Monthly Snap May: Events, Integrations & Community Updates

This time we’re focusing on many cool integrations, past and upcoming events and even more with and around Icinga.
We’ve celebrated eight years Icinga in May – hooray!
Currently we are working on Icinga 2 v2.7 to be released in June. This will include certain enhancements for performance and metrics. I’m writing a blog post soon. We are also pushing resources into Icinga Exchange and our new backend. Many things cooking under the hood, and soon to be shared with insights.
One of them is new build infrastructure which has been released this week. Built with Jenkins and Puppet and developed in the open. All involved scripts, modules and a Vagrant test environment can be found on GitHub. You’ll also recognise a new theme on packages.icinga.com 🙂
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Monthly Snap April: Vagrant boxes, Logstash & Foreman

Greetings from sunny Upper Austria – I’m enjoying some days back at home, away from lovely Nuremberg. It is getting warmer over here after we’ve successfully welcomed Winter again during Easter 😉
What happened with Icinga in April? Blerim blogged about the new log processor for Logstash and further introduced automated monitoring with Foreman. The webinar was moved to upcoming Thursday, 4.5.2017 16:00-17:00 +02:00.
We’ve also revamped our Vagrant boxes a bit, more details in this blog post. Our fellow community member Carsten takes the Grafana module for Icinga Web 2 to the next level, make sure to check it out! 🙂
Go for a walk outside, and meet a baby cow like our “Icinga”, if you can. Your monitoring keeps you safe to enjoy nature and the hopefully lovely weather at your place. See you soon! 🙂

Automated Monitoring – Icinga meets Foreman

foreman logoAutomated monitoring configuration has many facilities. Some use configuration management software such as Puppet or Chef to deploy their host and service definitions. Others use the Director to import hosts from an existing CMDB and users from Active Directory. Independent from the technique that you use, I am sure we all agree that automated monitoring configuration is a huge benefit.
Today I am pleased to tell you about a new mechanism that came up recently to automate host creation in Icinga. The Foreman is a complete lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual servers. Servers can be installed classically via PXE or by using a cloud provider like Azure or DigitalOcean. You can also easily spawn Docker containers. The Foreman integrates configuration management tools such as Puppet, Chef or Ansible to set up and configure software after the installation. The list of available plugins is endless. (more…)

From FOSDEM to CfgMgmtCamp and beyond

fosdem_2015_logoIcinga team members are spread all around the globe, and so are the events we’re attending or organizing 🙂
We’ve never been to FOSDEM, so it was really nice to catch up with community members and speakers knowing Icinga very well, as well as talking about the hot stuff with Icinga 2 and Icinga Web 2. Bruxelles & Waffels, Gin & Beer, and also meeting with the Inuits guys talking Puppet.
FOSDEM took place on Saturday & Sunday where we mostly attended the configuration management dev room, next to distributions (systemd, etc) and visiting the booths. Numbers said 3000 to 5000 users, and certain rooms were just full any time – FOSDEM was renamed to “Fulldem” on Twitter. Sunday evening we joined the Foreman developers and contributors for dinner, moving to Ghent afterwards.
cfgmgmtcamp_logoWith nearly ~500 registered users CfgMgmtCamp has a full house, kicked off by the keynote by Mitchell Hashimoto (creator of Vagrant), providing a vision where configuration management will head. Next up was a panel on the future of configuration management with the brains behind Chef, Ansible, Saltstack and Puppet – awesome! We were moving further into the Foreman track with Katello as content life-cycle management system, and a nifty talk on how to deploy CoreOS with Foreman.
Last but not least – James Turnbull on Monitoring Sucks. While certain aspects are definitely true such as using the configuration management tool to discover and register services, we do not agree on a bad monolithic model behind Icinga 2.
Second day started with a great talk by Jez Humble from Chef on Lean Configuration Management. Next up: Writing Foreman plugins, using autodiscovery and even further – there certainly were many tracks and talks to choose from, Puppet, Ansible, Chef, Salt, Juju, Foreman, … and the ones who discovered the already developed modules for integrating Icinga2 with Puppet, Ansible & Chef doing their home exercises already (have a Saltstack recipe? Contact us!).
Afterall, CfgMgmtCamp was an awesome event – big thank you to the organizers! #cfgmgmtcamp – see you 2016 🙂
PS: Keep monitoring all the things! 😉