Eric D. Schabell: Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with Cloud Management

Monday, April 23, 2018

Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with Cloud Management

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This year you've got a lot of decisions to make before you got to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA from 8-10 May 2018.

There are breakout sessionsbirds-of-a-feather sessionsmini sessionspanelsworkshops, and instructor led labs that you're trying to juggle into your daily schedule. To help with these plans, let's try to provide an overview of the labs in this series.

In this article, the focus narrows to cloud management, where you can get hands-on with everything from open cloud management technologies, create a self-service portal, ensure you're familiar with all the details behind your infrastructure configurations, learn how to manage a container platform beyond initial installation and experience diverse infrastructure automation tools.

The following hands-on labs are on the agenda, so let's look at the details of each one.

Integrated management with Red Hat technologies

Join this hands-on lab for a technical overview and experience with Red Hat Management. Attendees will gain insight on the full potential of prescriptive analytics, automated remediation, and life-cycle management with Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Insights, Red Hat CloudForms, and Red Hat Ansible Tower. See how Red Hat customers are optimizing IT with standard operating environments to support limitless innovation and true enterprise automation.

Presenters: Jerome Marc, Red Hat, William Nix, Red Hat, Amaya Rosa Gil Pippino, Red Hat

Building a self-service portal with Red Hat CloudForms

User self-service is seen as one of the defining capabilities of cloud computing. Red Hat CloudForms provides a self-service portal and catalog to deploy IT services over a variety of virtualization and cloud providers.

In this lab, you will get an introduction to CloudForms self-service, followed by hands-on examples. You will start by creating a service catalog item to deploy a virtual machine and then move on to more advanced topics, like orchestration templates (OpenStack HEAT) as services. To be ready to use these features in real-world scenarios, you will learn how to limit catalog visibility and access with CloudForms' role-based access control feature.

Presenters: Víctor Estival López, Red Hat, Christian Jung, Red Hat

Hands on with Satellite 6

Red Hat Satellite is Red Hat's platform management tool.

In this hands-on lab, we'll cover:

- An introduction to the current features of Red Hat Satellite
- A preview of features coming in Satellite 6.4.

You'll also see integrations with Red Hat Insights and Red Hat Ansible Automation as you learn how Red Hat Satellite helps you efficiently manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Presenters: Bryan Kearney, Red Hat, Eric Helms, Red Hat, Adam Růžička, Red Hat, Sachin Ghai, Red Hat

Managing your OpenShift cluster from installation and beyond

The day-to-day role of a Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform administrator doesn't end once the base platform has been installed. They must be forward-looking on many “day 2”-focused operations and anticipate how they'll be able to handle an expanding footprint as well as ensuring the overall health of the platform. This includes using automation tools to simplify the installation and configuration of environments and being cognizant of the current capacity and utilization to support the most important production workloads.

In this lab, you'll use centralized automation and management tools, such as Red Hat Ansible Tower and Red Hat CloudForms, to both streamline the installation of OpenShift Container Platform and to take advantage of a system that provides a single-pane-of-glass viewpoint for handling the day-to-day operation of the cluster.

Presenters: Andrew Block, Red Hat, Brett Thurber, Red Hat, Scott Collier, Red Hat, Vinny Valdez, Red Hat

Up and running with Red Hat identity management

Red Hat identity management (IdM) can play a central role in user authentication, authorization, and control. It can manage critical security components such as SSH keys, host-based access controls, and SELinux contexts—in a standalone environment or in a trust relationship with a Microsoft Active Directory domain controller.

In this lab, you'll learn:

- Basic installation and configuration of IdM
- Configuration of an IdM replica - Joining of clients to the IdM domain
- Basic user and host management activities
- sudo setup
- SSH key management

Attendees will leave with a lab that can be repeated in their own environments and form the basics for a rudimentary environment.

Presenters: James Wildman, Red Hat, Chuck Mattern, Red Hat

OpenShift for Operators 

OpenShift combines the speed and portability of Docker containers with the cluster management capabilities of Kubernetes. And for developers, the real power of OpenShift is the way it uses these technologies to provide full application life-cycle support—from source code through production application deployments. But what if the application you're trying to manage is OpenShift itself?

In this lab, you'll learn how to manage all of the runtime aspects of an OpenShift cluster, from quotas and limits, to user management, to basic node host management tasks.

Note: This lab is updated every year with the latest Red Hat OpenShift features for administrators. It is highly recommended for anyone considering an OpenShift deployment for their private cloud.

Presenters: Erik Jacobs, Red Hat, Harrison Ripps, Red Hat, Thomas Wiest, Red Hat, Daniel Messer, Red Hat

Getting Started with Ansible 

Ansible is a simple yet powerful IT automation engine for app deployment, configuration management, and orchestration that you can learn quickly. In this hands-on lab, you'll get to know Ansible from the ground up. After a brief introduction, you'll install Ansible and run the first commands. Next, we'll tackle some of the basic concepts, and you'll start to write your first playbooks. Along the way, you'll learn more advanced concepts, such as controlling task execution and templating.

Presenters: Eric Lavarde, Red Hat, Goetz Rieger, Red Hat

Red Hat CloudForms with Red Hat Ansible Automation—Better together

Have you heard about the embedded Ansible theme of Red Hat CloudForms? Keen to learn more? Join us in this lab session for hands-on exercises utilizing Red Hat Ansible Automation in CloudForms.

In this lab, we'll start with a brief overview presentation. Then, you will configure your CloudForms instance for embedded Ansible Automation and add a playbook repository. Next, you will learn how to use Ansible Playbooks to create service catalog items for the CloudForms self-service portal. Finally, you will use Ansible Playbooks as actions in CloudForms Policies and finally learn how playbooks can be run from custom buttons.

Presenters: Víctor Estival López, Red Hat, Christian Jung, Red Hat

Hands-on introduction to Red Hat CloudForms 

Gain hands-on experience with an individual, dedicated instance of Red Hat CloudForms. You're welcome to participate even if you have no experience with Red Hat CloudForms. We'll provide a brief overview of the product before starting the labs.

In this lab, with guidance, you'll:

- Explore Red Hat CloudForms connected to different providers
- Create reporting and chargeback reports
- Build service catalogs
- Integrate with containers

Presenters: Justin Burdine, Red Hat, Mike Dahlgren, Red Hat, Patrick Regan, Red Hat

Effectively monitor and troubleshoot your Red Hat OpenShift cluster

During this lab, attendees will learn how to effectively monitor a production Red Hat OpenShift cluster and the best techniques to troubleshoot different issues with both the platform and the running containers. We will create different scenarios that incorporate real issues we have dealt with from different enterprise customers. Also, we will show how the monitoring tools handle those errors and how we can troubleshoot them to get our services back to the production state.

Presenters: Marcos Entenza, Red Hat, Øystein Bedin, Red Hat, Mangirdas (MJ) Judeikis, Red Hat, Jorge Tudela Gonzalez de Riancho, Red Hat, Logan Donley

Custom broker for your service catalog

Have you ever been confused about how to deploy your chosen service? Have you ever wondered why two services don't link together? Have you ever told operations that you need it now? Well, Red Hat OpenShift starting with 3.7 (tech preview in 3.6) has an answer to your problems—service catalog.

In this lab, we will walk you through the service catalog APIs and the whole architecture. You will learn the importance of the broker component, and we will spend the rest of the session implementing our own broker, automating Google Cloud provisioning to teach you how to build it to start automating your own stuff.

Source code and demos should be expected.

Presenters: Ray Tsang, Google, Marek Jelen, Red Hat

Getting started with Red Hat Ansible Tower

ultimate guide red hat summit labsRed Hat Ansible Tower helps you centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling, and graphical inventory management. In this hands-on lab with Ansible Tower, you'll use your own Tower installation to work in the web UI. You'll start with configuring inventories and credentials, then learn how to integrate your playbooks. After configuring job templates, you'll run your first Ansible jobs from Tower. Finally, we'll show you how to give users without Ansible knowledge limited control of playbook execution and introduce you to the new workflows feature. This lab is best for people who already have experience with Ansible.

Presenters: Eric Lavarde, Red Hat, Goetz Rieger, Red Hat

Stay tuned for more Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs and watch for more online under the tag #RHSummitLabs.

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