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I came across an article today about Release Engineering being something fairly new in Information Technology.   As I browsed the article content, I have noticed that the goals and outcomes of Release Engineering mentioned at Google is something I have been doing for over a decade.release-engineering-flow-1

In ITIL, Release Engineering falls within the BTEM (Build, Test and Environment
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I was around when the “Lovebug” virus hit the industry, and that was a wake up call to the industry to take on better protection, anti-virus protection and also awareness.  It seems now, years later, with Ransomware being creative to encrypt and hold your machine hostage, that another wakeup call has appeared with WannaCry.  If anything, this goes to show more attention needed on keeping your OS up to date, patches, and also continue the trend of education to the users against Phishing.    While the industry is focused on protection, response and education, we also have to educate the public as this is the start of the spread for so many cases.  So, this article below is is the wake-up call for awareness which is one good start.   Have a good read from SC Media.

https://www.scmagazine.com/wannacrys-silver-lining-greater-public-awareness-for-ransomware/article/664533/

 

 

A very good article on the use of JSON in a VagrantFile. Thanks to Gary for posting this! It is a great example of multiple machine provisions with Chef and the use of Vagrant. 

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Create and manage ‘multi-machine’ environments with Vagrant, using JSON configuration files. Allow increased portability across hosts, environments, and organizations. 

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Introduction

As their website says, Vagrant has made it very easy to ‘create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments.’ Based on Ruby, the elegantly simple open-source programming language, Vagrant requires a minimal learning curve to get up and running.

In this post, we will create what Vagrant refers to as a ‘multi-machine’ environment. We will provision three virtual machines (VMs). The VMs will mirror a typical three-tier architected environment, with separate web, application, and database servers.

We will move all the VM-specific information from the Vagrantfile to a separate JSON format configuration file. There are a few advantages to moving the configuration information to separate file. First, we can configure any number VMs, while keeping the Vagrantfile exactly the same. Secondly and more importantly, we can re-use the same Vagrantfile to build…

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wiki-software-developI have been doing Build and Release Management for the last 10 years, and I often see questions or posts on the future of Build and Release Management.  What’s next for those doing Build and Release Management?    That’s a question we keep seeing.   (more…)

power-phplistThanks to Jesse Heap for making a plug in for PHPLIST.  I found some code from GNU , and was able to modify the plug in to accept the Captcha in the form.  This is a mod to Jesse’s PHPList Form Integration.

Background:

PhpLIST is a open source ListServ program that runs on PHP Web platform.  I found CaptchaCode mod  by Alan Fairhall.   However, I needed the Captcha for the Plug in Widget used on WordPress by Jesse Heap.   So, using the CaptchaCode PHP, we are able to accomplish adding Captcha to the Widget.  Here’s how.

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by William Mantz, ITIL Certified Practitioner

Attribution By Perditax (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons - Public DomainIn the IT Change Management process, you are dealing with all types of change requests from any direction. In the data center alone, just think of all the countless number of Applications that are supported when you look at racks of infrastructure. This rack of equipment, as you know, serves up the IT application and Service, and has cross-platform and cross-product connections. Then, we layer on the disparate contacts for each IT application we need to reach out with a communication.

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by William Mantz,  ITIL Certified Practitioner
InterconnectionAs ITSM practitioners, we are often asked why ITIL Service Management starts with the foundation of the Configuration Management Database (CMDB) or what is called Configuration Management System (CMS).

The value that this configuration data provides can be shown this way.   First, it starts with the architecture map. (more…)