Packer CentOS 8

Now that CentOS 8 has been out for a few weeks I decided it was time to dip my toe in the water and update the CentOS 7 Packer scripts I had to work with CentOS 8. For those that don’t know, Packer by Hashicorp, is a tool which allows you to build your own images from a number of sources and use them on a number of platforms — Hashicorp describe Packer as;...

October 13, 2019 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick

Adding a Deploy to Azure Button

I am currently working on a few other blog posts and presentations for work on some Azure features which required me to launch a CentOS 7 Virtual Machine running the latest version of Ansible using an ARM template. One thing I had noticed which doing reading up on the services I am going to be using is that a lot of the demos and documentation from Microsoft had buttons where you could Deploy to Azure, so I decided to create my own — you can see the finished product below;...

September 14, 2019 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick

Quickly launch an Azure AKS Cluster

Over the next few weeks, I am planning on doing some work which requires me to spin up and teardown several small Kubernetes clusters. As I have access to an Azure Subscription and Microsoft have made the process of launching a cluster quite a painless experience I thought it would make sense to write a quick blog post to cover launching, configuring and tearing down an Azure AKS Cluster. To start with I prefer to set a few environment variables on the command-line for things such and the resource name which are repeated through of the commands I need to run;...

September 1, 2019 · 3 min · Russ Mckendrick

Microsoft Azure Portal URLs

As I am finding myself using Microsoft Azure more and more I thought I would make some notes about how to quickly access the various web portals. The Azure Portal A lot of the time I use the standard http://portal.azure.com/ URL, but as I started having to jump around various accounts for work and also personal use, I discovered that there were some great short cuts you can use. The quickest of these I have been using to navigate the main Azure portal is appending the name of the tenant you want to access to the end of the URL, for example;...

June 16, 2019 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick

Moving to ZSH

After the announcement a few weeks back that Apple would be defaulting to zsh in macOS Catalina I decided to take the plunge and make the switch on my current machines. I have tried making the switch once before, but for one reason or another I ended up reverting back to Bash. This time I decided to do a little more reading up and also add the .zshrc file to my dotfiles repo and move as much as my ....

June 15, 2019 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick

Terraform Quirks

I have been using Terraform over the last few months, having not used it in anger for quite a while since the projects I have been working on have been more suitable for using Ansible. However, as I am doing more and more with Microsoft Azure, I found the Ansible modules a little lacking, plus for someone of the projects I have had to use an orchestration tool which can natively run on Windows....

February 9, 2019 · 4 min · Russ Mckendrick

First steps with DigitalOcean’s Managed Kubernetes service

A few days ago DigitalOcean released their Managed Kubernetes service, as I had a little time this afternoon I decided to give it a spin. Each of the public clouds has a Kubernetes service now, I covered these in the third edition of Mastering Docker. The general gist of the chapter was that both the Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud offerings were both excellent. However, the Amazon Web Services offering was an over-complicated mess....

December 16, 2018 · 5 min · Russ Mckendrick

270 Days

It has been 270 days since my last post, so what I have been doing with my time? Well, I have been busy writing, just not this blog. Not only have I wrote and released Learn Ansible, but also I have updated the Second Edition of Mastering Docker bringing it up to date with the release of the Third Edition of Mastering Docker which is now available from Packt Publishing....

October 25, 2018 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick