Configuring Ansible Playbooks in a Private GitHub Repo with CloudForms 4.5(17 Jun 2017)
On May 31 2017 CloudForms 4.5 was released and brought with it greater Ansible functionality, specifically with the new embedded Ansible server role (not to be confused with Ansible roles).
Toronto Azure Meetup Recap - From Code to Containers and Automated Pipelines on Azure(18 Apr 2017)
Arctiq recently presented to the the Toronto Azure Meetup Group. The topic was Linux Container Platform (Kubernetes, OpenShift and Ansible Automation) including Pipeline Automation - From Code to Containers and Continuous Delivery on Azure. You can read the presentation description here on our events page. Yes, It was a lot of content to present in an hour but the demo God's were nice and everything worked as designed.
YES! Ansible can automate all, including Microsoft Windows Server(16 Mar 2017)
One of the things that we’ve seen gain a lot of traction is native support for Windows inside the Ansible platform. It is hard to find a homogenous IT stack nowadays. For example, you may have a Linux server farm but with Active Directory proving its identity. Your management tools needs to be able to handle Linux, Unix, cloud services and.. Windows
OpenShift Multi-Master Install - Not able to choose etcd IP/Interface during installation - work around(06 Mar 2017)
Recently I was building a multi-node OpenShift 3.4 environment in Softlayer - AKA - Bluemix Infrastructure. I ran into an issue with the installer (running via Ansible) that was not very easy to troubleshoot and get to the the root cause.
Arctiq Announces Red Hat Premier Status(01 Mar 2017)
Arctiq, Inc. is pleased to announce the achievement of Red Hat Premier partnership status, joining only a handful of Premier partners across Canada. Arctiq has achieved the top status of Red Hat partnership in less than one year of operation. In addition, Arctiq holds Advanced accreditations in Ansible, OpenShift, CloudForms, Satellite, and other key foundational Red Hat open source software.
Arctiq's - Red Hat on Microsoft Azure Webinar - Recording(26 Feb 2017)
When the world's two foremost data centre operating system companies start collaborating, we should all sit up and pay attention! Arctiq specializes in the integration of open source solutions to support modern IT transformation, and both Red Hat and Microsoft play a big role in our engagements. From virtualization to containers, across public, private, and hybrid cloud platforms, and the glue that is automation and orchestration, the Arctiq team helps our clients navigate the murky waters. To this end, the marriage between Microsoft and Red Hat is beginning to drive some real world solutions - such as the OpenShift Container Platform running in Azure, or the ability to easily port your RHEL subscriptions into Azure with Red Hat Cloud Access.
Ansible Jinja Warrior - Mastering "Loop Variable Scope"(16 Feb 2017)
Jinja templates in Ansible can be very powerful. They can also be a leading contributor to hair loss. Why? In some ways it comes down to documentation, a mixing of languages (YAML, Python, Jinja2), and variables.
Delivering "Push Button" Automation Integrating CloudForms and Ansible Tower(15 Feb 2017)
Today I will be taking you on a quick expedition on how you can integrate two modern Red Hat products to help automate your business. In this example, the button writes to the /etc/motd file of a specific VM using a very simple role from Ansible Galaxy.
OpenShift on Azure... Eh ?(05 Dec 2016)
There have been a few options over the past year or so but those offerings looked much more like a traditional managed service offering than a real 'Cloud' IMHO. Personally I always felt that Amazon EC2 would be the first to open their doors to Canadians but Microsoft beat them across the boarder.