System Automation – Part 2 – Puppet

So now we have our systems up and running with Ubuntu 10.04 and next you want to make sure that some common configuration files are identical across your infrastructure. You also want to have specific components installed on specific servers, for instance you want your databases installed on your database servers, you want your applications

System Automation – Part 1 – PXE and Preseed

Hi everyone I am going to start a mini series enabled system automation which will cover the basis of how to automate the deployment, configuration and upgrades of your Linux infrastructure. Some of the posts will be more geared toward Ubuntu vs RHEL but many of the ideas can easily be adopted by RHEL uses

The Sysadmin Is Not Dead Just Bad Ones Are Being Recogonized

This is a blog post in reply to a recent post discussion on LinkedIn entitled “The Sysadmin Is Dead” while I don’t entirely disagree with all of the content in the post there seems to be these system engineers who simply suck and apparently want to configure every config file by hand and do manual

MongoDB When To Shard

I had an interesting conversation with my development team and my DBA team specifically regarding how to identify when to shard. Currently we are using Zabbix to monitor multiple mongodb servers using the mikoomi Zabbix template and php script. If you aren’t leveraging Zabbix for monitoring your infrastructure then you should check it out, its

MongoDB Evolution

I wanted to write a blog post about my experience with how mongodb has evolved how I hated it and grew to love it. I think mongodb is a GREAT opensource product and even better the company behind it is amazing (hopefully no one takes my early criticism to harshly).