How I keep my sysadmin overhead to a minimum

  • Pets, not cattle.
  • VMs, not containers. (except for apps that I can treat like ‘appliances’, like mailcow:dockerized, or TrueNAS apps.)
  • Backups, not cold-standbys.
  • Documentation, not playbooks.
    (OK some playbooks of course, but I keep it as close to vanilla Ubuntu as possible).
  • Auto-updates everywhere.

If things are that simple and if I have notes about deployment and config steps, then if something breaks, I just re-deploy and restore from backups.

Alexandre de Verteuil
Alexandre de Verteuil
Senior Solutions Architect

I teach people how to see the matrix metrics.
Monkeys and sunsets make me happy.