Category Archives: Cloud Automation

CloudForms Appliance Architecture

cyburdine/ February 23, 2017/ Cloud Automation

I get a lot of questions from customers asking for the best practices of setting up CloudForms in their environment. They are typically looking for a tried and tested formula for success. Unfortunately, due to the complexity and custom nature of automation there really isn’t a quick and easy answer. The upside is there are some really great resources out there

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How to exclude VMs from SmartState Analysis scans

cyburdine/ January 13, 2017/ Cloud Automation

Recently I received a call from a client who was having issues with certain VM snapshots growing at an alarming rate during their weekly scheduled SmartState Analysis scan.  The servers were primarily database servers, and the rapid growth was due to the VMs having a high rate of change on their disks.   These changes were subsequently being written to the snapshot delta files

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Adding a disk to a VMware VM in Cloudforms

cyburdine/ December 1, 2016/ Cloud Automation

We are using an VMware provider with our Cloudforms installation, and we can successfully provision virtual machines using Native Clone provision type from fully configured VMware templates. The templates all have a single 30GB thin-provisioned hard drive. Task We would like all virtual machines provisioned from these templates to have a second 30GB hard drive added automatically during provisioning. The second drive should

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Extending a partition on a Cloudforms appliance

cyburdine/ December 1, 2016/ Cloud Automation

If you are needing more space on your Cloudforms Appliance, below is a quick cheatsheet. In your hypervisor, extend the virtual disk that the Cloudforms Appliance uses. Inside the Cloudforms Appliance console run the following commands fdisk /dev/sda create a new partition (n) change the partition type to be Linux LVM (t 8e) write changes (w) pvcreate /dev/sdaX vgextend VG-CFME

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