HP CSA node library
Calling all DevOps-minded users of HP Cloud Service Automation (HP CSA)! We have a lot of customers who need to automatically test their service designs while developing them. We found ourselves repeatedly building a test system using whichever tools they specified (usually HP Operations Orchestration). Rather than writing the same code over and over again […]
Salt Cloud and Web deployment
Application deployment and configuration have become easier and easier over the past few years. These days, there’s a whole host of configuration management and automated deployment tools. If you’re a fan of the python way of doing things I’d very much recommend giving SaltStack a try. In this article I’m going to demonstrate a couple of the […]
Video: Extending the Salt server management framework
I gave a talk on extending Salt at The London Python Meetup in April. Link to video below: http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/java-jee/my-experience-of-using-server-management-framework-salt The talk seems to have been categorised under Java but I won’t hold that against the Skillsmatter folks who are otherwise excellent.
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LDAP Authentication with Salt
The upcoming release of Salt 0.10.4 contains support for external authentication mechanisms. As well as restricting who can run what and on what servers, this new feature allows the handing-off of authentication to a 3rd party module. This post describes how to setup and use an LDAP external authentication module for Salt. Installation Download the […]
Salt Pillar, LDAP and lists
In my last post I introduced an LDAP module for the Pillar data lookup system that comes with Salt. This module has a powerful data inheritence model which allows common data to be shared between nodes and overwritten where something more specific is necessary. There are scenarios, however, when it is useful to have a […]
LDAP Backend for Salt Pillar
Pillar LDAP is a plugin module for the salt pillar system which allows external data (in this case data stored in an LDAP directory) to be incorporated into salt state files. This post will show you how to install and configure Pillar LDAP and use it with your salt states. Dependancies Salt LDAP module (https://github.com/KrisSaxton/salt-ldap) […]
Adding new operating system types to salt
Like most configuration management systems, salt allows users to describe server configurations in an abstract fashion (i.e. with code or pseudo-code) without requiring any knowledge of how those configurations get applied to a particluar operating system. For example the following expression in salt will result in the apache package being installed on any server it […]
Driving HP Network Automation via SOAP and python
HP Network Automation provides a comprehensive web services interface that uses the SOAP protocol. Though the API is functionally comprehensive, the documentation relating to how to drive it is thin on the ground. This article shows how to initiate a connection with HPNA, login, call a method and read the results. It uses python and the ZSI web services toolkit.
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