Vagrant Up Multiple VMs on Rackspace Public Cloud

Using Vagrant with the local laptop is convenient for small workloads (2-3 VMs).  For larger workloads (3+ VMs), however, the MacBook Pro’s cooling fans start screaming at me.  I decided to try out a Public Cloud provider, and Rackspace’s 6-month Dev Trial was very appealing.  Read more on my experiences below… Continue reading “Vagrant Up Multiple VMs on Rackspace Public Cloud”

Containers: ThinApp for Linux Server Applications?

Linux Containers offer a different abstraction of the underlying infrastructure than traditional VMs:  Instead of replicating an entire Operating System setup into a VM file (ex: VMDK), you merely bundle the relevant binaries for a particular application that you wish to run.  So, in a way, a Container can almost be thought of as a VMware ThinApp (or the equivalent construct from non-VMware VDI Vendors). Continue reading “Containers: ThinApp for Linux Server Applications?”

Learn More About vSphere 5.5 and OpenStack

Two new books on Virtualization and Cloud launched recently, and I am really excited about them:

Mastering vSphere 5.5 by Scott Lowe and Nick Marshall with Forbes Guthrie, Matt Liebowitz, and Josh Atwell

OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook, 2nd Edition by Kevin Jackson and Cody Bunch Continue reading “Learn More About vSphere 5.5 and OpenStack”

Help Team #vBrownBag, Help You! #VMworld Tech Talk Voting

The VMworld US 2013 edition of the vBrownBag Tech Talks were a big success.  There was a lot of community participation both from presenters and attendees.

Now, we want to make the talks even more helpful to the vBrownBag audience: Which content do you want to see more of?  The Voting Site that Cody developed will help the team in planning for Barcelona and for future events.  Read Cody’s latest post for more info:

Somehow, my Vagrant session is sharing the top spot of the leaderboard with Colin McNamara with 6 votes a piece.  I promise that I only created 3 dummy Twitter accounts to vote for myself.  Seriously though, thank you to all of the listeners who enjoyed my content despite the few technical hiccups during my demo.

If you haven’t gone to the voting site yet, I encourage you to do so and let Team vBrownBag know which sessions you liked the most.  You can vote for multiple tech talks: so, if you liked my session as well as Tony Foster’s VDI content, you can vote for both of us or for as many people as you’d like.

One last gratuitous plug for myself: Please keep voting for the Vagrant session!

The session is included below if you haven’t seen it yet.  Warning: My voice was kind of turnt up to 11 (Rookie Mistake). So, be sure to lower your speakers:

EMC SMI-S Provider REMSYS Syntax

When working with the EMC SMI-S Provider, the process to add an array is fairly intuitive: once you login to the SMI-S Provider via the TestSMIProvider Utility, the addsys command guides you step-by-step through the process.  However, remsys is not nearly as intuitive.  If you need to remove an array from the SMI-S provider (ex: array decommision) check out the steps below… Continue reading “EMC SMI-S Provider REMSYS Syntax”

Automated Portgroup Management on a Standard vSwitch

Have you ever needed to move\restore Standard vSwitch portgroups?  If so, I’m hoping you didn’t do it manually.  o_0.  I recently had to re-install a few servers that used the Standard vSwitch, and I cobbled together some PowerCLI code to help with the transition.  Code samples included after the jump… Continue reading “Automated Portgroup Management on a Standard vSwitch”