'So, what is it you exactly do?' - Part one, continuous deployment

I hear this question a lot - both from non-technical folk, as well as agencies who know they are 'missing something' in their approach to deploying, securing and scaling applications, but aren't sure if a sysadmin will solve it. 'What is it that you (a sysadmin) actually does (e.g the day-to-day, or in general)?'

Aegir video from DrupalDownUnder 2012

Last weekend (on the 15th January) I delivered a talk on Aegir at DrupalDownUnder 2012. I tried to do something we've not done before in Aegir demos: demonstrate basic usage along with more advanced, automated use of Aegir.

Overall I was happy with my talk - I ran out of time, as I was a bit too ambitious, but I really wanted to show the advanced stuff without alienating the newbies.

Manage your Aegir system from the command-line

As you probably know if you've been using it for a while, Aegir is generally considered to have two hemispheres: one is Hostmaster / Hosting, the install profile and module set that make up the web-based Aegir frontend control panel.

Aegir at Drupal DownUnder

Drupal has a big following in Australia, but it's somewhat overlooked due to the size of the country and the fact that the focus is spread out over such a large area. On top of that, the remote nature of this part of the world sees us even combine events with other nations such as New Zealand and various Asian countries.

Zero-touch Drupal deployment with Jenkins, Aegir, Git, Fabric and Drush

This time two years ago, I wrote an article called Drupal deployment and workflows with version control, Drush Make and Aegir. It remains my most popular article on my site, according to my stats.

Talking Aegir/Jenkins at Drupal Melbourne July 12th 2011

I'll be presenting a talk at Drupal Melbourne on Tuesday, July 12th 2011. The talk will be an overview of how the Aegir project uses Jenkins to continuously test the Aegir code, and how you can use a combination of Git, Drush Make, Aegir and Jenkins to test an installation of your site automatically every time you commit a change to your project.