So what's new in version 1.3? Not a whole lot of functionality, but a heck of a lot of eye candy.
Changed the homepage to include a few kudos from my friends @JohnnieITatDell, @herseyc, and @vNelsonTX. I appreciate the kind words fellas! I hope you don't mind me plastering your face on my website for my own personal gain :). Do you want your face on the homepage? Tweet me something nice to @KendrickColeman.
We need to create some Amazon AWS IAM credentials. I think everyone in the world has an Amazon.com login. But you need to go a step further if you have never used Amazon AWS for EC2 or S3. Basically enter some credit card information so you can get rolling.
After you joined AWS you should have a dashboard that looks like this showing all the available services to you.
Doesn't cost anything to join (except maybe a few spam emails from Yahoo!) but this is all in good fun. You can also go ahead and fill out a bracket for the billion dollar challenge as well from Yahoo!.
The winner will get something. I'm not sure what it will be yet. But I know I've got a few books and some trainsignal DVDs sitting around that could use a good home.
So c'mon, join in the fun and fill out a bracket! Picks MUST BE LOCKED BY THURSDAY SO DO IT QUICK! I don't care if you are at work. I know you're boss is filling out brackets anyway.
How To Install vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0 - Part 7 - Setup vCO, Endpoints, and Advanced Services
We are now going to configure the vCO and Advanced Blueprinting service. This is really where we can extend the capabilities of vCAC to do almost anything. vCenter Orchestrator will be the main focus here.
At this point you should have finished the previous 6 steps:
My wife recently signed our family up for Netflix, and ever since then I've been perusing the catalog late at night trying to find something interesting that isn't a pre-2000 era movie. There's a few different "Best of 'TED Talks'" so I decided to give it a whirl. The first one I watched was called "Life Hacks". I was immediately dialed in from the different ways people view everyday situations. Heck, one of my favorite ones was Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes and I realized I had been tying my shoes the wrong way my entire life. But there was another one that hit home for me.
Sheena Iyengar (@Sheena_Iyengar) is a Professor at the Columbia Business School, a graduate of Stanford University, and has an extensive list of published works and research studies. A few years ago, she gave a famous TED Talk called How to make choosing easier. It has received 1,000,000+ views on TED.com and YouTube. She discusses research findings from case studies done by choices that CEOs and individuals such as you and I make on a daily basis. As well as the choices that are made when we are given a set amount of options. I would encourage you to watch the entire 16min segment (atleast the first 7 minutes), but I'll summarize in the next paragraph.
In the realm of virtualization, the majority of us have been implementing VMware. VMware has consumed around 90% of my attention over the past few years. This is why we are intrigued to read Duncan and Frank's books on in-depth HA and DRS technical algorithms. In 2013, a lot of attention has shifted away from a primary VMware focus and more Hyper-V and KVM discussions are happening. Hyper-V for cost reductions and feature parity, but KVM for native OpenStack integration. OpenStack has garnered much attention in 2012 & 2013 and will most certainly evolve more in 2014. The one thing we can see here is that the hypervisor market isn't big. At this point, we have a choice of 3 (i know there are more) "production-ready" hypervisors and we must choose how to manage them. Choosing a strategy is a very big decision for many. Have you considered how your hypervisor strategy will take part in your networking strategy over the next few years? As you can guess, the days of caring about in-depth HA & DRS inner-workings, vSphere architecture diagrams, and more has fallen to about <30% of my attention span.
The days of the command-line IOS junkie are doomed, but the world of software-defined networking is in infancy. Many of the people I follow on twitter have a narrowed view of this landscape. Particularly, VMware's acquisition of Nicera (NSX) is what made everyone start caring about SDN in the first place. Not going to lie, I was a green-horn myself and still am. I don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but NSX isn't the only player in this game. In fact, there are lots! We primarily hear about the big ones coming from the tech giants such as Cisco, HP, and Juniper, but it's also worth noting that there are plenty of others out there with competing (and sometimes even better) technology. SDN is the new wild west frontier and only a few will come out victorious with a large grasp on the landscape.
Over the past 2 weeks I've been working on implementing a new feature that was requested by Christian Mohn (@h0bbel) on the the vSoup Podcast. This new feature will hopefully allow you to create more JumpSquares faster.
Version 1.2 (1.9.14)
Added Nmap Scan XML functions. Upload Nmap XML file to create JumpSquares quickly.
Changed a bunch of deprecated Rails 3 warnings to be Rails 4 compliant.
Uploaded new wiki appliance with all new functionality and Debian Wheezy patches
Fixed bootstrap modal appearing on right side of screen
Nmap is a free tool used to perform port scanning on a network. To get started, download Nmap for Windows, Mac, or Linux and install it on your system.
Ed Czerwin (@eczerwin), Chris Dearden(@chrisdearden), and Christian Mohn (@h0bbel) have an addicting podcast called vSoup. vSoup focuses on day to day IT operations and virtualization from the trenches. Each of the guys are respected bloggers and faces in the community.
This past week during their 40th episode, they talked a bit about my latest project JumpSquares. Christian gives a good overview and talks about how he uses the appliance based model in his environment because it doesn't have direct internet access. Remember, there is also the SaaS based version at JumpSquares.net that I encourage you to use.
The guys talked about using a tool such as nmap to go out and fetch machines on the network to quickly populate your JumpSquares. It's a great idea and I'll try to begin working on that in the next few weeks after I take another CCNP exam so my CCNA doesn't expire. If you have any more suggestions or feature requests, I'm always open to hearing about them.
How To Install vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0 - Part 6 - Create and Publish Blueprints
We are almost done with the initial setup to get to a point where we can start provisioning. In this scenario we are going to use a normal clone functionality that is a similar process across vSphere, Hyper-V (SCVMM), and KVM (RHEV). If you want to know about all the provisioning scenarios such as Linked Clones read Choosing a Provisioning Scenario.
At this point you should have finished the previous 5 steps:
During the vCAC Complete Install process, we already installed a vSphere agent. We need to create "Agents" or workers that know how to talk to specific endpoints. There are a few different types of agents and each one has similar installation procedures. The links below will take you to official VMware documentation. We are going to go over the Proxy Agent Configuration for vSphere for configuring the IaaS components.
The vSphere agent/endpoint here is a "vCenter" instance. If you have more than 1 vCenter, then you need to install an additional vSphere Agent on the IaaS Components VM. There is a 1:1 mapping. To install an additional vSphere Agent, scroll to the bottom of this blog post. During the deployment in Step 3 we either kept the name "vCenter" or changed it to the actual name of vCenter during this screen. This name will be used again here.