Running puppet with cron

As an update to the previous post I'm glad to say that our puppet setup is working pretty well! The only issue I've had is that the cron generation script we were using started to break crontab on servers. This seems to be due to it creating blank entries when…

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Puppet runs 'syncing' up.

So.. Recently we have had a weird issue at $work with puppet where the puppet runs on quite a lot of servers have appeared to all bunch up and run at the same time. Like this video, but instead of metronomes you have ~1800 servers that were once staggered all…

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Adventures with loadbalanced multimaster puppet.

At $work we use glorious puppet for our configuration management needs. The first version of our puppetmaster was a xen virtual machine with 2 cores, 8GB RAM and 60GB diskspace. This was fine for a while. However soon it started struggling under the load as the amount of servers managed…

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Toad in the hole.

My tried and tested toad in the hole recipe. Ingredients. 8 regular sized sausages (I used 6 large ones this time) 225g plain flour 300ml milk 4 large eggs (supermarket sized*) Salt/Pepper Olive oil * I used 3 eggs, but as they are from our chickens they are quite a…

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Crispy roast potatoes.

I tried my hand at "proper" crispy roast potatoes at the weekend and they turned out brilliantly, so I will document the recipe I used here. Ingredients. 4 medium roasting potatoes * ~100ml vegetable oil 1 Tbsp plain flour 2 tsp turmeric Salt/Pepper Rosemary * I used 'King Edwards'…

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Blocking wordpress/joomla brute force attempts on cPanel.

As $work is a hosting provider we have lots of cPanel servers, so naturally they come under bruteforce attempts by bots/hacked sites. At first I wanted to create a script to monitor how many IPs were attempting to ┬ábruceforce login pages of sites on our shared servers, but it…

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My "Desert Island Discs".

My friend tagged me in a post on facebook, which is a nomination to list the top 10 albums in my life. I actually find this pretty hard to do as I don't really listen to just albums, I much prefer to listen to lots of different tracks by different…

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Baked Basa with veggies.

This is pretty much my go-to meal for when I want something yummy that only takes about 30 minutes (prep and cook time). It's pretty healthy and there is no set list of ingredients, just throw in what veggies you feel like. Ingredients. 1 Filet of Basa (frozen). Veggie(s)…

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Gold radio spotify playlist.

I used to like listening to Gold radio, but they stopped broadcasting and switched to online only, and that's lame/no use for the car/there are ads. So I have written a script that adds their recently played tracks to a spotify playlist. I've set it to run every…

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Pulled pork recipe.

I recently felt like making pulled pork but finding a recipe online proved to be a challenge, there are so many different ones and they all call for lots of ingredients. I like my cooking to be simple and have the least amount of ingredients as possible, while still making…

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