Food Fight

The Podcast where DevOps chefs do battle

Roll Your Own PAAS! Mark Imbriaco and Alex Howells

Show Date: Tuesday, 3 July 2012


In the News

  • Oh, no! I have a node that hasn’t checked in with Chef server for days! Why didn’t I know about that? I’ll have to start using knife ohno, a knife plugin and now a ruby gem from Mandi Walls. gem install knife-ohno then find any node whose last check-in is more than six hours old using knife ohno 6

  • Asgard: Web-based Cloud Management and Deployments, open-sourced by Netflix, their custom Grails tool for deploying Netflix applications and infrastructure to Amazon. Bryan’s opinion: Netflix doesn’t use Puppet or Chef because they have essentially written their own CM framework in Groovy.

  • Another interesting post from the Netflix Tech Blog was Netflix Operations: Part I, Going Distributed. This article talks about how they’ve moved from centralized deployment and operations team to an organization where there responsibilities are distributed throughout the development organization.

  • Berkshelf tool for managing cookbook or an application’s cookbook dependencies, from Jamie Winsor and company at RiotGames. Looks quite similar to librarian-chef.

  • Setting up logstash+elasticsearch using Chef and Berkshelf

  • Etsy dashboard source code for Etsy’s dashboards framework

  • Velocity, DevOps Days, and Google I/O. Last week was a great conference week for anyone in our community! Chef + Google Compute Engine Opscode named as a partnerfor Google’s new cloud computing platform, check out knife-google

  • Puppet Feature #778 extending Puppet via rubygems

  • Tips for Vagrant and Chef from Nick Peirson at Inviqa. Keep Your Base Boxes Up To Date, Vagrantfile - not just static configuration!, knife_ec2 - Not the Sharpest Tool in the Box, Does Your Source Control Match Your Deployed Recipes?

  • An interesting tool that Nick mentioned in the blog post is Health inspector. This is a gem you can install and run to see if your chef repo is in sync with your chef server.

  • Project Glass that is the most exciting thing I have seen in a long-time. What does Project Glass have to do w/ DevOps? Well, behind every mobile technology like this one are a ton of backend services. Who keeps these services running? We do. Operations teams. As people continue to integrate technology into their lives, we are going to have a lot more opportunities and a lot more responsibility.

  • There were some pretty significant issues with the Internet this past week, too. First was a massive thunderstorm system that hit the mid-Atlantic region of the US. This caused service interruptions for some Amazon customers. Amazon has posted a Summary of the AWS Service Event in the US East Region, check the show notes for details. Then, on Saturday, the international time keepers gave everyone an extra second. I live in Annapolis, Maryland and lost power after Friday’s storm. My home was without power for about 71 hours and one second.

Cookbook News

New Cookbooks

  • pkgutil v0.0.2 - marthag
    Lightweight resource and provider to manage pkgutil packages for Solaris. It will install, remove, or upgrade packages using pkgutil
  • zone v0.0.3 - marthag
    Installs/Configures Solaris zones
  • cloudfuse v0.0.1 - djoos
    Installs/Configures CloudFuse which can be used to mount Rackspace Cloud Files
  • freight v0.1.0 - mpasternacki
    This cookbook installs Freight, a modern take on the Debian archive.
  • freightyard v0.1.0 - mpasternacki
    Configures a builder account for building and hosting deb packages with Freight and Freightyard.
  • interfaces v0.0.1 - captspify
    Installs/Configures the interfaces file using nslookup. This is similar to Kyel’s netcfg cookbook but this one applies the IP to the default Debian Interfaces file rather than using netcfg.
  • avahi-daemon v0.0.10 - jackl0phty
    Installs/Configures avahi-daemon

Updated Cookbooks

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