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Spencer Owen


The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and preserve change amid order - Alfred North Whitehead


  1. Automating F5s with powershell

    At my job we are on the ‘infrastructure as code’ bandwagon. The most popular tool for coding your infrastructure is terraform. …


  2. Automating F5s with powershell

    At my job we are on the ‘infrastructure as code’ bandwagon. The most popular tool for coding your infrastructure is terraform. …


  3. windows automated volume format

    On linux there are two common ways to format a secondary volume …


  4. Habitat Tips & Tricks


  5. why is gitlab-ci running slowly?

    I use gitlab and gitlab-ci and love it. It is the best self hosted CI / Version control system out there in my opinion. …


  6. Disable scheduled tasks on windows with CHEF

    Everybody knows that windows is very aggressive in encouraging you to install windows updates. Windows 2012 R2 takes this to a whole new level by running background maintenance tasks that are impossible to kill normally. …


  7. CHEF update chef version on windows

    Update Since this blog post was written, chef has introduced the omni truck ‘pipe to bash’ style installer for windows. …


  8. CHEF send Slack notifications

    Occasionally in your automation infrastructure, you want an event to trigger a notification. For example, every time a chef run fails, send an alert. Or every time a webserver reboots, send an email. …


  9. CHEF breadcrumb design pattern

    Sometimes when you are automating your infrastructure, you run into a situation where you need to manage a file once, and then ignore it later so that another program can modify it. (Looking at you redis). …


  10. CHEF copy from network path

    I discovered a bug in the CHEF mount resource which has been reported here: