Insights into Ansible: environments of called playbooks

Usually when Ansible Tower executes a playbook everything works just as on the command line. However, in some corner cases the behavior might be different: Ansible Tower runs its playbooks in a specific environment. Different playbook results in Tower vs CLI Ansible is a great tool for automation, and Ansible Tower enhances these capabilities by … Continue reading Insights into Ansible: environments of called playbooks

Impressions of #AnsibleFest London 2016

The #AnsibleFest was taking place today in London, and I was luckily able to attend. This post shares some impressions from the event, together with interesting announcements and stories. Preface The #AnsibleFest London 2016 took place near the O2 Arena and lasted the entire day. The main highlight of the conference was the network automation … Continue reading Impressions of #AnsibleFest London 2016

So you think offline systems need no updates?

Often customers run offline systems and claim that such machines do not need updates since they are offline. But this is a fallacy: updates do not only close security holes but also deliver bug fixes – and they can be crucial. Background Recently a customer approached me with questions regarding an upgrade of a server. … Continue reading So you think offline systems need no updates?

[Short Tip] Debug Spamassassin within Amavisd

Filtering e-mail for spam and viruses can be done efficiently with Amavisd-New. Besides its own technologies to identify and filter out Spam it can also make use of Spamassassin and its results. However, since Amavisd starts Spamassassin itself, it sometimes is hard to debug when something is not working. For example in a recent case … Continue reading [Short Tip] Debug Spamassassin within Amavisd

[Howto] ownCloud auto setup including LDAP

The self hosting file sharing solution ownCloud is becoming increasingly popular, even in companies you regularly come across installations. To make auto setup of ownCloud easier the following howto shows the steps to automatically connect it to a LDAP server. File exchange services like Dropbox or Google Drive offer a neat and quick way to … Continue reading [Howto] ownCloud auto setup including LDAP