Installing StackStorm on Offline Systems

Feb 10, 2017
by Siddharth Krishna

Want to install StackStorm on a machine that doesn’t have access to the internet? If you’ve got another box on your local network that connects to the public network, you can do this by making it a local package repository server. In this post, we’ll walk you through steps for setting up an apt-mirror server with the required packages and configuring the offline client machine to quickly get a full StackStorm installation up and running!

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Meetup: How to automate 94% incident responses: Facebook, Neptune.io, autoremediation

Feb 06, 2017

by Dmitri Zimine, @dzimine

Last Thursday, we had another great meetup session on Auto Remediation and Event Driven Automation. This time it was in San Francisco at Make School, thanks to our new sponsors Neptune.io. The drive from South Bay was totally worth it!

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Introducing Ansible playbooks to deploy StackStorm

Feb 2, 2017 by Eugen C. (@armab)
Ansible playbooks to deploy StackStorm

Did you know we have Ansible playbooks to deploy StackStorm?
It’s something we’ve been working on quietly for a while:

github.com/StackStorm/ansible-st2

Well, now you know!

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StackStorm Exchange: The New Pack Management

Jan 30, 2017
by Edward Medvedev

Warning: this post describes a long set of important changes. It is enormous in size and full of cheesy puns, feelings, and heart emojis. You might prefer to read the documentation if that is not what you are into. Otherwise, grab a favorite caffeinated drink of your choice and let’s begin!

A little while ago we rolled out StackStorm 2.1, a release focused on one primary theme: integration packs.

StackStorm pack management infrastructure is evolving with the demand. As the number of integration packs grows, we want to provide means for faster and easier deployment, make pack development more productive, and encourage collaboration. There are dozens of changes making it happen—both in our internal infrastructure and the StackStorm core—and we are excited and hopeful that through better experience with integration packs, working with StackStorm will become even more efficient, easy, and fun.

As it is the case with all “thematic” releases, 2.1 is more than just a set of features and changes. It has a lot of context around it, and more importantly, it has a story—and this is a story we are now going to tell.

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Innovation at Dimension Data: Accelerating Innovation and Digital Transformation with StackStorm Event Driven Automation

Jan 24, 2017
by Dana Christensen

Part 1 of 3

At DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016, DevOps leaders like Target, American Airlines, Disney, and Quicken Loans spoke of the importance of managing/optimizing operations, addressing technical debt, eliminating silos, collaboration, and the importance of open source and community to drive innovation. I was especially struck by Jason Cox of Disney, who stressed the importance of “creating a culture of courage” where teams are encouraged to be curious, to experiment, explore and embrace change across process, roles, and technology-all for the purpose of enabling meaningful work.

It turns out that these themes are being talked about not only by these large Enterprise DevOps leaders. These themes are being repeated in conversations around the globe with IT leaders who are looking to leverage DevOps practices to successfully drive innovation and digital transformation.

Anthony Shaw, Group Director of Innovation and Technical Talent at Dimension Data has seen this first hand. Anthony not only leads innovation efforts within Dimension Data-but he also travels the world speaking with customers about their business priorities, their Digital Transformation goals, and how the innovative use of technology, organizational structure, community, and transforming day to day operational practices can accelerate their Digital Transformation journey.READ MORE…

Event Driven Auto-Remediation with the Elastic Stack

Jan 12, 2017
by Siddharth Krishna

Recently we explained how to use Syslog with Splunk & StackStorm to auto-remediate a link going down on a switch. Splunk is a widely used log management tool but there’s also a popular open source alternative – Elastic Stack (formerly the ELK Stack: Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana). So if you’re using the Elastic Stack, and are looking to automate event remediation in your environment, you’re at the right place! In this post, we’re taking the same use case as before and talking about how to set up the Elastic stack to collect syslog data and trigger event-based network remediation workflows using StackStorm.

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Quick update: v2.1.1 published

December 20, 2016
by Lindsay Hill

Just in case you missed it, we published StackStorm v2.1.1 late last week. This is a minor update, on top of the major changes to pack management we made with 2.1.

There’s a few small bugfixes and enhancements:

  • core.http now supports HTTP basic auth and digest authentication.
  • Local action runner supports unicode parameter keys and values.
  • Improved error handling and more user-friendly messages for packs commands and APIs.

Full details in the Changelog.

This is a recommended update for all v2.1.0 users. Use yum or apt to upgrade your system. If you’re not yet running v2.1.0, make sure you read all the Upgrade Notes. There were some significant changes in v2.1, and it may break your custom packs. It’s worth it though, we promise.

Innovation at Dimension Data: Taking DevOps Beyond Deployment

December 6, 2016
By Dana Christensen

At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco last month, DevOps leaders like Target, American Airlines, Disney, and Quicken Loans spoke of the importance collaboration, eliminating silos, managing/optimizing operations and addressing technical debt, the importance of open source and contributing to community, and continuous learning. I was especially struck by Jason Cox of Disney, who stressed the importance of “creating a culture of courage” where teams are encouraged to be curious, to experiment, explore and embrace change–including process, roles, and technology.

Anthony Shaw at Auto-Remediation meetup

It turns out that these themes are being talked about not only by the large DevOps leaders. These themes are being repeated in conversations around the globe with IT leaders who are looking to leverage DevOps practices to successfully drive Digital Transformation.

Anthony Shaw, Director of Innovation and Technical Talent at Dimension Data has seen this first hand. Anthony not only leads innovation efforts within Dimension Data-but he also travels the world speaking with customers about their business priorities, their Digital Transformation goals, and how the innovative use of technology, organizational structure, and day to day operational practices can accelerate their Digital Transformation journey.

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2.1 is here! New Pack Management and More!

December 6, 2016
by Lindsay Hill

Ta-da! It’s here! StackStorm version 2.1 has been released, and there are some big changes. So big that we started wondering if we should have called this release version 3.0. Pack management has had a lot of work done, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results. Plus good news for those patiently waiting for Ubuntu 16.04LTS support!

Packs Packs Packs…it’s (mostly) all about Packs

The big theme for this release is Pack Management. We’ve upgraded, enhanced, overhauled & refitted pack management, and we’re very pleased to introduce the StackStorm Exchange

stackstorm_exchange

Shiny new StackStorm Pack Exchange.

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2.1 is Coming to Town: Check the New Pack Management

by Dmitri Zimine and st2 team
Nov 29, 2016

Dear stormers and friends!

We are almost ready with a new and quite exciting platform release. This is a big release and we are really looking forward to it, and you should, too – just check out exchange.stackstorm.org to get excited about what is coming. As usual, you will soon see an announcement, a blog describing the highlights of what we’ve done, and a back-story on how and why we did it.

This, however, is an unusual “head’s up”. The changes around pack management we are introducing in 2.1 are so substantial that it’s fair to give you time to review the new features, read the changelog, and adjust your private packs or automation around StackStorm if needed. We’re inviting you to contribute – EASILY – by trying out the new functionality and sharing feedback, or helping us catch last-minute bugs.

The transition notes are drafted here. The full list of changes is in the change log. Please help us improve the docs wherever you find them unclear, confusing or imprecise – we are actively testing as we write this.

The biggest change is introducing StackStorm Exchange. All integration packs from st2contrib, as well as other packs scattered around, are being moved under StackStorm Exchange. Once the transfer is complete, you will be submitting your new packs as PRs against StackStorm-Exchange/exchange-incubator repo, as described in README.md. Making features and fixes on existing community packs will be much easier now that each pack is in it’s own GitHub repo.

stackstorm_exchange

Shiny new StackStorm Pack Exchange.

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