DNS Automation: Scheduling Tasks Using Gateway and Rundeck

BY Rebekah Taylor

If you missed it, here’s a wrap-up and clips from last month’s session of our Making Gateway Work for You webinar series. Episode III was focused on scheduling tasks using Rundeck.

Rundeck, an open-source scheduling platform, easily integrates with Gateway using our plug-in available on GitHub. Quick refresher: Gateway integrates with BlueCat platforms to create custom workflows that automate common tasks, reducing day-to-day manual efforts for network admins.

With Rundeck and Gateway, you can create workflows to run when you need them to run. For example, manually running a weekly report that might degrade performance during work hours can be scheduled to run on a weekend instead. Or, if you’re spinning up a lot of networks and are liable to forget to clean them up, you can create a Rundeck job to clean up temporary networks automatically. Automate automation!

In this episode, Solution Consultant Murtaza Haider covered:

  • Installing Rundeck on a Linux server
  • An overview of the Rundeck user interface
  • Creating a workflow to run a report from Rundeck
  • Creating an update host record workflow in Gateway using Rundeck on the backend

During the Q&As, he also demoed more specific examples of:

  • Exporting Rundeck jobs
  • Running Rundeck jobs on multiple nodes to support high availability

Let’s get going with Rundeck!

Install Rundeck on your Linux server:

Explore the Rundeck user interface:

Schedule a workflow with an endpoint—running a report—to run from Rundeck:

Create an update host record workflow in Gateway that uses Rundeck on the backend:

Export a Rundeck job (taking care not to save your password in cleartext):

Run Rundeck jobs on multiple nodes to support high availability:

Be sure to inquire within your organization if there might be a paid Rundeck support plan available for you to utilize for additional assistance with implementations. And although Rundeck is pretty ubiquitous, we should also note that any third-party scheduling automation tool that exposes its APIs, not just Rundeck, should integrate easily with Gateway.

To learn more about scheduling tasks with Rundeck, watch the full session, which includes Q&As. You can also check out our brief introduction to Rundeck integration. And if you didn’t catch it, be sure to check out the previous episode on bulk importing with Gateway.

Rebekah Taylor

Rebekah Taylor is a freelance writer and editor who has been translating technical speak into prose for more than 18 years. Before BlueCat, she spent eight years doing communication work as a contractor for the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., and was previously a journalist, reporting stories for a daily county newspaper and defense industry publication. Her first job in the early 2000’s was at a small Palo Alto start-up called VMware. She holds degrees from Cornell University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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