Automating Red Hat Enterprise Linux Patching with Ansible (Part 2 0f 2)

How we automated Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS patching to reduce time-to-production and human error, while improving compliance and risk management posture.

Brian Alcorn

8 minute read

In this second installment of a two-part series, we’ll be going over Phase Two, the build out of standard pre- and post-patching automation, and Phase Three, the build out of application-specific pre- and post-patching automation. Click here for Phase One. Status Report With basic patching and reboots automated, a patching session for application environments without any special pre-patching and post-patching activities was reduced from 20 minutes per server, down to 6 minutes per server.

Automating Red Hat Enterprise Linux Patching with Ansible (Part 1 of 2)

How we automated Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS patching to reduce time-to-production and human error, while improving compliance and risk management posture.

Brian Alcorn

9 minute read

In this first installment of a two-part series, we’ll be going over Phase One, the build out of the “core” patching and reboot functionality on Ansible. History Around a year ago, we began working with a customer whose Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and 7 OS patching process was being conducted manually. This required highly skilled administrators focused solely on patching. Documentation was eschewed in favor of tribal knowledge and manual command entry at the command line presented moderate to high risk during server patching.

How StackStorm Changed Our Lives

Discusses how StackStorm has revolutionized the way we write automation code and improve the lives of our DevOps team.

Nick Maludy

18 minute read

We started playing around with StackStorm about 9 months ago just to try out some new tools. After a few months of playing around we realized that it was much more than a toy and could provide serious benefits to our DevOps team, our organization and to our customers. Before we discuss all of the great things about StackStorm, let’s start with a little history. History When I started at Encore in June of 2016 the team had just started working on an automation platform.