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Rudder 4.0-4.1 retrospective: automating tests and improving visibility

Shortly after the release of Rudder 4.0 in November, the development team sat down together for a retrospective of the whole release cycle. We studied what went well, less well, and downright bad, and we looked at the lessons learned. Last but not least, we picked two topics to focus on improving in the next […] Read more

Rudder 3.1.18, 3.2.11 and 4.0.3 released

The following versions were released on 20th February 2017: 3.1.18 (changelog, upgrade documentation) – Rudder 3.1 is currently the ESR version of Rudder. It will be maintained 6 months after the next ESR release is announced. 3.2.11 (changelog, upgrade documentation) – Rudder 3.2 was the latest release before 4.0, and it reached end of life […] Read more

Mar, 02, 2017

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Recent Weeks in Rudder – 2 (30 Jan. 2017)

This is a (approximately) 2 week summary of the activity in the Rudder community, highlighting events, discussions and development activity. Writing these updates is open, all contributions are welcome in the collaborative writing space! Announcements and Blog Posts There will be a Rudder room at CfgMgmtCamp (Monday, February 6)! Rudder 4.1 beta 1 was released (changelog). […] Read more

Jan, 30, 2017

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Rudder room at CfgMgmtCamp Gent 2017

The Rudder community will soon gather at the occasion of the Configuration Management Camp Gent. The Configuration Management Camp is an event for people interested in Open Source configuration management, that exists since 2014. It is a community-oriented event where different projects meet each other and share knowledge and experiences internally. The Rudder community has been […] Read more

Jan, 30, 2017

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Recent Weeks in Rudder – 1 (20 Dec. 2016)

This is a (approximately) 2 week summary of the activity in the Rudder community, highlighting events, discussions and development activity. Writing these updates is open, all contributions are welcome in the collaborative writing space! Announcements and Blog Posts Rudder 4.0 is out! Blog post giving an overview of the new features Full changelog Rudder 3.1.17, 3.2.10 and […] Read more

Dec, 20, 2016

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Rudder 3.1.17, 3.2.10 and 4.0.2 released

The following versions were released on 12th December 2016: 3.1.17 (changelog, upgrade documentation) – Rudder 3.1 is currently the ESR version of Rudder. It will be maintained 6 months after the next ESR release is announced. 3.2.10 (changelog, upgrade documentation) – Rudder 3.2 was the latest release before 4.0, and it will reach end of life the […] Read more

Dec, 20, 2016

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New Rudder blog – a community channel

A blog for the Rudder community We decided to open a new communication channel for the Rudder community. Its main goal is to provide a place for development and community-oriented content, easier to discover and browse than mailing-list archives. This blog will include: Major and minor release announcements, with a focus on highlighting important changes […] Read more

Dec, 20, 2016

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Using rudder-setup to automate Rudder installation

Hello Rudder aficionados! TL;DR: rudder-setup setup-server 4.0 In the Rudder team, we regularly test Rudder, either for support or for automatic testing. That’s why we made rudder-tests. It calls Vagrant to install virtual machines and then installs Rudder on them. Since the installation part was really useful for everyone, we decided to make it an […] Read more

Practical API case: CSV compliance extraction

Introduction Hello folks! Today, I’m writing this post to talk about a solution we found to the following problem: how do you export compliance data from a Rudder installation? The use case was: how do you export Rudder compliance metrics that are currently accessible in the Web UI in a machine-usable format so you can […] Read more

Rudder 4.0 is out!

Rudder 4.0 changes for good the way we see IT management Here we are! After months of hard work, nourished by years of feedback from the community and our clients, Rudder 4.0 is out. What makes this version so special we felt it deserved its own epic version instead of pursuing towards a more discreet […] Read more

Discover the new package management implementation in Rudder

Rudder 3.2, starting from 3.2.8, offers a new package management implementation. It is new, and not as tested as the previous one, but already usable. This article explains the reason for this change, and will give an overview of the features and their usage. Why? As you may have noticed, the current package management implementation […] Read more

The first knowledge hub on release management – interview of the creators

Last month we discovered Electric Cloud, a Californian company specialized in Continuous Delivery. They did a great job creating a wiki gathering every tools and companies involved in IT auotmation, from infrastructure configuration management to continuous depolyment. As we praised this intiative, and not only because Rudder is included in the configuration management section, we […] Read more

Mustache templating with ncf and CFEngine

Why use mustache template When you start a configuration management project, you promptly discover that there are are two ways of managing your configuration files. You can either edit the existing ones or use templates to replace them all. Editing pros and cons: it is more complex and more bug prone it is easier when […] Read more

Rudder 3.1 “Frigate” release

Rudder 3.1 “Frigate” was released 9th July 2015.   The main changes are: Improvements on security: inventories are now signed and sent over HTTPS, a basic SELinux policy is now provided New features in the API: compliance, rule and group categories, complex queries on nodes Some UI improvements: compliance of each Node in Nodes list, […] Read more

Rudder 3.0 – A major step forward

Hello folks, 2015 starts with a lot of new promising changes for Rudder! After all the polishing work we did to Release Rudder 2.11, we decided that the next Rudder version would have a lot of new features and improvements. With a list of feature that long, we decided that the next version will be […] Read more

Just enough bootstrap for your configuration management agent with cloud-init

Infrastructure automation tools like Rudder, SaltStack, Chef, Puppet or CFEngine can manage your system from top to bottom – once they are installed on it. The typical chicken and egg problem occurs when deploying such a tool – how do you bootstrap it? Each managed node needs to have an agent installed and configured on […] Read more

TTYtter

I use Twitter every day for personal and professional purposes, to stay informed about a broad range of subjects (going from highly technical topics to announcements about the next season of my little pony). I also do not want to keep an eye permanently on my web browser to check for tweets, and enjoy using […] Read more

Dec, 04, 2014

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gpg+vim+git for easy, independent and safe personal password management

The Sisyphus of our time: trying to safely manage your passwords I don’t know for you, but it’s been a long time since I abandoned the idea to try to memorize my passwords. I try to be safe, and password theft happens so quickly that I don’t want to share a password between two entities […] Read more

Nov, 27, 2014

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A recap of the devops track at Open World Forum 2014

Last week in Paris, the Open World Forum took place over two days and I was asked to organise the devops track of this event. The event itself was beautifully organised in a lovely space right in the centre of Paris (just off the Champs Elysées with several metro lines nearby). Many local companies were […] Read more

Nov, 04, 2014

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Using Mosh

Let’s take a simple situation: you are on a slow and / or unreliable access to the Internet, for example a tethering access on your mobile phone while on a train. You have received an urgent monitoring mail that says a machine from your IT infrastructure requires immediate attention. This is it: you know you […] Read more

Oct, 23, 2014

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