State Change Events with Statis
Searching for a stream dashboard for resource events, I created Statis as a supplemental dashboard.
Deploying Perl with Fabric and Carton
From a panel talk at pdx-pm, an example of a Perl application deployment using Fabric and Carton
On the State of High Availability
Recently, while trying to set up a small failover cluster of servers, I found myself scouring for a lot of answers. This struck me as strange, however it seems high-availability lacks momentum in the open source community.
Pkgsrc Build Server
Running several pkgsrc boxes on top of Rackspace Cloud, all which use the same kernel and release, it makes a lot of sense to build binary packages once, on a single machine. The easiest way to do this is to have a dedicated build server -- something which is very simple in a cloud hosting environment.
NetBSD Pkgsrc on Linux
There are several reasons for running pkgsrc on top of Linux, one reason being a common package management, and common packages for server daemons across a mixed environment of Linux distributions and FreeBSD or NetBSD boxes. I use Debian Squeeze with pkgsrc, and had limited success with Centos 5.5 and pkgsrc, however I would like to test Centos 6, now that it is finally released, as well as outline my build process for my server cluster. Hopefully I will time soon. For now:
Salt RPM Reinstall
How to upgrade to a new version with an RPM in Salt
Csistck 0.1003 Released
Version 0.1003 is the latest stable release. The .10 release includes better logging and reporting, on_repair triggers, and several command line option changes.
Csistck is a configuration automation tool, similiar in theory to Chef. I have started to add a few examples of how I use Csistck to manage my own servers.
I included a basic example of how I deploy csistck maintenance scripts across a large number of hosts, using Fabric. The example uses git, as I use that internally.