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ZCA Member Jane Curry has released the 2nd edition of her seminal event management paper for Zenoss v4.2.3. You can find it here:

http://community.zenoss.org/docs/DOC-13746

or on LuLu if you want a printed copy: http://www.lulu.com/shop/jane-curry/event-management-for-zenoss-core-4/paperback/product-20652067.html

 

This is a companion to a 3 day event management course Jane's company, Skills 1st, offers. You can contact the ZCA or the company directly for details:

http://www.skills-1st.co.uk/products/courses/zenoss-events.html

 

For a free taste  of the class, come to the overview:

Jane Curry has volunteered to provide 2 free hours of Zenoss Event Management Training, Thursday January 31, 2013 from 3-5PM GMT.  She will be focusing on changes and new features in Zenoss 4. This training will be available via Zenoss Webex.

 

The ZCA contiunes to provide assistance both free on the forums and via our paid consultants for any Zenoss need.

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ZCA Donations and Core v4 Prep

Posted by jmp242 Aug 15, 2012

Hello all - Core 4.2 time! The ZCA hasn't disappeared or stopped working on bringing the community information, help and trying to shape Zenoss core from down in the trenches Zenoss Core users, consultants and professionals.

 

First, the ZCA wants to thank the 2 people who have donated to our cause so far. We greatly appreciate the help and want to provide immediate feedback to the community about what we're doing with the money.

 

We will be using the extra funding to help focus on preparing ZCA and Zenoss wiki documentation on Core 4 and migration suggestions. The ZCA has been testing v4 through beta phases, and we can provide some guidance in concert with the Zenoss Inc community employees. We hope to have basic guides in place in the near future, and more details as we work with the Core 4 Release. To that end, we have started a new FAQ for Core4:

https://zcaportal.org/wiki/bin/view/ZCA/ZCAFAQCore4

 

Please understand that from a production perspective, Core 4 is as new to us as to all of you - we don't know all the answers. But we are working though getting real experiance in using Core 4 for real work now that there is a release.

 

If you want to help the ZCA effort in getting the community prepared for the move to Core 4, please consider donating here:  https://zcaportal.org/wiki/bin/view/ZCA/DonateNow

 

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James Pulver

ZCA Member

LEPP Computer Group

Cornell University

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ZCA Update April 10,2012

Posted by jmp242 Apr 10, 2012

The ZCA is now debuting our Logo.

ZCA_Logo__Three_Owiki.png

 

We've got some projects going on we'd like to raise awareness of and some progress to report.

 

1) The ZCA is providing testing and feedback on Core 4. In case you were waiting for builds for EL6, they are now available here:http://sourceforge.net/projects/zenoss/files/zenoss-alpha/4.1.70-1476/zenoss-4.1.70-1476.el6.x86_64.rpm/download

One of our members, dpetzel has created a script to get you going fast on test boxes (or prod I suppose, but this is Alpha so )

See here: http://community.zenoss.org/docs/DOC-13121

 

 

2) Zenoss Inc is not planning on releasing Stack installers. There is a forum post from Jane Curry, a ZCA member, polling for OSs community members would like Core 4 to support. The ZCA plans on trying to build a debian .deb version, but needs community help with this - we don't have experienced debian packagers - we're asking for any help.

 

3) The ZCA can now take donations via Paypal. We've got a link up on our Wiki here

https://zcaportal.org/wiki/bin/view/ZCA/DonateNow

 

We'll use any funds to support ZCA sponsored development on Zenoss and Zenpacks with ZCA vetted developers. We'll be releasing any code funded this way to the community under the GPL v2.

 

Finally, lots of Zenoss can be confusing or frightening to new users. The ZCA is here to help, and can put you in touch with community developers and consultants to ease your deployment or configuration. Please contact me if you're interested.

 

 

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James Pulver

ZCA Member

LEPP Computer Group

Cornell University

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ZCA Update November 8,2011

Posted by jmp242 Nov 8, 2011

Updates may be delayed a bit with the coming Holidays...

 

The ZCA has been working hard behind the scenes since our last update. Some things you may have noticed is a slightly re-organized Zenpack page with current and legacy zenpacks separated out. We've also been in contact with Zenoss directly, and have the following updates.

 

  • Zenoss 4.2 Core Beta in December. Please try and test - many planned new updates and features.
  • Zenoss will be at LISA Dec4-9th in Boston
  • New Zenpack submission methods...

 

The ZCA has made some updates ourselves: the ZCA FAQ is now the definitive, updated and consolidated FAQ the ZCA is maintaining. Please feel free to send us suggestions via IRC and PMs or comments to this blog post. We've also been slowly updating our ZCA Best Practices document. Remember, anyone can register for the Community Wiki section to directly contribute content.

 

Finally, the ZCA is preparing a layer 2 device dependency pack which should have betas this year.

 

We should have more updates by the Zenoss 4.2 Core Beta with more ZCA updates.

 

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James Pulver

ZCA Member

LEPP Computer Group

Cornell University

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Poll on ZenPacks wishlist

Posted by jcurry Oct 13, 2011

I have started a poll under ZenPacks on zenoss.org.  The idea is to try and prioritise where to spend ZCA development effort / funds.

 

PLEASE VOTE!

 

Simply navigate to ZenPacks and click the POLL tab.  I have set it to run for 14 days.

 

Cheers,

Jane

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Zenoss 3.2

Zenoss Core 3.2 is out, and many community members are running into known bugs. The ZCA recommends running Core 3.1 until the 3.2.1 maintenance release is out to fix some big issues with 3.2. If you have already upgraded, please make sure to install these patches:

`zenpatch 26334`, `zenpatch 26335`, `zenpatch 26337` 

Zenpacks

ZCA member Shane Scott has released some beta zenpacks for the community. The announcement is here:

http://community.zenoss.org/message/61489#61489

 

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James Pulver

Information Technology Area Supervisor

LEPP Computer Group

Cornell University

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Operations Roadmap Update

We've had a slight Operations Roadmap Update, and I just wanted to keep everyone in the loop on this, so see the updated one below:

 

 

ZCA Operations Timeline 3 public.png

 

More Polls Coming

I also wanted people to know that the ZCA is readying some more polls to see where the community would like ZCA effort to be focused in the areas of Documentation and Zenpack updates for the upcoming 4.2...

 

Feedback

We'd also love feedback - how are we doing with the portal zcaportal.org/wiki? How is the forum effort going in us trying to get more questions answered? Do you find the forum more responsive now?

 

Developers Wanted

Finally, we're interested in getting some additional options for helping out CORE users who have been dumped in the deep end and need small tasks like scripts written, help creating command datasources and basic zenpacks such as template creation. The ZCA has already reached out to those who responded to our initial survey as being willing to help, this is a call for more interested parties to step up!

 

If you're interested in donating development time, please PM me with the following information:

1) Let me know what sort of development effort you might be able to undertake and willing to donate in these areas:

a) short scripts and basic command datasources

b) zenpack development - creating your own zenpacks

c) zenpack development - working on parts of a zenpack with other developers

d) interoperation programming (using JSON and other APIs to integrate Zenoss with other tools)

e) writing technical documentation with others on a Wiki

 

If you're not interested in donating time, but might be interested in small (Sub $1k USD) paid work:

Consider joining vworker.com and letting us know your link/username. Combined with the above, the ZCA hopes to facilitate small paid development efforts where appropriate for forum users. If we know you can do the work, we might help you out with referrals where appropriate. Don't expect a lot right now, there aren't a lot of forum posts where this is appropriate - but there may be more in the future.

 

Thanks,

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James Pulver

Information Technology Area Supervisor

LEPP Computer Group

Cornell University

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As promised on our operations roadmap, the ZCA has now launched their portal for ZCA vetted content. You can access it at https://zcaportal.org/wiki. It's barely basic content right now, but we will add more as we go. Also for users who have gotten a little dissatisfied with Jive, this is a straight FOSWiki with old school wiki text editing.

 

We're planning on fleshing out a more current FAQ as it applies to Zenoss 3.1.0 and newer (due to the much easier editing), we've linked back to the historical FAQs as they still are relevant while we work out how to integrate into one FAQ location. The ZCA has also started testing a framework for non FAQ content, currently called a ZCA Best Practices - a community tested compliment and errata to the Zenoss Administrator Guide.

 

You'll immediately notice that there is a ZCA section, called a Web in the FOSWiki parlance. This area will only have content vetted by the ZCA. Hopefully some editorial help will prevent some of the "which wiki page do I use, there are three on zenoss.org by different people at different times" issue.

 

The ZCA isn't working to block community contributions though, far from it. We'd like anyone who wants to help (and is OK with the CC license specified right up front) to register and we'll get you adding content however you want on the Community Web.

 

This is just the website, the ZCA isn't done with their portal. More things are to come.

 

This launch isn't meant to replace community.zenoss.org. The ZCA will still use the ZCA space where appropriate. It provides a great blogging platform and forum space. You don't ever *have* to go to zcaportal.org, we'll continue to update this blog with all the important information. And we'll continue to cross post to the Zenoss Users forum, and the IRC channel. This is not a split at all, but another addition to the growing Zenoss community that compliments what is existing now.

 

There are several more exciting things coming in the next month or so per our Operations Roadmap. I can't comment on them more right now, but keep watching this space.

 

Please comment here or in the ZCA Discussions space or the Zenoss Users Forum thread on the portal, what you'd like to see (I know, more content - it's on the way)... Let us know if the ZCA is meeting your needs or are we on the wrong track.

 

Thanks for your time,

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James Pulver

Information Technology Area Supervisor

LEPP Computer Group

Cornell University

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The ZCA is announcing our Operations Roadmap. We're starting with the formation of the ZCA and a bit of history to where we are today. Then we continue with our plans and approximate dates through the end of the year. We hope to be able to meet these dates, and will update on this blog as things are completed or if something changes.

ZCA Operations Timeline 2 public.png

I'd like to also highlight the plan to have a ZCA portal created by 9/9/2011. We'll provide URLs at the grand opening, but for now know that we're moving ahead with a space where we can carry out many of the above plans. We'll also provide continued posts here as we approach milestones listed above.

 

If you have questions, please feel free to comment here on the blog, start a discussion in the ZCA space or PM me directly.

 

So please continue to watch this space.

 

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James Pulver

Information Technology Area Supervisor

LEPP Computer Group

Cornell University

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ZCA Update 8-26-2011

Posted by jmp242 Aug 26, 2011

The ZCA is pleased to announce we've made some more progress in our goal of bringing more resources from the community to work on Zenoss Core and to increase the community in general.

 

We are announcing a roadmap for what the ZCA is doing, so you have more of an idea of where we think we're going with all this.

 

First, we're committed to helping the Zenoss Community. To that end, the ZCA is going to foster more involvement in the forums. Too many threads just die out hoping for an answer or help. While the ZCA cannot guarantee an answer for every question, ZCA members will be watching the forums and providing answers and internal ZCA escalation for tough technical questions. We're also preparing to help users find and use the bug reporting mechanism and several options for additional help mechanisms.

 

If you want to take advantage of the ZCA help, we have to ask that you read

http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375

 

and follow the guidelines. If you haven't, you may be referred to those pages in our first contact, or we may pass over the post.

 

We'll be taking the questions we get answered and using them to build some additional community documentation. Also, if you're not aware of it, please see the existing community FAQs

http://community.zenoss.org/docs/DOC-2445

http://community.zenoss.org/docs/DOC-4724

 

This isn't a plan to take over all posting or help on the forums. We ask that all community members help and contribute when they can.

 

Finally, if there's a question you also need help with, or feel is important to the community to have answered, we're breaking with tradition here and requesting you do post in the thread that you also have the problem or want this answered. This can help us prioritize our limited resources.

 

More information is to follow, along with the actual roadmap, so watch this space.

 

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James Pulver

Information Technology Area Supervisor

LEPP Computer Group

Cornell University