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Looking Ahead: My 2013 Projects

In early January 2012, I posted a list of my 2012 projects. Those projects included learning to script in Perl, learning German, becoming more familiar with Xen/Open vSwitch/OpenStack, and pursuing CCNP. In late June 2012, my mid-year project update let you know that I was dropping the Perl efforts, but sticking it out with German, Xen/OVS/OpenStack, and CCNP. (I later dropped Xen in favor of KVM.) Finally, in early January 2013 I graded myself on my progress on my 2012 goals. In this post, I’d like to take lessons learned from my 2012 projects and apply them toward my list of 2013 projects.

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Technology Short Take #29

Welcome to Technology Short Take #29! This is another installation in my irregularly-published series of links, thoughts, rants, and raves across various data center-related fields of technology. As always, I hope you find something useful here.

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Puppet, User Accounts, and Configuration Files

A short while ago I posted an article that described how to use Puppet for account management. In that article, I showed you how to use virtual user resources to manage user accounts on Puppet-managed systems. In this post, I’m going to expand on that configuration so that we can also manage the initial account configuration files, and do so in the proper order.

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New Year, New Challenges, New Opportunities

I suppose there’s no sense in beating around the bush. As the blog post title indicates, I’m taking on a new set of challenges (and a new set of opportunities) in 2013–and the way to do that is in a new role with a new company. So, effective 2/8/2013, I am leaving EMC Corporation to join the former Nicira group at VMware, working directly for Martin Casado. I’ll be working with folks like Brad Hedlund (see his announcement here), Bruce Davie, and Teemu Koponen. I’m truly awed by the talent on this team.

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How I Build the Technology Short Takes

Shortly after I published Technology Short Take #27, a reader asked me on Twitter how I managed the information that goes into each Technology Short Take (TST) article. Although I’ve blogged about my productivity setup before, that post is now over two years old and horribly out of date. Given that I need to post a more current description of my tools and workflow, I thought I’d take a brief moment to answer the reader’s question. Here’s how I go about building the Technology Short Take articles.

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Using Mock to Build Libvirt 1.0.1 RPMs for CentOS 6.3

In this third post on using Mock to build RPMs for CentOS 6.3, I’m going to show you how to use Mock to build RPMs for Libvirt 1.0.1 that you can install on CentOS. As you’ll see later, this post builds on the previous two posts (one on using Mock to build RPMs for sanlock 2.4 and one on using Mock to build RPMs for libssh2 1.4.1).

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Using Mock to Build libssh2 1.4.1 RPMs for CentOS 6.3

As with the related post on using Mock to rebuild sanlock 2.4 for CentOS 6.3, this post might seem a bit odd. Don’t worry—I’ll tie it into something else very soon. In this post, I’ll show you how to use Mock to build RPMs for libssh2 1.4.1 for use with CentOS 6.3.

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Using Mock to Build Sanlock 2.4 RPMs for CentOS 6.3

The topic of this post might seem a bit strange, but it will all make sense later. In this post, I’ll show you how to use Mock to build RPMs for sanlock 2.4 for use with CentOS 6.3.

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Building Libvirt 1.0.1 RPMs for CentOS 6.3

In previous articles, I’ve shown you how to compile libvirt 0.10.1 on CentOS 6.3, but—as several readers have pointed out in the comments to that and other articles—compiling packages from source may not be the best long-term approach. Not only does it make it difficult to keep the system up-to-date, it also makes automating the configuration of the host rather difficult. In this post, I’ll show you how to rebuild a source RPM for libvirt 1.0.1 so that it will install (and work) under CentOS 6.3. (These instructions should work for RHEL 6.3, too, but I haven’t tested them.)

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Technology Short Take #28

Welcome to Technology Short Take #28, the first Technology Short Take for 2013. As always, I hope that you find something useful or informative here. Enjoy!

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