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Automation and Analytics

They say the devil is in the details and as I come from the DevOps side of the house, it would only be natural that I’d be attracted to how Microsoft Flow works with Power BI.  For those that aren’t familiar with Microsoft Flow, think of it like If This Then That, (IFTTT) from Microsoft.

I used IFTTT to automate a number of tasks at my previous company-  everything from posting to social media automation, notifications on Slack, creating weekly status reports and other tedious tasks that I hated having to do manually.

All about ansible vault

This blogpost is about using ansible vault. Vault is a way to encrypt sensitive information in ansible scripts by encrypting it. The motivation for this blogpost is the lack of a description that makes sense to me of what the possibilities are for using vault, and how to use the vault options in playbooks.

The basic way ansible vault works, is that when ansible-playbook reads a yaml file, it encounters $ANSIBLE_VAULT;1.1;AES256 indicating ansible vault is used to encrypt the directly following lines, it will use a password to decrypt it, and then uses the decrypted version in memory only. This way secrets can be hidden from being visible. Obviously, the password will allow decrypting it, and the password must be used in order for ansible-playbook to decrypt it.

The original use of vault is to encrypt an entire yaml file. As of Ansible version 2.3, ansible allows the encryption of single values in a yaml file.

Broadening Your Audience

I spent this week speaking at two conferences that may not be familiar to my usual crowd:
Techwell StarEast Testing Conference in Orlando, FL
Interop ITX Data Conference in Las Vegas, NV

StarEast, InteropITX and GDPR

I’m getting ready to get on a plane between two events today and have been so busy, that there’s been a break in blogging.  That’s right folks, Kellyn has let a few things slide….

Where in the World Has Goth Geek Girl Been

I’m on track to fly home tomorrow, March 11th after nine days and three events.  I’m pretty exhausted and just ready to go home and catch up on some sleep…:)

I started out last weekend in Victoria BC and was thrilled to be on this emerald island of the Pacific Northwest.  British Columbia is gorgeous as it is, but Victoria is a special place that quickly became one of my favorite places in the world.

Free eBook: DevOps and the DBA, The Last Frontier!

The first edition of the free eBook is available for download at Delphix!

It took us a bit to get the final updates to the eBook version completed and I want to thank everyone at Delphix who helped get the content updated with the latest additions, including the bossman, Eric Schrock and for helping me keep it all organized and finalized, shoutouts to Rita Rosenberg.

Latest Delphix Blog Post and Upcoming Webinars

In my latest blog post on the Delphix site, I continue my conversation with why DevOps is the next step for DBAs and how DBAs can embrace this next step in their evolution.

Installation of Rundeck with the Ansible plugin on Centos 7

This post shows you how to install Rundeck with the Ansible plugin on Centos 7. The installation is done with nginx as the web server and using SSL with a self signed certificate. Please read the Ansible installation script, and modify anything that should be different for your situation. You will be amazed how well readable the installation script is!

Rundeck is a web based user interface that allows you to run commands against a group of hosts. Rundeck has an ansible plugin. Using that plugin, it could perform the similar functionality as Ansible Tower (commercial product) or Semaphore (open source).

After a fresh installation of Centos 7, do the following as root:

The $50 Million Hyphen

There are a plethora of mishaps in the early space program to prove the need for DevOps, but Fifty-five years ago this month, there was one in particular that is often used as an example for all.  This simple human error almost ended the whole American space program and it serves as a strong example of why DevOps is essential as agile speeds up the development cycle.  

DevOps and Webinars- July 19th and July 25th

Doing three or four webinars in a month doesn’t seem like a big deal until you actually try to do it…and present at two or three events and make sure you do everything for your job outside of that, too.  Suddenly you find yourself scrambling to keep up, but I’m known for taking on a few too many things at once… </p />
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