Weekly Snap: OSDC & PuppetCamp Reflections, PSTree & Ceph

weekly snap15 – 19 April was all about OSDC and PuppetCamp, peppered with tools for developers, admins and cheap flights.
Eva reported on the pre-conference workshop, first and second day of the OSDC. Michael chimed in with his discovery at the OSDC that truth is in the logs amongst his other reflections on presentations of the day. Also inspired at the OSDC, Achim took a look at scalable storage with Ceph.
On the next day Dirk got into Puppet Camp, reporting on the first introductory workshop as well as the morning and afternoon presentations.
Meanwhile, Jannis shared a couple small helpers for developers and admins, from PSTree and a chrome network tool to handy Vim commands.
Finally Ronny wondered if handwriting would one day become a disappearing skill, as Birger discovered a new way to book flights – by paying the experts.

OSDC 2013 – The truth is …

… in the logs. Zumindest, wenn man hier in Nürnberg auf der OSDC ist, hat man das vorhin im Saal Elisabeth gelernt. Wie so vieles andere lehrreiche an diesem ersten Tag. Meine erste OSDC ist nun schon halb wieder vorbei (die Massen harren der Abendveranstaltung bzw spielen in der Lobby Ingress während ich hier einige Zeilen zu meinen persoenlichen Highlights des Tages verfasse).
Grob zusammengefasst reicht die Bandbreite von philosophischen Ansätzen, die eine These erst mal erforschen um dann erst relativ spät auf den Punkt zu kommen, und mit dem ultimativen “Aha!”-Effekt zu enden, bis hin zu den technisch versierten Vorträgen mit Code und Demos. Der philosophische Fall war sehr schön von illustriert am Beispiel “Deconstructing the Cloud“, und wie wenig man sich Gedanken darueber macht, was da eigentlich im Hintergrund so abgeht. Trifft meine Denkweise eigentlich ziemlich gut, da ich das ganze Cloudmarketing immer mit Skepsis verfolgt habe, und eine philosophische Kritik an der Cloud wirklich sehr erfrischend ist.
Ein weiteres Highlight war der Vortrag von Rene Koch zum Thema RHEV bzw oVirt – man stellt fest, dass das interne Monitoring bzw Reporting da doch nicht ausgegohren ist, und Rene mit check_rhev3 auch gleich ein Icinga/Nagios Plugins für besseres Monitoring implementiert hat. Das freut den Icinga Entwickler umsomehr 🙂
Dass Racktables bei XING verwendet wird und deren Management wie überall spezielle Anforderungen hat, weiss ich nun auch. Und ich erkenne den Ansatz den Verbosy verfolgt – eine CMDB ist ja auch so ein schönes Modewort, was alles und nichts bedeuten kann, aber meist dann doch irgendein starres Schema vorgibt, wie man Daten und Attribute verwaltet, oder externe Quellen einbindet. Verbosy macht da vieles anders – ich freu mich schon, wenn ich mal Zeit finde nach der OSDC um mir beide Tools mal anzusehen und gegebenenfalls die Entwickler mit Fragen zu quälen.
Last but not least – graylog2, logstash und kibana (und natürlich auch Elasticsearch) hab ich schon länger auf meiner Roadmap (Devops Meetings in Wien in 2012). Jan Doberstein hat mit pfiffiger Vortragsweise dafür gesorgt, dass es bis zum Schluss spannend und informativ geblieben ist. Und man kanns mit Icinga für Monitoring koppeln, was die Sache doppelt interessant macht.
Mit Freude verfolge ich auch die #osdc Tweets, denn meist sind die beiden parallelen Tracks so interessant, dass eine Entscheidung fast schon schwerfällt. Meine persönliche To-Attend-Liste für morgen: Postgresql, OpenNebula und Foreman.

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...

Weekly Snap: OpenNebula, PulseAudio, OTR & OSDC

weekly snap8 – 12 April was filled with announcements and tips for beyond the office – from music to messaging.
This week’s announcements included our promotion to first OpenNebula Premium Partner, MultiTech iSMS’ version 1.51.9 firmware release and a sold out OSDC.
Following with tips, Thomas recommended OTR for secure instant messaging as Matthias showed how to send emails with Node.js and Achim played music off his network with PulseAudio and Music Player Daemon (MPD).
Eva counted 9 days to the OSDC with Maciej Dobrazanski’s presentation on software decision making, noting where the grass is always greener.
She went on to thank our OSDC sponsors, Linux Magazin, Admin Magazin and Puppet Labs. Just 2 days to go – we look forward to seeing you all there!

Weekly Snap: HTTP 2.0 & Supertab, FlossUK & RootCamp Berlin

weekly snap11 – 15 March brought us HTTP 2.0 and vim tips, thoughts on monitoring and event reminders for three just around the corner – FlossUK, OSDC and RootCamp Berlin.
Eva counted 37 days to the OSDC with Thomas’ presentation on Puppet in data centers.
Bernd shared an animated gif of one of our NETWAYS team, before announcing his mid-week trip to Newcastle for the FlossUK conference where he’ll be presenting on Icinga & OpenNebula. He went on to meditate on the future of monitoring and peddle tickets for RootCamp Berlin on 24-25 May.
Jannis gave us a sneak peek into HTTP 2.0 while Achim explained vim text completion with the help of Supertab.
Finally, Julian shared an eloquent quote by Carlo Piana on the costs of migrating to Free Software.

Weekly Snap: CeBIT 2013, Windows 8 and AutoIT

weekly snap4 – 8 March was CeBIT week, complemented with presentations and a couple reflections on Windows 8 and AutoIT from the office.
The first half of the CeBIT team left early on Monday for Hannover, and by Tuesday the fair was in full swing.
Bernd shared his presentation on “Open Source Data Center Virtualization with OpenNebula” while Tom made his on “Shared Server Ownership with Puppet” as the teams changed shifts.
Back at the office, Alexander tried Windows 8 and ended with a little tile-frustration, as Dirk dealt with a few AutoIT integration problems.
Eva continued counting 44 days to the OSDC, by sharing a video of Martin Gerhard Loschwitz’s talk on running “Your own Cloud with Open Stack Essex”.
Finally, the CeBIT adventures came to an end and Eva promised more photos to come.

Weekly Snap: SAP Monitoring, Puppet Events & Recruiting

weekly snap25 February – 1 March was packed with events, a recruiting mix-up alongside tips for monitoring and development.
Eva counted 51 days to the OSDC with Kenny’s presentation on “Expert Troubleshooting: Resolving MySQL Problems Quickly” and reflected on our recent flood of Puppet training courses and events.
Of events and Puppet, Tom and Bernd presented on Puppet and Icinga at the German Unix User Group spring conference.
Marius then shared his memory footprint analysis for various scripts with the help of Valgrind and Massif, while William showed how to monitor SAP with Icinga / Nagios.
We had our annual meeting, and offered to help another open source company out with their search for monitoring consultants, adding a new friend to meet at CeBIT in the process.
Last but not least, we congratulated Marcus as he finished his apprenticeship and begins his work as a Systems Engineer with the managed services team.

Weekly Snap: CeBIT Stand & PuppetCamp, Icinga / Nagios & Puppet Courses

weekly snap18 – 22 February was all about events, workshops and training courses in Puppet, Icinga / Nagios and development.
Eva began by counting 58 days down to the OSDC with Christian Winkler’s presentation on “Ultra performant websites with varnish MP4”.
She also announced NETWAYS’ CeBIT stand whereabouts this year and reminded interested speakers to submit their talks to the Puppet Camp 2013 Call for Papers before 15 March.
Puppet Labs then trained our Puppet trainers Sebastian and Thomas in preparation for the upcoming Puppet courses they’ll be running.
Continuing with courses, Eva dished the details on Dirk and Christian’s three Nagios / Icinga workshops with iX.
Lastly, Markus shared his .vimrc and favourite VIM addons as our dev team re-emerged from their two-day blue-sky think camp with new processes and photos to show.

Weekly Snap: Source Code Pro, Apace & Active Directory, JMX

weekly snap 11 – 15 February introduced new products at our shop and shared tips for programmers and sys admins alike.
Eva began by counting 65 days down to the OSDC with Jochen Lillich’s presentation on Kanban.
Lennart then solved an Apache and Active Directory configuration problem as Johannes trialled Adobe’s coding font, Source Code Pro.
Ronny followed with his quick guide to activating JMX and Christian announced the arrival of new power distribution units by Gude to our online hardware store.
Finally, Georg gave the adjudication reins over to our readers to decide which poet should win our competition for two TKS Supermicro 2HE servers.

Weekly Snap: Responsive Web, BTRFS Plugin & Cloud Expo Europe

weekly snap28 January – 1 February turned over a new month with new buzzwords in web development, a new monitoring plugin and a trip to Cloud Expo Europe.
Sebastian reported back from the Cloud Expo Europe 2013 in London, as Bernd started his presentation on OpenNebula.
Jannis then explained the latest buzz-term ‘Responsive Web”, while Michael F shared his Icinga/Nagios plugin to monitor BTRFS file systems.
Finally, Eva counted 79 days till the OSDC with Kris Buytaert’s presentation on “Devops and Open Source”.

Weekly Snap: OwnCloud, Puppet Webinar in German & Joining the OSDC

weekly snap21 – 25 January introduced more of our team, cloud storage for the home, the first online Puppet class in German, and 5 ways join the OSDC and OSMC fee-free.
Matthias recommended OwnCloud for all the benefits of cloud storage on your home server while Martin reminded us to join the first German language Puppet webinar.
Christian, our Account Manager introduced himself, just as Christmas arrived for our team (a little late, but well worth the wait) – with iPad and Nexus tablets for all.
Finally, Eva counted 86 days to the OSDC with Christopher Kunz’ presentation on “CA Failures and the Future of Web Authentication” and Bernd explained how to join both the OSDC and OSMC for free.