In my day to day I have a need for use of several virtual machines.
Self Service with Satellite
Recently I had a customer who was running into some legacy infrastructure challenges with VM consistency, meeting (internal) customer expectations, and general ease of use.
Thankfully I know a guy (me).
Satellite is a great tool (based on Foreman), that can be used for a wide variety of tasks when it comes to managing linux infrastructure.
Common applications include:
- Patch management (controlled package availability)
- Consolidated subscription management (for Red Hat subscriptions)
- Local repo mirroring (for YUM/DNF etc)
- Machine Provisioning
- Oodles more
In relatively recent history there have also been some Ansible modules and roles written for managing Satellite.
In my my mind I think “Ansible + Satellite = Speed, Control, and Happier customers”, so let’s get these folks thinking that way!
I wrote a 3 part workshop/demo for that customer to illustrate how they could take this process to automate the creation of virtual machines, both on prem and in the cloud and (for bonus points) remove themselves from the equation so that their customers could help themselves!
I could get more long winded about it here, but the GitHub repo covers it pretty well.
Check it out here:
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