Cookbooks for installing certain Enterprise products?


#1

Folks,

I’m sure that lots of people have done automated installs for this kind of software, but I’m wondering if I’m missing anything when it comes to finding existing Chef cookbooks for deploying any of the following:

WebLogic
Oracle RAC
LogRhythm
NetBackup

I haven’t found anything obvious on the Chef community cookbook site or on github, so I figured I’d ask here to see if anyone knows of any other good sources.

Thanks!


Brad Knowles brad@shub-internet.org
LinkedIn Profile: http://tinyurl.com/y8kpxu


#2

I can only speak for Oracle RAC but I would guess it’s much the same situation with the other commercial software installers. We attempted to do automation with setting up Oracle RAC but ran into issues getting the install automated so it looks like we only automated the setting up of kernel parameters (kernel.shmmax, net.core.rmem_max, etc), pre-requisite linux packages (gcc, compat-db, libaio-devel, etc) and oracle users. I would guess with products like this your not going to find much in the way of automation unless somehow the companies themselves get convinced to make their software more friendly to being automated. Microsoft has been trying to push companies to MSI (1999) installation to allow automation on their platform and they are still getting resistance. So if the 800 lb gorilla can’t make it happen in 14 years you can guess what our chances are. That is just all the more reason to push everything to open source. As I keep annoying our DBA’s with, have you tried Postgres?

Bobby Castleberry

On Apr 9, 2013, at 12:08 AM, Brad Knowles wrote:

Folks,

I’m sure that lots of people have done automated installs for this kind of software, but I’m wondering if I’m missing anything when it comes to finding existing Chef cookbooks for deploying any of the following:

WebLogic
Oracle RAC
LogRhythm
NetBackup

I haven’t found anything obvious on the Chef community cookbook site or on github, so I figured I’d ask here to see if anyone knows of any other good sources.

Thanks!


Brad Knowles <brad@shub-internet.orgmailto:brad@shub-internet.org>
LinkedIn Profile: http://tinyurl.com/y8kpxu


#3

Comparable to NetBackup, we’ve written cookbooks for installing IBM
Tivoli Storage Manager Client on Redhat and Ubuntu hosts. It includes
defining backup nodes on the TSM server, associating them with backup
schedules, etc.

This was about 18 months ago and I’d probably write the recipes somewhat
differently now, but it’s fabulous to have that process fully automated.
I’ll get this up on Github soon …


Graham Stewart
Network and Storage Services Manager
Information Technology Services
University of Toronto Libraries
416-978-6337

On 13-04-09 09:13 AM, Castleberry, Bobby wrote:

I can only speak for Oracle RAC but I would guess it’s much the same
situation with the other commercial software installers. We attempted
to do automation with setting up Oracle RAC but ran into issues getting
the install automated so it looks like we only automated the setting up
of kernel parameters (kernel.shmmax, net.core.rmem_max, etc),
pre-requisite linux packages (gcc, compat-db, libaio-devel, etc) and
oracle users. I would guess with products like this your not going to
find much in the way of automation unless somehow the companies
themselves get convinced to make their software more friendly to being
automated. Microsoft has been trying to push companies to MSI (1999)
installation to allow automation on their platform and they are still
getting resistance. So if the 800 lb gorilla can’t make it happen in 14
years you can guess what our chances are. That is just all the more
reason to push everything to open source. As I keep annoying our DBA’s
with, have you tried Postgres?

Bobby Castleberry

On Apr 9, 2013, at 12:08 AM, Brad Knowles wrote:

Folks,

I’m sure that lots of people have done automated installs for this
kind of software, but I’m wondering if I’m missing anything when it
comes to finding existing Chef cookbooks for deploying any of the
following:

WebLogic
Oracle RAC
LogRhythm
NetBackup

I haven’t found anything obvious on the Chef community cookbook site
or on github, so I figured I’d ask here to see if anyone knows of any
other good sources.

Thanks!


Brad Knowles <brad@shub-internet.org mailto:brad@shub-internet.org>
LinkedIn Profile: http://tinyurl.com/y8kpxu


#4

On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM, Graham Stewart
graham.stewart@utoronto.ca wrote:

Comparable to NetBackup, we’ve written cookbooks for installing IBM Tivoli
Storage Manager Client on Redhat and Ubuntu hosts. It includes defining
backup nodes on the TSM server, associating them with backup schedules, etc.

This was about 18 months ago and I’d probably write the recipes somewhat
differently now, but it’s fabulous to have that process fully automated.
I’ll get this up on Github soon …

Oddly TSM and Websphere are fairly automation friendly. In fact I
would mind having a TSM install to work with just to be able to write
a proper lwrp for it. Maybe it’s rose-colored glasses but I actually
enjoyed my ADSM/TSM days.


Graham Stewart
Network and Storage Services Manager
Information Technology Services
University of Toronto Libraries
416-978-6337

On 13-04-09 09:13 AM, Castleberry, Bobby wrote:

I can only speak for Oracle RAC but I would guess it’s much the same
situation with the other commercial software installers. We attempted
to do automation with setting up Oracle RAC but ran into issues getting
the install automated so it looks like we only automated the setting up
of kernel parameters (kernel.shmmax, net.core.rmem_max, etc),
pre-requisite linux packages (gcc, compat-db, libaio-devel, etc) and
oracle users. I would guess with products like this your not going to
find much in the way of automation unless somehow the companies
themselves get convinced to make their software more friendly to being
automated. Microsoft has been trying to push companies to MSI (1999)
installation to allow automation on their platform and they are still
getting resistance. So if the 800 lb gorilla can’t make it happen in 14
years you can guess what our chances are. That is just all the more
reason to push everything to open source. As I keep annoying our DBA’s
with, have you tried Postgres?

Bobby Castleberry

On Apr 9, 2013, at 12:08 AM, Brad Knowles wrote:

Folks,

I’m sure that lots of people have done automated installs for this
kind of software, but I’m wondering if I’m missing anything when it
comes to finding existing Chef cookbooks for deploying any of the
following:

WebLogic
Oracle RAC
LogRhythm
NetBackup

I haven’t found anything obvious on the Chef community cookbook site
or on github, so I figured I’d ask here to see if anyone knows of any
other good sources.

Thanks!


Brad Knowles <brad@shub-internet.org mailto:brad@shub-internet.org>
LinkedIn Profile: http://tinyurl.com/y8kpxu


#5

Hi,

I have talked with someone who has automated the management of WebLogic
application server (and I assumes the install) and they were quite happy
with it. They used the cli tool to do most of the interaction.
Unfortunately the results are not OSS and are never likely to be :frowning:

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Castleberry, Bobby wrote:

I can only speak for Oracle RAC but I would guess it’s much the same
situation with the other commercial software installers. We attempted to
do automation with setting up Oracle RAC but ran into issues getting the
install automated so it looks like we only automated the setting up of
kernel parameters (kernel.shmmax, net.core.rmem_max, etc), pre-requisite
linux packages (gcc, compat-db, libaio-devel, etc) and oracle users. I
would guess with products like this your not going to find much in the way
of automation unless somehow the companies themselves get convinced to make
their software more friendly to being automated. Microsoft has been trying
to push companies to MSI (1999) installation to allow automation on their
platform and they are still getting resistance. So if the 800 lb gorilla
can’t make it happen in 14 years you can guess what our chances are. That
is just all the more reason to push everything to open source. As I keep
annoying our DBA’s with, have you tried Postgres?

Bobby Castleberry

On Apr 9, 2013, at 12:08 AM, Brad Knowles wrote:

Folks,

I’m sure that lots of people have done automated installs for this kind of
software, but I’m wondering if I’m missing anything when it comes to
finding existing Chef cookbooks for deploying any of the following:

WebLogic
Oracle RAC
LogRhythm
NetBackup

I haven’t found anything obvious on the Chef community cookbook site or on
github, so I figured I’d ask here to see if anyone knows of any other good
sources.

Thanks!


Brad Knowles <brad@shub-internet.org <javascript:_e({}, ‘cvml’,
‘brad@shub-internet.org’);>>
LinkedIn Profile: http://tinyurl.com/y8kpxu


Cheers,

Peter Donald