Vagrant's over five years old and Ansible's three and a half. I used to write kickstarter scripts synced from S3 to legacy EC2 instances, but apparently losing a minute or two installing slaves was a bridge too far. Puppet and Chef are now six and seven this year. It took me a weekend to get comfortable enough with all four to take a shot at a few projects. One weekend, in 2015, after letting two or three hundred slip by.
What's your excuse?
I like examples, especially in the form of quickstarts that lay out the basics and embrace a defensible project structure. Github is littered with plenty of worthy Vagrant and Ansible examples, but there are a few paths I want to walk that aren't as well traveled.
- Config management for bootstrapping and maintaining local iron.
- Quickstarts for Vagrant, Packer, Docker and AWS Elastic Container Service
- Strategies for cross-platform roles and playbook structure
- Security for local iron provisioning
I'll post my thoughts as I work my way through these topics. Starting with Number 1, I've put together a crude quickstart I'm using to provision OpenSUSE, Debian/Ubuntu and OS X with what I think is a reasonable bare-bones environment (which is basically zsh, keychain, and some convention environment variables and directories). Check it out, tell me what you think.
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