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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
Its seems there's a split between "pull" based systems (chef, puppet, salt?) that need stuff installed on the managed resource, and "pull" based systems. Ansible is in the later category. Some useful discussion here: serverfault.com/questions/568187/…
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
Thanks -- looking into Ansible. Have been trying to look into Ansible. Looks like their whitepaper is behind an email firewall and they're not responding... :-(
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
Maybe some combination (Cloud Formation + Puppet) will be nice. But I suspect it will be a hacky nightmare. I've started a more targetted question here serverfault.com/questions/588237/…
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
If that's true -- that sounds great.
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
I'm not saying its Ansible's fault. (Well it kind of is -- most of the docs for these tools fail to simply describe the limits of their scope to nOObs so that its clear what possible and what's not). Mostly I'm looking for a practical solution to managing clusters in the cloud. Unfortnately, they're all composed of resources accessible by diverse APIs. Sadly, I'm left with make as my tool of choice.
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
...unless you want to defining the scope of resources managed by CM software as "only those resources I can install my custom software onto.". Is that the case? The popular definition of CM tools only applies to this narrow scope? What I'm really after is a tool that's good for managing all these things ... load balancers, routers, DNS tables, virtual machine servers, virtual network configurations, managed databases systems,.... etc... etc... etc... It is absolutely possible.
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
@ceejayoz Clearly a specific tool limitation, not an RDS limitation. Facts: 1) RDS provides much flexibility for C&M, 2) I already have C&M tools to C&M RDS: make and shell scripts. 3) I have lots of resources to C&M that (for good reasons) prevent the installation of 3rd party software onto the resource. Examples: load balancers, routers, DNS tables, virtual machine servers, virtual network configurations, ... the list is endless. Tool problem. Its entirely possible to configure and manage all these things.
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
Sorry -- SX has reordered the discussion. What's not related to RDS?
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
Its been my experience that managing the packages is the easy part of this problem (a shell script works just fine - especially with the availability of on-demand instances where we can toss out an instance, create and new one an run a configure script from start to finish). Having a language to connecting all these machine, keeping track of who is the master, who is the slave, the upgrade ballet of disconnecting instances from a load balancer during upgrades, etc... I was hoping that CM tools would help me out here. Sound like they're the wrong tool.
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
Sure OK -- so the model I should have in mind with these configuration tools is that they're only good for use on the subset of systems that that the tool builders have thought to support (seems a bit limiting IMHO). In other words -- if it doesn't behave like a linux box I shouldn't expect my CM tool to be able to configure it? What if I want to configure a load balancer or network router (which may have its own web APIs) ... am I SOL here also?
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comment Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
Well ... that's not strictly true that the management is all handled for me (though it may be a limitation of the configuration tools that they ignore the RDS use). Amazon provide some very nice APIs for configuring and managing RDS instances. In fact I already have a set of makefiles perform common setup and configure tasks on RDS and SQL-EC2 systems.
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asked Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?
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comment What's a good language for linux system administration?
Thank you. Clearly I have come to the right place.