On Monday, I gave you some basic tips about working with Terraform in Azure, and today I want to show you what I’ve learned about creating virtual machines from custom images. First of all, there are a lot of ways in which you can create your image, Packer being a...

I’ve been really getting into Terraform lately and have been interested to see how well it plays with Azure. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed. In fact, I’ve had a lot of fun with it. If you’re not familiar with Terraform, in their words: Terraform enables you to safely...

I took the Basic Chef Fluency test (the first one toward Chef certification) a few months ago now, so I wanted to share what I thought about it and a study guide which lot of people have asked about. So first off, you pay for it then schedule it, and...

I realize my journey into technology isn’t normal, per se. Many times people ask me how they can do it, too, and they note how I had advantages that they don’t, so they succumb. Meanwhile, many people in technology note the need to lower the barrier to entry into careers...

I have been working toward my Chef certification here lately, and my husband came up with this really cool kata that I’ve been working on lately to study up for my first exam. A kata is something that you do over and over for training and for the purpose of...

My DevOps Training Plan is going swimmingly, thanks for asking. ;) I shared with you last week about how I learned how to use the Jenkinsfile for a CI/CD pipeline. That was a lot of fun, and this week I’m inserting Docker into the mix! I honestly didn’t think I’d...

TLDR: Use Jenkinsfile instead of the UI so that one ~ahem~ well-intentioned person can’t ruin your build. Resources Jenkinsfile documentation Pluralsight: Getting Started with Jenkins 2 by Wes Higbee - serious shout-out to this guy. His classes are perfect - very thorough and clear. DevOps, Version Control, and Jenkinsfile For...

Happy New Year, my friends! Despite the bad press that 2016 got, I actually had a pretty good year. It was arguably the year of the greatest risk, challenge, and also growth in my life. I’m so lucky to get to continue that growth at a company who not only...

My last post about attributes was really born out of this issue I had had creating an InSpec profile that tests the build configuration of a machine within a pipeline in TeamCity and testing all of the different environments, making sure the correct Mysql passwords were entered in for each...

Y’all, I was in InSpec heaven a couple of weeks ago. I was on a project where I was supposed to create an InSpec profile that tests the build and application configuration of a set of servers within a pipeline in TeamCity - smoke-tests. I had to translate a bunch...