How To Back up a Data Container

Example Core Repository

Just wanted to get a quick post up with some examples for your Core Repository. This is based on code extracted from my current Puppet Environment and I will continue to add to it as I refactor my Puppetserver early next year. There are notes in the README file inside of the repository providing an overview of what is included. Feel free to contribute with pull requests if you have an examples you wish to share.

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iPad Management

So I figured I could at least squeeze one more post in this year even though it’s a little off topic from my Mac Management Series. I was tasked a few weeks ago with purchasing and deploying 10 tablets for use during our Regular weekend services as well as for Special Events. My desire was to have a setup that was easy to manage and have the tablets automatically Reset/Restore themselves to a preset configuration every time they are plugged back in.

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Basic Puppet Configuration

Configuration Overview So this is the second post about Puppet. I’m going to go through a brief overview deploying some configuration to your computer using Puppet. If you don’t already have Puppetserver running, please go back to my previous post Here to get up and running with Puppet. If you aren’t following from my previous post some of this will be different depending on your Environment but I will be continuing with the setup on the Docker Image that I’ve created.

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New Design!

Just a quick post here. I’ve spent some time redesigning the website on Hugo because of some issues I was having with Octopress on my machine. Still working on a few small items, but if you find any issues hit me up on the MacAdmins Slack! Thanks!

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Getting Started with Puppet

Back at the Church IT Roundtable in October I began sharing about how we have implemented a Mac Management solution using Open Source Tools and I promised to provide tutorials on how to get started. I’ve spent the time rebuilding the Docker Container to automate the setup of a new Puppet Server because of some issues that my original container experiences on occasion. This post is going to cover the basics of getting Docker & Puppet up and running on a Ubuntu 14.04 server running Docker.

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Our path to Mac Management

Where we Started “In the beginning God created…” the Mac… “and it was good” Ok maybe I went a little far in that one. I came on staff at Real Life Church in 2012 and at that time we were mostly a PC shop with the exception being Pastors exclusively having a Mac (With Local Admin Access and no admin account for IT). Over the next 2 years we realized that we got significantly more support requests on our PCs than for our Macs.

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Pi Cam Matrix v2

After a few days in production I discovered that over time the Pi’s would lose connection to the RTSP feeds. The only two ways to resolve this were to reboot the Pi or SSH into the Pi. Because of this I started back at the beginning and was able to develop another way of running this matrix that would automatically reload the RTSP feed if it was lost. The initial Pi Setup instructions are identical to my last post, Raspberry Pi Camera Matrix, the differences come in with setting up the new code base.

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Raspberry Pi Camera Matrix

I have posted version 2 of this script HERE Over the last few months we’ve been upgrading our Security Cameras, replacing a 10 year old vitek system with the Ubiquiti Unifi Video system. We just finished installing the last of these Cameras and that included the need to find a new solution for our Children’s Cameras to be displayed onto two TV’s. I found a Forum Post on the Ubiquiti Community that documented one person’s script to display a 2x2 Camera Matrix on a Raspberry Pi So I went ahead and ordered 2x Raspberry Pi’s to power both of these displays and thought “Perfect, someone else has done the leg work all I have to do is plug in the RTSP URL’s and presto”.

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Welcome to my Blog!

Hey Guys! Thanks for checking out my blog. I don’t have much here yet but I soon hope to start posting some of my setup and code soon to use Munki, PuppetServer, Simain, Sal, MunkiReport, Crypt, MacNamer, and Imagr to set up a full fledged automated mac management configuration and reporting solution.

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