2 comments on “Kibana „Hello World“ Example – Part 3 of the ELK Stack Series”

Kibana „Hello World“ Example – Part 3 of the ELK Stack Series

Today, we will introduce Kibana, a data visualization open source tool. As part of Elastic's ELK stack (now called Elastic stack), Kibana is often used to visualize logging statistics and for management of the Elastic Stack. However, in this Tutorial, we…

3 comments on “Elasticsearch „Hello World“ Example – Part 2 of the ELK Stack Series”

Elasticsearch „Hello World“ Example – Part 2 of the ELK Stack Series

In the last blog post, we have explored Logstash, a tool for collecting and transform log data from many different input sources. Today, we will explore Elasticsearch, a scheme-less noSQL database with a versatile ("elastic") search engine. We will perform…

8 comments on “Logstash „Hello World“ Example – Part 1 of the ELK Stack Series”

Logstash „Hello World“ Example – Part 1 of the ELK Stack Series

Today, we will first introduce Logstash, an open source project created by Elastic, before we perform a little Logstash "Hello World": we will show how to read data from command line or from file, transform the data and send it back to…

3 comments on “Java Build Automation Part 2: Create executable jar using Gradle”

Java Build Automation Part 2: Create executable jar using Gradle

Original title: How to build a lean JAR File with Gradle In this step by step guide, we will show that Gradle is a good alternative to Maven for packaging java code into executable jar files. In order to keep the executable jar files…

0 comments on “How to set up Docker Monitoring via cAdvisor, InfluxDB and Grafana”

How to set up Docker Monitoring via cAdvisor, InfluxDB and Grafana

Have you ever tried to monitor a docker solution? In this blog post, we will discuss three open source docker monitoring alternatives, before we will go through a step by step guide of a docker monitoring alternative that consist of the components Google cAdvisor as…

1 comment on “Resolving Networking Problems (Performance Problems) of a WD My Cloud NAS System”

Resolving Networking Problems (Performance Problems) of a WD My Cloud NAS System

Ever since I had bought a Western Digital My Cloud System with 4 TB of Backup space, I had problems with it: after some hours, the system was unreachable over the network. Several firmware upgrades later the problem has aggravated,…

10 comments on “Docker HTTP Proxy and DNS Configuration Cheat Sheet (now includes automatic HTTP Proxy detection)”

Docker HTTP Proxy and DNS Configuration Cheat Sheet (now includes automatic HTTP Proxy detection)

This blog post provides a little cheat sheet on running a Linux host with or without a Docker client behind HTTP proxies. For Ubuntu and similar Linux distributions, we will also show how to detect the proxy available and adapt…

4 comments on “AWS Automation Part 4: Using Terraform for AWS Automation”

AWS Automation Part 4: Using Terraform for AWS Automation

This is part 4 of a blog post series, in which we explore how to automate Amazon Web Services (AWS) using the Terraform open source software by HashiCorp. Similar to Cloudify, Terraform is a versatile way to codify any type of infrastructure and…

3 comments on “LXD vs Docker — or: getting started with LXD Containers”

LXD vs Docker — or: getting started with LXD Containers

Container technology has existed long before the Docker hype around container technology has started after 2013. Now, with Docker containers having reached mainstream usage, you can easily get confused about available container types like Docker, LXC, LXD and CoreOS rocket. In this…

5 comments on “Getting started with OpenShift Container Platform”

Getting started with OpenShift Container Platform

In this blog post we will review the architecture of OpenShift before we will gain some hands-on experience with OpenShift Origin, which is the free version of the OpenShift Container Platform a.k.a. OpenShift Enterprise. Vagrant software will help us to automate the installation…

16 comments on “Getting Started with OpenStack – DevStack Example – OpenStack Example”

Getting Started with OpenStack – DevStack Example – OpenStack Example

In this DevStack example, I will show how to install a DevStack-based demo OpenStack solution on an existing Ubuntu 14.04 server. DevStack is an open source project with the goal to offer a development, test or demo environment for working with…

5 comments on “Ansible Tower – a Hello World Example”

Ansible Tower – a Hello World Example

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series The Ansible & Salt Series

This is part IV of a little "Hello World" example for Ansible, an IT automation (DevOps) tool. This time, we will get acquainted with Ansible Tower, a web front end for Ansible. The post has following content: Quickest way of "installing" an Ansible Tower…

4 comments on “AWS Automation based on Vagrant — Part 3: Creating a Docker Host on AWS in 10 Minutes using Vagrant”

AWS Automation based on Vagrant — Part 3: Creating a Docker Host on AWS in 10 Minutes using Vagrant

Learn how Vagrant can be used to perform more sophisticated provisioning tasks than creation and termination of virtual machines. From our local Vagrant console, we will install Docker host Software and we will verify the results by downloading and testing the Python Docker image.

8 comments on “AWS Automation based on Vagrant — Part 1: Getting started with AWS”

AWS Automation based on Vagrant — Part 1: Getting started with AWS

In this blog post series we will explore, how to automate Amazon Web Services (AWS) by using Vagrant. The series is divided into three parts. Readers that are interested in the automation part only can skip part 1 (the AWS…

12 comments on “AWS Automation based on Vagrant — Part 2: Installation and Usage of the Vagrant AWS Plugin”

AWS Automation based on Vagrant — Part 2: Installation and Usage of the Vagrant AWS Plugin

Learn how to get started with Amazon Web Services EC2 and how to automate simple task like creation and termination of virtual machine instances using Vagrant. This is a first step towards more sophisticated automation tasks like SW installation and shell script execution.

0 comments on “Automating Network Provisioning with Cisco APIC — Exploring the REST API”

Automating Network Provisioning with Cisco APIC — Exploring the REST API

How to automate the configuration of network devices? Cisco APIC-EM (= Application Policy Infrastructure Controller) is a controller that can help us with that task. In this blog post, we will explore its modern REST API for accomplishing basic tasks like creating, reading, updating and deleting (CRUD)…

2 comments on “Choosing the right IaaS Provider for a custom Appliance or: how hard is it to install from ISO in the cloud?”

Choosing the right IaaS Provider for a custom Appliance or: how hard is it to install from ISO in the cloud?

Which Cloud Infrastructure provider allows to install custom appliances via ISO? The short answer is: none of the IaaS market leaders Amazon Web Serviese (AWS), Microsoft Azure offer the requested functionality, but they offer the workaround to locally install the…