Infrastructure SIG Meeting Notes 11/17

Infrastructure SIG


  • Introduction
  • State of Initiatives
  • New Business

Areas of Care

  • Underlying Infrastructure management
  • Jenkins
  • Jenkins Jobs
  • Redmine
  • Website and webservers
  • DNS
  • Foreman and puppetserver
  • Koji


Rackspace migration

  • Currently needs migration

    • Jenkins
    • Foreman/puppetserver
  • Jenkins

    • Owner: ewoud
    • New hostname:
    • Action Items:
      • Create new machine in OSUOSL with CentOS 8
      • Add it to Foreman
      • Assign the right Hostgroup
      • Take an outage window
        • Mark nodes as in maintenance mode in old Jenkins
        • Sync over /var/lib/jenkins
        • Take all but one node out of maintenance mode on old Jenkins
      • Turn on new Jenkins
        • Turn on one node
      • Run a test job
        • Run a nightly pipeline
      • Pick switchover date
        • Target Date: Sometime after RC1 for Foreman 2.3
        • Lower TTL day or two before target date
        • Update DNS
  • Foreman/puppetserver

    • Owner: ewoud
    • New hostname:
    • Action Items:
      • Split into two virtual machines
      • Manage Foreman with Puppet
        • Write up classes to manage Foreman
        • Put puppet in noop mode
        • Iterate until configuration looks sound, applies cleanly
        • Move puppet out of noop mode
      • Create new machine in OSUOSL with CentOS 8
      • Add new machine to the existing Foreman
        • apply puppet
      • Pick switchover date
        • Target date:
        • Lower TTL day or two before target date
      • Dump database on
      • Copy files
        • Certificates
        • ??
      • Restore database on new machine
      • Update DNS

Redmine migration

Owner: ??

  • Run on Scaleways currently
    • Sponsoring ceased
    • Migrate to OSUOSL
      • Maybe conova?
  • Current Redmine version: 3.Y
  • Redmine Git Instance
  • Action Items
    • Build out migration plan
    • Test Redmine upgrade locally
    • Upgrade to EL8
    • Upgrade Redmine to 4.Y

foreman-infra cleanup, ci/ directory

Owner: ewoud

  • Jenkins job locations in foreman-infra
    • Jenkins jobs deployed via puppet
      • max 30 minute delay in getting job updates
      • contained inside a puppet module
    • Should we deploy jobs via Jenkins itself from a script?
      • Yes
    • Action Items

Use of Jenkinsfiles

Owner: ewoud

  • Prerequisite: Convert all jobs to pipeline style
  • Giving projects control of building their own Jenkins jobs through a Jenkinsfile in the repository
  • Discussion
  • Will require moving to shared libraries instead of composed JJB
    • Still requires storing job definitions in JJB in foreman-infra
  • How to deal with secrets?
    • Does Jenkinsfile or Multi-branch PR have builtin for this?
  • Idea
    • Spin up a Jenkins server on OSUOSL and test the workflow

Archiving Old Debian Releases

Owner: evgeni

  • Discussion
  • Freight scans old archives on every run back to Foreman 1.2; increase speed of Debian builds
  • Proposal
    • Pick a date, and archive everything up to Foreman 2.0
    • Continue to expose the archives on an archive site
  • Action Items
    • Build archive site up to Foreman 2.0
    • Pick an archive date

New Sponsor

Owner: evgeni

  • Conova offered compute resource
  • VMWare based infrastructure, vCloud
    • Difference between vCloud vs vSphere
  • How could we make use of this infrastructure?
    • Could add more nodes and reduce slots on existing nodes
    • Could shift AWS nodes to this new infrastructure

Auto-building Debian on PR merge


  • Need to automate the Debian release logic
  • Current jobs are hard to follow when they fail
  • Action Items
    • Step 1
      • Re-write the debian build jobs into pipelines that follow the RPM job pattern
    • Step 2
      • Enable auto-build on PR merge

Open ticket to OSUOSL about slow network connections

Owner: evgeni

  • File a ticket with details on network connection

CDN for the Website

Owner: evgeni

  • Need to fix RSS and CDN issue in order to server website via CDN
  • RSS statistics via CDN
    • Move RSS to a dedicated host
    • CDN log request independently
      • Amazon S3
      • SFTP with locked down user on the webserver

Rebuilding Koji


  • Rebuilding Koji
  • Koji is a big ole machine
    • current Koji has server, builder, database all-in-one
    • requires a separate builder to handle EL8
    • is not managed by any config management
  • Server/hostnames:
  • Action Items
    • Build a new environment with config management, and then migrate into the new environment
    • Manage Koji through standard means in Foreman
    • Migrate to a new disk format
      • current disk format cannot grow beyond it’s current size
      • Steps
        • Create new disk
        • Migrate data to new disk

Completed Items

  • Where to track infrastructure updates? [DONE]
    • Development discourse topic?
      • Sub-topic “Infrastructure”
  • Schedule Next Meeting [DONE]
  • Post Discourse tracking posts for each initiative [DONE]
    • Track updates


Owners: ehelms, ewoud

  • Where to move and store documentation for infrastructure?
    • docs/ directory in foreman-infra written in markdown
      • Source that is outside of our infrastructure
    • auto-publish to github pages to publish docs
  • Action Item
    • Create docs/ directory [ehelms]
    • Migrate wiki pages from Redmine [ehelms]
    • Reviews

Webserver migration

  • Owner: Evgeni
  • web02 on Rackspace
  • New machine running in OSUOSL
    • Receives mirrors of yum content
    • Debian content mirroring in progress
  • Action Item
    • Final sync of content
      • Copy over Tomer’s homedir
    • Switchover
      • Target Date: 9/28 - EMEA morning
    • Shutdown web02
      • Target Date: 9/29
    • Destroy
      • Taget Date: 10/5

ARM Builders

Owner: evgeni

  • Two currently running on Scaleways
  • Community member raised sponsoring new ARM servers on AWS
    • Access controls a concern due to Debian push
  • ARM builds disabled as of 2.1
  • Action Item
    • Decide if keeping ARM
      • Proposal: Drop the ARM builds, announce that to discourse
        • Turn ARM machines off in Scaleway
        • Remove ARM machines from Scaleway

Moving to GH Actions from Travis for Puppet Modules

Owner: ewoud