How To: Stop and start a production OpenShift Cluster

This post was originally published on the ETI blog here.

So – you want to stop your OpenShift cluster? There are many reasons why you may want to stop your OpenShift cluster. Maybe you have an annual disaster recovery test where you shut down a whole datacenter. Perhaps you want to do some maintenance to your infrastructure or the hypervisor or storage that your cluster is hosted on. It’s not an uncommon to need to be able to do this, so I have collated some of the best practices I have experienced across a multitude of environments, both large and small.

Here is the process that I recommend to use as a best practice in order to stop and start your OpenShift cluster(s). Following this process will give you the best chance of a trouble free maintenance window. As with all things, you should exercise care with this process on your important clusters. Try it on an unimportant environment first and see if it is a good fit for you.

Important: This process will cause an outage to any application workload running on the cluster until the cluster is fully started. The cluster itself will be unavailable until manually started. Care should be taken to run this process only on appropriate environments. It is recommended to have backups available of your environment.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 training and certification now available

With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, the Training and Certification team also announced its launch of offerings to coincide with the new version. Courses and exams contributing to the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) title are available on redhat.com and in the Red Hat Learning Subscription.

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OpenShift – From Design and Deploy to Deliver and Transform: Optimising Distributed Teams with Agile Practices

Previously published on She ITs and Giggles.

Overview

Frequently when I’m on site I am not directly asked but I am expected to provide answers to my customers how to get the best use of a technology. In this post I’m examining a recent scenario around providing structure around deploying OpenShift in order to provide a collaboration environment that would aide the use of this technology. We were also deploying OpenShift but writing about OpenShift deployment is a well covered subject across the board.

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Communities of practice: Straight from the open source

Every solution starts with sharing a problem. At Red Hat, when we talk about “open source,” we’re talking about a proven way of collaborating to create technology. The freedom to see the code, to learn from it, to ask questions and offer improvements. This is the open source way. However, bringing together people in your organization to collaborate is often easier said than done.

At Red Hat, we’ve created “Communities of Practice” (CoP) to help our own people collaborate, especially on new and emerging technologies–including automation.

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Start learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4 through Early Access

The pace of innovation has shortened expectations for time to market, placing pressure on IT teams to keep up with the rate of change. Organizations need just-in-time, prescriptive resources to enable their teams to leverage innovation to solve business problems. The Red Hat Learning Subscription (RHLS) delivers unlimited, on-demand, modular access to Red Hat’s entire training portfolio including cloud based labs for a full year. The Early Access feature of RHLS enables subscribers to learn from real-time publishing of courses and labs currently in development.

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Dynamic SSL certificates using LetsEncrypt on OpenShift

This post was originally published on the ETI blog here.

Managing SSL certificates in OpenShift can be a bit of a chore, especially when you have more than a few routes to manage. Having an automated mechanism to manage this helps with the operational overhead, and in this example LetsEncrypt is the weapon of choice.

You could quite conveniently use a wild card certificate to cover most of your routes but that doesn’t cover every use case that you might have, especially when you manage multiple domains. Consider also that wildcard certificates are deprecated[1] in favour of tooling that can provide programmatic access to easily create and renew SSL certificates on demand. There are a bunch of advantages (and disadvantages) to this and a tonne of articles out there, already covering the nuts and bolts of that topic, so I’m going to skip over that and instead share my experience deploying and using LetsEncrypt on OpenShift.

LetsEncrypt has been around for a while now and has been adopted into many environments so I thought it is about time that I shared how I have applied Lets Encrypt to solve my problem managing certificates across multiple domains on my OpenShift cluster.

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Deploying Ansible Tower on OpenShift