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Learn About Cobbler and Ansible

Join us for our next meetup, where:

Michael DeHaan will present on automating datacenter provisioning, configuration management, and software deployment using two projects he created -- Cobbler ( and Ansible (

Ansible is an easy to use configuration management, orchestration, and task execution tool that uses SSH (and ZeroMQ) as a transport, and simple YAML files as a data language. Cobbler is a provisioning framework that assists with PXE, kickstart / preseed templating, DNS setup, DHCP setup, and power management -- all things that are typically necessary prior to using your configuration management engine.

Michael has been writing systems management software for about 10 years. He currently works with OpenStack at Cisco Systems, and previously helped create solutions for rPath, Puppet Labs, Red Hat, Adaptec, and IBM.

This time we're joining our new friends at Argyle Social in downtown Durham. I realize we've had several meetups in a row in Durham, but location and timing having't worked out to swing the meetup back to Raleigh or Cary. We will be swinging back through those areas in the future.

Argyle Social is located at 208 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham NC 27701.

Look for the Argyle Social sign on the door off of Rigsbee Avenue.

Parking is available on the street, as well as in the parking deck across from Rue Cler. You might need to take a ticket to enter the parking garage, but if you leave after 7pm (which if you're coming to the meetup, you will) then you don't have to pay.

Argyle has also agreed to provide pizza and beer.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

- Mark Mzyk

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  • Magnus H.

    I honestly went in as an Ansible doubter and left with new respect for the Ansible way of doing things.

    February 20, 2013

  • Luis C.

    Fantastic session!!! Great information & speaker!

    February 20, 2013

  • William B.

    Under the weather

    February 20, 2013

    • Mark M.

      Sorry to hear that Bill. Get better and hope to see you next time.

      February 20, 2013

  • Michael D.

    Yes, I'm coming :)

    1 · February 18, 2013

    • Mark M.

      Always good to have the speaker show up. Thanks Michael. :)

      1 · February 19, 2013

  • Doug H.

    As a heavy cobbler user, really looking forward to this talk.

    February 4, 2013

  • Magnus H.

    Cobbler is one of those established power tools like Puppet/Chef/cfengine/capistrano and deserves to be held in similar regard. I, for one, am very interested in hearing more about this subject.

    January 29, 2013

    • Mark M.

      Glad to hear it Magnus. I think if there is interest, we can always have Michael back to either go more in-depth or focus on a different angle that what he covers this time.

      January 29, 2013

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