The Food Fight Show

In this episode, we discuss Ops School and training System Administrators. The episode was recorded as a Google+ Hangout and steamed live on YouTube.

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In this episode Nathen, @lusis, and Mike Fiedler sit down with Sean Porter and Ulf Mansson to discuss Sensuand #monitoringlove.

This episode was inspired by Ulf’s presentation at DevOps Days Rome 2012:

Monitoringlove: a True story in this presentation given at DevopsDays Italy. Ulf Mansson describes how the implementation of sensu and graphite convert the monitoring meme from monitoringsucks to monitoringlove. Hey kids, Ulf is right. monitoringsucks is dead, long live monitoringlove! There is now an active monitoringlove hashtag on twitter and an active #monitoringlove IRC channel. Join the Fun! Thanks to Ulf Mansson for making us realize that monitoring no longer has to suck and that if we put in just a bit of extra work, we can experience monitoringlove too.

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Join us for two Hangouts this week!

Wednesday, November 7, 19:30 UTC

Our first Hangout will be on Wednesday, November 7 at 19:30 UTC which is 2:30PM in Eastern Standard Time and 11:30AM Pacific Standard. For this hangout, we’ve invited Paul Reed and Seth Thomas to join us to discuss our most recent Food Fight Show where we discussed the practice, profession, and tools of Release Engineering.

Thursday, November 8, 21:00 UTC

Our second Hangout will be on Thursday, November 8 at 21:00 UTC which is 4:00PM in Eastern Standard Time and 1:00PM Pacific Standard.  Noah Kantrowitz, also known as coderanger on IRC, will be joining us to share some thoughts and lead a discussion about Reusable Cookbook Patterns, specifically exploring the idea of Library Cookbooks and Application Cookbooks. This is a topic that’s received a fair bit of discussion lately including at the recent Chef Community Summit and on last week’s Chef Office Hours Hangout.

How to Join

Each will Hangout will be held on Google Plus. We will send out the URL to the hangout via our twitter feed (@foodfightshow) at the beginning of each hangout. As you may know, Google Plus Hangouts are limited to 10 participants. To allow for greater participation, we will be streaming the Hangout live to YouTube. This will allow more people to participate during the discussions. We’ve also created a new IRC channel on freenode - #foodfightshow. You’ll be able to participate in the discussion by commenting on the YouTube video or joining us in IRC.

Have a specific question or want to reserve a seat? Drop us a line at

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In this episode, Bryan and Nathen sat down with J. Paul Reed and Seth Thomas to talk about the practice, profession, and tools of Release Engineering. We also talked a bit about their Podcast, The Ship Show.

00:44 - In the News

06:28 - New Cookbooks

17:18 - Updated Cookbooks

19:15 - Introductions

19:40 - The Ship Show

27:40 - Release Engineering - Continuous Integration

36:20 - Release Engineering - Version Control

40:28 - “git…is the Ike Turner of version control systems”

47:47 - Strengths of perforce

56:15 - Deployment Strategies

1:02:00 - Build Tools

1:12:05 - DevOps Culture

1:14:46 - “DevOps, as a movement, has made it OK to talk about the cultural stuff”

1:16:13 - Continuous Integration Systems

1:19:35 - Packaging and artifact repositories

1:26:59 - Summing up the episode

1:29:20 - Picks

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    Nathen sits down with Fletcher Nichol (@fnichol), Seth Vargo (@sethvargo), Mike Fiedler (@mikefiedler), and Jeff Hulten (@jhulten) to talk about day two of the Chef Community Summit. We meant to chat for about 20 minutes but this conversation ended taking about an hour. Enjoy!

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    Nathen sits down with Eric Wolfe (@atomic_penguin), Seth Vargo (@sethvargo), and Jamie Winsor (@resetexistence) to talk about day one of the Chef Community Summit.

    Topic include:

    • Open space format of the summit
    • Various sessions of the day including:
    • New Chef Documentation - check out
    • Workflow
    • Continuous Deployment and Continuous Integration
    • Testing your Infrastructure
    • Chef on Windows
    Direct download: Chef-Community-Summit-Day-1.mp3
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    John and Nathen sat down with Marc Watts, Mark Jennings, and David Lutzy to discuss the DevOps culture and history at Lonely Planet, performance, metrics-driven engineering, and more.

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    This is a short DevOps Delicacy special that is a tribute to a member of the DevOps Community.  Enjoy.

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    Nathen and Kate Matsudaria discuss Kate's Surge presentation, working at Decide, the Technology and Leadership Newsletter, building v1s and v2s, and more.

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    Nathen sat down with Theo Schlossnagle.  They discussed Theo's Surge presentations and wrapped-up the event.

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    Nathen sat down with Matt Grahamn from Etsy.  They discussed Matt's Surge presentation:  Changing Etsy's Architectural Foundation with Continuous Deployment

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    Nathen sat down with Mike Nolet from AppNexus.  They discussed Mike's Surge presentation:  From Zero to 500k QPS in Three Years: Scaling AppNexus.

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    Nathen sat down with Alejandro Companioni and Dave Zwieback from Knewton.  They discussed Alejandro's Surge presentation and Dave's lightning talk.

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    DevOps Delicacy:  Update from Surge with Andrew Miklas from PagerDuty

    Nathen had a chance to sit down with Andrew Miklas,CTO and Co-founder of PagerDuty.  They discussed Andrew's Surge presentation: Ensuring the Call Goes Out—Everytime

    Direct download: Surge-2-PagerDuty.mp3
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    Nathen had a chance to sit down with Ryan Kennedy, Director of Core Services at Yammer.  They discussed Ryan's Surge presentation:  Build Your Own Database: Berkeley DB Java Edition at Yammer

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    Nathen and Bryan had a conversation with Michael Bevilacqua-Linn about the presentation he'll be giving at Surge Conference:  Big Data in the Small: Why N Tier Architectures Are an Antipattern

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    Join Bryan and Nathen for a discussion about the future of Vagrant.

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    In this episode, Bryan and Nathen sat down with Joshua Timberman and Andrew Crump to talk about Test Kitchen.


    • Introduction to Test Kitchen
    • Anatomy of a Test Kitchen run
    • Examples in apache2 and mysql cookbooks
    • Configuring Test Kitchen
    • Future of Test Kitchen
    • Contributing to Test Kitchen

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    Episode 23:  Interview with Theo Schlossnagle

    In this episode, Bryan, Matt, and Nathen sat down with Theo Schlossnagle (@postwait), CEO and Founder of OmniTI and a serial entrepreneur.  We discussed Circonus, Surge, OmniOS and more.

    • OmniTI
    • OmniOS
    • Surge
      • Need a discount code?  Check the show at 38:04
    • Scalable Internet Architecture
    • Careers in IT
    • fq and Message Queuing
    • Circonus
    • OmniTI & Chef

    Keep it hot!

    Direct download: FoodFightShow23-TheoSchlossnagle.mp3
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    In this episode, Bryan and Nathen sat down with Jesse Robbins, Co-founder and Chief Community Officer at Opscode.  We discussed Jesse's Velocity presentation - Changing Culture & Being a Force for Awesome


        What's Cookin'
        Emergency Services
        Changing Culture & Being a Force for Awesome

    Direct download: FoodFightShow22-BeingAForceForAwesome1.mp3
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    For this DevOps Delicacy, Nathen met with David Bock to talk about the Chef Introductory Workshop.  We met before, during, and after the course and discussed David's expectations of the class, prior experience with Chef, thoughts on the class and more.

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    • Introduction
    • What's Cookin'
    • Testing Tools and Process
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    Chef server rewrite
    Open source, private, and hosted Chef server

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    In this DevOps Delicacy, Nathen sits down with Chris Roberts to discuss bag_config, runlist_modifier, and more.

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    Discussion of why Ruby is a good choice for systems administrators

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    In this episode, we discuss the prospects for Chef in 2012

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