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Ansible – A handy tool for people that might need

Ansible is a good tool. You can do what it gives you in many different ways, and you might be already doing it. With this assumption, I’ll try to show you why you might like it. Ansible and I I have recently passed Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation. I have taken the exam because I felt that ...

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How to Get Kubernetes Running – On Your Own Ubuntu Machine!

Note: This article largely borrows from my previous writeup on installing K8s 1.7 on CentOS. Getting a local K8s cluster up and running is one of the first “baby steps” of toddling into the K8s ecosystem. While it would often be considered easier (and safer) to get K8s set up in a cluster of virtual machines (VMs), it does not ...

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Kubernetes 1.7 on CentOS: This is How We Nailed It!

Please Note: If you are looking for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on installing Kubernetes on CentOS, check out this guide (composed by one of my colleagues) instead. Caution: This blog was originally composed several months ago, when the K8s release cycle was at v1.7.0-alpha.3. As always, K8s has zoomed past us, hence most of the content would be downright obsolete ...

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Get Started Quickly with Docker and Sidekiq

In the past, I had tried to set up Docker during a few different programming competitions without ever having used it before. During the crunch time, I was unsuccessful in both setting it up and learning how it worked. But in those competitions I had the good fortune that my teammates were all able to configure their environment for the ...

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Elasticsearch Throttling Indexing

Recent adventures in Zapierland had me in a somewhat scary predicament. Starting at some point last week I’d get an alert that the Elasticsearch cluster we run Graylog against had hit very high CPU, load and memory usage. I was confused… we had more than enough horsepower to handle queries and normally the cluster only uses about 10% of CPU ...

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Storing X.509 Digital Certificates (And Other Messy Things)

We often need to store structured binary data in our database – images, pdf documents, etc., but also have a need to search by, or index on, attributes of that data. E.g., we might store the height and width of an image, or the OCR text from a PDF document (for full text searches). The normal solution is to store ...

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Dense Virtualization via Linux Containers

We are living the era of buzzwords, and Docker is for sure one of those in the technological landscape. Docker has a common sense definition: hypervisor-free virtualization. In other terms: running VMs without any hypervisor-based virtualization support. Now, how is this possible? What is the arcane trick to achieving that? Let’s live a short journey to sketch the context out, ...

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Executing Cookbooks with Chef-Solo

Chef-Solo is an open source tool that runs locally and allows us to provision the guest machine using chef cookbooks without the complication of any chef client and server configuration. In this post, we will learn to execute a simple recipe which will create a file with some content inside /tmp directory using chef cookbook recipe. To start with, we will create ...

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Installing Puppet Modules – Librarian Puppet

Of course we can manually download the modules from Puppet Forge and install it but it becomes messy as you have to manually maintain the dependencies between the modules which definitely makes your repository bigger than necessary. Already I briefed about librarian-puppet  in my Blog At Xebia, still to provide little more context, it manages the Puppet modules your infrastructure depends on, ...

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