DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #256 - 29th November 2015

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It’s just about December, which means it’s nearly time for the return of the excellent SysAdvent. If you’ve not come across this before you should checkout out the last 7 years worth of posts at http://sysadvent.blogspot.co.uk/.

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News

A reminder that, if you work for a company, you should practice good systems administration practices for end user devices like laptops too. Having a standard build for your organisation is a great topic I’d like to see more written on.
http://everythingsysadmin.com/2015/11/idc-dell-rogue-certs.html

My talk from the recent DockerCon EU event, all about the metadata capabilities of container runtimes, and how Docker Labels in particular could be used to expose an API for containers.
https://speakerdeck.com/garethr/shipping-manifests-bill-of-lading-and-docker-metadata-and-container

A nice write-up of the Facebook paper Moving fast with software verification. The concept of a pipeline for software delivery is widespread, but I’m not sure we collectively have a set of well defined best practices yet. More research please.
http://blog.acolyer.org/2015/11/20/moving-fast-with-software-verification/

An excellent talk entitled “Tools, Culture and Aesthetics – The Art of DevOps”, focusing squarely on the culture aspects of devops and in particular how to build that culture in traditional organisations.
https://jaxenter.com/tools-culture-and-aesthetics-the-art-of-devops-122535.html

A good outsider’s perspective on what is a unikernel. Lots of links to other references and a good starting point if you’ve heard the term but aren’t sure what the fuss is about.
https://ma.ttias.be/what-is-a-unikernel/

Interesting approach to testing network connectivity. A simple tool and YAML file configuration, but with the ability to autogenerate those configs from packet sniffing, Django config files and more.
http://1stvamp.github.io/conn-check-talk/
http://conn-check.org/

Perl was the system administrators language of choice several years ago, and Perl 6 is finally here. This excellent introduction goes through the language features, including installation and the new gradual type system.
http://perl6intro.com/

Mig is Mozilla’s real-time digital forensics and investigation platform. It relies on endpoing agents and covers inspecting filesystems, memory, network IO with plans for more vulnerability management capabilities.
http://mig.mozilla.org/

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Events

Software Circus is back for one more event in 2015, the Winter Wonderland will be taking place on the 17th of December in Amsterdam. Talks ranging from continuous delivery, containers, monolithic systems and visualising conceptual designs.
http://softwarecircus.eu/

Tools

Wagl is a new tool for service discovery via DNS intended for use in Docker Swarm clusters.
http://ahmetalpbalkan.github.io/wagl/
https://github.com/ahmetalpbalkan/wagl

Sup describes itself as “make for network servers”. It allows you to describe a set of hosts and commands, and provides a simple CLI to interact with them. Similar to Fabric in Python, but in this case written in Go with a YAML configuration file.
https://github.com/pressly/sup

The King’s Hand is a tool for organizing ad-hoc scripts written in Go. It provides a simple discovery mechanism and a way of loading arbitrary go binaries into the kh tool.
https://github.com/bryanwb/kh

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