Joining Ansible Team at Red Hat

tl;dr “It is with great pleasure that I announce I am joining the Ansible team at Red Hat as Principal Product Marketing Manager.” In The Beginning… In 1998, I was working at a dial-up ISP in Hickory, NC. We were heavily invested in Windows and needed to reduce costs and increase speed. My CEO at the time had the foresight to know that Linux was the future. She hired two engineers to transform the business into a Red Hat Linux based ISP. [Read More]

My Raspberry Pi Kubernetes Cluster

For many months, I have wanted a Kubernetes cluster of my very own. One that I can tinker with, break, rebuild, and deploy services to. In the fall of 2017, I decided to stand up a three node cluster in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). It was nice and shiny and Googly but it wasn’t cheap. Totaling almost $40/month to run I was envious of my friends who have virtually unlimited access to cloud compute. [Read More]

GitLab Annoyance: Private to Public Repos

I was working on a new Ansible role last week and was having problems with Test Kitchen. The issue I was having was that Test Kitchen was unable to pull in dependencies from GitLab for the Ansible role I was developing. Here is the error message I was seeing: [WARNING]: - rsyslog was NOT installed successfully: - command git clone rsyslog failed in directory /tmp/tmpEaRVAA (rc=128) I realized that on our internal, private GitLab server a repo needed to be changed from Private to Public. [Read More]

Ansible Role for Papertrail

I have written my first publicly reusable Ansible role. It is freely available for use via Ansible Galaxy at chris-short.ansible-role-papertrail and helps you get Papertrail up and running. What is Papertrail? A hosted log management tool that, in my opinion, can bridge the gap between your terminal and a full blown ELK stack. It is no frills streaming log aggregation and search. Being my first Ansible role I have submitted to Galaxy I am pretty stoked about it. [Read More]

User Management with Ansible

The contents of this article originally appeared on DZone A few weeks ago, one of my DevOps counterparts was working on building out a new environment for one of our applications. This deployment included a new Puppet server (we are in an orchestration/configuration management state of flux) and my teammate was having some issues provisioning users (I did not ask why nor did I really care). My teammate asked if I could help with some Ansible knowledge. [Read More]