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Secure, Distributed Password Resources with GPG, Git and Vim

There are many tools to manage passwords and sensitive resources, some cost money or are closed commercial products.  I’m going to show you how to create a secure, distributed and encrypted remote password repository using Open Source tools like GPG … Continue reading

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Quick and Dirty Remote Execution with Ansible

Ansible is a wonderful tool for orchestration, configuration management and automating a lot of tasks you’d never want to do by hand.  Sometimes you just need to get in there and run a few commands across a bunch of different … Continue reading

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Manage Test/Development Linux VMs with qcow2 and Libvirt

I often need to quickly revert virtual machines used for testing to a known good, vanilla state without doing anything by hand.  QEMU provides a great set of tools to help.  Here’s a simple tool to wrap all of it … Continue reading

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Trick out your Vim Editor

I’ve been a long-time vim user, dating back to when I figured out how to exit the damn thing.  Over the years I’ve tried various vimrc configurations, plugins and looks and even other editors but I’ve always come back to … Continue reading

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Automate Deployment of the ELK/EFK Stack with Ansible

I recently needed to completely automate deploying a full ELK/EFK stack and clients and didn’t find anything that suited my needs so I wrote the playbooks for this in Ansible.  This was my first real foray into automation with Ansible, … Continue reading

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OpenStack Summit 2016 – Trystack, the free OpenStack Sandbox

Following onto the previous Trystack.org talk at Devconf 2016, we presented at the 2016 Austin OpenStack Summit.  Following the same format as the previous talk we covered some exciting updates around RDO Liberty/Mitaka, OpenStackID integration, datacenter hardware and network upgrades/expansion … Continue reading

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Trick out your Terminal

Here are some useful ways to enhance your operating system shell environment.  The first will give you a permanent bash history that’s up to date and doesn’t require a logout to update command history, nor does it get reset.  The … Continue reading

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