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CloudForms Appliance Architecture

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 setup Active Directory on Windows 2008 R2

This article provides prerequisites and steps for installing Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 64-bit. This article does not provide instructions for adding a Domain Controller (DC) to an already existing Active Directory Forest infrastructure. Prepare for AD DS Before you install AD DS on a server running Windows Server 2008

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How to deploy and OVF or OVA when the vCenter web console won’t let you

This afternoon I was trying to deploy a CloudForms appliance on vCenter 6.5. One of the “features” of vCenter 6.5 is that it now requires you to only use their web console.  The problem is that when I used their web console to deploy the OVF,  I received and error telling me that I was unable to deploy an OVF

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How to exclude VMs from SmartState Analysis scans

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

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

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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adding static routes to Mac OSX VPN connection

The other day I needed to setup a remote VPN connection back to my colocated environment and found that after setting up the VPN with l2tp I was unable to connect to any hosts. I quickly realized that I needed to setup static routes… so I dug around and found a great article by Rob Allen. To solve this, you

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How Double-Take Works

How It Works Double-Take Availability is a software offering from Vision Solutions.  While it enables you to do quite a few things from an IT operational perspective, like disaster recovery and automatic failover, etc, we primarily use it to migrate both physical (P2V) and virtual (V2V) servers.  It offers a way to provide my clients with minimal downtime while making

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iPhone Video Routing Switch Controller

Recently I was asked to build an interface mechanism to make it easy to control a newly purchased video routing switcher. After a bit of tinkering in the lab I was able to come up with something fun, I present to you an iphone based video switcher. Attached is a video of the finished product which is an iphone web

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