When should I use Ansible versus packer or Terraform?

via GIPHY I was having a conversation with a colleague recently. We wee discussing devops, and the topic of Ansible came up as I was advocating it as a great too to get things done. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s what he had to say… — quote — I’ve …

When I found gold in my customer archives

via GIPHY I’m good at keeping notes. I’ve blogged about Can progress reports & daily notes help engagements succeed. I would give that an emphatic YES! From helping with communication, to sharing arcane details about blocking issues, struggles & hurdles, notes can illuminate things that a CTO or manager may not otherwise be aware of. …

What tools & tech are devops engineers using today

via GIPHY I just stumbled upon Graham King’s blog, and I’m liking his writing. He wrote an excellent piece a developer goes to a DevOps conference. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I’ve been to plenty of Unix & operations type conferences over the years, so topics don’t surprise me. But …

Before you do infrastructure as code, consider your workflow carefully

via GIPHY What happens with infrastructure as code when you want to make a change on prod? I’ve been working on automation for a few years now. When you build your cloud infrastructure with code, you really take everything to a whole new level. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. You …

How to setup an Amazon EKS demo with Terraform

via GIPHY Since EKS is pretty new, there aren’t a lot of howtos on it yet. I wanted to follow along with Amazon’s Getting started with EKS & Kubernetes Guide. However I didn’t want to use cloudformation. We all know Terraform is far superior! Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. With …

What are the key aws skills and how do you interview for them?

via GIPHY Whether you’re striving for a new role as a Devops engineer, or a startup looking to hire one, you’ll need to be on the lookout for specific skills. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I’ve been on both sides of the fence, at times interviewing candidates, and other times …

How to use terraform to setup vpc & bastion box

via GIPHY If you’re building infrastructure on AWS or GCP you need a sandbox in which to place your toys. That sandbox is called a VPC. It’s one of those lovely acronyms that we in the tech world take for granted. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Those letters stand for …

Very easy cloudformation template comparison with simple terraform for beginners

via GIPHY If you search a bit on google, you’ll find lots of sample templates for both of these systems. However I found they had a lot of complexity. When you’re just starting, you want a very simple example. So I thought I’d put one together. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter …

How I use Terraform & Composer to automate wordpress on aws

How I setup wordpress to deploy automatically on aws You want to make your wordpress site bulletproof? No server outage worries? Want to make it faster & more reliable. And also host on cheaper components? I was after all these gains & also wanted to kick the tires on some of Amazon’s latest devops offerings. …