July 2015 Meeting of the ChicagoLUG

Our July meeting is set for Saturday, July 18th, starting at 2:00pm, and we’ll be meeting at Pumping Station: One. We’ll be learning about Ansible, and will get some hands-on experience with it, too.

Speaking Topics

Sten Turpin, Ansible

Sten Turpin will demonstrate Ansible, which is an agent-less deployment and configuration tool. Ansible is agent-less in the sense that it operates over regular SSH, and doesn’t require additional remote daemons to work.

His talk will show us how to use Ansible Playbooks to both deploy and configure services, and we’ll have time to discuss various use cases and ask questions, as well. At the close of Sten’s talk we should have a reasonable idea of what Ansible does and how to make it work well for us.

ChicagoLUG, Time to Hack

What good is this knowledge without experience in using it, though? To make the most of our newly-found knowledge we’ll follow-up Sten’s talk with some hands-on Ansible hacking. Our focus will be on “ansible-izing” our ChicagoLUG infrastructure, including our website, our GNU Mailman-based mailing list, Prosody XMPP server, Nginx web server, GNU MediaGoblin instance, and more. This will give us good, real-world experience with Ansible, and will also make our infrastruture easier to configure and maintain in the future.

If you haven’t used Ansible before, we encourage you to stay for this part of the meeting, even if you’re new to the ChicagoLUG.

Foodstuffs

We will have food! Probably pizza! At least a few of us typically bring some beverage to share, as well. We’re a community-run organization, so we recommend bringing a few dollars if you’d like to partake of the food. No one will be denied a slice of tasty pizza for inability to chip-in, though.