• Creating Puppet Modules for Satellite with Smart Class Parameters

    (13 Nov 2017)
    I was recently asked if it was possible to have hosts in a Satellite environment look at different NTP servers based on a group they belong to. For example, have hosts in the development stage look at NTP server A and have hosts in the production stage look at NTP server B. With the use of host groups and parameters, a Puppet module will be customized for each host based on the parameters it is given from the host group it belongs to.
  • Arctiq Hits a Grand Slam with CDN Channel Elite Service Organization of the Year

    (28 Sep 2017)
    Arctiq Inc., is proud to announce they have been named Best Service Organization in Canada by CDN and IT World Canada, Canada’s top IT channel publication, in CDN’s 15th Annual Channel Elite Awards. The winners were announced at CDN’s Channel Elite Awards gala on September 27, 2017.
  • KDCproxy - SELinux Tip

    (14 Sep 2017)
    A quick tip for anyone who might be experiencing a strange issue when attempting to leverage Red Hat's IdM KDCproxy functionality. In a recently deployment which required segmentation of RHEL7.2 nodes in a DMZ, there was a requirement for allowing authentication access via an internal KDC. This was a perfect use case for leveraging the KDCproxy functionality. Since SSSD was calling the kdc_child process, which attempts to access the KDC over HTTPS, I was finding some strange behavior in which access was being denied by SSSD when testing authentication to the internal KDC.
  • A New Adventure and New Opportunities

    (17 Jun 2017)
    Looking back at the past few months, it’s truly amazing how much my life changed in a week. A unique first day… my official first day with the Arctiq team was at the Annual Red Hat Summit and what a ride that was!
  • Collaborative DevOps at CBC

    (20 Apr 2017)
    Growing up in Canada, there aren’t many people who aren't exposed to the CBC as part of their daily lives. From Hockey Night in Canada, to The National, to CBC Radio...there likely isn’t a Canadian who hasn’t been exposed to the CBC. Watch Arcitq, Red Hat, and CBC's success story on containerization of CBC's website using OpenShift.
  • Arctiq Wins Red Hat Canada Partner of the Year Award

    (29 Mar 2017)
    Arctiq, Inc. is proud to announce they have been named Canadian Partner of the Year by Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions. This award is part of the annual Red Hat North American Partner Awards, which were announced on March 28 at the 2017 Red Hat North American Partner Conference in Las Vegas.
  • 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.
  • Microsoft Really Does (Heart) Linux!

    (29 Dec 2016)
    When the world's two foremost data centre operating system companies start collaborating, we should all sit up and pay attention! The marriage between Microsoft and Red Hat is more than simply intriguing. Approximately one year into their “partnership” we are starting to see some real collaborative outcomes.
  • 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.
  • Integrated Security with Black Duck Hub and Jenkins

    (24 Nov 2016)
    This article is a follow-on from our recent Practice Safe DevOps event, where we demonstrated development tooling capabilities focused on the Enterprise, with enough extensibility to bring the corporate security requirements INTO the development process rather than AFTER the deployment process.
  • It's time to build an application pipeline... OpenShift 3.3 integrated Jenkins pipeline demo"

    (07 Nov 2016)
    Everyone wants to achieve better code promotion automation, which is generally referred to as 'being agile' and moving to 'Continuous Deployment, Delivery, and Integration'. I know from experience this was very difficult in the world of virtual machines and bare metal servers, but thanks to container orchestration technologies you will see (in the video below) that times have changed and it’s not so hard anymore.
  • Changing the default SSL certificate on your OpenShift routers

    (05 Nov 2016)
    While it may not be a frequent task, updating SSL certificates is necessary from time to time. In this post, we will illustrate one method of changing these certificates with minimal impact to the production cluster.
  • Cleaning the Dirty COW - Emergency Patching in Satellite 6

    (02 Nov 2016)
    In today's short video, I'm going to demonstrate how to perform emergency patch management in Satellite 6. In specific, I will walk through patching an errata that was released by Red Hat to address a kernel vulnerability recently found called 'Dirty Cow'
  • Productive Developer Tools - Deploying OpenShift "Container Development Kit"

    (26 Sep 2016)
    Think of it as OpenShift 'In a Box', enabling developers or infrastructure teams to get hands on experience with OpenShift without needing access to a full virtual or physical environment.
  • Curator Deployment in OpenShift Enterprise 3.1 and 3.2

    (21 Jun 2016)
    Curator allows operators to define how long elasticsearch indices should be retained. On a defined daily schedule it will purge any qualified indices from elasticsearch.
  • A new-”ish” Satellite is in orbit

    (14 Jun 2016)
    In mid 2014 Red Hat released the first Satellite 6 version to the market as a beta and followed up quickly with a 2015 GA release of version 6.1, which marked a milestone in the systems management arena.  So what is Satellite?  What makes 6.1 so different?  This is the first part in a focused series of blogs targeted at breaking down the components of Red Hat Satellite to better understand the reasons why and how to transition successfully to the new and improved Satellite.
  • The Arctiq Approach - Part 3

    (30 May 2016)
    So here I am, almost 20-years into my IT career, and it was time for a pivot. In this third and final installment of the series I will tell you about that pivot and where “Arctiq” is headed