Opened 19 months ago

Last modified 9 months ago

#30273 new project

improve inventory of hardware resources

Reported by: anarcat Owned by: tpa
Priority: Low Milestone:
Component: Internal Services/Tor Sysadmin Team Version:
Severity: Major Keywords:
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Parent ID: #29304 Points:
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We currently have a few hosting providers and locations where we have "stuff":

  • virtual machines
  • colocated servers
  • raspberri pi under desk
  • routers
  • "cloud" things (like AWS)
  • test machines
  • etc

TPO machines are currently documented in LDAP. But they are also in Puppet. And there's a spreadsheet (which we want to replace with something else, probably a grafana dashboard, in #29816). And there are many things (like AWS) which are not really tracked formally anywhere that I am aware of.

So this project is about establishing a clearer process to keep such an inventory. It should at least cover the following, TPO-managed infrastructure:

  • physical servers
  • virtual machines on those physical servers *or* on other cloud providers

Ideally, we would also have a unified view of this for all machines paid for by TPI, regardless of the team.

Each machine should have documentation on:

  • remote console access or control panel
  • cost
  • location
  • responsible team
  • purpose
  • age and lifecycle (see parent #29304)

The last bit is of course related to another problem, which is lifecycle management (see parent ticket #29304).

A lot of that stuff is currently in LDAP and maybe it should just be added there. But I wonder if it would be useful to create another system (which might eventually supersede LDAP) that would be more flexible. If that process would happen at all, we would first need to thoroughly document how hosts are integrated into LDAP and so on, of course.

Child Tickets

#29816assignedtpareplace "Tor VM hosts" spreadsheet with Grafana dashboardInternal Services/Tor Sysadmin Team

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 17 months ago by anarcat

i've started an effort to document the hardware used by all teams in a private Nextcloud spreadsheet.

there's also an effort to regroup *services* (not hardware) per "vegas team", see #21235

comment:2 Changed 15 months ago by anarcat

related: services inventory cleanup (#31261)

comment:3 Changed 9 months ago by anarcat

i've merged the survey page with the Tor VM hosts spreadsheet.

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