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2018

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2014

Bootstrapping Windows servers with Puppet

16 minute read

All started a handful of months ago, when it appeared that we’d need to build some of our native software on Windows. Before that time, all our desktop softw...

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2013

FOSDEM and Config Management Camp 2014

4 minute read

So I know this blog has been almost abandoned, but that’s not because I don’t have anything to say. At contrary, I’ve never dealt with so many different tool...

Devopsdays Paris For Real!

2 minute read

Paris is more and more becoming the DevOps place to be. We (apparently) successfully rebooted the Paris DevOps Meetups, with already two events so far, and t...

The 10 commandments of logging

14 minute read

Welcome on my blog for this new Year. After writing an answer to a thread regarding monitoring and log monitoring on the Paris devops mailing list, I thought...

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2012

Ticket to Devopsdays Roma?

5 minute read

After seeing @KrisBuytaert tweet a couple of days ago about offering priority registration for the upcoming Devopsdays Roma next October to people blogging a...

Benchmarking Puppet Stacks

4 minute read

I decided this week-end to try the more popular puppet master stacks and benchmark them with puppet-load (which is a tool I wrote to simulate concurrent clie...

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2011

Puppet Internals: the parser

12 minute read

As more or less promised in my series of post about Puppet Extension Points, here is the first post about Puppet Internals.

Puppet Extension Points - part 2

15 minute read

After the first part in this series of article on Puppet extensions points, I’m proud to deliver a new episode focusing on Types and Providers. Note that th...

Puppet Extension Points - part 1

8 minute read

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, almost a year. Not that I stopped hacking on Puppet or other things (even though I’m not as productive as I ha...

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2010

Puppet SSL explained

14 minute read

The puppet-users or #puppet freenode irc channel is full of questions or people struggling about the puppet SSL PKI. To my despair, there are also people wan...

Benchmarking puppetmaster stacks

3 minute read

It’s been a long time since my last puppet blog post about file content offloading. Two puppetcamps even passed (more on the last one in a next blog article)...

More Puppet Offloading

5 minute read

Puppet really shines at configuration management, but there are some things it is not good at, for instance file sourcing of large files, or managing deep hi...

Puppet Memory Usage - not a fatality

7 minute read

As every reader of this blog certainly know, I’m a big fan of Puppet, using it in production on Days of Wonder servers, up to the point I used to contribute ...

mysql-snmp 1.0 - SNMP monitoring for MySQL

2 minute read

I’m really proud to announce the release of the version 1.0 of mysql-snmp. What is mysql-snmp? mysql-snmp is a mix between the excellent MySQL Cacti Templa...

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2009

Nginx upload progress module v0.8!

less than 1 minute read

Yes, I know… I released v0.7 less than a month ago. But this release was crippled by a crash that could happen at start or reload. Changes Bonus in this ne...

Nginx upload progress module v0.7!

1 minute read

I’m proud to announce the release of Nginx Upload Progress module v0.7 This version sees a crash fix and various new features implemented by Valery Kholodko...

Puppet Camp 2009 debriefing time!

1 minute read

I attended Puppet Camp 2009 in San Francisco last week. It was a wonderful event and I could meet a lot of really smart developers and sysadmins from a lot o...

Inexpensive but Powerful Photo Geotagging

3 minute read

It’s a long time since I blogged about photography, but I’m coming back from 2 weeks vacation in Sicily armed with my Nikon D700, so it’s the perfect time to...

Storeconfigs (advanced) use cases

6 minute read

This week on #puppet, Nico asked for a storeconfigs live example. So I thought, a blog post would be perfect to post an example of a storeconfigs use case an...

New SSL features for Nginx

1 minute read

As a Puppet Mongrel Nginx user, I’m really ashamed about the convoluted nginx configuration needed (two server blocks listening on different ports, you need ...

Nginx secure link module with TTL

2 minute read

It’s been a long time since my last post… which just means I was really busy both privately, on the Puppet side and at work (I’ll talk about the Puppet side ...

Puppet and JRuby a love story!

2 minute read

As announced in my last edit of my yesterday post Puppet and JRuby a love and hate story, I finally managed to run a webrick puppetmaster under JRuby with a ...

Puppet and JRuby, a love and hate story

3 minute read

Since I heard about JRuby about a year ago, I wanted to try to run my favorite ruby program on it. I’m working with Java almost all day long, so I know for s...

In love with zsh, part 1

10 minute read

Note: when I started writing this post, I didn’t know it would be this long. I decided then to split it in several posts, each one covering one or more inter...

Introducing mysql-snmp!

1 minute read

Thanks to Days of Wonder the company I work for, I’m proud to release in Free Software (GPL):

PLD to the rescue!

2 minute read

There is something I used to hate to do. And I think all admins also hate to do that.

OMG!! storeconfigs killed my database!

7 minute read

When I wrote my previous post titled all about storedconfigs, I was pretty confident I explained everything I could about storedconfigs… I was wrong of cours...

All about Puppet storeconfigs

5 minute read

Since a long time people (including me) complained that storeconfigs was a real resource hog. Unfortunately for us, this option is so cool and useful.

Help! Puppetd is eating my server!

4 minute read

This seems to be recurrent this last 3 or 4 days with a few #puppet, redmine or puppet-user requests, asking about why puppetd is consuming so much CPU an...

February Puppet Dev Call

1 minute read

Yesterday we had the February Puppet Dev Call with unfortunately poor audio, lots of Skype disconnections which for a non native English speaker like me re...

The curse of bad blocks (is no more)

2 minute read

If you like me are struggling with old disks (in my case SCSI 10k RPM Ultra Wide 2 HP disks) that exhibits bad blocks, here is a short survival howto.

Small World contest!

2 minute read

You certainly know that I work for the boardgame publisher Days of Wonder, and we announced a couple of days ago our new boardgame Small World:

Puppet Memory Leaks… Or not…

3 minute read

From time to time we get some complaints about so-called Puppet memory leaks either on #puppet, on the puppet-user list or in the Puppet redmine.

First post!

less than 1 minute read

Hi,Welcome to my personal blog!

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