Startup Days bei Netways Vol. II

Dass Bernd einen gewissen Hang zum TrashTV hat, dürfte allgemein bekannt sein. Was würde also näher liegen, als sich von einem ehemaligen (stv.) Mitglied im Kunstbeirat des Deutschen Bundestages aus Nürnberg inspirieren zu lassen und seine Netways-Familie in eine selbstkonzipierte Löwenhöhle zu schicken.

Letztes Jahr wurde das Projekt initial gepitcht und dabei fiel unser neues Konferenzbuchungssystem raus.

Bis repetita non placent, könnte man meinen, aber dieses Jahr treten wir mit noch mehr Ideen an als schon 2017.

Zwischen Oktober 2018 und heute kamen etwa 100 Commits auf unsere Wiki-Page und brachten somit 12 Projekte zu Stande.

Zwar wird gibt es hier nochmal einen weed out, aber hier ein kurzer Abriss über die Projekte mit der höchsten Resonanz bisher:

Christian möchte weiter an seinem Windows Monitoring Konzept mit Icinga schrauben und sammelt hierfür Wünsche und Vorschläge.

Marius und Eric planen die Weltherrschaft bis Merz per automatisertem Aktientrading und hoffen auf mehr als 39,24% bzw. 48,52 % in der Endabstimmung.

Max verfolgt einen technischeren Ansatz und will mit seinem “SkyNET(ways)” heute das Office und morgen die Welt automatisiert kontrollieren.

(what could possibly go wrong)

Vanessa dagegen möchte etwas für unsere Gesundheit zu tun, wobei sie fachkundig von Julia unterstützt wird.

Nicole geht mit ihrem Projekt in eine Produktevaluation von Tinkerforge um unser Shop-Portfolio eventuell zu erweitern.

Wie die/der eine oder andere mitbekommen hat, sind wir dabei, in neue Buroräume zu ziehen. Die dort neue Dachterasse versuche ich, unter anderem mit Daniel, in eine Spielwiese für Urban Gardening und Gartenautomation umzuwandeln.

Wie man sehen kann, sind die Interessen bei Netways nicht ausschließlich technisch ausgerichtet.

Unseren Projektverläufen folgen kann man auf twitter: #lifeatnetways und #startupdays

Wer nächstes Jahr mitmachen möchte, darf gerne auf jobs.netways.de vorbeikommen!

Tim Albert

Autor: Tim Albert

Tim kommt aus einem kleinen Ort zwischen Nürnberg und Ansbach, an der malerischen B14 gelegen. Er hat in Erlangen Lehramt und in Koblenz Informationsmanagement studiert, wobei seine Tätigkeit als Werkstudent bei IDS Scheer seinen Schwenk von Lehramt zur IT erheblich beeinflusst hat. Neben dem Studium hat Tim sich außerdem noch bei einer Werkskundendienstfirma im User-Support verdingt. Blerim und Sebastian haben ihn Anfang 2016 zu uns ins Managed Services Team geholt, wo er sich nun insbesondere um Infrastrukturthemen kümmert. In seiner Freizeit engagiert sich Tim in der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr - als Maschinist und Atemschutzgeräteträger -, spielt im Laientheater Bauernschwänke und ist auch handwerklich ein absolutes Allroundtalent. Angefangen von Mauern hochziehen bis hin zur KNX-Verkabelung ist er jederzeit einsatzbereit. Ansonsten kocht er sehr gerne – alles außer Hase!

Monthly Snap November

 

Remember one month ago? The first talks were about to start soon, you had your first coffee, enjoyed the rich Holiday Inn breakfast, took your journal, in which you had your plan for the day scetched, you were happy to meet an old friend in the hallway on your way to Saal Jacobi, where Bernd Erk was preparing to kick-off OSMC. …

OSMC – good times! Take some of its spirit with you into the cold and dark december days and let it warm your heart like a cup of hot Christkindlesmarkt mullet wine.

Form OSMC to Open Infrastructure

How? Make yourself a cup of hot wine and read through OSMC 2018 – Day 1 and OSMC 2018 – Day 2 by Dirk, or OSMC 2018 – or: The Thirteen-Star Conference, in which our attendees share their experiences. Read Michi’s Hackathon stories and Dirk’s report about OSCAMP on Puppet. You’re more of a visual type?  Browse through our OSMC Archive and find all the videos, pics and slides.

Right after OSMC our NWS-Team hit the road to Berlin for OpenStack Summit. Check out their managed Open Infrastructure service at nws.netways.de – now with MyEngineer support!

Icinga Seminar & Berlin Camp

Lennart Betz continues his blogpost-seminar Icinga 2 – Monitoring automatisiert mit Puppet Teil 9: Profile and Teil 10: Profile Part II. Join the Icinga community in 2019: Icinga Camp Berlin: Call for Papers is running until Decemeber 31! Find all November Icinga updates here.

For the tech hearts

Achim tell you to Get your RadosGW metrics into Ceilometer. Loei explains the use and functionality of RFID & NFC. Niko shares Neuheiten beim IntelliJ-Update. Tim knows Ceph Mimic | Using loop devices as OSD

In git gud! Henrik tells the story of: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Code. Noah introduces you with GitKraken to a nearly perfect Git-Client, while Johannes shares another useful tool: PDF manipulieren mit pdftk.

Presents

In November Silke announced Black Friday mal ganz in Orange – Es darf gespart werden und Die neue Generation der SMSEagle NXS-97xx Linie stellt sich vor. It‘s always a good idea to check our Shop for special offers. Especially if you are looking for Christmas presents. In that sense: Entschleunigung vom Weihnachtsstress bei Netways!

Have a wonderful December and Christmas season! Stay tuned!

Julia Hornung

Autor: Julia Hornung

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS-Crew. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und Produktionsassistentin in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

OSMC 2018 | ARCHIVE IS ONLINE!

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA – more than 300 attendees and 47 speakers from 22 countries joined us: What would OSMC have been without them? To be honest: Not happening.

A big THANK YOU

….to all our attendees and speakers: You made OSMC special, inspiring and fun by joining or contributing to it! Thanks for your support! 4 days, 3 tracks of talks, 4 workshops, the fun community Hackathon, the Evening Event at Loftwerk, Lambada (former Checkpoint Jenny), Tapasitos, Schimanksi: It was a blast!

Travel back in time

Convince yourselves: Take a look at our Archive with all video recordings of the talks, the speakers‘ slides and conference pictures. And make sure you don’t miss this next year!

Save the date: #OSMC 2019 | November 04 – 07, 2019 | Nuremberg
Julia Hornung

Autor: Julia Hornung

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS-Crew. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und Produktionsassistentin in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

Icinga Camp Berlin: Call for Papers

The next Icinga Camp will take place in the heart of Berlin | March 14, 2019.

The organizers are currently on the hunt for speakers and this is where you come into play:

Join the Icinga community in Berlin!

Get on stage! Be part of one inspiring day full of #Monitoringlove in Berlin. The Icinga Camp team is always looking for new speakers. Send your proposal now! Call for presentations runs until end of December 2018.

Icinga Camps are dedicated to Icinga – best practices, add-ons, tools, and its continuous development. The Camps offer the perfect platform to learn about new techniques and monitoring updates. Icinga developers, communities and enterprise users come together to discuss the latest trends and share knowledge and experiences.

More on: icinga.com

 

Icinga Camp Berlin | March 14, 2019

Julia Hornung

Autor: Julia Hornung

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS-Crew. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und Produktionsassistentin in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

OSCamp took a close look at Puppet

If you want to meet the masterminds behind a certain project, one of the best things to do is join OSCamp. Each event in the OSCamp-series throws a spotlight on another Open Source tool. OSCamp‘s second edition was on Puppet – one of the leading configuration management tools, that has been used in many productive environments for years.

Taking place in the same venue as OSMC, the Puppet users among the OSMC attendees took the chance to join the Camp and get in touch with a lot of experienced Puppet people.

From NETWAYS my colleague Dirk Götz took part in the OSCamp as a speaker. Here is his what he experienced that day:

With Walter Gildersleeve being ill we had a changed agenda, so Martin Alfke (picture) started with a great talk on how you should handle Puppet modules. It was one of the best explanaitions of the Roles and Profiles pattern you can get including many pitfalls you should avoid handling the upstream modules.

Tim Meusel‘s first talk was on scaling and monitoring Puppetserver full of practical tipps for configuring Puppetserver, Foreman, PostgreSQL, and PuppetDB.

Bram Vogelaar talked about bootstraping a cloud infrastructure with Puppet and the Hashicorp stack based on his experience from doing so at a costumer.

Containers, de-mystified

Martin volunteered to give his great “Ops hates containers. Why?” talk as a second one which shows a good example for what Devops should not look like. But then he de-mystified containers and explained how to combine container and configuration management in a good way.

After lunch I tried to squeeze all my tipps on deploying Foreman into an already existing Puppet environment into 30 minutes and to convince attendees to do so with a demo.

Kris Buytaert and Lander Van den Bulcke explained why it is so complicated to get on newer versions of Puppet in an enterprise environment and shared helpful information on how to get this done successfully.

Introduction into Vox Pupuli

Tim finished the round of talks with an introduction into Vox Pupuli the biggest community maintaining Puppet modules. It is always fascinating and inspiring to see how much work some Open Source communities do to get the tool of their choice into its best shape.

Afterwards a platform for open discussion was provided so people could share more knowledge, learn from each other and get new ideas and optimization hints for their own environment. Stay tuned to get to know what Open Source project the our next OSCamp will focus on!

Julia Hornung

Autor: Julia Hornung

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS-Crew. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und Produktionsassistentin in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

OSMC Hackathon: Feature complete?

Our fourth OSMC hackathon started fully packed after an overwhelming conference – free form, and our introduction round provided many interesting topics to keep up with.

MQTT, OpenNMS, NSClient++, Elastic/Graylog, Migration from Nagios to Icinga 2, Zabbix, Prometheus, MySQL, ARM packages, Notification issues, Golang frameworks, Ansible, Puppet, Icinga Web 2 modules, Vsphere, Director, Maps, … holy moly, that’s super effective for just one day. Missed it? Join us next year!

Jens Schanz from Müller (Hint: The environment with 17k hosts and 200k services) mentioned a problem with missing notifications in his OSMC talk on Wednesday. So we did a deep dive in the production environment into one-time delayed notification without recovery for their ticket system integration. Turns out, that we’ve found a bug in Icinga, and also a quick workaround for production. Jens also knows how to use the debug console for future troubleshooting. Real #monitoringlove ❤️

Gian Arb from InfluxDB joined for the first hours, so “everyone who has questions, be quick”. Maybe he’ll stay longer next year, since he’s said that OSMC feels like home already. Rihards Olups shared Zabbix insights and focussed on improving MySQL monitoring. Our friends Tarus Balog and Ronny Trommer from OpenNMS looked into pushing sensor values into MQTT and OpenHAB, Tarus had his first success 🙂 Julien open-sourced an AMPQ adapter which forwards alerts from Prometheus.

Nicolai Buchwitz is building Icinga 2 for ARM hardware, and asked me to look into failing tests during the Debian package build. This turned out to be a very deep analysis with memory access violations and specific gcc and libstdc++ versions on this hardware, x86 works just fine. 50% are solved, more investigation needed.

Michael Medin implemented a huge new feature: Native Powershell support in NSClient++.  Cannot wait to see this being released! Dave Kempe started working on translation for the famous Icinga 2 book, together with Thomas Mr. Icinga Book. Or as they say: “Translating Austrian to Australian (English) …” 😉 Thilo jumped right into Jinja templates for the Icinga Ansible modules, and also offered help on enhancing the graph integration in mail notifications.

Noah and Jean played with the Gin library in Golang, providing an HTTP framework. They also discussed the state logic in Icinga 2 together with Eric and our friends from Syseleven, Max and Maurice. Max also did a deep-dive into new enhancements for Icinga Web 2 with more advanced scheduled downtime options. Together with Eric, he found a bug in the forms too. First time hackathon attendees discovered how to write Icinga Web 2 with the help from Eric.

The Map module for Icinga Web 2 received a docs patch from Jens, while Thomas Mr. Director looked into improvements for the business process module, Director, Cube (PR from Nicolai) and certainly the newly released Vsphere module. Last but not least, Flo was for the rescue and helped Jens to modify his Batman theme for Icinga Web 2. Dave also shared the color blind theme for Icinga Web 2 with Jennifer, and to mention too, Jean helped Jens with a DNS/network problem on Icinga startup.

It is INCREDIBLE what we achieved together as OSMC hacking family. We are never feature complete, always exploring and developing new things. See you next year, mark November 4th–7th, 2019 in your calendar!

Michael Friedrich

Autor: Michael Friedrich

Michael ist seit vielen Jahren Icinga-Entwickler 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 und der Linzer Torte. Oder schlicht am österreichischen Dialekt der gerne mit Thomas im Büro intensiviert wird ("Jo eh."). Wenn sich Michael mal nicht in der Community helfend meldet, arbeitet er am nächsten LEGO-Projekt oder geniesst das schöne Nürnberg mit #atasteofaustria 🙂