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13 September 2021 / / Ansible

Merging Ansible with Zabbix under Debian 10.

I recenty rediscovered Ansible and wondered if I could use Ansible to create trigger actions and scripts to maintain my home lab. It turns out you can with some adjustments to the Zabbix server.

As an example I use Zabbix to monitor the available updates on my Debian vm’s. When updates are detected, I fire up my dedicated Ansible vm and run my update playbook, which works fine. The only downside is that I must boot the dedicated Ansible server and run the playbooks against the “to be updated” hosts. This is a bit time consumming and wondered if I could update the vm using Zabbix.

What if I could run the playbooks directly from within the Zabbix instance? Mmmm!

I went on the net looking for examples of such howto’s, but wasn’t able to find any. Guess I had to make my own then.

10 April 2017 / / Docker Containers
9 June 2016 / / All Sorts Of

A year ago I decided that my current Synology DS1815+ was ready to take on some extra ram. Factory delivered, the nas only has 2GB of ram, which is not much. Especially when you want to use the SSD cache feature, the minimal ram needed was 6GB. So I upgraded it;)

Now that I have discovered Docker, which can be memory intensive at times (using Zabbix containers) it was time to further upgrade the ram. And although Synology stated that only the maximum of 6GB ram is supported I wandered around the internetz and found out it is possible to upgrade the ram to 16GB.

1 June 2016 / / Zabbix
31 May 2016 / / All Sorts Of

I love really appreciate Zabbix. Since I am working with Zabbix for quite some time now, I’m eager to test new releases, which I do. The most simple way is to grab the appliance from the main repo and swing it into WMware workstation (or Virtualbox for that matter).
As I know the boys and girls at Zabbis SIA are really doing there best, I have noticed some bugs configuration errors which really are annoying. Within this post I will summarize what I have found within the nice Zabbix appliances and hopefully will help you on your own Zabbix way.

20 May 2016 / / OpenStack

It’s been there already for a while. I wonder why I didn’t play with it much sooner, mmm. But then, it is never too late to learn something new.

As Openstack seems to be very complex to set up, Openstack now offers a way to easily build your own lab environment, just for the fun of it. Well, I fired up my Vmware Workstation and gave it  try.
This document is basically a translation of a dozen of howto’s I came across and indeed got me a working Openstack instance. The goal is to build a 4 node Openstack test lab and here’s how I did it.