Backing up Windows (the hard way)

Sometimes you need to do things you don't like and you don't know where you will end up. In our household there exists one (production) system running Windows. Don't ask why and please no recommandations how to substitute it. Some things are hard to (ex)change, for example your love…

Monitoring Plugins 2.3 released

While our last release has matured for quite a little time, there raised demands within our community for a new release. The development has settled this fall and @sni was already using master for a while in production, so we thought about to release. Anyway Debian Freeze is coming, let's…

HAProxy - a journey into multithreading (and SSL)

I'm running some load balancers which are using HAProxy to distribute HTTP traffic to multiple systems. While using SSL with HAProxy is possible since some time, it wasn't in the early days. So we decided for some customers, which was in need to provide encryption, to offload it with Apache.…

Comparing (OVH) I/O performance

Since some time I'm using cloud resources provided by OVH for some projects I'm involved. Recently we decided to give Zammad, an opensource support/ticketing solution, a try. We did choose the docker compose way for deployment, which also includes an elasticsearch instance. The important part of this information is,…

Deploying a (simple) docker container system

When a small platform for shipping containers is needed, not speaking about Kubernets or something, you have a couple of common things you might want to deploy at first. Usual things that I have to roll out everytime deloying such a platform: docker docker-compose Watchtower - automatically updating and restarting…

Container Orchestration Thoughts

Since some time everybody (read developer) want to run his new microservice stacks in containers. I can understand that building and testing an application is important for developers. One of the benefits of containers is, that developer (in theory) can put their new version of applications into production on their…