Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

So Long, Status Quo (Again)

A little over two years ago, I wrote a blog post titled “So Long Status Quo.” (The title is taken from the Nichole Nordeman song “Brave”, in case you didn’t catch the reference.) At the time, I was making a pretty big move in my life, moving from a career in the VAR/reseller space—where I’d been for over a decade—into a job working for EMC Corporation on the vSpecialist (aka the VMware Affinity) team.

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Open Source Network Redesign

As you might have noticed in recent blog posts, I’m spending a fair amount of time working with open source solutions like Ubuntu Linux, OpenBSD, Puppet, and similar. As part of the effort to make myself more familiar with these and other open source projects, I’ve decided to re-architect my home network using predominantly open source software.

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Technology Short Take #24

Welcome to Technology Short Take #24, another instance of my irregularly-published collection of links, thoughts, and rants on various data center technologies like networking, operating systems, security, hardware, virtualization, and cloud computing. This is a slightly shorter version of my Technology Short Takes; I’m trying to pare down since some readers have indicated the previous Short Takes weren’t short enough. Anyway, I hope you find something useful.

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Designing VMware Infrastructure Video Training Available

In case you hadn’t already heard, this past Tuesday, July 24, Train Signal officially released my Designing VMware Infrastructure video training course!

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Spouse Activities at VMworld 2012

As most of you are well aware, VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, CA, is nearly upon us. I, for one, am really looking forward to the conference. And along with VMworld comesthat’s right, Spousetivities!

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Advanced Spotlight Queries in the Mac GUI

I mentioned on Twitter a couple days ago that I was mulling a switch from EagleFiler to a pure file system-based approach leveraging OpenMeta tags. Long-time readers may recall that it was only September of last year that I switched to EagleFiler from Yojimbo, my previous “anything bucket”. My decision to switch away from EagleFiler is not a reflection on the application itself; it’s a great application. For me, it just seemed as if EagleFiler was duplicating functionality I could already get with just the file system, so what’s the point? Plus, as I increasingly keep data synchronized across multiple systems, EagleFiler wasn’t as friendly to my data synchronization solutions as I would have liked. A file system-based approach leveraging OpenMeta tags is perfectly happy with both Dropbox and Unison.

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Getting Hiera Working

As I mentioned in a previous post, the next iteration of my Puppet explorations involves the use of Hiera. Hiera, a project also managed by Puppet Labs, is described as “a simple pluggable hierarchical database.” In the Puppet world, what that means is we can use Hiera to store data values outside of the manifests, then look them up dynamically as the configurations are being compiled and applied to the nodes. In a future post, I’ll provide an example of how you could use Hiera in a multi-OS Puppet environment.

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Seeking Feedback on Infrastructure Coders Denver

A couple of weeks ago, I posted this to Twitter:

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Updated Multi-OS Puppet Configuration

I received some great feedback on my post about using Puppet with multiple operating systems. One of the suggestions was to do a better job of following the “official” Puppet style guide for syntax and file layout. With that in mind, I installed puppet-lint on my Puppet master server using apt-get install rubygems followed by gem install puppet-lint.

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Open Source Tools and Projects I Should Learn

Yesterday on Twitter I asked this question:

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