How to get Hyper-V 2012 running in VMware Fusion 6.x

June 16, 2014
change vm to hyper-v

You want to play with Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 but don’t have the 64bit hardware do it with but you do have a Mac that’s running VMware Fusion 6. If that’s the case then you can install Hyper-V in a virtual machine. This would be for testing or learning purposes only as it’s not supported by VMware. Go through the normal process with VMware Fusion and create a virtual machine. How to configure the virtual machine settings After you have...
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3 Things you need to know when getting started with Cloudstack

June 10, 2014

Where to get general information. Before beginning with any project you need to get some general information about it first. The Apache Cloudstack documentation is not great but it’s not horrible either. In most cases, I think it gets the job done in explaining the architecture, design and how to get the product installed then setup. Here are a few links the Apache Cloudstack documentation to get you started. Apache Cloudstack Home Installation Guide CloudStack Collaboration Conference North America...
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The Quickest “Zero to Cloudstack” Deployment tool has been updated!

June 4, 2014

CloudStack Deploy is a utility for making Apache CloudStack and KVM installations quick, easy and painless whether you’re deploying to a single server or many. Meant to be reusable so you can deploy Apache CloudStack more than once after you’ve downloaded the RPMS and systemtemplates locally with cldstk-deploy. What’s new with cldstk-deploy The main focus has been on improving the installation and making it easier to get a Cloudstack environment up and running. All-In-One Installation Basic Zone Configuration Changed...
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Enabling Cloudstack Usage Server in 4.3

June 4, 2014
Cloudstack 4.3 Usage

You should have the “cloudstack-usage” packages installed already. In the CloudStack management portal go to > Global Settings then type “usage” in the search and you should see the following shown below. Now make changes to the following items. The usage server should already be enabled by default. Use your own preferred timezone for the relevant settings. enable.usage.server = true usage.aggregation.timezone = America/New_York usage.execution.timezone = America/New_York usage.stats.job.aggregation.range = 10 Lets restart the services now. service cloudstack-management restart service cloudstack-usage...
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CloudStack 4.3 and LDAP Integration Setup

June 3, 2014
cloudstack 4.3 change to ldap

CloudStack 4.3 has change the way you configure Microsoft Active Directory (AD) integration a bit and I wanted to do a more up to date tutorial of how to set it up. This is only getting better going forward but here is what you have to do today out of the box in the CloudStack portal. Of course you’ll need to have an AD domain that you can connect to and access on the CloudStack side so I’ll assume...
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Deploy Apache CloudStack with cldstk-deploy, now on Github.

April 24, 2014

CloudStack Deploy is a utility for making Apache CloudStack and KVM installations quick, easy and painless. Meant to be reusable so you can deploy Apache CloudStack more than once after you’ve downloaded the RPMS and systemtemplates locally with cldstk-deploy. Features can pre download Apache CloudStack RPMS (version 4.2 & 4.3) can pre download KVM system template runs web server to be used as local RPM and systemtemplate repository can install and setup cloudstack-management servers (One or many) can install...
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CloudStack 4.3 cloud platform is now available

April 1, 2014
cloudstack 4.3 login page

CloudStack 4.3 was released last week. There are plenty of new features and improvements added to what was already a great cloud platform. The release comes ahead of the CloudStack Collaboration Conference, which is next week April 9 – 11th. There are way too many new features to go through but I’m glad to see dynamic compute offerings, LDAP user provisioning and database high availability support get added to this version. Remote VPN access for VPC networks and Hyper-V...
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V-Commander now supports Amazon AWS EC2

March 27, 2014
vcommander aws

Embotics V-Commander is marketed as cloud management software but until version 5.0.x it’s only supported VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. With the release of 5.x, Embotics V-Commander is truly entering the realm of Cloud Management starting with Amazon EC2. V-Commander is clearly the easiest virtualization or cloud management software I have ever installed but its strengths do not end there. V-Commander is basically and overlay for multiple virtualization platforms that provides further value in it’s ability to offer...
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VMware Virtual SAN, the buzz is starting to sting!

March 7, 2014
Source: VMware

VMware officially introduced us to Virtual SAN yesterday. They showed what features to expect and statements from users of the product and industry analysis. Lately VMware announcements are filled with buzz. Now if you don’t know about VMware Virtual SAN (vSAN) here are the basics. Features vSAN will come embedded in the vSphere kernel so that there is no other software to install in your environment. Provides highly available shared storage Takes advantage of high performance flash Integrated with the...
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Automating Apache Cloudstack Deployments with Ansible

February 18, 2014

I wrote a post awhile back about using node.js, ansible, and python to do my apache cloudstack installation. Ansible is great but I basically used python to make using ansible a bit more easy since there are a few things with any ansible setup which needs to be remembered. One of those things is the ansible hosts that gets used.
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