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Deploying a Docker Sandbox using Vagrant and VirtualBox

Even with the addition of more client-side tools for running Docker, it still requires installing development tools that may impact your local environment. Plus, I’m a fan of using VirtualBox to make sandbox environments that I can spin up and tear down as needed. This means that I never have to worry about version conflicts with development languages and dealing …

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Why I Have 12 Virtual Labs

12 Labs. Yes, that is 12 (twelve) as in 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11…12 labs. Why would someone have 12 labs you may ask? Well, this is a great question. In fact, if I really did subdivide by guest platform, there are much more, but for all intents and purposes, each lab is a different hosting environment for testing resources. Update: I actually did …

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Portable Lab – The DiscoPosse mobile VMware Workstation

One of the best ways to gain knowledge and to test drive software and configurations is to have a virtual lab. This isn’t really big news of course, but for many newcomers to Systems Administration and virtualization it can be difficult to find resources to build an effective lab. Luckily, with VMware Workstation, or VMware Fusion for OSX you are really only a …

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TDI – Using Test Driven Development Methodologies for Infrastructure

For those who have had exposure to development environments, you are probably familiar with TDD, or Test Driven Development. If not, then I highly recommend that you dig into the topic as it may be one of the best tools to have in your toolkit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test-driven_development The concept is simple: Design a test for an upcoming feature. Run the test to …