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  • Docker Containers Performance in VMware vSphere

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    Banit Agrawal
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    By  Qasim Ali,  Banit Agrawal, and Davide Bergamasco   “Containers without compromise” – This was one of the key messages at VMworld 2014 USA in San Francisco. It was presented in the opening keynote, and then the advantages of running Docker containers inside of virtual machines were discussed in detail in several breakout sessions. These include security/isolation guarantees and also the existing rich set of management functionalities. But some may say, “These benefits don’t come for free: what about the performance overhead of running containers in a VM?” A…
  • #VIDEO: EMEA CTO Perspectives from #VMworld 2014 Europe

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    Morgan OLeary
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    VMworld 2014 Europe just wrapped up last week. Watch Joe Baguly, CTO, EMEA at VMware talk about his top three buzz-worthy news moments at the show.
  • vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 SPBM – Part3: Associating vSphere Storage Policies

    VMware vSphere Blog
    Joe Cook
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    In our last article we demonstrated how to use the new vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 SPBM cmdlets to create vSphere Storage Policies. In this article we will demonstrate how to quickly associate a vSphere Storage Policy with  a new or existing VM. Example Provisioning Scenario To illustrate how to leverage PowerCLI to associate vSphere Storage Policies with VMs we will continue with the provisioning example from our previous article. Virtual machine Single virtual disk Virtual SAN datastore Follow these links for more information on creating vSphere Storage Policies for Virtual SAN: Using the vSphere…
  • Introducing VMware’s vRealize Air Compliance (vRAC)

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    georgegerchow
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Hola Peeps, It is with great pleasure that I introduce our latest and greatest Compliance solution from VMware, vRealize Air Compliance! vRAC gives you event driven compliance checks of your virtual infrastructure and tells you WHO made a non compliant change and when it occurred in near realtime! (As fast as the Seahawk’s defense making Peyton Manning choke in another Super Bowl loss) The vRAC solution is based on SCAP content and takes minutes to install & allows you to set exceptions on the fly. We are making it available (BETA) to our customers as the audit community is…
  • @ManageEngine Integrates Intel DCM to Reduce Data Center Energy Usage

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    David Marshall
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    ManageEngine , the real-time IT management company, today launched the Intel DCM Energy Management plug-in for RackBuilder Plus , its 3D visual... Read more at VMblog.com.
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  • #VIDEO: EMEA CTO Perspectives from #VMworld 2014 Europe

    Morgan OLeary
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    VMworld 2014 Europe just wrapped up last week. Watch Joe Baguly, CTO, EMEA at VMware talk about his top three buzz-worthy news moments at the show.
  • CMO Perspectives from #VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 2

    Morgan OLeary
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    On the second day of keynotes at VMworld 2014 Europe, Tribal Knowledge caught up with Robin Matlock, Chief Marketing Office at VMware. Watch the video below to hear her perspectives from the showroom floor. (Did you miss our video interview with Robin after Day One? If so, check it out here.)  
  • Weekly News Roundup, #VMworld Europe 2014 Edition

    Morgan OLeary
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Thanks to everyone who came out to VMworld Europe 2014. What a show! We wish everyone safe travels home from Barcelona. With more than 9,000 attendees, the energy and excitement from this conference was palpable, whether you were on the showroom floor or tuning in digitally. Here’s a recap of news and buzz from the show: […]
  • VMware Joins Industrial Internet Consortium to Accelerate Internet of Things in the Enterprise

    Sanjay Poonen
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Sanjay Poonen, EVP/GM of VMware’s end-user computing business Today, as AirWatch® by VMware chairman Alan Dabbiere gives a keynote at the Cisco Internet of Things World Forum, I am thrilled to announce that VMware, as part of the EMC Federation, has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to further advance and support enterprise Internet […]
  • CMO Perspectives from #VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 1

    Morgan OLeary
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Not able to make it to VMworld 2014 Europe in Barcelona? Don’t worry! Tribal Knowledge caught up with Robin Matlock, Chief Marketing Office at VMware after the Day One general session. Watch the video below to hear her perspectives from the showroom floor.
 
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  • vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 SPBM – Part3: Associating vSphere Storage Policies

    Joe Cook
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    In our last article we demonstrated how to use the new vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 SPBM cmdlets to create vSphere Storage Policies. In this article we will demonstrate how to quickly associate a vSphere Storage Policy with  a new or existing VM. Example Provisioning Scenario To illustrate how to leverage PowerCLI to associate vSphere Storage Policies with VMs we will continue with the provisioning example from our previous article. Virtual machine Single virtual disk Virtual SAN datastore Follow these links for more information on creating vSphere Storage Policies for Virtual SAN: Using the vSphere…
  • Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Business Critical Applications (Part 3 of 3)

    Mohan Potheri
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Planned Migration: One of the relatively newer use cases for SRM is planned migration. With this use case, customers can migrate their business critical workloads to the recovery or cloud provider sites in a planned manner. This could be in planning for an upcoming threat such as a hurricane or other disaster or an actual datacenter migration to a different location or cloud provider. The scenarios that was setup was to do a planned migration of SAP from an Enterprise datacenter to a virtual datacenter of a cloud provider.  The logical schematic of the setup is as shown below: Figure 12:…
  • Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Business Critical Applications (Part 2 of 3)

    Mohan Potheri
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Protection Groups: A protection group is a group of virtual machines that fail over together to the recovery site. Protection groups contain virtual machines whose data has been replicated by array-based replication or by VR. Typically contains virtual machines that are related in some way such as: A three-tier application (application server, database server, Web server) Virtual machines whose virtual machine disk files are part of the same datastore group.   Figure 5: Protection Groups In our use case we have different protection groups as shown below. The composition of the SAP…
  • Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Business Critical Applications (Part 1 of 3)

    Mohan Potheri
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate use cases for disaster recovery of  real business critical applications (BCA) leveraging VMware solutions such as VMWare Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Techniques to protect  against disaster for common business critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP and Oracle Databases are discussed. Some Background on Site Recovery Manager: (SRM) With the advent of virtualization and the concept of encapsulation of virtual machines, replicating entire business critical workloads have been greatly simplified. Virtual…
  • vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 SPBM Walkthrough (Part 2): Creating vSphere Storage Policies

    Joe Cook
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Greetings and welcome to our next article in the PowerCLI 5.8 series for the new vSphere Policy Based Management cmdlets. In today’s article we are going to dive right in and start building our own vSphere storage policies leveraging the new SPBM cmdlets within PowerCLI. Before we begin though, if you have not yet had an opportunity to familiarize yourself with vSphere Storage Policy Based Management, here are a few key blog articles that can help you build a good foundation. vSphere Storage Policy Based Management Overview – Part 1 vSphere Storage Policy Based Management Overview –…
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  • Introducing VMware’s vRealize Air Compliance (vRAC)

    georgegerchow
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Hola Peeps, It is with great pleasure that I introduce our latest and greatest Compliance solution from VMware, vRealize Air Compliance! vRAC gives you event driven compliance checks of your virtual infrastructure and tells you WHO made a non compliant change and when it occurred in near realtime! (As fast as the Seahawk’s defense making Peyton Manning choke in another Super Bowl loss) The vRAC solution is based on SCAP content and takes minutes to install & allows you to set exceptions on the fly. We are making it available (BETA) to our customers as the audit community is…
  • Transparent Page Sharing – additional management capabilities and new default settings

    Monty Ijzerman
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Today VMware introduced additional capabilities to manage Transparent Page Sharing (TPS). This addition was prompted by recent academic research that leveraged TPS to gain unauthorized access to data under certain highly controlled conditions. We also announced that starting in December with the next ESXi Update release, TPS among virtual machines will no longer be enabled by default. Even though we believe the security risk associated with enabling TPS is very low, VMware strives to be “secure by default” wherever possible. The upcoming changes to the default TPS settings are explained…
  • CVE-2014-3566 aka POODLE

    Monty Ijzerman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Today, a new attack on SSL v3 dubbed POODLE was published. We’ve reviewed the issue and concur with the community that the issue is similar to the BEAST attack published in 2011 but more practical. Like the BEAST attack, to exploit this vulnerability the attacker must have the capability to run his javascript in the victim’s browser and to be able to Man-in-the-Middle the connection between the client and server.  At this time we view this as a browser-based attack and do not see direct relevance to VMware’s products. We will shortly issue a VMware Knowledge Base (KB)…
  • NSX-v 6.1 security hardening guide released for community feedback!

    Pravin Goyal
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Hi All, It is pleasing to announce the release of much awaited NSX-v 6.1 security hardening guide to the community for feedback and comments. Now, you can securely deploy NSX-v using the prescriptive guidelines mentioned in the guide. Take your copy here. If you have something to say about it please write to nsxhgcomments@vmware.com and we shall get back to you. Thanks to all the contributors for its success! Thanks and regards, Pravin Goyal RHCE | HP-UX CSA | VCP | MBA | CISSP | GISP | CCSK | CloudU | CompTIA CE | ITIL-F | ITSM-F | CWNA | CWSP | Mobility+
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0010 (shellshock)

    Monty Ijzerman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0010 This advisory list the VMware product updates and patches that address the bash security issues CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-7186, and CVE-2014-7187, aka shellshock. It will be updated when new product updates and patches are released in the coming days. Customers should review the security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories. 10/1 Update Following the disclosure today of two more…
 
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  • Docker Containers Performance in VMware vSphere

    Banit Agrawal
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    By  Qasim Ali,  Banit Agrawal, and Davide Bergamasco   “Containers without compromise” – This was one of the key messages at VMworld 2014 USA in San Francisco. It was presented in the opening keynote, and then the advantages of running Docker containers inside of virtual machines were discussed in detail in several breakout sessions. These include security/isolation guarantees and also the existing rich set of management functionalities. But some may say, “These benefits don’t come for free: what about the performance overhead of running containers in a VM?” A…
  • Monster Performance with SQL Server VMs on vSphere 5.5

    David Morse
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    VMware vSphere provides an ideal platform for customers to virtualize their business-critical applications, including databases, ERP systems, email servers, and even newly emerging technologies such as Hadoop.  I’ve been focusing on the first one (databases), specifically Microsoft SQL Server, one of the most widely deployed database platforms in the world.  Many organizations have dozens or even hundreds of instances deployed in their environments. Consolidating these deployments onto modern multi-socket, multi-core, multi-threaded server hardware is an increasingly attractive…
  • Custom Power Management Settings for Power Savings in vSphere 5.5

    Rebecca Grider
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    VMware vSphere serves as a common virtualization platform for a diverse ecosystem of applications. Every application has different performance demands which must be met, but the power and cooling costs of running these applications are also a concern. vSphere’s default power management policy, “Balanced”, meets both of these goals by effectively preserving system performance while still saving some power. For those who would like to prioritize energy efficiency even further, vSphere provides additional ways to tweak its power management under the covers. Custom power management settings…
  • Microsoft Exchange Server Shows Great Performance on VMware Virtual SAN

    Julie Brodeur
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Email servers are a business-critical component of IT systems implementations and Exchange Server is one of the most ubiquitous of them. As such, we wanted to see how we could leverage Virtual SAN to bring new technology in serving the storage needs of this application. We administered some tests to see how Exchange Server would perform on Virtual SAN. We ran five Virtual SAN servers, and each server hosted two virtual machines with the Exchange Server roles Mailbox and HUB. The first host had an added virtual machine for the AD Server role. A client virtual machine on a separate host ran the…
  • Web 2.0 Applications on VMware Virtual SAN

    Zach Shen
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Here in VMware Performance Engineering, Virtual SAN is a hot topic. This storage solution leverages economical hardware compared to more expensive storage arrays and offers all the vSphere solutions like vMotion, HA, and DRS. We have been testing Virtual SAN with a number of workloads to characterize their performance. In particular we found that Web 2.0 applications, modeled with the Cloudstone benchmark, performs exceptionally with low application latency on vSphere 5.5 with Virtual SAN. We are giving a quick glimpse of the testing configuration and result here and the full detail can be…
 
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  • Questions for Photography Enthusiasts

    slowe
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m something of a photography enthusiast. To me, photography is a relaxing puzzle of how to assemble all the various pieces—setting, lighting, exposure, composition, etc.—to create just the right image. I’m not an expert, but that’s OK; I just do this for fun and to relax. If you’d like to see a small sampling of some of the photos I’ve taken, I publish some of them here on 500px.com. I know that a fair number of folks in the IT industry are also photo enthusiasts, and so I was curious to hear some feedback from fellow…
  • Learning NSX, Part 16: Routing to Multiple External VLANs

    slowe
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 16 of the Learning NSX series, in which I will show you how to configure VMware NSX to route to multiple external VLANs. This configuration will allow you to have logical routers that could be uplinked to any of the external VLANs, providing additional flexibility for consumers of NSX logical networks. Naturally, this post builds on all the previous entries in this series, so I encourage you to visit the Learning NVP/NSX page for links to previous posts. Because I’ll specifically be discussing NSX gateways and routing, there are some posts that are more applicable than…
  • Technology Short Take #45

    slowe
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #45. As usual, I’ve gathered a collection of links to various articles pertaining to data center-related technologies for your enjoyment. Here’s hoping you find something useful! Networking Cormac Hogan has a list of a few useful NSX troubleshooting tips. If you’re not really a networking pro and need a “gentle” introduction to VXLAN, this post might be a good place to start. Also along those lines—perhaps you’re a VMware administrator who wants to branch into networking with NSX, or you’re a networking guru who…
  • Closing Comments on Old Posts

    slowe
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    One of the great things about this site is the interaction I enjoy with readers. It’s always great to get comments from readers about how an article was informative, answered a question, or helped solve a problem. Knowing that what I’ve written here is helpful to others is a very large part of why I’ve been writing here for over 9 years. Until today, I’ve left comments (and sometimes trackbacks) open on very old blog posts. Just the other day I received a comment on a 4 year old article where a reader was sharing another way to solve the same problem. Unfortunately,…
  • Thinking About Intel Rack-Scale Architecture

    slowe
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may have heard of Intel Rack-Scale Architecture (RSA), a new approach to designing data center hardware. This is an idea that was discussed extensively a couple of weeks ago at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2014 in San Francisco, which I had the opportunity to attend. (Disclaimer: Intel paid my travel and hotel expenses to attend IDF.) Of course, IDF 2014 wasn’t the first time I’d heard of Intel RSA; it was also discussed last year. However, this year I had the chance to really dig into what Intel is trying to accomplish through Intel RSA—note that I’ll use…
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  • Available for download - vRealize CloudClient 3.0

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    vRealize CloudClient is a command-line utility that provides verb-based access to many of VMware's cloud management products, such as vRealize Automation. CloudClient provides an easy to use command-line and scripting capability. Using the Cloud Client as an interactive shell provides a easy-to-use utility for performing many common VMware Cloud Management Platform Functions Launching Cloud Client Use the following procedure to launch Cloud Client on Windows.     Open a command prompt on your workstation.     Change directories to the directory where you extracted the…
  • Who Joins Me? 4-7 November: VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    I have one seat left for this comprehensive, fast-paced training course focusing on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX. This course covers NSX as a part of the software-defined data center platform, implementation use cases along with features of NSX, and functionality operating at Layer 2 through Layer 7 of the OSI model. Lecture and hands-on lab activities support the student’s understanding of VMware NSX features, functionality, and on-going management and control. Date: November 4th - 7thLocation: Utrecht, the NetherlandsLanguage: English Please shoot me an email…
  • VMworld Session - Extending vRealize Automation Center Requests with vRealize Orchestrator

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    <span id="XinhaEditingPostion"></span>As any IT professional knows, being able to provision systems in a consistent manner, reliably, is the holy grail. Most organizations have tasks they are performing during various stages of provisioning, but these things are, in many instances, manual. While that can be a great starting point, this approach does not scale and routinely falls victim to human error. However for environments that leverage vCAC, there is a way to scale, be consistent and to automate all aspects of the Cloud life cycle. We will explore the symbiotic…
 
 
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  • VMworld attendees: Give Back!

    Duncan Epping
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Always wanted to give back to the community but can’t find the time? How about VMware help you with that? If you are attending VMworld Europe you can simply do this by going to the hangspace and throw a paper airplane as far as you can. The VMware Foundation did the same thing in the US and it was a big success, I am hoping we can repeat that! The amount that will be donated will depend on where your airplane lands. It could be as little as 15 dollars, but also easily a 1000. I just went to the hangspace and threw a paper airplane  with my friend Jessica from the VMware Foundation and…
  • EVO:RAIL now also available through HP and HDS!

    Duncan Epping
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    It is going to be a really short blog post, but as many folks have asked about this I figured it was worth a quick article. In the VMworld Europe 2014 keynote Pat Gelsinger today announced that both HP and Hitachi Data Systems have joined the VMware EVO:RAIL program. This is great news if you ask me for customers all throughout the world as it provides more options for procuring an EVO:RAIL hyper-converged infrastructure appliance through your preferred server vendor! The family is growing: Dell, Fujitsy, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, Inspur, NetOne Systems and SuperMicro… who would you…
  • Underlying Infrastructure for your pets and cattle

    Duncan Epping
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Last week on twitter Maish asked a question that got me thinking. Actually, I have been thinking about this for a while now. The question deals with how you design your infrastructure for the various types of workloads (pets and cattle). Whether your workload falls in the “pet” category or the “cattle” category. (If you are not familiar with the terms pets/cattle read this article by Massimo) Pets vs. cattle – I think that people are mistaken as to what that exactly means for the underlying infrastructure. — Maish Saidel-Keesing (@maishsk) October 5, 2014 I…
  • VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash… part 3

    Duncan Epping
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    It has been a couple of weeks since the last VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash… but we have a couple of items which I felt are worth sharing. Same as with the previous two parts I will share the link, my thoughts around it and hope that you will leave a comment with your thoughts around a specific announcement. If you work for a vendor, I would like to ask to add a disclaimer mentioning this so that all the cards are on the table. PernixData FVP 2.0 available! New features and also new pricing / packaging! Frank Denneman has a whole slew of articles describing the new…
  • vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deep Dive promotion & major milestone

    Duncan Epping
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    This week when looking at the sales numbers of the vSphere Clustering Deep Dive series and Frank and I noticed that we hit a major milestone! In September 2014 we passed the 45000 copies distributed of the vSphere Clustering Deep Dive. Frank and I never ever expected this or even dared to dream to hit this milestone. When we first started writing the 4.1 book we had discussions around what to expect from a sales point of view and I recall having a discussion with Frank around the sales number, Frank said he would be happy with 100 and I said well 400 would be nice. Needless to say we reset…
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  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: October 13 - 17

    Margaret Walker
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of October 13thGoogle researchers found a flaw in SSL 3.0 (CVE-2014-3566) that allows the POODLE attack (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption). VNS3 customers do not need patches or new builds, but check for our latest security updates and best practices here. Andreessen Horowitz blog: What All the Recent Tech Company Splits Say about the Future of Cloud ComputingInforWorld: You can rise with public clouds or sink with private >> David Linthicum argues that the benefits of public cloud are starting to outshine private cloud…
  • How to: using network intrusion detection on VNS3 with Docker

    Margaret Walker
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In past posts, CohesiveFT CTO Chris Swan wrote about why we put Docker into VNS3, and how to use it for SSL termination, content caching and load balancing. Before he hit the road to speak at IPExpo in London, QCon Shanghai, and ONUG in New York, he made a video how-to guide for Suricata network intrusion detection (NIDS) on our cloud networking device, VNS3.Containerized network functions: now with Suricata Suricata is an open source, community run Network IDS, IPS and Network Security Monitoring engine. Suricata is developed by the Open Information Security Foundation…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: October 6 - 10

    Margaret Walker
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of October 6thBusiness Insider: The US Government Is Going To Store Top Secret Documents In The CloudNetwork World: Cloud giants do battle backed by distinctly different partner networks >> Amazon, Google and Microsoft all offer partner solutions, but how easy is it to start using partner software directly from the provider?High Scalability: That's Not My Problem - I'm Renting Them >> That's not my problem, I'm renting them" is the perfect mantra when you find yourself worried about things you don't need to be worried about when…
  • Koop's Hierarchy of Cloud

    Ryan Koop
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Most are familiar with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the flow of human needs from physiological basics of food and shelter, up through physiological needs of esteem and self-actualization.When we were at lunch yesterday, we talked about how there are similar thresholds or priorities for cloud-based applications.When we talk about VNS3, we try to highlight connectivity, integration and security. We talk about the 3 functions deliberately in that order - if you can't connect you cloud application, it doesn't really matter how your application deployment integrates to the underlying cloud…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: September 29 - October 3

    Margaret Walker
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Sept 29thUpdates and FAQs on Shellshock follow updated patches. Here is ZDnet's long-form FAQ. In case you missed it, here are CohesiveFT's responses to Shellshock.Talkin Cloud:  Wed, Oct 1st saw new Microsoft Azure price cuts. New prices for services include Backup, cache, data transfer, ExpressRoute, traffic manager and virtual network gateway hourAnd on the same day, Google announced a 10% price cut as well. Information Week: 5 Early Cloud Adopters In Federal GovernmentGigaom: Why cloud computing is still a hard sell, but…
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 10/18/14

    Rick Scherer
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. http://bit.ly/1hiTmwM Desktop Launching a View Hosted App or Desktop from VMware Workspace Portal fails with the error: The host name in the certificate is invalid or does not match (2091893) Date Published: 10/15/2014   Socialcast H.0 On Premise Collecting diagnostic information for Socialcast On-Premise cluster (2090812) Date Published: 10/14/2014   VMware ESX VMware Products…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 10/11/14

    Rick Scherer
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. VMware ESXi Virtual machines freeze intermittently under heavy I/O load (2088157) Date Published: 10/9/2014 VMware assessment and product alert for the Russian Time Zone Changes update (2091140) Date Published: 10/6/2014 Virtual machines using the VMXNet2 interface lose network connectivity to the vSwitch or vNetwork Distributed Switch (VDS) (2091159) Date Published: 10/6/2014 Virtual…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 10/4/14

    Rick Scherer
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. My VMware How to change the language in My VMware (2090422) Date Published: 9/30/2014 Miscellaneous VMware Virtual Appliances and customizations to operating system and included packages (2090839) Date Published: 9/29/2014 VMware Data Recovery VMware Data Recovery 2.0.4 Express Patch Release (2091015) Date Published: 10/1/2014 VMware ESX VMware ESX 4.0 Patch ESX400-201410001 (2090853) Date…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 9/27/14

    Rick Scherer
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. My VMware Impact of bash code injection vulnerability on VMware Customer Portals and web sites (CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169, aka “shellshock”) (2090817) Date Published: 9/26/2014 VMware ESXi Resignaturing the LUN snapshot using the vSphere Client UI or the Resolve API fails with the error: fault.VmfsAlreadyMounted.summary in vSphere UI/API (2082643) Date Published: 9/26/2014…
  • VMware Support Alert – ALERT: Bash Code Injection Vulnerability aka Shellshock

    Rick Scherer
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    On Sept 24, 2014, a critical vulnerability in Bash (CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169) was published that may allow for remote code execution. The VMware Security Engineering, Communications, and Response group (vSECR) has been actively investigating the impact this vulnerability may have on our products. For further information and updates on this vulnerability, refer to KB article: VMware assessment of Bash Code Injection Vulnerability via Specially Crafted Environment Variables (CVE-2014-6271 CVE-2014-7169, aka “Shellshock”) (2090740). Note: For information regarding VMware customer…
 
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  • Listening to VMware SDDC Customers

    Eric Gray
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    As part of my new role, I am very interested in learning more about real-world customer perspectives when it comes to deploying, configuring, and operating the Software-Defined Data Center.  VMware has numerous mechanisms in place to get customer feedback and to work closely with those that are implementing and using various products; this has obviously been a critical element of success and will continue. Having said that, I feel like there still may be an untapped pool of expertise out here in the VMware community and I would like to open up additional communication to solicit…
  • My new role at VMware

    Eric Gray
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    How long have you been in your current role?  As much as I enjoy doing technical competitive analysis, I realized that a change in direction after so many years would be beneficial and recently jumped at the opportunity to join a new team at VMware. My new role is in technical product management and I will be working with an amazing team to help deliver the best possible Software-Defined Data Center experience by identifying use cases, defining workflows, and creating reference designs. One specific area that I am focused on is hybrid cloud, which obviously has a ton of potential. I’ve…
  • VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure is the Best Stack to Back OpenStack

    Eric Gray
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:55 am
    OpenStack is an incredibly popular technology these days, but contrary to popular belief it is not an alternative to VMware, nor is it the final solution to avoiding vendor lock-in – even if that may have been one of the early, albeit misguided, goals.  In fact, VMware is one of the top contributors to this open source project and the real appeal of OpenStack is the API that allows developers to build the type of modern, scale-out apps that have become popular on Amazon Web Services. Since OpenStack is fundamentally an API for consuming cloud computing resources, the real question…
  • Automatically prepare an ESXi ISO image for PXE booting

    Eric Gray
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is now generally available, and the delivery is via VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1.  For those using a Linux PXE boot server to install ESXi hosts, below is a quick shell script that takes care of everything automatically. Usage example (all one line): # esxiso2pxe /var/install/tftpboot/ esxi55u1 VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0.update01-1623387.x86_64.iso View the code on Gist. In order to use the optional ESXi submenu concept, simply add the following to pxelinux.cfg/default LABEL esxisub   KERNEL menu.c32   APPEND esxi-submenu   MENU LABEL Jump to ESXi submenu  …
  • Survey Reveals Evolving Role of IT – Emphasis on Cloud and Mobile

    Eric Gray
    22 Jan 2014 | 4:37 pm
    SolarWinds just published a compelling survey that shows how technology pros from a range of organizations throughout North America view the changing role of IT.  Not surprisingly, the most impactful technology advancement from the recent past is virtualization.  Moving forward, emerging technologies expected to disrupt IT the most have to do with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD or BYOx) and mobility.  The top critical investments for business in the future will be cloud computing and mobility. In other news, this morning VMware announced the intended acquisition of AirWatch – the leader…
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  • Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th

    Eric Sarakaitis
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th Fall is here and it has been almost a month since the last Columbus vBeers. Let’s get back together and catch up and see what announcements you are excited about. We are meeting at the Seventh Son Brewing Company Location: Seventh Son Brewing Company Address: 1101 N. … Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Columbus vBeers – Sept. 10th

    Eric Sarakaitis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    School is back in session, the conference season is wrapping up, and it has been almost three months since the last Columbus vBeers. Let’s get back together and catch up and see what announcements you are excited about.… Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers – Sept. 10th appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell

    Eric Sarakaitis
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    On our OCP Winterfell nodes, in CentOS 6; the 10GB Mellanox NIC’s show up as eth0 and eht1, where the 1GB management interface shows up as eth2. We are also using Brocade 10GB top-of-rack switches. So configuring LLDP was necessary for the servers to advertise themselves to the upstream switches.… Read the rest The post Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet

    Eric Sarakaitis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I was building a NFS server for our users home directories to work with our FreeIPA implementation, and instead of setting up a logical volume, filesystem and mount point manually I decided to do it via Puppet.… Read the rest The post Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands

    Eric Sarakaitis
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    First, make sure you’re using a version of PowerCLI that supports the get-esxcli cmdlet. In this case, I used a fresh install of PowerCLI 5.5. First, get-esxcli needs to be run against a single host individually, you can loop through you’re hosts later, but again, one at a time.… Read the rest The post Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands appeared first on vmware admins.
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  • Windows 10 Servicing Plans—The Last Operating System You’ll Ever Need. Nightmare, or Necessity?

    Steven Beaver
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Simon Bramfitt’s recent article on this site, Windows 10: The Last Operating System You’ll Ever Need, offers a view into the next generation of the Windows desktop platform. Of particular interest is the revelation that Windows 10 will most likely see Microsoft move to a continuous release schedule, ending the cycle of 18-month releases that… Read more → Windows 10 Servicing Plans—The Last Operating System You’ll Ever Need. Nightmare, or Necessity?|The Virtualization Practice
  • Upgrading vCenter Server Failed with error “Error applying transforms. Verify that the specified transform paths are valid”

    Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    It is the time to upgrade to vSphere 5.5 Update 2. When i was performing the vCenter server upgrade from 5.5 U1 to vCenter 5.5 U2. It was failed during the upgrade with the error “Error applying transforms. Verify that the specified transform paths are valid”. I was just unaware about this kind of error during upgrade and i never faced this issue before I was just going through the installer logs of vCenter, The same error message was logged in the log entry. One thing i noticed was error message pointing towards one of the file which was pointing to the temp profile. My vCenter…
  • Will VMware Use Docker to Kill Enterprise Linux?

    Steven Beaver
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every once in a while, a truly disruptive technology and product comes along. Server virtualization was such a technology, and vSphere became the product that led the market for data center virtualization, creating a new dominant vendor in the data center management industry: VMware. In this post, we analyze the potential for Docker to have… Read more → Will VMware Use Docker to Kill Enterprise Linux?|The Virtualization Practice
  • Cloud Security: Different Approaches and Points of View

    Steven Beaver
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are two distinct points of view when discussing cloud security: the tenant’s point of view, and the cloud service provider’s point of view. Both of these points of view are legitimate, but often one is confused for the other, as we discuss our points of view without really clarifying. However, within each of these… Read more → Cloud Security: Different Approaches and Points of View|The Virtualization Practice
  • News: Microsoft and Docker partner to bring container applications across platforms

    Steven Beaver
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Microsoft and Docker have announced that they are cooperating to bring Docker to Windows Server. This brings an important innovation to Windows, and will be a boon for the Windows ISV and developer communities. Read more → News: Microsoft and Docker partner to bring container applications across platforms|The Virtualization Practice
 
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  • People VMware vCAC is not easy, it takes effort to get value

    Brian Suhr
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Advertise here with BSAI tend to get the feeling that many customers expect that if they purchase vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) some type of magic will happen. Maybe it’s a disconnect in how the product is marketed or something else, but the message is not getting through. I’ve noticed this through customer meetings before a sale or during the architecture phase of a project. vCAC as a product can be very powerful and does allow for a lot of flexibility to solve complex problems. But vCAC does not contain a bunch of magical workflows that will automate your data center out of…
  • What does Converged Infrastructure mean to you?

    Brian Suhr
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAOver the past several years I have been in countless discussion around Converged Infrastructure (CI) and what it is and the benefits that it provides. The one thing that I keep noticing is that there is a large variance in what CI means to different people. So I thought that in effort to get feedback from others and provide some of mine I would write this post to get the discussion started. There are a number of vendors in the market today, that are selling some form of a converged infrastructure product or solution. My definition of Converged Infrastructure In my mind…
  • Why are more vendors not doing internal startups for innovation

    Brian Suhr
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe topic of how the existing large hardware and software vendors innovate for new products has been on my mind for a while now. I don’t claim to be an expert in this topic, but I see new companies kicking the ass of many of these companies with better products. This only seems to becoming a larger issue, and large enterprise keeps trying to keep up by purchasing companies for their product or patents. Sometimes they make the wrong choice, over pay or are just too late. Lets take a look at a couple of the more successful storage statups recently. Both Tintri and…
  • CloudPhysics updates, now with more awesome included

    Brian Suhr
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAOn the first day of VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, CloudPhysics kicks the conference off with a big announcement. The patform is receiving another round of new features that will blow your socks off. I’ve followed CloudPhysics closely over the past couple of years since they announced themselves to the world. Given the way they built their hosted offering I immediately began to dream of what might be possible. Some of the new features are exactly what I dreamed of and others are just more awesomeness that they dreamed up. Global Data Set CloudPhysics has been…
  • Setting up and using the Tintri PowerShell Toolkit

    Brian Suhr
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAWith the release of Tintri OS v3.0 the good folks at Tintri surprised us with a PowerShell Toolkit. The toolkit provides a nice list of cmdlets to get people started with automating tasks with VMstores and VMs. This immediately got my mind racing on what might be possible and how I could use them in the work lab and for customers. To get people started I have put together a simple walk through that shows a few of the easier commands and how they might be used.   Install Prerequisites You will need to have PowerShell v3.0 installed before you can install the Tintri…
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  • Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th

    Eric Sarakaitis
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th Fall is here and it has been almost a month since the last Columbus vBeers. Let’s get back together and catch up and see what announcements you are excited about. We are meeting at the Seventh Son Brewing Company Location: Seventh Son Brewing Company Address: 1101 N. … Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Columbus vBeers – Sept. 10th

    Eric Sarakaitis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    School is back in session, the conference season is wrapping up, and it has been almost three months since the last Columbus vBeers. Let’s get back together and catch up and see what announcements you are excited about.… Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers – Sept. 10th appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell

    Eric Sarakaitis
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    On our OCP Winterfell nodes, in CentOS 6; the 10GB Mellanox NIC’s show up as eth0 and eht1, where the 1GB management interface shows up as eth2. We are also using Brocade 10GB top-of-rack switches. So configuring LLDP was necessary for the servers to advertise themselves to the upstream switches.… Read the rest The post Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet

    Eric Sarakaitis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I was building a NFS server for our users home directories to work with our FreeIPA implementation, and instead of setting up a logical volume, filesystem and mount point manually I decided to do it via Puppet.… Read the rest The post Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands

    Eric Sarakaitis
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    First, make sure you’re using a version of PowerCLI that supports the get-esxcli cmdlet. In this case, I used a fresh install of PowerCLI 5.5. First, get-esxcli needs to be run against a single host individually, you can loop through you’re hosts later, but again, one at a time.… Read the rest The post Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands appeared first on vmware admins.
 
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  • Hyper-V Isn’t Sexy, but it’s Free and it Just Works!

    Chris Henley
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Hyper-V has quietly moved into the hypervisor marketplace. I think the reason for the lack of pomp and circumstance around Hyper-V is that it doesn’t introduce some grand new sexy feature set that no one else in the market place has ever seen. Instead Microsoft gives every IT Pro and CIO what they really want, a free product that just works! How is Hyper-V Free? Windows Server 2012 R2 comes in a couple of different flavors, specifically Standard and Data Center Editions. There is NO functional difference between the editions! They both do the same things. The operating system, roles and…
  • VeeamON 2014 Day 3 Recap

    Andrew Zhelezko
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    For those who missed it, roundup of the day #1, roundup of the day #2 We’re still here, in amazing Las Vegas, and just came from the closing keynote of the first ever VeeamON. Just in case you were unable to join us today, I wanted to take a minute to tell you about day #3 with Veeam!   A Tour of the Modern Data Center Even though it was an exciting (and exhausting!) night at the VeeamON 2014 party, the third day of VeeamON 2014 still launched on schedule and without a glitch. Well, not for everyone…. One group of early risers went on an excursion to Cobalt’s Cheyenne Data…
  • Announcing: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

    Mike Resseler
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    We've been very clear about our vision for the Modern Data Center recently: it has key attributes such as being highly virtualized, having modern storage and is ready for a cloud strategy. But what about systems that have data on them that aren't part of the data center? What about endpoints?  Most companies use PCs or laptops for their end users and those devices have data on it that may need to be protected. To help address this need, we just announced a new product via a press release at VeeamON 2014 today. We are happy to introduce Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE! Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE…
  • VeeamON 2014 Day 2 Recap

    Rick Vanover
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:37 pm
    VeeamON continues through its second day combining both partners and customers for a day full of training, content and fun. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened on this busy day: The morning started with the general session where all attendees had a great showcase of the entire Veeam offering. We heard from Veeam CEO Ratmir Timashev on his vision for the company and the markets we serve from both the customer and partner perspectives. The general session then focused on key customer stories of how Veeam products have addressed data center availability challenges. These challenges are…
  • VeeamON 2014 Day 1 Recap

    Maria Levkina
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Many eyes in the technology world are on Veeam’s Premier Data Center Availability Event, VeeamON 2014, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. October 6, the first day of the conference, was dedicated to partners, and I’d say it was deeply nerdy and user-friendly at the same time. Personally, the energetic atmosphere was very different from other conferences I’ve ever attended. And the information was definitely interesting. Making a long story short, there were three key takeaways from Day 1 I wanted to share with you today: Veeam’s next generation of data center…
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    Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST

  • Ansible: JSON and SSH Cloud Service

    Paul Lopez
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Ansible, a solution provider for infrastructure management of servers put on front simplicity. Only SSH and Python are thus required to make it work. You might have not heard about Ansible before so FYI it is a platform for configuration … Continue reading → The post Ansible: JSON and SSH Cloud Service appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Cisco ASA 5500 FirePower – NextGen Firewall

    Jeremy Calvey
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    Cisco improves security by adding NextGen Firewall to identify and avoid advanced threats. This is a further step in the integration of Sourcefire technologies. Cisco is no stranger to security, but it is changing and especially focusing on reliability. As … Continue reading → The post Cisco ASA 5500 FirePower – NextGen Firewall appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO – Watching your words and deeds

    Jeremy Calvey
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Yes, you can download the test version of Windows 10, but at what cost? Data collection performed under the Microsoft Windows Insider program is controversial. To deliver comments and access to the test version of Windows 10, users of the … Continue reading → The post Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO – Watching your words and deeds appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • 5 questions about the Bash vulnerability

    Paul Lopez
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    The web world shocked with the news of a flaw that affects interpreter Bash present in Linux and Mac OS X systems. Several questions arise from this threat, its definition, its operation, its impact, etc… If we believe the words … Continue reading → The post 5 questions about the Bash vulnerability appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • A Flaw in Bash – aka Shellshock

    Paul Lopez
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Bash, a shell command line present in Linux systems and Mac OS X has a flaw whose severity is similar to Heartbleed. The Heartbleed bug caused an earthquake in the Internet world and everyone quickly became aware of strengthening the … Continue reading → The post A Flaw in Bash – aka Shellshock appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
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  • Bro-IDS Logstash Parsing

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI have spent the past several days working with Bro-IDS and Logstash parsing and wanted to share this with anyone else who may be doing the same and needs some decent parsing. Some pieces of this I have taken from other sources online but have been modifying to suit my needs as well as adding additional functionality. This will be updated as time goes on and will be hosted on GitHub. Enjoy!
  • IP Reputation Lookups with Logstash

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI had a great question yesterday about how to configure Logstash to integrate IP reputation lookups within Logstash and Kibana without having to copy and paste an IP address and etc. I thought this was a great idea and one that I had not myself thought about so I gave it a shot to see what I could come up with. And believe it or not it was actually quite simple to put in place and I figured I may as well share with everyone as well. So in this setup I wanted to add IP reputation links for Apache type events which added a new field and provided the url to click on…
  • Suricata IDS/IPS VMXNET3

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Advertise here with BSAAs part of a bigger post coming soon I have been using Suricata IDS and my Logstash server has been getting hammered and unable to keep up (running a single node setup) but finally figured out why this was happening so I am sharing this with others in case you decide to send Suricata IDS logs to Logstash or any other Syslog collector you will more than likely run into this as well. What I was noticing in /var/log/suricata/fast.log was the following entries being spit out (note the timestamps to see how fast these were being generated) 10/03/2014-20:45:32.046859 [**]…
  • Graylog2 v0.90 Install Script

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Advertise here with BSAIn the past I have been updating the auto install scripts for Graylog2 and updating the original post each time. However here on out I will be creating new posts for each release in hopes of keeping it much cleaner. I will be including a link back to the original post for reference on setting up and additional information as well as comments from others. So at this time I am releasing the latest install script for Graylog2 v0.90 on Ubuntu. Please provide any feedback. This post will only cover a fresh new install of Graylog2 however I will be working on upgrade scripts…
  • IPTables Cluster Script

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI have been working on some interesting virtualized networking setups (More on this in another post soon) and needed a way to configure IPTables rules on all nodes which are to be considered part of a cluster (HA) setup. What I wanted was the ability to take a rule or a set of rules and apply them to any number of nodes so they were all consistent and the rules to be saved and not have to login to each node individually. Now I know that I can do this with an automated solution (Puppet, Chef, Ansible or Salt) but I instead wanted to do this using a very simple shell…
 
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  • [TUTORIAL] Openfiler iSCSI storage for test lab – part 2

    Adam Jones
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    In the first tutorial, you looked at the installation of an Openfiler iSCSI solution. In this second part, you’ll learn how to perform basic configuration of the Openfiler. The configuration uses the Openfiler web interface and it’s surprisingly intuitive. Enable and also start the iSCSI target service. Setup the Block Devices. In this case, it is the second 500GB volume that was added. Create the partition on the block device that you just created. Create a logical volume group. Add a volume to the volume group making sure it’s an iSCSI block device. The default is XFS. The…
  • [TUTORIAL] Openfiler iSCSI storage for test lab

    Adam Jones
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I have chosen to build this test lab around the Openfiler software. The main reason being that it is a simple out of the box configuration to present enterprise storage (iSCSI, in this case) for an ESX home lab. Details of the build (hardware and software): Dell 990 series w/ Core I& 2600, 16GB RAM, Windows 2012 Datacenter Evaluation VMware Workstation 10 Evaluation Openfiler downloaded as an ISO file to be plugged into a virtual machine. The hardware that I am building on is not massively powerful and should be easily obrtainable. The main concern I have is the RAM because as I add more…
  • Binary tutorial; not what you’d expect.

    Adam Jones
    25 Sep 2012 | 9:33 pm
    What better way to learn binary than to have to read it in order to tell the time! One of the little joys of geekhood is wearing something that is totally geeky but only noticed by other geeks. “Normal” people just don’t get it. It’s like a secret handshake. Are you in the club? Or are you some outsider wannabe? Of course, it’s been argued that we geeks are just turning the tables on the folks that excluded us when we were scribbling code in our notebooks during recess. But whatever, that’s too serious a discussion for today. OMG, CHECK OUT THIS WATCH!
  • VMware changes licensing model

    Adam Jones
    22 Aug 2012 | 3:42 pm
    This one is great news for those of us that have migrated to vSphere 5 or have held of on migrating. vSphere 5 introduced the idea of memory based licensing and it sent their customer base into a spin. In vSphere 4.1 if you had all the RAM on 128GB server with two sockets, you still only needed two licenses. In vSphere 5 you now need three licenses to cover the RAM in use. Not only does it get confusing, but also expensive; especially in the small to mid business space. VMware may be dropping the vRAM (#Vtax) licensing to help stave off competition from competitors, like Microsoft. Hyper-V…
  • [TUTORIAL] Windows 2008 testing environment using Vmware Player part 3

    Adam Jones
    8 Feb 2012 | 7:25 pm
    In Part 1 and Part 2 we looked at deploying the start of an Active Directory using Vmware Player for testing purposes. In Part 3 we’ll look at deploying additional virtual machines and promoting them to domain members. At the completion of Part 2, we should have one “template” virtual machine that will be copied each time we need a new VM and one deployed domain controller for the domain of our choice (invurted.local). Building on this we want an additional member server for the domain. This server will use the Active Directory to authenticate users. As in Part 2, there are…
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  • The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    This is the third piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the second piece here. The fact that ‘Time is Money’ applies today, just as it did the past. In contemporary computing environments, business agility to address customer needs directly translates to the success of your company. This is where the emerging software development […]The post The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Measurable and Important Benefits of DevOps

    JG
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    This is the second piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the first piece here. It is said that what cannot be measured cannot be managed. But how do you measure behavior or mindset? Therein lies the challenge with measuring DevOps. Much more than a buzzword, DevOps is about a mindset […]The post The Measurable and Important Benefits of DevOps appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Trust and Security Go Hand in Hand with Cloud Computing

    JG
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. The idiom “out of sight out of mind” is just as relevant […]The post Trust and Security Go Hand in Hand with Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions

    JG
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Software is eating the world, and especially the world of systems management.  As we evolve to a world of Infrastructure-as-Code, it becomes imperative the technology powering complex, web-facing applications be automated for high availability, compliance, and auto scaling.  Over the past several years at Logicworks, we built a dedicated team of DevOps experts who use […]The post Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Who We Hire At Logicworks: A Values Driven Approach

    JG
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    As the Head of Recruitment for Logicworks, I get a lot of questions from candidates about our hiring process.  People want to know when and how we open up new headcount, where we go to find candidates, and – most of all – what it takes to be a successful candidate.  Given the high level […]The post Who We Hire At Logicworks: A Values Driven Approach appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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