DevOpsDays Paris 2013, the event that was

I recently helped organise the inaugural Paris edition of the popular DevOpsDays series of conferences.  It was a great event, and I’d like to share some of my thoughts and observations here. The DevOpsDays series of events is, as the name implies, centred around the “devops” movement, and is intended as a way to introduce […]

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hangops, european edition

Today roidrage and I hosted the inaugural European edition of the popular Hangops podcast / hangout sessions.  Hangops.eu (as we’ve taking to calling it) is functionally the same its North American counterpart – with the exception that “our” 11:00 is that of Western Europe, not California. ;) If you’re not familiar with the Hangops, now’s […]

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HAProxy Puppet module (phrawzty remix)

As part of a big Logstash project at Mozilla (more on that to come), I was looking for an HAProxy module for Puppet, stumbling across the official Puppetlabs module in the process.  I’m told that this module works fairly well, with the caveat that it sometimes outputs poorly-formatted configuration files (due to a manifestly buggy […]

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LCA, the event that was

Linux Conf Australia 2013, (alias linux.conf.au, alias LCA) was an amazing experience, and it’s difficult to summarise it succinctly, but there are definitely some highlights and important take-aways that I’d like to make special note of. My fundamental reason for attending was that Ben Kero and I were invited to do a talk regarding Puppet […]

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How to use Puppet like an Adult

Hello friends, Recently, Ben Kero (a fellow Mozillian) and I were invited to present a talk at Linux Conf Australia.  To say that we were excited about presenting at one of the best Libre / Open Source conferences in the world is an understatement.  We knew that we’d have to bring our A-game, and in […]

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Puppet at Mozilla, the podcast

Hello everybody ! If you’re interested in learning a little about Puppet at Mozilla, I highly recommend that you check out Puppet Podcast #7, where Brandan Burton (@solarce) and I (@phrawzty) talk with Puppet Labs’ Mike Stahnke (@stahnma) about just that topic.  It was our first podcast together, and frankly, it was more difficult that […]

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quickly generate an encrypted password

Hi everybody !  Here’s a quick method for generating encrypted passwords that are suitable for things like /etc/passwd .  I realise that this isn’t terribly complex, but honestly, I always forget how to do this until I actually need to do it – so here’s a reminder for all of us. :) #!/bin/bash if [ […]

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Elasticsearch backup strategies

Update: This is an old blog post and is no longer relevant as of version 1.x of Elasticsearch. Now we can just use the snapshot feature. Hello again! Today we’re going to talk about backup strategies for Elasticsearch. One popular way to make backups of ES requires the use of separate ES node, while another […]

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Send your logs to the cloud; Loggly vs. Papertrail

Centralised cloud-based logging.  It sounds tasty – and it is – but who should you go with?  Well, Loggly and Papertrail are the only games in town when it comes to the aforementioned service; the only other competitor in this space is Splunk Storm, but their offering – well-pedigreed though it may be – is […]

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Heavyweight tilt : GitHub vs. Bitbucket

When it comes to code hosting on The Internets today, GitHub is absolutely the hottest, trendiest service going – but it’s not alone. Right now, the primary direct competitor to GitHub is Bitbucket, and choosing the best service for you or your company can be a less than obvious scenario – so let’s break it […]

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