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Virtualisation / TechUG talk 22/Feb/17 – Configuration Management best practices

In February I was invited by Mike, Brendon and Gavin to do another talk at the TechUG / Virtualisation user group in Glasgow. Having done a talk about one of my favourite topics – Ansible – previously, I decided to do a little bit more of a getting started and best practices talk this time, as well showing what we do with our Trillian framework at ShapeBlue.

Slide deck is up on SlideShare:

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Virtualisation user group talk 26/Feb – CloudStack, automated builds and Ansible

I recently did a talk on CloudStack / CloudPlatform, zero touch VMware ESXi / Citrix XenServer builds and Ansible automation at the Glasgow Virtualisation User Group meeting. Great day, lots of useful information from end users and vendors, as well as some interesting cloud and virtualisation discussions. Thanks to Mike, Brendon and Gavin for the invite, was good to catch up.

Slide deck up on Slideshare:

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Cloudmonkey Ansible playbook

Cloudmonkey is distributed with Apache CloudStack, and allows for command line configuration of CloudStack resources – i.e. configuration of zones, networks, pods, clusters as well as adding hypervisors, primary and secondary storage.

Using an Ansible playbook to run CloudMonkey isn’t necessarily a good idea – writing a proper shell script with it’s own variable input will allow for much more dynamic configuration – Ansible doesn’t offer proper scripting capabilities after all.

Anyway, the following playbook will configure a CloudStack zone, adding pod, cluster, hypervisors and storage.

Pre-reqs as follows:
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Apache CloudStack Ansible playbook


As with any Ansible playbook the CloudStack playbook is fairly self explanatory and self-documenting. In short the following will install Apache CloudStack version 4.3 or 4.4 with all required components as well as CloudMonkey for later configuration.

The playbook is written for CentOS base OS for all roles, with CloudStack using XenServer hypervisors and NFS storage.

The playbook relies on tags to separate the various tasks and roles, these are as follows:
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