Posts by Chris Stankaitis

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

Today is our day. July 25, 2014 marks the 15th annual¬†System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this day we pause and take a moment to forget the impossible tasks, nonexistent budgets, and often unrealistic timelines to say thank you to those people who keeps everything working — system administrators. So much of what has become a…

Using SaltStack for Configuration Management

In my last blog post I mentioned that SaltStack is a fully featured configuration management solution, but we never looked into using the tool in that way. Today we will begin to explore some basic examples of configuration management with SaltStack. ¬†We will look at two aspects of configuration management, installing a package, and will…

SaltStack for Remote Parallel Execution of Commands

There are many scenarios when a SysAdmin has to do a “box walk” of the entire infrastructure to execute a command across many servers. This is universally accepted as one of the less glamorous parts of our job. The larger the infrastructure, the longer these box walks take, and the greater chance that human error…

A Look Back on SREcon14

The landscape of the Systems Administration industry is shifting. As the trend continues towards Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and other *aaS offerings, the traditional role of systems administrations is being challenged. While this traditional model will remain (well beyond its expiration date) in large enterprises who have invested heavily…