Solutions Architect

Today is my first day at Red Hat! Well, OK, I’ve been here a few years, but today I move from Engineering to Sales. My new role is “Specialist Solutions Architect” where that specialty is Cloud.

I have a lot to learn, and I will try to use this site to record the most important and interesting details I learn.

What are the Cloud Products? well, according to Red Hat’s site, they are (please mentally prepend Red Hat to all of these) OpenStack Platform, OpenShift, CloudForms, Virtualization, Certificate System, Directory Server, as well as products bundles built out of these. Of these all, I’d guess I have the most to learn about CloudForms, as I’ve only recently started working with that. Really, though, I have a lot to learn across the board. I know that both Ansible Tower and Satellite server are major integration points for management of servers in the large, and I’ll be expected to provide expertise there as well. Plus, everything builds on the other product lines: RHEL and variants, as well as the Storage and Networking solutions.

This is going to be fun. Time to dig in.

Installing FreeIPA in as few lines as possible

I had this in another post, but I think it is worth its own.

sudo hostnamectl set-hostname --static undercloud.ayoung-dell-t1700.test
export address=`ip -4 addr  show eth0 primary | awk '/inet/ {sub ("/24" ,"" , $2) ; print $2}'`
echo $address `hostname` | sudo tee -a /etc/hosts
sudo yum -y install ipa-server-dns
export P=FreIPA4All
ipa-server-install -U -r `hostname -d|tr "[a-z]" "[A-Z]"` -p $P -a $P --setup-dns `awk '/^name/ {print "--forwarder",$2}' /etc/resolv.conf`

Just make sure you have enough entropy.

Testing Fernet Tokens on Tripleo

Not the way to do it long term, but this will give you a chance to play with it.

From the controller node:

sudo keystone-manage fernet_setup --keystone-user keystone --keystone-group keystone
sudo crudini --set /etc/keystone/keystone.conf token provider fernet
sudo systemctl restart httpd.service

Test it

$ openstack  token issue -f shell

Leadership in Software Development Part 1

I’ve been in and out of leadership roles from High School onward. For the past decade and a half, I’ve been a professional software developer. During that time, I’ve been in a leadership position roughly a third of the time. Recently, I was asked to evaluate my Leadership Philosophy (more on that later). I’ve also had to do the annual counselling that My company formalizes.

One tool we learned in the Army was the list of Leadership principals. As part of my evaluation, I want to see how I think they apply to what I do: Software Development in an Open Source project space. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

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Three Types of Keystone Users

Keystone supports multiple backend for Identity.  While SQL is the default, LDAP is one of the most used.  With Federation protocols, the user data won’t even be stored in the identity backend at all.  All three of these approaches have different use cases, and all work together.  The way that that I’ve come to think of them is as  three types of Keystone users:  employees, partners, and customers.  Take the following as a metaphor, not literal  truth.

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Who holds the keys to the Kingdom

During the years I worked as a Web application developer, it seemed like every application had its own authentication mechanism. An application developer is thinking in terms of the domain model for their application whether it be eCommerce, Systems management, photography, or weblogs. Identity Management is a cross cutting concern, and it is hard to get right. Why, then, do so many applications have “user” tables in their databases?
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