Getting Packer working with CoreOS on Hyper-V

If you try to perform Packer builds of CoreOS on Hyper-V, you're going to have issues. This post describes a specific network issue and offers a temporary solution which allows Packer builds to complete successfully. I say temporary because the issue can be resolved by CoreOS fully implementing Hyper-V Integration Services (hopefully soon) or by … Continue reading Getting Packer working with CoreOS on Hyper-V

Introduction to Chef + DSC

Over the last year I have really started playing with Desired State Configuration. This is another player in the increasingly crowded 'Infrastructure as Code' market. Other major players being Ansible, Salt, Chef, and Puppet, to name a few. I remember when I was researching some of the different available tools I ended up searching for … Continue reading Introduction to Chef + DSC

Testing Infrastructure with Pester

This post is about using Pester for infrastructure validation (Skype for Business is used for the example infrastructure). So what is Pester? They describe it very well on their wiki:  "Pester provides a framework for running Unit Tests to execute and validate PowerShell commands. Pester follows a file naming convention for naming tests to be … Continue reading Testing Infrastructure with Pester

Automating a Skype for Business Reverse Proxy Deployment with the KEMP SDK

This post will be about automating the deployment of KEMP load balancers for Skype for Business. More specifically, it's about using the fairly new KEMP Python SDK to script it. If you have not yet heard of this SDK I did write an introductory post about it awhile ago. I suggest starting there. Deployment Scenario For … Continue reading Automating a Skype for Business Reverse Proxy Deployment with the KEMP SDK