Microsoft and GitHub – merge conflict?

For some time it has become clear that Microsoft is going to take over GitHub. As far as official sources can be trusted, GitHub will stay independent although a new CEO (Nat Friedman) will be introduced after the Microsoft takeover.

This question over GitHub’s future independence has raised a lot of skepticism within the developer community and many are considering moving their projects away from GitHub to a different location.

One alternative in this case could be GitLab. GitLab does not only have an online platform but it can as well be installed on your own hardware. Furthermore, it is an extremely solid piece of Open Source software you can fully rely on. This is also shown by the makers of GitLab themselves as they release updates each month – rolling out bug fixes, security updates and many recommendations regarding the use and configuration of your instance.

For those who would like to have their own GitLab instance, NETWAYS offers two options:

First one is available on our NETWAYS Web Services platform where we offer user-managed, hosted GitLab instances as Community or Enterprise Edition. The user does not need to take care of anything regarding installation or maintenance of his GitLab, but can directly go into production in no time with only a few steps needed. You as a customer are also free to decide for how long you would like to run your instances as any app is monthly callable. Furthermore, we regularly update these container based apps and monitor their health  for you. As a customer, you can register on NWS and try all the apps we offer 30 days for free.

The second product we offer is done by NETWAYS Managed Services which is exactly what it is called: With managed hosting you can get a virtual machine in our cloud or rented hardware running a full GitLab, either as Community or Enterprise Edition. You can choose the underlying ressources and we will do the rest for you, like installation with individual parameters and health monitoring. With managed hosting, our customers also have the choice to go full 24/7 support with “emergency” calls.

Nicole Lang

Autor: Nicole Lang

Ihr Interesse für die IT kam bei Nicole in ihrer Zeit als Übersetzerin mit dem Fachgebiet Technik. Seit 2010 sammelt sie bereits Erfahrungen im Support und der Administration von Storagesystemen beim ZDF in Mainz. Ab September 2016 startete Sie Ihre Ausbildung zur Fachinformatikerin für Systemintegration bei NETWAYS, wo sie vor allem das Arbeiten mit Linux und freier Software reizt. In ihrer Freizeit überschüttet Sie Ihren Hund mit Liebe, kocht viel Gesundes, werkelt im Garten, liest Bücher und zockt auch mal gerne.

May Snap 2018

Hello Sunshine!!

With the little shower from the dearly sky in May, Fabian talks about the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver”. And there is so much more for you to discover: Get all infos about Updating with Ansible from Thomas. Keya invites all monitoring lovers to Be a Speaker at the OS Monitoring Conference 2018 and Tim reveales some useful tips and tricks: Change your AD Password easily via OWA.

Keya announces NETWAYS’s Upcoming Training #Summer 2018 and We are ready, Are you Ready for the OSCamp? – Find out more! Nicole gives a fun insight in her experiences with Icinga 2 in Noob vs. Icinga 2, while Jennifer shares her experience with Training with NETWAYS in Software development and why it is worth doing. David packs a Handful of (Vagrant) Boxes. Everyone at NETWAYS is clapping. What for? Daniel let’s you know more about the Power Challenge #1min.care. Or you can follow Sebastian on the Road to OpenStack.

Michael reports about Releasing our Git and GitLab Training as Open Source, and Gabriel compares Rocket.Chat vs Slack, while Afeef reveales what happened in the fun and informative Apprentice Project week 2018. Last but not least, Keya has one really important reminder for you: Grab your OSDC Ticket! Last tickets alert!

 

Keya Kher

Autor: Keya Kher

Keya hat im Oktober ihr Praktikum im Marketing bei NETWAYS gestartet. Letzten Dezember startete Sie gemeinsam mit Ihrem Mann das “Abenteuer Deutschland”. Seitdem lernt Sie fleißig deutsch und fühlt sich bei NETWAYS schon jetzt pudelwohl. Sie hat schon viele Erfahrungen im Social Media Marketing und ist gerade dabei auch im Grafikdesign ein Profi zu werden. Wenn sie nicht gerade dabei ist, sich kreativ auszuleben, entdeckt sie die Stadt und schmökert gerne im ein oder anderen Büchlein. Ihr Favorit ist hierbei “The Shiva Trilogy”.

Releasing our Git and GitLab training as Open Source

Development is super fast these days, there are many tools and integrations to make it more comfortable. One of the version control systems is Git, next to well-known SVN and CVS. Git got really pushed by GitHub and most recently GitLab which provide entire collaboration suites. Nowadays you not only commit code revisions/diffs, you can also test and deployment changes immediately to see whether your code is good on defined platforms or breaks. Issue and project management is put on top and makes it very easy to collaborate.

Continuous integration (CI) allows for deeper code quality too. Add code coverage reports, unit test results, end2end tests and actually build distribution packages with tests on many platforms included. In addition to CI, continuous deployment (CD) adds the icing on the cake. Once CI tests and package builds are fine, add a new build job to your pipeline for automated deployments. This could for example push updated RPM packages for your repository and immediately install the bugfix release in production on all your client hosts with Puppet or Ansible.

You can do all of this with the ease of GitHub or your own hosted GitLab instance (try it out in NWS right now!). Don’t forget about the basics for development and devops workflows:

  • Untracked files, staging area, … what’s within the .git directory?
  • What is a “good commit“?
  • I want to create patch for an open source project – what’s a “pull request“?
  • Workflow with branches?
  • A developer asked me to “rebase your branch against master” and “squash the commits” … what’s that?

Our Git training sessions have been renewed into a two day hands-on session on Git and GitLab. Many of us are using Git on a daily basis at NETWAYS, in addition to GitLab. Knowledge which we share and improve upon. The training starts with the Git basics, diving into good commits, branching, remote repositories and even more. Day 1 also provides your own NWS hosted GitLab instance.

Starting with day 2, you’ll learn about development workflows with branches and real-life use cases. Continuing with CI/CD and generating your own Job pipeline, and exploring GitLab even further. We’ll also discuss integrations into modern development tools (Visual Studio, JetBrains, etc.) and have time to share experiences from daily work. I’ve been working with Git since the beginning of Icinga more than nine years ago.

We have open-sourced our GitLab training material. We truly believe in Open Source and want make it easier for development and contributions on your favourite OSS project, like Icinga.

You are welcome to use our training material for your own studies, especially if you are an open source developer who’s been learning to use Git, GitLab and GitHub. For offline convenience, the handouts, exercises and solutions are provided as PDF too.

Many of the mentioned practical examples and experiences are only available in our two day training sessions at NETWAYS so please consider getting a ticket. There’s also time for your own experience and ideas – the previous training sessions have shown that you can always learn something new about Git. You can see that in the Git repository and the newer Git commits, where this feedback was added to the training material ❤️

See you soon at the famous NETWAYS Kesselhaus for a deep-dive into Git and GitLab!

Please note that the training material is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International.

Michael Friedrich

Autor: Michael Friedrich

Michael ist seit vielen Jahren Icinga Developer und hat sich Ende 2012 in das Abenteuer NETWAYS gewagt. Ein Umzug von Wien nach Nürnberg mit der Vorliebe, österreichische Köstlichkeiten zu importieren - so mancher Kollege verzweifelt an den süchtig machenden Dragee-Keksi. Oder schlicht am österreichischen Dialekt der gerne mit Thomas im Büro intensiviert wird ("Jo eh."). Wenn sich Michael mal nicht im Monitoring-Portal helfend meldet, arbeitet er am nächsten LEGO-Projekt oder geniesst das schöne Nürnberg. Oder - at an Icinga Camp near you 😉

GitLab Security Update Reviewed

NETWAYS schreibt die Sicherheit ihrer gehosteten Kundenumgebungen groß – daher kamen auch wir nicht um das Sicherheitsupdate in den GitLab Community Edition und Enterprise Edition Versionen herum.

GitLab machte Mitte März öffentlich, dass man auf eine Sicherheitslücke sowohl in der Community als auch in der Enterprise Edition gestoßen sei. Dabei soll es sich um sogenannte Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) handeln, was Angreifern unter anderem den Zugriff auf das lokale Netzwerk ermöglich kann. GitLab löste dieses Problem nun durch ein Software Update und den Einbau der Option “Allow requests to the local network from hooks and services“, die per default deaktiviert ist und somit den Zugriff der Software auf das lokale Netz unterbindet.

Das Update auf eine neuere Version ist für viele Nutzer eine gute Lösung – allerdings nur, wenn diese keine Webhooks oder Services, die das lokale Netz als Ziel haben, nutzen. Denn wenn plötzlich die Webhooks und Services nicht mehr funktionieren und weder der Admin noch der User weiß, dass man bei der obigen Option einen Haken setzen muss, dann beginnt erst mal die Fehlersuche.

Fazit: Wer unbedingt auf Webhooks und ähnliches angewiesen ist, muss wohl oder übel vorerst mit der Sicherheitslücke leben.

Eingebaut wurde der Fix in folgende GitLab CE und EE Versionen: 10.5.6 / 10.4.6 / 10.3.9. Eine vollständige Übersicht an Releases findet man hier: GitLab Release

Managed Hosting bei NETWAYSGitLab CE und GitLab EE

NETWAYS Web Services – 30 Tage kostenfreies Testen von GitLab CE und GitLab EE

Nicole Lang

Autor: Nicole Lang

Ihr Interesse für die IT kam bei Nicole in ihrer Zeit als Übersetzerin mit dem Fachgebiet Technik. Seit 2010 sammelt sie bereits Erfahrungen im Support und der Administration von Storagesystemen beim ZDF in Mainz. Ab September 2016 startete Sie Ihre Ausbildung zur Fachinformatikerin für Systemintegration bei NETWAYS, wo sie vor allem das Arbeiten mit Linux und freier Software reizt. In ihrer Freizeit überschüttet Sie Ihren Hund mit Liebe, kocht viel Gesundes, werkelt im Garten, liest Bücher und zockt auch mal gerne.

Override Vagrant Config Locally

We are using Vagrant for most of our projects in order to provide the work environment for all people involved in the project. One of the things that we think is missing, is the option to easily override the Vagrant config locally. Developers could of course just change the Vagrantfile but this is not quite handy if it is managed via Git for example. Recently we came across the idea to include a local Vagrantfile if it exists:

Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|
  #
  # ...
  #

  if File.exists?(".Vagrantfile.local") then
    eval(IO.read(".Vagrantfile.local"), binding)
  end
end

This allows us to extend or override any Vagrant config in the file .Vagrantfile.local which developers exclude from Git. If you want to add a synced folder for example, the file could look like the following:

config.vm.synced_folder "../icingaweb2-module-director",
  "/usr/share/icingaweb2-modules/director"

config.vm.synced_folder "../icingaweb2-module-businessprocess",
  "/usr/share/icingaweb2-modules/businessprocess"
Eric Lippmann

Autor: Eric Lippmann

Eric kam während seines ersten Lehrjahres zu NETWAYS und hat seine Ausbildung bereits 2011 sehr erfolgreich abgeschlossen. Seit Beginn arbeitet er in der Softwareentwicklung und dort an den unterschiedlichen NETWAYS Open Source Lösungen, insbesondere inGraph und im Icinga Team an Icinga Web. Darüber hinaus zeichnet er sich für viele Kundenentwicklungen in der Finanz- und Automobilbranche verantwortlich.

NETWAYS Web Services: GitLab EE

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series NETWAYS Web Services

The NETWAYS Web Services Team is proud to announce the arrival of a new product: Customers can now have their GitLab EE instances hosted on our NWS platform.

Version control has become one of the most important aspects of everyday work life and has gone far beyond being only used by development teams. Many more use cases for version control have been created so far and are still to come. Even small teams are already using GitLab CE for controlling their workflows which is one of our reasons to offer this software as a hosted product.

After realizing that many users needed higher performance for increasing their productivity, we decided to add GitLab EE to our portofolio as it offers many more options and features than the CE version – without having to take care of the underlying hard- and software layers needed for running the application.

The process of hosting GitLab EE with us is almost as simple and comfortable as with all our other products – create an NWS account, choose a product and get started. GitLab EE makes a little exception for it is an Enterprise product and therefore customers need to provide a license acquired at GitLab. You can be sure that all features included in your license will be available in your NWS container right from the start.

This license is the only aspect the customer needs to take care of – NWS will provide all the comfort our customers already know from our other products, like maintenance works, updates, patches and a stable and well monitored platform underneath.

 

All those who do not want to worry about their version control should take a look at our attractive and scalable plans as well as individually sized solutions for hosting GitLab EE. More information can be found on our NWS homepage, in our GitLab EE section or by contacting us via the NWS livechat.

Important note: All NWS products are up for a 30 day free trial!

 

Nicole Lang

Autor: Nicole Lang

Ihr Interesse für die IT kam bei Nicole in ihrer Zeit als Übersetzerin mit dem Fachgebiet Technik. Seit 2010 sammelt sie bereits Erfahrungen im Support und der Administration von Storagesystemen beim ZDF in Mainz. Ab September 2016 startete Sie Ihre Ausbildung zur Fachinformatikerin für Systemintegration bei NETWAYS, wo sie vor allem das Arbeiten mit Linux und freier Software reizt. In ihrer Freizeit überschüttet Sie Ihren Hund mit Liebe, kocht viel Gesundes, werkelt im Garten, liest Bücher und zockt auch mal gerne.