Packaging Apps To Run on Any Linux Device

Canonical's Snapcraft (Snappy) package manager creates a self-contained application that works across Linux distributions. We show you how to install, publish, and run a simple snap.

ZAP provides automated security tests in continuous integration pipelines

Despite the abundance of tools that test code and help improve the effectiveness of a continuous integration pipeline, automated security testing is much more difficult to get right than it might appear.

Setting up Windows clients with Chef

Chef administrators unafraid of a learning curve can employ a powerful tool for Windows client management. Teamed with PowerShell, it offers more than some system management suites.

Useful tools for automating network devices

Armed with the right tools, you can manage your network infrastructure both automatically and effectively in a DevOps environment.

Proactive Monitoring

System administrators usually take action after monitoring software indicates the failure of a service or server. In contrast to this reactive approach, a proactive monitoring solution with Riemann allows admins to detect problems in advance.

Automation with System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator

SCO 2012 R2 lets admins automate workflows and processes using a graphical user interface.

Opportunities and risks: Containers for DevOps

Containers are an essential ingredient for various DevOps concepts, but used incorrectly, they do more harm than good.

Automate your VMware configuration with Puppet

In ESXi environments, the powerful Puppet automatic configuration tool can perform its services and roll out VMs automatically. A test environment shows the benefits of Puppet in conjunction with vSphere.

What's new in Ansible 2.0

The new version of the Ansible IT automation platform has a revised and faster engine and 200 new modules.

Ease your network inventory pain with Spiceworks

Keeping track of hardware, software, and licenses is next to impossible in these days of BYOD and virtualization. Spiceworks Inventory solves the problem with a single, small executable full of open source software and a web browser.

Ansible as an alternative to the Puppet configuration tool

Automation is part of life in the data center, and Puppet is commonly regarded as the King of the Hill, but some users prefer the lean alternative Ansible.

Managing Ubuntu with Canonical Landscape

Canonical's Landscape management environment is an admin's friend when Ubuntu systems need patching, updating, and provisioning.

The advantages of configuration management tools

Etcd, ZooKeeper, Consul, and similar programs are currently the subject of heated debate in the world of configuration management. We investigate the problems they seek to solve and promises they make.

Automation with Ansible

Ansible offers automatic provisioning and configuration capabilities similar to that of Chef and Puppet, but it's aimed more at admins than developers.

Automated builds using CentOS 7 and Kickstart

Automating your system builds can save a lot of time. We describe the steps of a minimal installation using CentOS and Kickstart.

Building better software on schedule with DevOps

DevOps makes IT departments more efficient and makes their employees happier – but what is it? We describe some basic ingredients of the DevOps recipe.

Choosing between the leading open source configuration managers

Puppet and Chef are competing open source tools for configuration management. Which tool is right for your network? Read on for some pros and cons.

Integrating OCS information into monitoring with OpenNMS

If you want to manage large IT environments efficiently, you need automation. In this article, we describe how to transfer information automatically from the OCS network inventory system to the OpenNMS network monitoring tool.

Vagrant, Serf, Packer, and Consul create and manage development environments

Four open source tools – Vagrant, Serf, Packer, and Consul – facilitate a developer's work by each handling one specific task elegantly.

Monitoring with collectd 4.3

Collectd 4.3 is a comprehensive monitoring tool with a removable plugin architecture.

First steps in IT automation by Rex

Rex doesn't need agents or a special language to describe the tasks it performs on remote computers.

Zabbix release 2.2

Although Nagios gets lots of attention, the popular network monitoring tool Zabbix is free, can configure hosts for direct monitoring in the web interface, and now can also monitor VMware machines in version 2.2.

Life cycle management with Foreman and Puppet

Virtual machines seem to be ideal for spare capacity. They are easy to create and remove – if only all those time-consuming administrative tasks like assigning IP addresses, setting up backups, and monitoring were more manageable. Having the right tools can help.