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.

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 🙂

OSMC 2018 – or: The Thirteen-Star Conference

“How many stars do you have?” – Just take a look at the name tag, count the stars and you’re talking. At a lot of participants badges you’ll see a considerable number of them. Once you’ve been to OSMC, you usually come back. Why is that so? Here’s what I found out:

 

My first conversation partner is a big catch: 13 stars – 13 years of OSMC! Stefan Kublik arrived from Neckarsulm and is taking part for Fujitsu TDS GmbH. To the first conferences, at that time still Nagios, he went for another employer. He changed companies, OSMC remained. What Kublik particularly appreciates: “Many people here are working on the same problems. The OSMC is great to get an overview.” Where is the community standing? Where is the journey going? Thruk and Prometheus interest him, the products he uses himself. But Kublik also picks up on new topics and continues researching at home. What has changed over the years? OSMC has become more international, he says. Will he come again? “I have to! The series of stars can’t stop! As long as I work in this field, I will come back!”

 

Two stars: For the second time Kevin Honka is at the OSMC. For his first he has actually been here as a speaker. “I was relatively active in the monitoring portal,” he says. And so he was asked if he would like to report about his activities at the OSMC. “Now I come to every Icinga camp and of course to the OSMC.” He is interested in Icinga, Graylog, Git, virtualization techniques… What he appreciates the most? “The people. And the food,” he says with a grin. And he adds: “I have seldom had better technical discussions.

 

 

Ulrike Klusik has only been working in monitoring for three quarters of a year – but OSMC already has her! Thanks to her boss at ConSol Consulting & Solutions Software GmbH. Klusik thinks the conference is above all a good opportunity to get to know Open Source tools. Besides the ones she knows already – OMD, which they develop themselves, and OpenShift and Prometheus. “I found the lecture on Sensu very interesting,” she says, “or: Oberservability in einer Microservicewelt”. As a newcomer to monitoring, she is particularly interested in lectures on general procedures. She thinks it’s worth coming back: “It’s good to look beyond one’s own nose. Unfortunately, one often has too little time for this in everyday work.”

 

Christian Hager counts and is astonished himself: “Ten stars! “In the beginning I came because I wanted to know something about monitoring with Nagios and Icinga. Now I come for everything else,” he laughs. Smart Home, Refocus, Maps, SLA Monitoring he has joined. When I ask him what else he is interested in, he pulls out a small notebook. This man is prepared! Hager has made a plan for both days. All the more flexible he is during the breaks. “I like to sit down with people I don’t know. That gives me new ideas.” Other conferences may be bigger, but there are many more sales people on the road. “The OSMC gathers a good group of experts, and it’s easy to find specialists to talk to here.” Hager himself comes from the computer centre at the University of Würzburg.

 

I meet Holger Koch and Gudrun Schöllhammer at a bar table in front of room Jacobi. They talk to each other. He joins for DB Systel GmbH from Erfurt, she comes from the University of Vienna. Eight OSMC stars are emblazoned on his name tag, six on hers. “We see each other here once a year,” she says – and he: “The OSMC is like a class reunion.” Unfortunately, we don’t get any further: The next talk begins. The two have a well clocked schedule. Apart from the good conversations with other admins, they are mainly on the hunt for input. Well, then I don’t want to stop them!

 

 

Have fun at the OSMC 2018!

 

And save the date for next year’s OSMC, November 4 – 7, 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.

WHAT THE HACK?!

Only 16 days to go?

Time for you to speed up: Grab one of our popular Hackathon tickets and join the event on Nov 08!

It’s fun! You’ll start the day with a short round of introductions, then run a brainstorming session for possible topics in addition to these ones that we came up with so far:

OPENNMS   |   NSCLIENT   |   GRAYLOG
ICINGA   |   ZABBIX   |   PROMETHEUS   |   ELASTIC

Team up, accept the challenge, collaborate to find a solution, succeed!
Find all details at: osmc.de/hackathon

 

Taking place on Nov 08 the Hackathon directly follows OSMC’s lecture program. Be part of OSMC and round off your stay! Get your conference and add-on ticket here! We would be happy to see you soon at…

#OSMC | November 5 – 8, 2018 | 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.

OSMC #Recap with Kempf & Kraus | Don’t miss this year!

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series OSMC Recap 2017

2017 sprachen Tobias Kempf & Michael Kraus über “Hochautomatisierte Warenlogistik – Monitoring bei Europas größtem Handelsunternehmen”.

  • 11.460 Filialen in 25 Ländern mit 390.000 Mitarbeiter
  • Es gilt, die Kommunikation über alle Ebenen zu sichern
  • Es braucht neue Monitoring Definitionen

Mehr über die Zusammenarbeit der beiden Herren gibt’s hier:

 

Don’t miss OSMC 2018! Get your ticket now! Be a part of the Monitoring change.

OSMC | November 5 – 8, 2018 | 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.