OSMC | Take a glance back…

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series OSMC | glance back

… and get excited about the future!

Today’s video-goodie for you: OSMC 2018 | Monitoring with Sensu 2.0 by Sean Porter

The next #OSMC will take November 4 – 7, 2019. Save the date!

Psssst…

Call for papers is already open! Early Bird Tickets are available!

See you!

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”.  

OSMC | Take a glance back…

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series OSMC | glance back

… and get excited about the future!

Today’s video-goodie for you: OSMC 2018 | Building a healthy on-call culture by Serhat Can

The next #OSMC will take November 4 – 7, 2019. Save the date!

Psssst…

Call for papers is already open! Early Bird Tickets are available!

See you!

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”.  

OSMC | Take a glance back…

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series OSMC | glance back

… and get excited about the future!

Today’s video-goodie for you: OSMC 2018 | Thruk 2½ – Current state of development by Sven Nierlein

The next #OSMC will take November 4 – 7, 2019. Save the date!

Psssst…

Call for papers is already open! Early Bird Tickets are available!

See you!

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”.  

OSMC | Take a glance back…

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series OSMC | glance back

 … and get excited about the future!

Today’s video-goodie for you: OSMC 2018 | Icinga2 Scale-Out – Monitoring großer Umgebungen by Jens Schanz

 

The next #OSMC wants to take November 4 – 7, 2019. Save the date!

Shhh …

Call for papers is already open!  Early Bird tickets are available!

See you!

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”.  

OSMC | Take a glance back…

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series OSMC | glance back

 … and get excited about the future!

Today’s video-goodie for you: OSMC 2018 | OpenNMS Geschäftsbericht by Tarus Balog

 

The next #OSMC will take November 4 – 7, 2019. Save the date!

Psssst…

Call for papers is already open! Early Bird Tickets are available!

See you!

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 | Take a glance back…

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series OSMC | glance back

… and get excited about the future!

Today’s video-goodie for you: OSMC 2018 | OpenAPM – Application Performance Management tailored to your needs

 

The next #OSMC will take November 4 – 7, 2019. Save the date!

Psssst…

Call for papers is already open! Early Bird Tickets are available!

See you!

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


 
Remember one month ago? The first talks were about to start soon, you had your first coffee, enjoyed the rich Holiday Inn breakfast, took your journal, in which you had your plan for the day scetched, you were happy to meet an old friend in the hallway on your way to Saal Jacobi, where Bernd Erk was preparing to kick-off OSMC. …
OSMC – good times! Take some of its spirit with you into the cold and dark december days and let it warm your heart like a cup of hot Christkindlesmarkt mullet wine.

Form OSMC to Open Infrastructure

How? Make yourself a cup of hot wine and read through OSMC 2018 – Day 1 and OSMC 2018 – Day 2 by Dirk, or OSMC 2018 – or: The Thirteen-Star Conference, in which our attendees share their experiences. Read Michi’s Hackathon stories and Dirk’s report about OSCAMP on Puppet. You’re more of a visual type?  Browse through our OSMC Archive and find all the videos, pics and slides.
Right after OSMC our NWS-Team hit the road to Berlin for OpenStack Summit. Check out their managed Open Infrastructure service at nws.netways.de – now with MyEngineer support!

Icinga Seminar & Berlin Camp

Lennart Betz continues his blogpost-seminar Icinga 2 – Monitoring automatisiert mit Puppet Teil 9: Profile and Teil 10: Profile Part II. Join the Icinga community in 2019: Icinga Camp Berlin: Call for Papers is running until Decemeber 31! Find all November Icinga updates here.

For the tech hearts

Achim tell you to Get your RadosGW metrics into Ceilometer. Loei explains the use and functionality of RFID & NFC. Niko shares Neuheiten beim IntelliJ-Update. Tim knows Ceph Mimic | Using loop devices as OSD
In git gud! Henrik tells the story of: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Code. Noah introduces you with GitKraken to a nearly perfect Git-Client, while Johannes shares another useful tool: PDF manipulieren mit pdftk.

Presents

In November Silke announced Black Friday mal ganz in Orange – Es darf gespart werden und Die neue Generation der SMSEagle NXS-97xx Linie stellt sich vor. It‘s always a good idea to check our Shop for special offers. Especially if you are looking for Christmas presents. In that sense: Entschleunigung vom Weihnachtsstress bei Netways!
Have a wonderful December and Christmas season! 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.

OSMC 2018 | ARCHIVE IS ONLINE!


Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA – more than 300 attendees and 47 speakers from 22 countries joined us: What would OSMC have been without them? To be honest: Not happening.

A big THANK YOU

….to all our attendees and speakers: You made OSMC special, inspiring and fun by joining or contributing to it! Thanks for your support! 4 days, 3 tracks of talks, 4 workshops, the fun community Hackathon, the Evening Event at Loftwerk, Lambada (former Checkpoint Jenny), Tapasitos, Schimanksi: It was a blast!

Travel back in time

Convince yourselves: Take a look at our Archive with all video recordings of the talks, the speakers‘ slides and conference pictures. And make sure you don’t miss this next year!

Save the date: #OSMC 2019 | November 04 – 07, 2019 | 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 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...

OSMC 2018 – Day 2

The evening event was again great food, drinks and conversation and while it ended in the early morning for some people, rooms were full of attendees again for the first talk. It was a hard choice between probably great talks but in the end I had chosen Rodrigue Chakode with “Make IT monitoring ready for cloud-native systems“. Being a long-term contributor to several Open Source Monitoring he used his experience to develop Realopinsight as a tool bringing existing monitoring tools together and extending them for monitoring cloud-native application platforms. In his live demo he showed the webinterface and Icinga 2, Zabbix and Kubernetes integration including aggregation of the severity for a specific service across the different solutions.
OSMC 2018
Scoring a Technical Cyber Defense Exercise with Nagios and Selenium” by Mauno Pihelgas was a quite uncommon case study. Locked Shields is the biggest Cyber Defense exercise involving 22 teams defending systems provided by vendors against hundreds of attacks. Mauno is responsible for the availability scoring system which gives the defending teams bonus points for availability of the systems, but of course it makes also available for attacks which if successful will cause loss of points. The data collected by Nagios and Selenium are then forwarded to Kafka and Elasticsearch to provide abuse control and overall scoring. To give you some numbers over the 2 days of the exercise about 34 million checks are executed and logged.
Susanne Greiner’s talk “Mit KI zu mehr Automatisierung bei der Fehleranalyse” was on using Artificial Intelligence for automatic failure analyses. Her talk started from anomaly detection and forecasting, went through user experience and ended with machine learning and deep learning. It is always great to see what experts can do with data, so running anomaly detection and forecasting on the data, adding labels for user experience and feeding them to the AI can increase troubleshooting capabilities. And better troubleshooting will result in better availability and user experience of course what perhaps is the main goal of all IT.
At the evening event there was again some gambling and after lunch the guys how managed to win the most chips won some real prices.
OSMC 2018 Gambling Winners
While some still enjoyed the event massage, Carsten Köbke started the afternoon sessions with the best talk title “Katzeninhalt mit ein wenig Einhornmagie” (Cat content with a little bit of unicorn magic). Being the author of the Icinga Web 2 module for Grafana and several themes for Icinga Web 2 he demonstrated and explained his work to the audience. It is very nice to see performance data with annotations extracted from the Icinga database nicely presented in Grafana. The themes part of the talk was based on the idea of every one can do this and monitoring can be fun.
Thomas and Daniel teamed up to focus on log management and help people on choosing their tool wisely in their talk “Fokus Log-Management: Wähle dein Werkzeug weise“. They compared the Elastic stack and Graylog with each other in multiple categories, showing up advantages and disadvantages and which tool fits best for which user group.
Eliminating Alerts or ‘Operation Forest’” by Rihards Olups was a great talk on how he tried reducing alerts to get a better acceptance and handling of the remaining alerts, getting problems solved instead of ignored. The ‘Operation forest’ mentioned in the talk’s title is his synonym for there infrastructure and alerts are trash he does not like in his forest, because trash attracts trash, like alerts attract alerts because if the numbers grows they tend to be ignored and more problems will get critical causing more alerts. It is not a problem of the tool used for monitoring and alerting but he had not only nice hints on changing culture but also technical ones like focusing on one monitoring solution, knowing and using all features or making problems more recognizable like putting them into the message of the day. For those having the same problems in their environment he wrote a shitlist you can check the problems you have and the number of checked items will indicate how shitty your environment is, I recommend having a look at this list.
Last but not least Nicolai Buchwitz talked about the “Visualization of your distributed infrastructure” and with his Map module for Icinga Web 2 he is providing a very powerful tool to visualize it. All the new features you get from the latest 1.1.0 release make it even more useful and the outlook on future extensions looks promising. Nicolai concluded with a nice live demo showing all this functionality.
So it was again a great conference, thanks to all speakers, attendees and sponsors for making this possible. I wish everyone not staying for the hackathon or Open Source camp “Save travels”. Slides, videos and pictures will be online in the near future. I hope to see you on next year’s OSMC on November, 4th – 7th!

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.