DC 2015 - Program


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Windows automation!

Automation and integration is better now than it has been in the past.

Chef, puppet now have windows support

Building tools out of powershell! These are all a bit hacky but better than nothing

  • Could have chef run Powershell; using Chef as framework
  • AWS provides lots of Powershell command line tools
  • Jenkins to execute a bunch of Powershell scripts; indelible change record

Using 'Octopus' suggested (tools are open-source, server is purchased)

  • At least one strong user advocate in the group

Companies who say 'We support Windows but you must run/maintain our product on a Linux box' is potentially problematic

  • Relic of old-style thinking? Of course better to know how to do both
  • But saying 'you need a Windows box to run stuff on Linux system' would be weird
  • OS as commodity vs. domain knowledge needed for security / integration / use Desired State Configuration: Windows state management API.
  • Native component of Powershell; doesn't have the ecosystem around it as Chef / Puppet / etc.
  • Used by Chef.
  • More of an interface instead of a system

MSBuild has odd dependencies which aren't always present for easy implementation

  • Only fix mentioned was complicated NuGet stuff

Question: How to get Windows to record application versions per machine? Registry? Other?

  • AWS EC2 tags mentioned as possible record
  • Create semi-immutable infrastructure using Windows AMIs; record which AMIs are being used
  • Potential problem with other users making changes; no Chef / Puppet / etc. to keep systems from being altered

Commercial tool called 'Guardrail' for monitoring / immutability automationu

  • Scans system state, alerts when something changes
  • Can generate DSLs for Chef / Puppet / etc.
  • Configurable system checks

Barriers to adopting Chef / Puppet / Ansible / Salt

  • With small numbers of Windows servers, cost of implementing can outweigh the rewards
  • Provisioning logic can be awkward
  • Potentially needs more adoption of containerizing etc. (upcoming 'Nano Servers') by MS before it becomes easy

Use of chocolatey can help!

  • Some debate vs. ansible among group, general consensus is that it's useful and should be checked out Meetups for more info:
  • Powershell user group meetings nearby @ Reston Microsoft Campus (check powershell.org group information page)
  • Devops groups also

MS shifting from providing platforms to providing expertise / best practices as a service

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