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Deploying a Nameserver at DigitalOcean in 2 minutes

One of the great things about DigitalOcean is that you can spin up a new small sized Debian VM in under 55 seconds. All that remains is to log in, add the Salt Debian repo, add the salt signing key, and then run state.

Debian Package Caching

By starting to use SaltStack to administrate my Debian VMs I’ve saved myself a lot of time logging into each machine, running apt-get update; apt-get upgrade.

ipquail now curl friendly

I’ve always liked how the site (down today it seems) returns JUST the IP address from command line when accessed via CURL. Unfortunately it is not IPv6 enabled.

Anycast Administration with SaltStack

I’ve been playing with SaltStack for a week or so now, and while I still haven’t even scratched the surface of what it is capable of yet, I am certainly saving a pile of time using it already.

SaltStack Automation

I’ve been hearing about SaltStack for some time now, and have taken a peek at it, but never set it up. This week I changed that and set up a salt-master and several (OK, 10) salt-minions to take commands from the master.