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UCARP and High Availability

2020-02-07 2 min read Technology Open-Source Ronny Trommer
If you have ever played with BSD you probably ran into CARP. It allows you to build a high available service which is provided by two physical servers behind a virtual shared IP address. The CARP nodes define a master and a backup system. A master serves the content and if the master crashes, the backup system takes over automatically the virtual IP (VIP) and the client won’t notice. Disclaimer: You should be aware this setup will not share load and increase your network throughput. Continue reading

Send notifications with Signal

2018-11-01 3 min read OpenNMS Tutorial Ronny Trommer
In some cases it is nice to have notifications from OpenNMS in a separate channel on a smartphone and you don’t want to pay for SMS. Here is a tutorial where I use Signal using the signal-cli. This Howto will describe how to download the latest signal-cli tool, link it to your existing Signal account and how to configure OpenNMS to use it as a notification target. You should have already an OpenNMS Horizon or Meridian running and you need a Signal account with the Signal app installed and configured on your smartphone. Continue reading

Everyone can change it and why you shouldn't

2018-09-27 3 min read Open-Source Technology Ronny Trommer
Open Source software is great. If there is something you don’t like, you can at least - try to change it. A lot of Open Source software out there is not primarily used by private people. There are many companies who provide professional services around Open Source software. Some of them try to enhance the appearance with custom User Interfaces, their company logo to fit their own Corporate Identity. There are several motivations, mostly they want to be distinguished on the marked or need some easy to maintain little customization which allows their sales guys easier to sell a project and not using the software from the community projects website. Continue reading

Guidance to Survive Monitoring

2018-08-08 5 min read Technology Open-Source Ronny Trommer
While working in the monitoring field for a long time, here are some rules I try to follow when requirements go awry. Rule #1: Only create an alert when human interaction is required When you setup a monitoring, it tends to get noisy very quickly. The problem is, people want to know everything and want to monitor everything. You tend to build a system which sends you a lot of alarms and you will get alarm fatique. Continue reading

He's dead, Jim

2018-07-30 5 min read Technology Ronny Trommer
If you operate networks there is a big chance you had to deal with SNMP - the Simple Network Management Protocol. If you ever wondered where it came from, it started with a big bang. On October 27, 1980, there was an unusual occurrence on the ARPANET. For a period of several hours, the network appeared to be unusable, due to what was later diagnosed as a high priority software process running out of control. Continue reading

Hipster vs. Microsoft

2018-06-07 3 min read Technology Open-Source Ronny Trommer
This week was great, Microsoft bought GitHub! All the Hipsters went crazy and a lot of open source people move now their repos to GitLab. There is even a Hashtag #movingtogitlab floating around. The GitLab importer showed significant peaks when the news broke out. What the hell happened? GitHub is the new SourceForge GitHub was cool, it made Git to shine. GitHub was the platform to collaborate on software development in public and helped to make Git the de-facto standard as a free and decentralized version control system. Continue reading

Monitoring DevOps and the Status Quo

2017-03-09 5 min read Technology Ronny Trommer
As most of us noticed a few companies changed our perspective how to develop software and deploy them as a service. There are quite a few changes between selling every year a box with 10 CD’s and develop and deliver your software as a service. This article is a collection of thoughts and ideas I had and wanted to be written. Who cares about a version number? User give a shit about version numbers anymore, all what matters needs to be focused on the user. Continue reading

Zyxel vs. Vodafone Easybox with VDSL 50

2016-07-14 1 min read Tutorial Technology Ronny Trommer
I ran in some trouble with my Vodafone Easybox 904 xDSL. Even with 2Ghz and 5Ghz WLAN I had regularly drops. Had to turn on / off the WLAN on the device or had to reboot it to reconnect. Otherwise the VDSL line reguarly got disconnected, also replacing the Easybox from Vodafone didn’t helped, so I bought a Zyxel VMG1312-B30A. Search through the interwebs and took me a while to figure out what settings are required. Continue reading

Pimp my Mail Notifications

2016-03-07 2 min read OpenNMS Events Ronny Trommer
Notifications are important if you do monitoring. I never liked mail notifications from monitoring systems where all the information is hidden in non-sense text. Otherwise notifications never look the same, so I’m always forced to read all that useless crap again and again. This is an approach to improve the usability of monitoring notifications using more a table pattern which helps me to recognize useful information much quicker. Probably a lot of E-Mail guys will hate me for the reason I’m using HTML in mails. Continue reading

Material Workshop OpenNMS im Büro 2.0

2015-03-31 1 min read Events OpenNMS Ronny Trommer

Am 30.03.2015 haben wir im Büro 2.0 in Berlin einen Workshop mit OpenNMS durchgeführt. Die Zielgruppe waren NeueinsteigerInnen und alle die Interesse an Monitoring mit freier Software haben. Es wurden Installationszenarien, das Provisioning und beispielhaft diverse Monitore für Anwendungen und Dienste eingerichtet.

Die Slides sind unter einer freien CC-BY 3.0 lizenziert und stehen auf GitHub zur Verfügung.

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