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Today, we announced that Pythian has entered into an agreement to acquire Blackbird.io, itself the result of a recent merger between PalominoDB and DriveDev. I want to start with a hearty welcome to the 40+ new esteemed collaborators joining our firm today. Simultaneously, I want to welcome Blackbird.io’s valued clients to the Pythian family. I…

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On the Road with Laerte

For the month of October, Microsoft PowerShell MVP, Laerte Junior will be touring Brazil and Europe for various SQL Server-related speaking engagements. “Thankfully, I am working at a company that fully supports their employees to speak and participate in community events.” Laerte says. “I can travel to Europe for 5 SQL Server conferences, and then…

Managing Files with SaltStack

Before we begin, take a look at my previous two blog posts, SaltStack for Remote Parallel Execution of Commands and Using SaltStack for Configuration Management. We manage files using configurations management much for the same reasons that we manage packages and services – we want/need consistency across all of our boxes, and to spend our time…

How to Configure an Azure Point-to-Site VPN – Part 2

This blog post is the second in a series of three which will demonstrate how to configure a Point-to-Site VPN step-by-step. In my first blog post, I demonstrated how to configure a virtual network and a dynamic routing gateway. Today’s post will be about creating certificates. CREATING CERTIFICATES At this step, we will create and…

Offline Visualization of Azkaban Workflows

As mentioned in my past adventures, I’m often working with the workflow management tool ominously called Azkaban. Its foreboding name is not really deserved; it’s relatively straightforward to use, and offers a fairly decent workflow visualization. For that last part, though, there is a catch: to be able to visualize the workflow, you have to…

12c: Fun with WITH!

Last night I couldn’t sleep and what else you’re going to do? I was thinking about Oracle stuff. In Oracle version 12, Oracle has enhanced the WITH clause – traditionally used for sub-query factoring – to allow the declaration of functions and procedures. This can be (ab)used to create a very interesting scenario, that is not very…

Some Observations on Puppetrun with Foreman

After joining Pythian I was introduced to several configuration management systems and Puppet was one of them. Foreman is a system management tool which can be integrated with Puppet to manage puppet modules and to initiate puppet runs on hosts from web interface. This is very useful if you want to configure large number of…

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