May Snap 2018

Hello Sunshine!!
With the little shower from the dearly sky in May, Fabian talks about the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver”. And there is so much more for you to discover: Get all infos about Updating with Ansible from Thomas. Keya invites all monitoring lovers to Be a Speaker at the OS Monitoring Conference 2018 and Tim reveales some useful tips and tricks: Change your AD Password easily via OWA.
Keya announces NETWAYS’s Upcoming Training #Summer 2018 and We are ready, Are you Ready for the OSCamp? – Find out more! Nicole gives a fun insight in her experiences with Icinga 2 in Noob vs. Icinga 2, while Jennifer shares her experience with Training with NETWAYS in Software development and why it is worth doing. David packs a Handful of (Vagrant) Boxes. Everyone at NETWAYS is clapping. What for? Daniel let’s you know more about the Power Challenge Or you can follow Sebastian on the Road to OpenStack.
Michael reports about Releasing our Git and GitLab Training as Open Source, and Gabriel compares Rocket.Chat vs Slack, while Afeef reveales what happened in the fun and informative Apprentice Project week 2018. Last but not least, Keya has one really important reminder for you: Grab your OSDC Ticket! Last tickets alert!

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Keya Kher
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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”.  

Weekly Snap: NoSQL in MySQL, a Project at Deutsche Post & a New Apprentice

3 – 7 October thanked the monitoring team at Deutsche Post for being such a pleasure to work with and passed on news of the latest NoSQL/MySQL developments. Also, our newest junior addition in the development team Johannes, shared his first impressions and anticipation of all that is to come on board NETWAYS.
Birger followed with the realisation that the Deutsche Post was more electronic and less paper-laden than often thought. In a consulting project in Einbeck, he helped oil the IT infrastructure that ensures the paper post’s timely delivery. Implementing a mirrored monitoring environment with Icinga Core, Icinga Web, LConf, Business Process View, Grapher and Icinga Reporting, the end result offered something for both admins and management.
Meanwhile, Sebastian forwarded news of a preview release to provide NoSQL access methods in MySQL. Via memcached, the InnoDB Storage Engine can be accessed through the InnoDB APIs, bypassing the SQL Optimizer and Query Processing. This enables the best performance, while still offering InnoDB features such as row level locking and transactions, bringing the best of both worlds together. More information can be found on the InnoDB blog, as well as an installation guide.

Weekly Snap: MySQL to XML, OSDC and DWTV

weekly snapNov 23-27 closed the month with a few acronyms. From MySQL to XML conversions, to an OSDC Call for Papers and an innovative distributed monitoring project at Deutsche Welle.
For those who’ve been scouring the net for scripts to convert MySQL tables into XML, Bernd E demonstrated two methods within MySQL itself. Option -xml/-X and a simple mysql dump do the trick and have been available at least since version 4.
Christian F then brought the spotlight onto the next Open Source Data Center Conference. Planned for the 26th to 27th May 2010, he made an OSDC Call for Papers covering clustering and high availability, load balancing, security and firewalls, monitoring, change and configuration management. For those who these terms ring bells, we look forward to hearing from you. Find out more at

Project of the month: Centrally controlled yet independent distributed monitoring

November 2009: Offering media services in over 30 languages, the internationally acclaimed Deutsche Welle was seeking to monitor their equally diverse IT. Large and distributed across two offices in Bonn and Berlin, the broadcaster needed to consolidate their disparate monitoring activities into one enterprise system. A central overview was essential, as was exceptionally high availability. Deutsche Welle offered NETWAYS the opportunity to suggest a solution- and an innovative one was proudly delivered.
Since monitoring needed to be self sufficient at each location while being centrally accessible, the consulting team designed a multiple redundant system. Two monitoring clusters were implemented in each city and integrated by a single MySQL cluster. In a master/master failover, each database was also physically located in their respective city. This amounted to two physical Nagios servers and one database at each office, which could operate independently if ever a break in connection were to occur. Furthermore, two physical Nagios servers at each location gave additional guarantee of constant availability. By using the MySQL cluster as a kind of interchange hub, monitoring was centralised without compromising operational independence.
Upon implementation, an array of Nagios addons and plugins were also employed. From NSClient++, SNMPTT and NagVis to EventDB, NagiosGrapher and Business Process Addon, Deutsche Welle was fully equipped by the end of the project. All that is left is a few days training to equip the staff with the skills for a similar operational independence.