Never Deploy Backup Proxies Manually Again With Infrastructure as Code!

My recent obsession with automation and Infrastructure as Code in general has resulted in a lot of efficiencies in my day to day work life. Where I used to deploy Windows Templates manually through vSphere, I now use Terraform to handle repeatable deployments of lab server instances. I use Ansible and Chocolatey to install and […] Read More

Quick Post – Executing PowerShell through Guest Customizations with Terraform

Bootstrapping Windows during automated deployments is one of the more frustrating aspects of working with templates that are being deployed by Infrastructure as Code toolsets. When I say bootstrapping, i’m talking about executing post deployment actions on templates such as configuring WinRM or setting Windows Firewall settings to allow for future operations after deployment. VMware […] Read More

Quick Post: Using Terraform to Deploy an Ansible Control Node on vSphere

In the continuing spirit of Terraforming all things, when I started to look into Ansible I wanted a way to have the base Control Node installed in a repeatable and consistent way. The setup and configuration of Ansible can be tricky and what I learnt in configuring the Ansible Control Node is that there can […] Read More

Using Variable Maps to Dynamically Deploy vSphere VMs with Terraform

I’ve been working on a project over the last couple of weeks that has enabled me to sharpen my Terraform skills. There is nothing better than learning by doing and there is also nothing better than continuously improving code through more advanced constructs and methods. As this project evolved it became apparent that I would […] Read More

Infrastructure as Code vs RESTful APIs … A Working Example with Terraform and vCloud Director

Last week I wrote an opinion piece on Infrastructure as Code vs RESTful APIs. In a nutshell, I talked about how leveraging IaC instead of trying to code against APIs directly can be more palatable for IT professionals as it acts as a middle man interpreter between yourself and the infrastructure endpoints. IaC can be […] Read More

Infrastructure as Code vs RESTful APIs …Terraform and Everything in Between!

While I was a little late to the game in understanding the power of Infrastructure as Code, I’ve spent a lot of the last twelve months working with Terraform specifically to help deploy and manage various types of my lab and cloud based infrastructure. Appreciating how IaC can fundamentally change the way in which you […] Read More

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