Using a Build Flow for Deployments and Functional Testing

Jenkins is a powerful tool in your Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery toolbox.  For my last clients over the past several years, we have utilized Jenkins to deploy software and preform automated testing.  One of the most powerful tools I have used to orchestrate deployments and testing has been the Build Flow Plugin.  It has allowed […]

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A Maturity Matrix for Continuous Delivery Pipelines

I’ve worked on a number of DevOps projects recently where I’ve had to assemble Continuous Delivery (CD) pipelines to build, deploy, and test software. In my case, we’ve been using Chef to automatically deploy various components of a java-based web system using Jenkins. We have a lot of pipeline job chains created in Jenkins to […]

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Setting up Chef Knife workstation to use multiple Chef servers

I have the problem of working against multiple open-source Chef servers to manage cookbooks, environments, etc in our continuous delivery pipeline. Chef and the “knife” tool, in general, like to use configuration information from ~/.chef/knife.rb. Within that file lies the all-important configuration item: chef_server_url. How do you deal with this if you’re working with multiple […]

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Using SecureCI Testing Framework for Mobile Devices

One of the new features of the 2013 Q4 Secure CI Release was the inclusion of a testing framework, optimized for web based browser testing. I’m continuing to make a few updates to the testing framework, but more than anything I’ve been discovering more and more uses for it. I’ve been working in the mobile […]

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SecureCI 2013 Q4 Release

Introduction Quarter 4 for Coveros has been action packed for SecureCI™. We performed several major updates to our SecureCI™ version, bringing the software tools up to date, and making them more user and out-of-the-box friendly. For those unaware, SecureCI™ is an integrated stack of tools that provides version control, wiki, project/issue management, and code analysis […]

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Force Mounting Drives in Cloud Formation on Windows

I’ve been doing a lot of AWS, EC2, Cloud Formation, Chef, and Windows lately. In particular, we’re building a Continuous Delivery pipeline that launches groups of machines to build up application stacks. I have a situation where I need to build Microsoft SQL Server machines in the Amazon EC2 cloud environment. In particular, the operations […]

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What is Chef and why should I be using it?

Chef is a open source configuration and software integration framework that many organizations are actively investing in to simplify their operations.  Here at Coveros, we are using Chef to provision new instances of SecureCI. In many traditional organizations there is a natural division between our system administrators who are responsible for setting up servers and […]

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Using the Join Plugin in Jenkins

With large complex software applications, builds can often be split into different steps and tasks creating a series of jobs for our build pipeline.   On my current project we are utilizing Jenkins to implement Continuous Integration/Continuous Deliver (CI/CD) and between the jobs for compilation, smoke tests, acceptance tests and deployment across environments in several different VLANs, […]

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