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Migrating the runbook: a journey from legacy to DevOps

“Just type this invoice up for me will you please?” asked a sheepish looking Malcolm. “I do have better things to do you know” I replied. “Yes, yes, I know. But who else is going to do it?” “Give it here then!”

My slides from IPExpo London

On October 7th I gave a talk at the IPExpo show about getting from legacy IT to the modern idea of DevOps.

Simplicity - the art of automation

When I was a young lad I had my heart set on being a car designer when I grew up. This dream carried on into my teens, then for some reason it vanished. Around the same time I discovered I could ‘work’ computers, and that I quite enjoyed it.

Testing Ansible roles

At an Ansible meetup last week somebody put this question to me: “I’m coming from the Puppet world, and there they have whole structures around testing modules (the same thing as Ansible roles) like Rspec. How do you handle the same thing with Ansible?”. Ah, this is a question I’ve heard many times. So here are my thoughts on it. I wouldn’t do it. Why ever not?! I hear you cry. Read on…

My talk and slides from IPExpo Manchester

On May 21st I gave a talk about automation at the IPExpo Manchester show.

Managing VMware vSphere guests with Ansible Tower

There are lots of ways to enable self-service VMs within an organisation - what some might call ‘a private cloud’. However, these usually require layers and layers of complex software. What if you could leverage your existing hypervisor and 15 lines of code to do the same? And what if those 15 lines became an even simpler single click?

Simple service discovery using Ansible Tower and DNS

Service discovery is one of those things that can be extremely handy to have, yet difficult to implement in a simple fashion. There are lots of tools out there to help, but I wanted to make something simple and easy to maintain for my specific use case. So here’s the way I’ve done it, using a couple of DNS records and Ansible Tower.

My slides from DOXLON talk

On December 3rd I gave a talk about Ansible to the DevOps Exchange London meetup. It was targeted at introducing people to Ansible, and showing how it is so much more than just configuration management.

The Rules

The UNIX philosophy. There are some wise words here.

Being a part of it

In the summer of 2013 I worked on a project that introduced me to Ansible. I was so impressed by it that I wrote a blog post. I found Ansible to be different to the catalog of software that constantly tries to grab our attention these days, and I’ve pretty much evangelised it since.