Notes from the Summit: Day 3 Summary

This is the third and final installment of my daily notes from the 2016 Powershell and DevOps Global Summit. Day 1 wrap-up is here, and Day 2 is here.

Sessions

9 AM (Don Jones): What DevOps Really Looks Like

Don Jones is an effortlessly entertaining speaker who’s not afraid to eviscerate ideas he finds stupid, sort of like (and I mean this in the best possible way) the Donald Trump of Windows IT. He is also a man who thinks clearly about DevOps, a subject usually buried in fuzziness and hype. (I highly recommend his short e-book on DevOps from an ops perspective.)  In this session, he gave a typically animated fireside chat about what a DevOps culture really is: an embrace of the idea – foreign to many ITIL shops – that failure is inevitable and change is good. (He brought down the house with a line about ITIL being IT governance borrowed from the DMV.)

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Notes from the Summit: Day 2 Summary

Being the second installment of my daily notes from the 2016 Global Powershell and DevOps Summit. Day 1 wrap-up is here.

 

Morning Sessions

9 AM (Neema Saeedi, Windows Server & Services Program Manager): Nano Server and Remote Management

Nano Server is coming, ready or not. And it looks like Microsoft’s new skinny server option is a lot readier than it was at last year’s Powershell Summit in Charlotte. Last year’s big reveal was the fact that Microsoft would offer a web-based remote management console for Nano, including familiar tools like Registry Editor and Task Manager that won’t be available on the headless server itself, as well as a Powershell prompt right in the browser.  That management console is now in preview, and Neema Saeedi from the Nano team spent some time today demonstrating the interface as well as providing updated stats about Nano’s current size and deployment time.

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Configuration Management Week: SaltStack

Today’s guest post is by Greg Bell. View the full Configuration Management Week schedule here.

About Greg

Greetings! I’m Greg Bell, a Cloud Automation Developer at the Greenville, SC office of Infor, a software company specializing in Enterprise Solutions. I speak Data Center, Systems Engineering and Virtual Technology. IT is a passion but I @iGeektoLive.

Intro to SaltStack

Overview

saltstackSaltStack was developed by Thomas Hatch, CTO and co-founder. Tom is one of the most active contributors in the open-source community. I had the good fortune of having lunch with him and several members of his development team on the last day of SaltConf15 in Salt Lake City Utah earlier this year. He clearly has a passion for making the best software available to manage computers of almost any kind. You may have heard of one of SaltStack’s earliest customers: LinkedIn. They have thousands of servers all managed by SaltStack.

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Configuration Management Week: SaltStack

Configuration Management Week: DSC

Today’s guest post is by Jon Carl. View the full Configuration Management Week schedule here.

About Jon

Jon Carl enjoys the outdoors, running, and anything tech, specifically software engineering. In his spare time, Jon is building a new social network, Segment. At the time of this article he is employed by Frontline Technologies where he works as a Junior Software Engineer. Follow him on Twitter @grounded042.

Intro to DSC

Overview

Get-Help DSC

PowerShell Desired State Configuration, hereafter referred to as DSC, is a configuration data deployment and management feature in Windows PowerShell. DSC allows one to declare a wide range of configuration options and variables through PowerShell syntax, and apply those configurations to one or many machines with the push of a button. Configurations are made to be re-runable, and can thus be used as a configuration integrity tool by re-applying the configurations as needed. To put it simply, DSC allows the desired state of a configuration to be declared and applied.

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Configuration Management Week: DSC

Configuration Management Week: Ansible

Today’s guest post is by Luke Seelenbinder. View the full Configuration Management Week schedule here.

About Luke

Hi! I’m Luke. I write code and design architecture for Spensa Technologies, a precision
agriculture
company in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Intro to Ansible

Overview

ansibleThe Ansible Team developed Ansible to meet five design principles: 1) simply clear, 2) simply fast, 3) simply powerful, 4) simply efficient, 5) simply secure.
Those five principles were a result of a common frustration. If a developer writes a deployment script, moves on to other projects, and then returns to it in six months to add a new deployment directive, the complexity of many tools easily make the task impossible. Michael DeHaan wanted to avoid this. (Paraphrases taken from http://www.ansible.com/about.)

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Configuration Management Week: Ansible