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Keep up the stellar work florian :) Wish i had more time at this point to
contribute but hopefully come the virtualization phase i can contribute
alot more as I have a fair bit of experience in that realm.

On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM, Florian Effenberger <> wrote:


I wanted to share the current infra status quo with you. Sorry for being
so silent the last weeks. It was really urgent to get some stuff done, so I
first wanted to create some results before talking. ;-)

I spent quite some time now with updating our existing configuration.
Goals were:

- bring it from Ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04
- make it scriptable (poor man's deployment), as preparation for a real
deployment solution
- include some wishlist items and fix some bugs, plus enhance security

Right now, I achieved all of this with the base system plus the Postfix
setup, including spam and virus filtering. To move out of theory, I have
now updated all running VMs with this up to date configuration, so they are
now in a stable and sane state. Let's better not talk about what was
before, all of that was set up in a rush... ;-) Productive machines
benefitting from this change are AskBot and Gerrit, plus some testing

Next step is to move forward with the above steps for the web server
configuration, apply that to the virtual machines, and then start migrating
kermit, our web server, to our shiny new hardware, since all we need is the
documentation I should have by then.

I will poke site administrators individually when the migration will take
place. Some sites I can migrate on my own (like the wiki), but for others
it is good to have someone around wo "wears the hat", like Christian for
Silverstripe, since he's more in the know here than I am.

This should cure most of the ongoing issues with load, as kermit2 has much
more CPU power and RAM. Plus, it will save us some money when we don't have
to run kermit and kermit2 in parallel.

Next roadmap items after kermit has been migrated is to migrate bilbo, our
machine for downloads and mail(ing lists). This will be a bit more tricky,
since it requires many more components, but if I can move on at the current
speed, I hope it won't take too long. In parallel, I also want to update
some Ubuntu 11.10 machines that already have current hardware to the new
setup, which should be straightforward. Also in parallel, Alex is putting
all of the documentation into SaltStack (thank you so much, Alex!), so we
move towards real deployment as well.

I also plan to host a public admin call soon, but for the moment, I hope
the above helps in understanding where we stand and what's up for the

As to virtualization of all services, this is something to look into after
all of the above has been done, and won't be a topic before summer or even

Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. :-)


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