Install Performance Co-Pilot via Ansible and Ascender

Install Performance Co-Pilot via Ansible and Ascender

Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) is a suite of tools used for performance monitoring for a variety of things. We see it used quite a bit in the HPC space to either squeeze as much performance out of a system as possible or to troubleshoot performance issues. It can often be tedious to install and manage… unless, of...

"Build And Replace" Linux Migration Via Automation With Ascender

"Build And Replace" Linux Migration Via Automation With Ascender

Migrating from one Linux major version to another never seems to be a simple task, but through the magic of automation, it can be a lot simpler and reproducible. I’m going to cover the Ansible playbooks I created to do the work, then I’ll execute it using our enterprise automation platform called Ascender. Our recommended...

Migrate AWX or AAP to Ascender with Automation

Migrate AWX or AAP to Ascender with Automation

AWX derivatives are great tools for putting enterprise controls around your automation.  Ascender brings the best of open source automation into one easy-to-install package, and now when you are ready to migrate from either AWX or Red Hat’s Ansible Automation Platform (AAP), you can with a few simple steps. It doesn’t stop there, though. You...

Ascender Custom Dynamic Inventory Scripts

Ascender Custom Dynamic Inventory Scripts

When using inventories in Ascender and AWX, it’s often advantageous to take advantage of dynamic inventories. This really just means a way to query a Configuration Management Database (CMDB) for a list of hosts and their variables. There are many ways baked into Ascender to do this with services like Amazon, Google, or VMWare, but...

Mountain V2 Upgrade Via Ascender
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Mountain V2 Upgrade Via Ascender

We’re happy to announce Mountain V2, with a new backend that is going to allow for new and awesome features! It also brings along additional security features like two-factor authentication (2FA). In order to achieve these awesome new features we need to: setup 2FA in Mountain V2, create new authentication keys for our products, and...

CIQ Simplifies HPC Deployment With Rocky Linux, Mountain, and Ascender
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CIQ Simplifies HPC Deployment With Rocky Linux, Mountain, and Ascender

CIQ is officially launching the “general availability” of our custom deployment consultation services to help organizations set up their own HPC environments. We have streamlined the deployment process, tapping the capabilities of Rocky Linux and Mountain, to deliver a highly performant, scalable, and secure HPC stack that is easy to maintain and upgrade.  CIQ’s unique...

Passing Ansible Variables in Workflows Using set_stats

Passing Ansible Variables in Workflows Using set_stats

Workflows allow AAP, AWX, and Ascender to visually connect playbooks together. This works great… until you try and pass variables from one job template (playbook and required parts in Ascender) to another. That’s where the set_stats module comes in. It has the ability to pass between workflow jobs, but the documentation doesn’t fully explain how...

Ascender Migrates Host From CentOS 7 To Rocky 8
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Ascender Migrates Host From CentOS 7 To Rocky 8

With the impending sunset of CentOS, there are a lot of old CentOS 7 hosts that need to be migrated. Thankfully, our friends over at Alma Linux have created the awesome migration tool ELevate that will convert a CentOS box to a myriad of different OSes. In this article, I’ll show you how to utilize...

Mastering Ansible Host Selection: Tips for AWX and Ascender

Mastering Ansible Host Selection: Tips for AWX and Ascender

One of the basics of using Ansible is choosing which hosts to operate against. I’m going to walk through the basics of choosing hosts in Ansible, then I’ll cover some advanced tips on using it with AWX or, better yet, Ascender. Video tutorial Hosts vs. inventory Inventory I’ll start by discussing inventories, which are really...

CIQ Rolls Out Ascender Installer for Kubernetes Platforms

CIQ Rolls Out Ascender Installer for Kubernetes Platforms

Automation is the cornerstone of modern enterprise infrastructure, and CIQ is at the forefront of this revolution. We are excited to announce the rollout of Ascender installers for all Kubernetes-based platforms. Ascender governs the automation of Rocky Linux management at scale as well as workloads, networking, devices, public clouds, and other infrastructure at an enterprise...