Video: Extending the Salt server management framework

Automation

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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Access Java objects from within OO Scriplets

Automation

As if it wasn’t wearing enough explaining to people that Javascript has nothing to do with Java, the Javascript engine in HP Operations Orchestration (OO) scriplet operations is implemented in RHINO, a Javascript engine written in Java. But, you said….. Despite this, being able to access Java objects within OO scriplets is quite handy. In […]

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LDAP Authentication with Salt

Automation

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 […]

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Salt Pillar, LDAP and lists

Automation

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 […]

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LDAP Backend for Salt Pillar

Automation

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) […]

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Adding new operating system types to salt

Automation

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 […]

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