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Test Driven Infrastructure Basics

Tutorials  Inspec Chef

Today I’m going to go over the basics of Test Driven Infrastructure, what it means, how to do it, when it applies, and why. In this tutorial I’m going to use Chef, but you can use whatever you want.

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User error caused a massive S3 blackout

Opinions  AWS S3 Post Mortem

At 9:37AM PST, an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended. The servers that were inadvertently removed supported two other S3 subsystems. source:

Is this where we echo one of the great pillars of Linux? With great power comes great responsibility.

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SendGrid DNS White Labeling and CloudFront for Secure Click Tracking Links

Tutorials  SendGrid AWS CloudFront

At StarLeaf we had a need to secure our SendGrid click tracking links, unfortunately our provider, SendGrid, had no way of sending HTTPS traffic with their in place white labeling solution. This is how we solved that.

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Starting a Career in DevOps

Opinions  DevOps

A few years ago I got out of the military as a radio technician, but before I got out I had a ominous conversation with a long time friend explaining that I thought the future of an IT career lied in a mix of systems, programming and virtualization. At the time I really knew nothing about virtualization, had really only web and some Perl/Python experience and a life long love of Linux. Since then, my experience has turned it into a beautiful well-rounded career that’s only growing.

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Basic Ubuntu Security

Tutorials  Ubuntu Linux Security

Especially in 2017 everyone should be concerned about security. You don’t need to be a genius or completely paranoid in order to avoid most potentially compromising situations. Follow these instructions and you’ll have a basic understanding of what it is to secure your brand new, vanilla Ubuntu server. That said, if you use the web or have a publicly accessible service then there is always a chance you will be compromised. You cannot predict application patches with vulnerabilities or the colorful attempts a hacker that is specifically targeting you may employ. You may simply prep with your best effort.

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