Red Hat Subscription Reporting Guide




This article will look at the various options available, to do subscription reporting for Red Hat products. Many large organizations sometimes struggle to keep track of what subscriptions are being used, often maintaining their own spreadsheets. This can be very error prone and time consuming. Systems can even be subscribed to the wrong subscriptions, for example a virtual machine running RHEL using a physical subscription. Many Red Hat customers have several different products, not just RHEL and being able to actively inventory the entire subscription landscape is critical.

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My Mentor and Friend Andi Neeb

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Andi Presenting at Ansible Roadshow in June 2019


Andi and I in the lounge on our way back from a sales kickoff in 2016

It has been a few weeks since I learned of the tragic passing of my friend, colleague and mentor Andreas Neeb. I am just now able to gather my thoughts, in an attempt to pass on the lessons I learned from one of the truly great, Red Hatters. First I would like to remember how Andi and I became colleagues and friends.

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Enterprise Container Platform in the Cloud: OpenShift on Azure secured by Azure AD

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This article is a collaboration from Rolf Masuch (Microsoft) and Keith Tenzer (Red Hat). It is based on our work together in the field with enterprise customers.

In this article we will explore how to deploy a production ready OpenShift enterprise container platform on the Microsoft Azure Cloud. The entire deployment is completely automated using Ansible and ARM (Azure Resource Manager). Everything is template driven using APIs. The bennefit of this approach is the ability to build-up and tear-down a complete OpenShift environment in the Azure cloud before your coffee gets cold.

Since OpenShift already uses Ansible as its installation and configuration management tool, it made sense to stick with Ansible as opposed to using other tools such as Power Shell. A Red Hat colleague, Ivan McKinley created an Ansible playbook that builds out all the required Azure infrastructure components and integrates the existing OpenShift installation playbook. The result is an optimally configure OpenShift environment on the Azure Cloud. We have used this recipe to deploy real production Environments for customers and it leverages both Microsoft as well as Red Hat best practices.

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 56,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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OpenStack Kilo Lab Installation and Configuration Guide



In this article we will focus on installing and configuring OpenStack Kilo using RDO and the packstack installer. RDO is a community platform around Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform. It allows you to test the latest OpenStack capabilities on a stable platform such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or CentOS. This guide will take you through installing the OpenStack Kilo release, configuring networking, security groups, flavors, images and are other OpenStack related services. The outcome is a working OpenStack environment based on the Kilo release that you can use as a baseline for testing your applications with OpenStack capabilities. A big thanks to Red Hatter, Goetz Rieger who contributed some of this content.
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Enterprise OpenStack: RHEL OSP


As of today there are over eleven OpenStack services and more are coming. Each service has complete isolation from other services and that allows OpenStack to scale far beyond the reach of current computing platforms. However due to all these independent services, OpenStack can be very complicated to operationalize in enterprise environments.
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To cloud or not to cloud…that is the question

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Iceland  – has possibly the cheapest, most reliable energy source in the world and as such is not a bad place to build a cloud.

Attempting to understand cloud

There is still a ton of confusion around cloud computing. Not a day goes by that I don’t talk to someone or read something about cloud that has nothing to do with cloud. Continue reading