Ohad Levy, Dominic Cleal & Justin Sherrill: Foreman & Katello demo and overview

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We apologize for the short notice, but Ohad, Dominic and Justin's travels had them coming through NYC unexpectedly, and thanks to the folks at TheLadders.com, we were able to accommodate on short notice.

This month we have pleasure of hearing from Ohad Levy, The author of Foreman, Dominic Cleal who is one of the lead developers of Foreman, and Justin Sherrill the development lead for Katello.

They will be demonstrating and reviewing the latest release of Foreman (1.5). Foreman is the leading community-developed ENC and provisioning engine for Puppet. (Cloud hosts, virtual hosts and bare metal hosts)

They will be demonstrating Foreman, and providing an overview of major features of Foreman, including ENC support for Parameterized Classes, Puppet 3.5 support, improved roles, support for locations and organizations, improved VMWare support, Rackspace provisioning, and trending graphs.

They will also discuss the Foreman development roadmap, and how it is being integrated with the related Katello project, which will also be demoed.

Katello is a systems life cycle management plugin to Foreman, that aids in system lifecycle management. Katello can pull content from remote repositories into isolated environments, and makes patch subscription management a breeze. Justin will be demonstrating the software content management capabilities of Katello including customization and patch management through lifecycle environments.

After the meeting we will be adjourning to a nearby watering hole to continue the discussion.


Foreman homepage: http://theforeman.org/
Foreman release notes: http://theforeman.org/manuals/1.5/index.html#Releasenotesfor1.5
Katello homepage: http://www.katello.org/


Ohad Levy is an engineering manager in Red Hat's cloud team, where he focuses on Foreman and Katello Projects. Prior to this role, he was responsible for large scale operations management, and known to develop and manage a fairly large puppet infrastructure a few years back. Ohad cares a lot about open source, together with an awesome community, we keep improving Infrastructure management within Foreman and Katello open source projects.

Dominic Cleal works at Red Hat as a software engineer in the virtualization and cloud R&D group. His background is as developer with a strong focus in automation and configuration management. Dominic is one of the most active Foreman developers and acted as the release manager for Foreman 1.5.

Justin Sherrill works at Red Hat as a software engineer in the virtualization and cloud R&D group.  He works primarily on the Katello project and helps with integration of other projects such as Pulp, Candlepin, and The Foreman.  His background is primarily in development focusing on content and patch management.

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  • ohad l.

    btw: my slides from last week can be found at http://ohadlevy.fedorapeople.org/foreman/fosdem-iaas.html

    June 18, 2014

    • Robert M.

      Can I link to the slides in the YouTube video description?

      June 18, 2014

    • ohad l.

      sure, its all public :) thanks!

      June 18, 2014

  • Robert M.

    Hey all,

    The video for the talk is being uploaded to YouTube as we speak. The link for it is here:


    Thanks to Doug Grove for helping tape the talk! :)

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • guymatz

    Excellent tour of the features of Foreman!! Would have been nice to see more of an overview & use cases of Katello

    June 12, 2014

  • Gregg C L.


    June 11, 2014

  • Simo

    Gah sorry people, will not be able to attend after all.
    If somone is in wait list take my place please.

    June 11, 2014

  • Dave J.

    Regretfully things seem to be piling up faster than I can whittle it down today

    June 11, 2014

  • Gregg C L.

    The Force prevailed afterall.

    June 11, 2014

  • Gregg C L.

    It wants me on the wait list.

    June 10, 2014

  • David A.

    About how long do you think the main talk will be?

    June 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Probably at least an hour for Foreman, including a demo.

      1 · June 9, 2014

  • Matthew B.

    Any chance of recording it?

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Brian G.

      Working on video. (Looks likely.)

      June 9, 2014

  • david p.

    Wish I could make this one.... Short notice though

    June 9, 2014

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