Automation, Orchestration and Increasing the value of Human Capital

Automation and orchestration is a particularly hot topic these days, and with good reason. We are reaching a sort of critical mass in the expansion of software and infrastructure development. There are buzzwords flying about with the wide acceptance as Software Defined <insert technology here> because there is a fundamental shift in how we are … Read more

Puppet 101 – Basic installation for master and agent machines on Ubuntu 12.04 with VMware Workstation

You don’t have to go far to hear the word Puppet these days. Configuration management isn’t just a new trend that is hitting IT environments. It is a methodology for stateful, repeatable, DevOps style management of your infrastructure. For the VMware folks, this is now a part of the vCloud ecosystem in a way because … Read more

PowerShell cURL – Yes It Exists – Invoke-RestMethod

cURL is a tool we all find very useful, and if we are PowerShell users, we often want to have the combination of PowerShell and cURL. ¬†With PowerShell 3.0, one of the really great CmdLets that is available is Invoke-RestMethod. This handy little CmdLet allows us to now use the PowerShell scripting language to access … Read more