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Multi-Machine Vagrant Environments with JSON

In this post I’d like to show you how to use a JSON-formatted data file to create and configure multi-machine Vagrant environments. This isn’t a new idea, and certainly not anything that I came up with or created. I’m simply presenting it here as an alternative option to the approach of using YAML with Vagrant for multi-machine environments (some people may prefer JSON over YAML).

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Technology Short Take #59

Welcome to Technology Short Take #59, the first Technology Short Take of 2016. As we start a new year, here’s a collection of links and articles from around the web. Here’s hoping you find something useful to you!

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An Improved Way to use YAML with Vagrant

In this post, I’d like to share with you an improved way to use YAML with Vagrant. I first discussed the use of YAML with Vagrant in a post on simplifying multi-machine Vagrant environments, where I simply factored out variable data into an external YAML file. The original approach I described had (at least) one significant drawback, though, which this new approach adddresses.

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Upcoming VMUG Events

I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to help support VMware User Group (VMUG) meetings all over the world. I will be speaking at a few upcoming events; if you’re going to be at one of these events, I’d love to meet you, say hi, and chat for a bit. Here are the details.

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Full Stack Journey Episode #1: Bart Smith

In this first-ever episode of the Full Stack Journey podcast, I talk with Bart Smith (old GitHub account migrating to new GitHub account, YouTube channel). Bart shares some details about his journey from being a Microsoft-centric infrastructure engineer to what he calls a cloud-native full-stack engineer. Here are some notes from our conversation, along with some additional resources Bart wanted to share with readers/listeners. Enjoy!

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Launching a New Podcast

After quite a bit of deliberation and planning, I’m excited (and nervous!) to announce the launch of a new podcast, titled “The Full Stack Journey Podcast”. Here are the details, structured in a Q&A format.

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My Getting Things Done Setup, Circa Early 2016

Almost six years ago I shared my (then) current Getting Things Done (GTD) setup, in which I described how I used various tools, techniques, and applications to try to maximize my productivity. I’d been toying with updating that post, but I wasn’t sure that anyone would find it useful. However, a recent e-mail from a reader indicated that there probably is some interest; with that in mind, then, here’s an update on my GTD-like setup, circa early 2016.

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Looking Back: 2015 Project Report Card

In early 2015, I posted a look ahead at my planned 2015 projects, where I took a quick look at some of the self-development projects I set out for myself over the course of 2015. In this post, I’m going to review my progress on those 2015 projects.

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Next-Generation Network Engineering Skills

There’s no question that the networking industry is undergoing significant changes. Sparked in part by software-defined networking (SDN), this sea change now includes an expanded focus on application programming interfaces (APIs), automation frameworks and toolkits, and improved manageability. As the industry undergoes this change, though, networking engineers must also undergo a change.

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Running Ansible Through an SSH Bastion Host

This post will expand on some previous posts—one showing you how to set up and use an SSH bastion host and a second describing one use case for an SSH bastion host—to show how the popular configuration management tool Ansible can be used through an SSH bastion host.

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