What We’ve Learned So Far

As I’ve been rebuilding this site. In case you hadn’t noticed. I have.

Cause of the hack.

And this is what I’ve learned so far…

Backups Aren’t Necessary UNTIL THEY ARE

If I had been maintaining regular backups (which the hosting company is totally happy to do for just a few euros more per month), it would’ve taken a few short hours (minutes? let’s hope I never find out.) to rebuild. Instead it’s been days. And it’s going to take at least another week to smooth out all the wrinkles.

So now I use Vaultpress, a WordPress plugin that interfaces with Jetpack, for daily backups.

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Rocky Road Ice Cream, People, The Best Ice Cream Obviously

Grab your spoons, people, the first milestone of OpenStack Rocky has come and gone which can mean only one thing!

RDO Test Days!

RDO is a community of people using and deploying OpenStack on CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. At each OpenStack development cycle milestone, the RDO community holds test days to invite people to install, deploy and configure a cloud using RDO and report feedback. This helps us find issues in packaging, documentation, installation and more but also, where appropriate, to collaborate with the upstream OpenStack projects to file and resolve bugs found throughout the event.

In order to participate, though, people needed to:

  • Have hardware available to install and deploy on
  • Be reasonably knowledgeable / familiar with OpenStack
  • Have the time to go through an end-to-end installation, test it and provide feedback

SAY NO MORE! In an attempt to eliminate these barriers, we’re continuing the experiment started last year by providing a ready to use cloud environment. This cloud will be deployed with the help of Kolla: https://github.com/openstack/kolla and Kolla-Ansible: https://github.com/openstack/kolla-ansible which will install a containerized OpenStack cloud with the help of Ansible and Docker.

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All Your Repos Are Belong To Us

Today (and tomorrow) are the RDO Mitaka Test Days in Brno, Czech Republic and I spent a few hours this morning catching up on the tripleo quickstart live demonstration video and the rest of the day bashing my head against the packstack sanity checks for RHEL 7.2, CentOS 7.1, and Fedora 22.

And I took awesome notes. To share with you.

Cause I love.

There are quite a few prerequisites assumed which I’d like to clarify right now because I had to figure this out myself.

My ThinkPad W541 laptop environment:

$ cat /etc/redhat-release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 7.2 (Maipo)

$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 3.10.0-327.10.1.el7.x86_64 (mockbuild@x86-021.build.eng.bos.redhat.com) (gcc version 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-4) (GCC) ) #1 SMP Sat Jan 23 04:54:55 EST 2016

$ free -m
total used free shared buff/cache available
Mem: 15516 2020 7846 382 5649 12796
Swap: 7879 1 7878

$ lscpu
Architecture: x86_64
CPU op-mode(s): 32-bit, 64-bit
Byte Order: Little Endian
CPU(s): 8
On-line CPU(s) list: 0-7
Thread(s) per core: 2
Core(s) per socket: 4
Socket(s): 1
NUMA node(s): 1
Vendor ID: GenuineIntel
CPU family: 6
Model: 60
Model name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4810MQ CPU @ 2.80GHz
Stepping: 3
CPU MHz: 2667.328
BogoMIPS: 5587.36
Virtualization: VT-x
L1d cache: 32K
L1i cache: 32K
L2 cache: 256K
L3 cache: 6144K
NUMA node0 CPU(s): 0-7

I followed the instructions on https://www.rdoproject.org/testday/mitaka/milestone3/ to set up three virtual environments for testing purposes. This assumes you know how to set up a virtual system within Virtual Machine Manager which is fairly lacking, but the screenshots are helpful and the interface is fairly intuitive.

Note to self: write post about setting up virtual machines.

My goal for the day was to run a sanity check against packstack on CentOS, RHEL, and Fedora.

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