With the rise of white box environments network equipment is being liberated from captive pre-installed network OSes. You can now choose your bare metal switch hardware and operating system separately and then change it trivially later. Surely this creates chaos and a compatibility nightmare I hear you say. Continue reading
Installing SaltStack can be a pain as there is some initial installation and configuration needed before Salt can actually be used. This post shows how you can install and operate Salt on a Cumulus Linux switch without ever needing to log into the switch directly. The operations shown below can easily be expanded to install many switches at once. Continue reading
Recently we had the need to install a number of Ubuntu boxes for a client. Whilst our usual home-grown scripts with Kickstart and Salt work just fine, they are not the most intuitive to hand over or maintain. So we used Canonical’s MaaS or Metal as a Service. We are talking tens of machines, not thousands, so we created a single node MaaS installation. This gives flexibility for future deployments, as MaaS can install a number of different operating systems.
This is a walk through of what turned out to be a very quick and easy install. Now we can install servers on
mass maas. Continue reading
Are you still running down to the datacentre to install your Linux machines with a CD? Is it still taking you hours to install a new machine? You can’t be a hyperscaler if you don’t automate your server installs. Continue reading