Category Archives: Setups

Linux: LEMP set up – NGINX, PHP, MySQL, SSL, monitoring, logs, and a WordPress blog migration

6 November 2020

 Finally got time to migrate the RTFM.CO.UA blog to a new server with Debian 10. This time manually, without any automation will set up a LEMP stack Wrote a similar at 2016 – Debian: установка LEMP — NGINX + PHP-FPM + MariaDB (Rus), but in time the post is more complete of the process and… Read More »

Helm: helm-secrets – sensitive data encryption with AWS KMS and use it with Jenkins

16 May 2020

 So, as a follow-up to the Helm: Kubernetes package manager – an overview, getting started post – let’s discuss about sensitive data in our Helm charts. What I want is to store a chart files in a repository, but even if such a repo will be a private Github repo – I still don’t want… Read More »

AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service: a cluster creation automation, part 2 – Ansible, eksctl

1 May 2020

 The first part – AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service: a cluster creation automation, part 1 – CloudFormation. To remind the whole idea is to create an automation process to create an EKS cluster: Ansible uses the cloudformation module to create an infrastructure by using an Outputs of the CloudFormation stack created – Ansible from a template will… Read More »

AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service: a cluster creation automation, part 1 – CloudFormation

24 April 2020

 The task is: create automation to roll out an AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service cluster from scratch. Will use: Ansible: to automate CloudFormation stack creation and to execute eksctl with necessary parameters CloudFormation with NestedStacks: to create an infrastructure – VPC, subnets, SecurityGroups, IAM-roles, etc eksctl: to create a cluster itself using resources created by CloudFormation… Read More »

Nextcloud: running in Docker Compose on Debian with Let’s Encrypt SSL

30 November 2019

 I while ago I’d tested the Nextcloud, see the NextCloud: installing server on Debian behind NGINX with PHP-FPM and client on Arch Linux post. In general, it looks good, so it’s time to try to run in a production environment and finally migrate from Dropbox to it. Today, let’s spin up a Nextcloud instance using… Read More »

Grafana: Loki – the LogQL’s Prometheus-like counters, aggregation functions and dnsmasq’s requests graphs

17 November 2019

 The last time I configured Loki for logs collecting and monitoring was in February 2019 – almost a year ago, see the Grafana Labs: Loki – logs collecting and monitoring system post, when Loki was in its Beta state. Now we faced with outgoing traffic issues in our Production environments and can’t find who guilty for… Read More »

Terraform: creating a project with an AWS EC2, VPC, and AWS cross-region VPC peering connection

18 March 2019

 One of the disappointing surprises in my AWS CloudFormation experience was the fact that it wasn’t able to automatically create cross-region VPC-peering connections. Note: this post originally was written in Rus on 28 June 2018 but now CloudFormation can do it, check the PeerRegion parameter of the AWS::EC2::VPCPeeringConnection resource. As a result – it tries… Read More »

Prometheus: RTFM blog monitoring set up with Ansible – Grafana, Loki, and promtail

10 March 2019

 After implementing the Loki system on my job’s project – I decided to add it for myself, so see my RTFM blog server’s logs. Also – want to add the node_exporter and alertmanager, to be notified about high disk usage. In this post, I’ll describe the Prometheus, node_exporter, Grafana, Loki, and promtail set up process… Read More »

OpenVPN: OpenVPN Access Server set up and AWS VPC peering configuration

21 February 2019

 OpenVPN Access Server is ready to use OpenVPN server which requires minimal configuration. The free version allows you to have two clients. If you need more – you can buy additional licenses. Infrastructure description Currently to access our resources such as Jenkins, Nexus etc we are using Allow Rules in AWS Security Groups where each user… Read More »

Grafana Labs: Loki – using AWS S3 as a data storage and AWS DynamoDB for indexes

13 February 2019

 Let’s proceed with the Loki system. First post of this series – Grafana Labs: Loki – logs collecting and monitoring system and the second one – Grafana Labs: Loki – distributed system, labels and filters. There is the Grafana’s Slack community with the dedicated #loki channel where you can ask for some assist (and it’s really helpful).… Read More »