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DevOps 101 - A Brief History Of Time If you have anything to do with developing products or working in IT helping to deploy and run them, chances are you have heard the term "DevOps" in one form or another.  Just like the ubiquitous "Cloud" floating out in the Internet somewhere, DevOps has become a catch-all phrase for anything that is Developer or Operations related. Before jumping into what DevOps is, I think it's helpful to look back at the evolution of software development which will make it clear why DevOps was inevitable. First Came The Developer And QA I'll start be looking back a few years when software was primarily developed and targeted as software installs on end users computers with physical media (DVDs, CDs, or dare I date myself and say Floppy Disks). Development teams would work tirelessly 6+ months on the next release of their product.  When the ... (more)

Shrink-Url – Use PowerShell To Shrink Your Urls

Shrinking your Url’s is all the rage nowadays.  If you are on Twitter, then odds are you have used one.  Despite CodingHorror’s distaste for them in his recent blog post on Url Shorteners: Destroying the Web since 2002, they are a fact of life when we live in a world of 140 character status updates. So what’s a URL shrinking service anyway?  Well, to put it simply, you supply them with a URL, they then supply you with a shorter URL containing a lookup “key”.  When future requests are made to this shorter URL, connections are routed to that services website where they convert the... (more)

BIG-IP Connection Visualization With The Google Visualization API

Overview The Application Connecting To The BIG-IP Creating a HTML Page Inserting The HTML Page Into The Browser Control Refreshing The Charts Resizing The Charts Get The Source Related Articles Overview This is the second article in a series around building a monitoring application with the Google Visualization APIs.  In my previous article BIG-IP CPU Visualization with the Google Visualization API, I illustrated how to build a C# WinForm application using  the Gauge Visualization to build a monitoring application to keep tabs on the system CPU usage. In this article, I will look... (more)

Introducing AskBing The PowerShell Bing Twitter Proxy

Last week I posted a PowerShell function library for Microsoft’s newly introduced search engine at Bing.com.  The function library was appropriately named PoshBing. There was a log of interest in the script so I quickly moved it off my blog and onto a CodePlex project under PoshBing. Working on the command line is fun and all, but since I spend a good portion of my time accessing my twitter account, I figured it would be a bit of fun to integrate it with my previously released PoshTweet PowerShell twitter library. So, after an hour or so of coding it up and creating the @askbing ... (more)

Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration

A few months back, our team moved DevCentral.f5.com from our corporate datacenter to a cloud service provider.  As part of this project, we were required to take over the tasks previously performed by our IT department.  One of the tasks that fell into my hands was to look at the monitoring and alerting for the heath of the systems in our environment.   These systems included our application tier (application, database, and storage) as well as the F5 network infrastructure (GTM, LTM, ASM, WA, APM, etc). After looking at several product offerings, we ended up choosing PRTG Network ... (more)