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Rob Kinyon
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What is devops?
Ask   12   engineers   for   a   definition   of   devops   and   you'll   get   13   answers . Yes, that's 13 different links to everyone from Gartner to AWS to Dr Dobbs. There's plenty more on Google, too. Go ahead - take the time to read through them. AW...

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Why have an Operations team?
TI just came back from a meeting with the manager of a team I'm working with. The meeting went well, but at the end, he asked me a really interesting question. How do I justify an ops team (or a devops team) to my executives? I sat back for a second and rea...

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Announcing Devops Katas
The best way to learn a new tool is to use it. In the development world, there are hundreds of short exercises called katas  specifically for this. They're designed to take anywhere from 1-4 hours and help you learn a new language, a new technique, a new li...

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Announcing SimsLoader
I'm happy to announce the official release of SimsLoader , a new tool for generating test data for relational databases. It's opensource, available as a Docker image, and works with MySQL, Postgres, Oracle, and SQL Server. Unlike existing tools, SimsLoader ...

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Vagrant on Hyper-V: A crazy journey
I love Vagrant . It is the most important devops tool, period. Frankly, far more important than Docker. I use Vagrant with Virtualbox, AWS, Azure, VSphere ... with pretty much every virtualization environment in the world. (Except Docker.) Funnily enough, i...

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Evaluating a Devops team
End of year has rolled around. Along with new budgets starting, old budgets ending, and bad holiday parties where you spend two hours avoiding that  guy, this is the season of annual evaluations. You're the manager of a devops team, possibly one newly-forme...

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Opensource isn't a right and it's not free
The trigger for this post is a reasonable request from a Windows user . Well, it's reasonable on its face. They put forward two questions, paraphrased below: Why is is so hard for opensource developers to get their stuff working on Windows? Why don't openso...

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Devops - The toolchest
I gotten the same question from a few people about Devops - Where do I start? . "What exactly do you mean by everything?" Yes, there's a list in the post, but the question started to evolve over a few conversations to the related question "What is the full ...

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Devops - The "Process"™
Last post , I laid out the argument for using source control in operations. To summarize, put all the things in source control so you can control them. Except tools don't control what people do - only processes can do that. So, let's work through what the p...
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