Rocky Linux and Packer

It has been a while since I last looked at running Packer locally, when I did CentOS 8 had just been released. Since then, there has been a little drama around the on-going support of CentOS which is best summed up by the following post in /r/sysadmin/: Off the back of this announcement the Rocky Linux project has been announced, developed and then released. The project describes itself as follows:...

August 28, 2021 · 4 min · Russ McKendrick

Trying out Elastic Beats

I thought it was about time, as I had some to spare today, to have a play with one of the new feature of the Elastic family of products I have yet to try. Beats is the platform for single-purpose data shippers. They install as lightweight agents and send data from hundreds or thousands of machines to Logstash or Elasticsearch. I have used an ELK stack before but never for metrics, it always been for more traditional log files and tools such as Zabbix have been my goto for metrics....

January 2, 2017 · 7 min · Russ Mckendrick

It’s a UNIX system, I know this.

I am late to the party with this post due to other projects and work taking up nearly all of my time, but its one I have been to write for a while. Who would have though that after I first wrote about Docker back in early 2014; Docker that I would be writting a post like this … Microsoft SQL Server 2016 on a Mac, using Docker Given that I don’t use Windows much I thought it would be interesting to see how simple it would be for me to install and use the latest version of MS SQL....

December 13, 2016 · 3 min · Russ Mckendrick