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.
A common request I have seen on the StackStorm Slack Channel is the ability to utilize 2-factor auth before executing a workflow. Users sometimes have very powerful workflows that require extra care, or a second set of eyes before executing. Inquiries are an experimental feature in StackStorm 2.5 (changelog) that allow the workflow to pause and wait for input from a user before proceeding. In this post we’re going to use inquiries to secure a workflow execution using Duo 2-factor authentication (2FA).
In StackStorm a pack is logical organization that contains related actions, aliases, policies, rules and sensors. To get a good overview of what a pack is please see the excellent StackStorm Pack documentation. Most users of StackStorm wish to either integrate with a new system that’s not available in the Exchange or use StackStorm to execute custom automation scripts. The way to accomplish this is to create a new Pack.