From Zero to Cloud Foundry on vSphere: Part 1 - How to install MicroBOSH
It seems that the teams over at Cloud Foundry give us too much credit. I spent days trying to get Cloud Foundry up and running because of minor snags and glitches. In addition, the documentation to make this all work doesn't exist in a single place, it's all outdated, or isn't descriptive enough. Hopefully this spoon feeding series tutorial will help get you there.
This tutorial will go over the steps it takes to deploy Cloud Foundry on vSphere. Here are the proper steps:
I had a problem where my vCAC environment could no longer talk to my vCO APIs. I constantly have to turn off vCAC and bring it back up because of resource constraints in my home lab. For some reason I just thought the services weren't coming up and I realized no amount of reboots were going to fix it.
The error was:
You cannot perform that action because the system cannot connect to the provider at https://vcac-appliance.kendrickcoleman.c0m:8281/vco/api/.
A lot of talk about heartbleed lately with OpenSSL. Plenty of blogs talk about it, but I wanted to see what can actually be scraped.
This morning I talked a friend of mine I grew up and went to University of Kentucky with that graduated from DePaul with a masters in network security, Austin Diener (@diener) I figured he would be the best place to start for this fact finding mission. He led me to this script located on github OpenSSL heartbeat PoC with STARTTLS support.
It's a pretty simple script, point it at your ESXi server with port 443 and watch the magic happen.
NOTE: this server is on my LOCAL LAN in a test environment. I don't care if you try to reverse engineer this garbage. (proceed to the bottom for more information)
It's been really long overdue. How overdue you ask? Well, kendrickcoleman.com was originally built on Joomla 1.5. Joomla 1.6 was released in January of 2011 and the effort to upgrade would have been just as tough as this move to Joomla 3.2. Joomla 1.5 went completely EOL in April of 2013 so no new patches or security releases were going to come out.
So why make the jump? Joomla 3 has really good responsive templates based on Twitter Bootstrap so it works well on any device. In addition, Joomla 1.5 had some major security flaws but I was lucky enough to never get attacked. It was also a good time to give the website a fresh new look that conforms to some modern design.
The toughest piece of this migration is that there is no "in-place" upgrade. I have tried to upgrade my site a few times over the past year but it came with sub-par results. All the free tools just never seemed to work good enough. So I finally opened up my wallet and paid for the MigrateMe plug-in. It wasn't cheap, but in the end it was worth every penny. It kept literally everything in tact. Articles, sections, banners, components, stats, etc all migrated over. There were a few anticipated hiccups but it went fairly well.
2 weeks ago, Brian Gracely (@bgracely) shared some information with me talking about the changing landscape of DevOps and it hit spot on. Brian showed a picture of a book titled The New Kingmakers, How Developers Conquered The World. I had never heard of it before so I wanted to explore, and to not spoil it completely, it did not disappoint. The book is pretty short at 57 total pages and has a whopping cost of only $3 on Amazon. There's no reason why anyone can't read this book because I was able to finish it on a 3 hour flight (and I'm a slow reader).
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: