Try Rundeck 2.11 Features Early. Help the Community.
Alex Honor     April 17, 2018 Rundeck

A release candidate of open source Rundeck 2.11 is now available. This release includes a number of new features, so we'd like extra feedback before making it GA.

This release includes improved support for job reference steps (have a step in one job call another job), improved plugin administration, improved GIT integration, and more. See the full list and download instructions below.

Rundeck for SRE: Create Standard Operating Procedures and Enable Operations as a Service (Video)

This video tells the story of a typical SRE journey with Rundeck. First, using Rundeck for creating standard operating procedures and checklists. Second, using Rundeck to safely enable Operations as a Service so others who are traditionally outside of the operations organization can execute operations procedures.

Talks We Like: How Your Systems Keep Running Day After Day, by John Allspaw
Damon Edwards     April 9, 2018 IT Operations

In this edition of Talks We Like (TWL), I'm highlighting a talk that should be watched by anyone who is interested in the performance and effectiveness of Operations teams.

This is John Allspaw, noted operations leader turned researcher, presenting at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2017 in San Francisco.

John makes the case that our industry needs to prioritize human performance. He discusses how humans understand and interact with complex systems, especially in the face of incidents.

Managing Passwords And Keys Using Rundeck's Key Storage And HashiCorp Vault
Damon Edwards     April 6, 2018 Rundeck

Rundeck's Key Storage is a set of functionality that allows you to securely store private keys, public keys, passwords, and other secrets for use in your Rundeck jobs.

Do you...

  • Need a private key to ssh to a remote node?
  • Need to use a key to access other tools?
  • Need to use a password/passphrase for accessing APIs, databases, network devices?
  • Need your scripts to have access to passwords when they execute within Rundeck?

Rundeck's Key Storage facility makes all of this a lot easier.

SREs Expanding Their Use of Rundeck: "Helping Me" + "Helping You"

It has been interesting to watch how Rundeck spreads in organizations who are also adopting SRE practices. The emerging role of SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) focuses on using software engineering skills to build and operate highly-reliable and highly-scalable services.

Their Rundeck usage can be divided up into two categories that I call "helping me" and "helping you".

 

Self-Service, Checklists, and More at SREcon Americas 2018
Damon Edwards     March 26, 2018 IT Operations, Rundeck

Going to SREcon Americas this week? Stop by the Rundeck booth in the exhibit hall.