Opsgenie Edge Connector & custom actions via Ansible.

What does it bring.

Opsgenie is the glue that holds Alert and Incidents together, by allowing all tools to stay in sync during the life-cycle of the alert or incident

Ansible is the I.T automation glue that holds the configuration / orchestration management together

We are rapidly increasing the number of services per head count in the on demand era and both tools show no issues in meeting the challenge of an increased workload, but they have there own area of expertise, yet if we take a thousand foot view its clear having them work together we can achieve great things.

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Ansible Tower Smarter inventories.

I love the idea of smart inventories, I want a large dynamic inventory and then create small subset inventories based on filters to pass onto my other groups. However; There is a huge issue with the smart inventory that it doesn’t present the group information down to them. So if my DBA team has Dev, QA and Prod environments I would need to create 3 inventories for them DB-Dev, DB-QA and DB-Prod instead of being able to just create one DB group and let them set there job template based on a limit to the environment.

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CloudForms Fix SmartState for VMWare 6.7

VMWare made significant changes of the API’s with the release of 6.7 and as such the way we mount vmdk and read then has changed, you will see once you upgrade that CloudForms can no longer perform a SSA, the error in the User interface will look similar to this.

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Set custom virtual environments and Ansible versions in Tower

Tower 3.3 introduced the ability to have multiple versions of Ansible availble, this can be really useful if we have custom python packages needed with dependencies we dont want to upgrade, or we want a specific version of Ansible being run to combat anything deprecated.

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Auto Remediation with Zabbix and Ansible Tower Part 1

Objective Goals

1.) Automatically detect new systems and logically add them to a group

2.) If no Agent is found to be running, then to have Ansible Tower run a job to set it up

3.) Create a collection of playbooks that can be used for auto remediation

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Auto Patch schedule with Satellite 6.3 and Ansible Tower Part 3

From the previous 2 parts we have set up Satellite and created our Ansible Playbooks, now we want to put it all together on Tower by creating the Job Templates and Workflows to make this happen.

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Auto Patch schedule with Satellite 6.3 and Ansible Tower Part 2

In Part one we went over the setup of Satellite and Katello-cvmanager to perform the publish and promote in Satellite.

Now we want to create the playbooks that Ansible Tower with use in order to  patch the servers and then setup the next lifecycle environment.

You want to create these playbooks, You can skip this section and grab them from my github repo HERE but as always understand what is being done before you just run them.

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Auto Patch schedule with Satellite 6.3 and Ansible Tower Part 1

The Problem

When it comes to Satellite the flow to patch our life cycle environments feels like a very manual process, after our sync plan completes, I need to publish a new version and then promote this through my environments ( Dev, QA, Prod etc ) What I want is this to be fairly hands off and have it done in the background automatically for me. And so let’s go over the steps needed to achieve this. Continue reading “Auto Patch schedule with Satellite 6.3 and Ansible Tower Part 1”