Building an Ansible 2 Lab in Vagrant/VirtualBox

Submitted: Sat, 01/30/2016 - 14:27

This post is all about Ansible. 2016 saw the release of Ansible 2, which comes with a few new features however the bulk of the effort in version 2 looks to have been in refactoring. Regardless, I have found that my job often requires me to be doing lots of dull tasks on multiple servers. Whilst we have some older servers with some quite, ahem, bispoke and quirky setups making them unsuitable for integration into a configuration management system - some tasks can be performed en-masse using Ansible.



Two Node GlusterFS in Vagrant

Submitted: Tue, 12/22/2015 - 16:16

I've been experimenting with GlusterFS recently and I have found it fairly useful to be able to roll out a quick Gluster volume to play with. Vagrant here is your friend, you can roll out VMs fairly quickly and dispose of them leaving little to no mess afterwards.

The following Vagrantfile is for VirtualBox and will create a volume replicated across two nodes. My main aim of creating this Vagrantfile is to experience how Gluster behaves when taking servers offline, adding more servers and what happens when you replace/add bricks to a volume. 


Let's Encrypt - nginx!

Submitted: Thu, 12/17/2015 - 12:33

So, December 3rd saw the public beta release of "Let's Encrypt", a free, automated and open certificate authority from the Internet Security Research Group. I've tried out their client on Apache2 and all I can say is that it is the easiest and cheapest way of getting your site on SSL.

When it comes to nginx, things aren't quite as simple. As I write this the nginx plugin isn't yet supported, probably because nginx config comes in all shapes and sizes dependent on version, os and package maintainer.


Drupal 8 on nginx HHVM and PHP5-FPM fallback.

Submitted: Wed, 12/09/2015 - 10:55

It is, without a doubt, an exciting time for everyone working with Drupal and PHP in general - a great way to round of 2015. We've seen two major releases of our favourite open source projects, Drupal 8 and PHP 7. Whilst the performance boost of PHP7 over PHP5.6 is beyond anecdotal - it is proven - the performance of Drupal 8 on PHP7 vs.


Creating a Guest Wireless Network on a MikroTik running RouterOS 6 with Winbox

Submitted: Sat, 12/05/2015 - 17:02

I reveived a brand new MikroTik routerboard through the post recently; an RB2011U series router to be specific. My goal for using this router is to better manage my home network, VPN connections and the guests who come into our home. The last point is fairly important to me as I want to create a guest WiFi network to isolate visitors from the rest of the network, BYOD is the acronym for "Bring Your Own Disaster" after all.