Food Fight

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Monitoring for N00bs With Jason Dixon

Show Date: Tuesday, 17 July 2012


In the News

  • On Resilience in Automated Systems by Mathias Meyer - would be a great topic for the show

  • Fletcher Nichol tweeted a handy vim replace string for FC001

  • Monitoring Sucks. But Monitoring as Testing Sucks a Lot More - DevOpsDays follow-up post from Jim Bird

  • logstash + you + me a nice gist that is actually a letter to the logstash and larger devops community written by Jordan Sissel, one of the founders of the logstash project. One of the things that Jordan points out, that it would make financial sense for someone to pay him to work full-time on logstash rather than paying for splunk licenses. Hey Github! I think we have found your next Githubber.

  • Have you seen what they’re cookin’ up over in Bill’s Kitchen? Wait…who’s Bill? Bill’s Kitchen is a package from Torben Knerr. It includes all you need for cooking with Chef and Vagrant on Windows, shrink-wrapped in a portable package. A pre-configured Chef Repo with Vagrantfile, devkit enhanced Ruby 1.9.3, other supporting tools, and a tutorial and example cookbooks!

  • librarian-chef vs berkshelf nice comparison by Christian Trabold

  • new release of berkshelf let’s you source cookbooks from your own chef-server so you can treat it like an artifact server

  • elasticsearch company announced

  • how to build your own ruby rpms from Jon Scherff

  • Logstash 1.1.1 released, a billion new options thanks to Pete Fritchman, Jordan Sissel, Lusis and many others for their hard work on this release

  • Visualizing log data with Logstash, statsd, and Graphite great blog post from Pal Christian Hamre

  • Great discussion on the mailing list between Brian Bianco, Jay Feldblum, and Peter Donald. How to propagate notifications from an LWRP if resources w/in an LWRP have changes. Peter Donald wrote new provider notifying_action and blog post based on Yfeldblum’s gist to deal w/ this issue.

Cookbook News

New Cookbooks

  • testswarm v0.0.1 - hdorio Installs and configures TestSwarm a distributed continuous integration testing environment for JavaScript.
  • nano v1.0.0 - josephholsten Installs nano
  • lesscss v0.0.1 - geoffreytran Installs the lesscss npm_package. LESS extends CSS with dynamic behavior such as variables, mixins, operations and functions. LESS runs on both the client-side (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) and server-side, with Node.js and Rhino.
  • stud v0.0.2 - freerobby Installs/Configures stud. stud is a network proxy that terminates TLS/SSL connections and forwards the unencrypted traffic to some backend. It’s designed to handle 10s of thousands of connections efficiently on multicore machines.
  • symantec v0.0.1 - atomic-penguin Installs Symantec Endpoint Protection from internal package repository.

Updated Cookbooks


  • What do we mean by “monitoring”?
  • What tools are available and where should people start?
  • Collecting metrics - logstash, collectd, statsd, logster
  • Creating dashboards





  • John Rauser’s Velocity keynotes
  • Riemann
    • Impressed by Kyle’s work and his dedication to performance. Really smart dude.
    • It solves a real problem with [high performance] Complex Event Processing in the event stream model.
  • Hosted Graphite service.
    • Support statsd and cleartext submission.
    • I haven’t used it yet, but it looks promising.
    • Same guys who wrote MetricFire.
  • No formal details yet, but I’m working on a new Monitoring conference / hackathon.
    • Probably Boston in October (~3rd week).
    • Single track mornings.
    • Dual track afternoons (workshops / hackathon).
    • Low cost / high accessibility.
    • Hope to announce details by next week.


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