Infrastructure-as-Code: Project Update

The Infrastructure-as-Code project is progressing along rather well. When I set out on the project in November of 2017, I wanted to use the project as a means to learn several new technologies — Ansible, Python, CoreOS and Kubernetes. The initial stages of the project focused on understanding how CoreOS works and how to automate the installation of a CoreOS […]

Docker for Ansible + VMware NSX Automation

I am writing this as I sit and watch the annual viewing of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy over the Christmas holiday. The next couple of weeks of time should provide the time necessary to hopefully complete the Infrastructure-as-Code project I undertook last month. As part of the Infrastructure-as-Code project, I spoke previous about how Ansible […]

Infrastructure-as-Code: Ansible for VMware NSX

As the project moves into the next phase, Ansible is beginning to be relied upon for the deployment of the individual components that will define the environment.¬†This installment of the series is going to cover the use of Ansible with VMware NSX. VMware has provided a set of Ansible modules for integrating with NSX on GitHub. The modules easily allow […]

Infrastructure-as-Code: Getting started with Ansible

The series so far has covered the high level design of the project, how to bootstrap CoreOS and understanding how Ignition works to configure a CoreOS node. The next stage of the project will begin to leverage Ansible to fully automate and orchestrate the instantiation of the environment. Ansible will initially be used to deploy the blank VMs and gather […]

Infrastructure-as-Code: Understanding CoreOS Ignition

The previous post introduced the Ignition file that is being used to configure the CoreOS nodes that will eventually be used for running Kubernetes. The Ignition file is a JSON formatted flat-file that needs to include certain information and is particularly sensitive when improperly written. In an effort to help users of Ignition, the CoreOS team have provided a Config […]