SaltStack Working Group

Meeting Date

  • TEAMS: 2021-09-01

Invitees - Attendees

  • Dave, Anthony, Lawrence, Lori, Nathan

Any corrections to previous meeting minutes.

Proposed Agenda Items alias

  • Should alias continue to exist now that we've decommissioned
    • No - because undefined minions will look for salt.domain
  • if yes, what hostname should it now be attached to?
    • what about salt-inf and salt-rsg ? Nope - cuz of OS releases
    • salt-csi-1804/2004 salt-rsg-1804/2004
    • can create an index of valid host keys for each salt masters
    • Anthony: already export a list of minions his Salt masters support, eg:
    • Action item: handling Cname for salt.cscf alias - already done
    • salt-top - should at least follow above conventions
      • was for Fraser to do work and ugster cluster
    • Anthony feels that everyone (who works on Salt) should have their own dev master
    • Anthony notes that outside of he and Nathan, very little use by other staff of Salt

Encouraging others to use Salt

  • now need to encourage other CSCF staff to use Salt more
  • Lawrence suggests keeping some consistency amongst various Salt managers
  • "cleverness to be avoided when possible" smile (so that it is understandable later)
  • YAML is mostly self-documenting

20.04 web servers

  • how are we doing with these?
    • Anthony: happy to provide containers/VMs
    • Nathan converting his recipes to work with other 20.04 infrastructure
    • Lawrence: expectation is that the web servers will be moved to have salt-csi-2004 Salt master (from RSG)
  • can we create a test server and have people start to test their web sites?


  • is the new production 20.04 system in place?
    • need to review the OpenVPN recipe
    • current 16.04 system is vulnerable

what are our outstanding older systems most in need of moving to 20.04?

  • Fraser re-ran the survey of older systems, lots there to do
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