Tower AWX in practice and Icinga configuration with Ansible. Get to know how to automate your things and learn best practices, tips and tricks from the experts!

Check out the whole PROGRAM and don’t forget to get your TICKET!

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.

Open Source Camp: Hurry up to get on stage!

You know how to automate things with Ansible? You enjoy sharing your knowledge with your fellows? Then hurry up to get on stage and become a speaker at OSCAMP!

Call for papers runs until February 2019! Submit your paper here.

Open Source Camp is a series of events giving Open Source projects a platform to present themselves to the community. Its third edition on Ansible takes place right after OSDC‘s lecture program on May 16 in Berlin.

 

#OSCAMP | May 16, 2019 | Berlin

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.

OSCamp took a close look at Puppet

If you want to meet the masterminds behind a certain project, one of the best things to do is join OSCamp. Each event in the OSCamp-series throws a spotlight on another Open Source tool. OSCamp‘s second edition was on Puppet – one of the leading configuration management tools, that has been used in many productive environments for years.
Taking place in the same venue as OSMC, the Puppet users among the OSMC attendees took the chance to join the Camp and get in touch with a lot of experienced Puppet people.
From NETWAYS my colleague Dirk Götz took part in the OSCamp as a speaker. Here is his what he experienced that day:
With Walter Gildersleeve being ill we had a changed agenda, so Martin Alfke (picture) started with a great talk on how you should handle Puppet modules. It was one of the best explanaitions of the Roles and Profiles pattern you can get including many pitfalls you should avoid handling the upstream modules.
Tim Meusel‘s first talk was on scaling and monitoring Puppetserver full of practical tipps for configuring Puppetserver, Foreman, PostgreSQL, and PuppetDB.
Bram Vogelaar talked about bootstraping a cloud infrastructure with Puppet and the Hashicorp stack based on his experience from doing so at a costumer.

Containers, de-mystified

Martin volunteered to give his great “Ops hates containers. Why?” talk as a second one which shows a good example for what Devops should not look like. But then he de-mystified containers and explained how to combine container and configuration management in a good way.
After lunch I tried to squeeze all my tipps on deploying Foreman into an already existing Puppet environment into 30 minutes and to convince attendees to do so with a demo.
Kris Buytaert and Lander Van den Bulcke explained why it is so complicated to get on newer versions of Puppet in an enterprise environment and shared helpful information on how to get this done successfully.

Introduction into Vox Pupuli

Tim finished the round of talks with an introduction into Vox Pupuli the biggest community maintaining Puppet modules. It is always fascinating and inspiring to see how much work some Open Source communities do to get the tool of their choice into its best shape.
Afterwards a platform for open discussion was provided so people could share more knowledge, learn from each other and get new ideas and optimization hints for their own environment. Stay tuned to get to know what Open Source project the our next OSCamp will focus on!

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.

Going to OSMC? Join OSCAMP! Program is now online


Want to be a Master of Puppet? – Join OSCAMP! Open Source Camp is a brand new series of events giving Open Source projects a platform to present themselves to the community. OSCAMPs second edition is on Puppet. The one-day event comprises expert presentations and tech tutorials, insights into latest developments, how-tos and future trends.
We are very happy to announce this year’s program! Come and listen to the trailblazing ideas and works of…

  • Walter Gildersleeve – Puppet
  • Tim Meusel – GoDaddy
  • Martin Alfke – example42
  • Kris Buytaert – Inuits
  • … and many more

To see the program visit Open Source Camp website.
Taking place on November 8, the camp directly follows OSMC‘s lecture program. Extend your stay in Nuremberg and get in touch with the Open Source enthusiasts behind Puppet. Benefit from their extensive know-how, learn, discuss and discover new grounds! Register now!
Get to know all the important Puppet facts and faces!
#OSCAMP | November 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 August – NETWAYS News | Tipps & Tricks | Upcoming… | Corporate Blogging


 
„Das @netways Blog kann man auch generell einfach mal empfehlen: https://www.netways.de/  – immer wieder spannende Sachen bei den Posts dabei“, twittert Felix Kronlage Anfang August. Das freut mich und meine Kolleginnen und Kollegen natürlich sehr! Denn, wie ihr als fleißige Blog-Leser/innen sicher wisst, das NETWAYS Blog ist, ganz im Geiste von Open Source, ein offenes Gemeinschaftsprojekt, geschrieben von uns, dem NETWAYS Team.
Wir haben unseren Redaktionsplan so organisiert, dass das Schreiben wie ein Staffelstab Tag für Tag durch unser Headquarter und von Team zu Team gereicht wird: Montags Shop & Sales, dienstags Events & Marketing, mittwochs Managed Services, donnerstags Development, freitags Consulting.  Für samstags planen wir eventuelle Specials und am Monatsende gibt es, so wie heute, einen Rückblick, den Monthly Snap. Der Snap bietet die Gelegenheit, noch einmal zu rekapitulieren. Während ich bei meinem täglichen Blick in das Blog meinen Fokus ja eher auf den einzelnen Beitrag des Tages richte, fällt mir jetzt am Monatsende mal wieder die Bandbreite an Themen und die Vielzahl der Stimmen auf, die unseren Blog und damit NETWAYS ausmachen!
Im besten Falle findet ihr, genau wie Felix, das ein oder andere für euch spannende Thema und klickt euch durch die Links. Viel Spaß dabei!
CEO Bernd hat diesen Monat seine Vergleichsserie wieder aufgenommen und veröffentlicht Icinga, Nagios, Naemon, OMD, Check_MK, Op5, Centreon oder Shinken – Teil III. Außerdem verweist er auf das Bitkom Forum Open Source 2018.

Webinare – Aus der Asche

In NETWAYS Webinare – Aus der Asche erfahrt ihr von Christian mehr über ein kleines Hitze- und Performance-Problem und die Termine aller Webinare in der zweiten Jahreshälfte, während Silke vom Shop & Sales-Team euch darüber informiert: Die neuen STARFACE Pro V6 und STARFACE Compact V3 Anlagen sind da!
Und natürlich gibt es auch wieder eine bunte Kiste voller Tipps und Tricks von unseren Entwicklern, Administratoren und Consultants, die vielleicht auch euch das Leben erleichtern: Jennifer – Feu – verrät „How css-tricks improved my work life“. Thomas weiß, es gibt JSON in bequem. Noah stolpert durch Zufall darüber und ist ab sofort happy mit  Postman – API development and testing made simple. Philipp setzt seine i-doit-Reihe fort mit i-doit API create, update, delete.

La La Lan & Molecule

Max zeigt euch in seiner La La Lan-IT Love Story wie man Linux Netzwerkschnittstellen mit check_nwc_health überwachen kann. Florians Thema: MySQL-Datenbanken verwalten mit Sequel Pro. Tim teilt sein Wissen über Adfree Internet with pi-hole.
Blerim stieß, als er an der Ansible Role für Icinga 2 arbeitete, auf ein hilfreiches Tool. Lest selbst: Testing Ansible Roles with Molecule. Ihr wollt mehr über Icinga 2 wissen, genauer, wie ihr mit Puppet eine dezentrale Icinga 2-Umgebung aufbaut und konfiguriert? Wir haben da einen neuen Workshop! Was euch erwartet, erfahrt ihr von mir in Ice, Ice – Icinga 2 / Puppet – Baby!

GitLab as a Service, Mutual SSL und OpenStack

Gitlab | self-hosted vs. Gitlab as a ServiceMarius wagt den Vergleich! Die vergangenen Monate hat er außerdem genutzt, um eine neue Cloud aufzubauen und weiß nun allerhand über Bursting und Throtteling in OpenStack zu berichten.
Jean beschäftigt sich in The Walrus Has Landed mit Structured Logging in Go und Georg dank einer Kunden-Anfrage mit der Realisierung einer clientbasierten Zertifikats-Authentifizierung (Mutual SSL) mit selbstsignierten Zertifikaten auf Linux + Apache. Sein Motto: Gesagt, getan.

DevOpsDays, OSBConf, OSMC und OSCAMP

Eventmäßig ist der August selbst ein eher ruhiger Monat. Klar: Viele sind in Urlaub, in zahlreiche Länder verstreut. Dafür stehen im Herbst die Zeichen umso mehr auf Get-Together. DevOpsDays | Sep 12. – 13. // OSBConf | Sep 26 // OSMC | Nov 5. – 8. // OSCamp | Nov 8. Mehr erfahrt ihr hier von Keya und mir: Devs are from Venus, Ops are from Mars? – DevOpsDays Berlin Program Online!, Why you shouldn’t miss OSBConf 2018 – #1 und #2, OSMC program online: Check out who’s in! Und OSCAMP #2 on Puppet: Get on stage!

 Und sonst so?

Wir haben Gunnar verabschiedet, ohne den wir Icinga heute so nicht hätten, und unseren ersten neuen Azubi willkommen geheißen, Henrik Triem im Development, und eine Woche Unterstützung von Nadine gehabt, die als Berufsschullehrerin mal Firmenluft schnuppern wollte.
Unser Schulungsraum Kesselhaus hat jetzt Jalousien und kann verdunkelt werden. Wir werden am 17. Dezember ein IcingaCamp in Tel-Aviv veranstalten und Icinga ist jetzt offizieller Partner im HashiCorp Technology Partner Program.
Viele Themen, viele Stimmen, viel Neues, viel Spannendes!
So much happend, more to come! Stay tuned!

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.

OSCAMP #2 on Puppet: Get on stage!


You know how to unleash the power of true modern automation or adopt full-blown DevOps practices with Puppet? Then become a speaker at OSCAMP! Open Source Camp is a brand new series of events giving Open Source projects a platform to present themselves to the community. It is a conference format designed to bring forward Open Source projects and products and their communities.
Its second edition on Puppet takes place right after OSMC‘s lecture program on November 8, 2018, in Nuremberg.
Call for Papers runs until September 15, 2018.
Get on stage! Regsiter now as a speaker:
opensourcecamp.de
#OSCAMP | November 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.

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
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.