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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 In addition, the documentation to make this all work doesn't exist in a single place, it's all outdated, or isn't descriptive enough.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:

Part 1 - How to install MicroBOSH
Part 2 - Deploy BOSH with MicroBOSH
Part 3 - Deploy Cloud Foundry with BOSH

 

Start off with a pristine Ubuntu image. I'm using 12.04.03. Install VMware Tools first, then lets get started adding packages.

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"Build a Vblock" MidLevel Tool v3 Released

One of the tools I created and maintain within VCE is the Vblock Systems MidLevel Tool. I blogged about its 2.0 release back in August of 2013.

 

You can download it in the following places:

 

What's new in v3:

  • Updated Vblock 100 components for new refresh
  • Updated Vblock 200 components for refresh
  • Added AMP2
  • Added new Management Network Layer for Vblock 3x0 and 7x0 since AMP2 removes management switches
  • Removed Vblock 320
  • Added Vblock 340 to represent new components and optional bandwidth enhancements
  • Added Vblock 3x0 & 7x0 Virtualization layer for VMware VDS
  • Added Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications
  • Added Vblock Specialized System for High Performance Databases
  • Added Vblock Specialized System for SAP HANA
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vCAC Error Connecting to vCO API - Fixed

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 quick google search led me to this VMTN article Error in vCAC6.0.1 connecting vCO that got me on the right track. Steve Beaver's solution didn't solve my issue, but it's a safe assumption that if you have followed my mulit-part series on vCAC, then you may end up running into this as well.

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ESXi Heartbleed Vulnerability. What can be seen?

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)

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A New Facelift

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.

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The New Kingmakers

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).

 

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JumpSquares v1.3 - Getting Pretty

You don't know what JumpSquares is by now? Shame on you! Get to JumpSquares.net and watch the video intro! Or you can read my in-depth blog post.

 

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.

 

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How To Install vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0 - Part 8 - Amazon AWS Configuration

Amazon AWS is awesome and everyone knows it. So how can we utilize it with vCAC?

 

At this point you should have finished the previous 7 steps:

Part 1: Deploy and Configure the Identity Appliance

Part 2: Deploy and Configure the vCloud Automation Center Appliance

Part 3: Installing IaaS Components

Part 4: Tenant Configuration

Part 5: Agent, Endpoint, and Group Configuration

Part 6: Create and Publish Blueprints

Part 7: Setup vCO, Endpoints, and Advanced Services

 

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.

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Fill out a Bracket for vMadness & Win!

This is the tech world and I know not many are into college basketball but there definitely a few who are, me included (Go UK!).

 

Let's all join this group and talk some trash. Go to http://y.ahoo.it/lIc2PVTu and fill out a bracket!

 

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.

 

http://y.ahoo.it/lIc2PVTu

 

Good Luck!!

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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:

Part 1: Deploy and Configure the Identity Appliance

Part 2: Deploy and Configure the vCloud Automation Center Appliance

Part 3: Installing IaaS Components

Part 4: Tenant Configuration

Part 5: Agent, Endpoint, and Group Configuration

Part 6: Create and Publish Blueprints

 

Before we start we need to login to the vCAC Appliance as root: ssh vcacappliance.mycompany.com -l root

Start the vCO Configurator by typing service vco-configurator start and you will see the following show on the screen.

 

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