Self-Service with CloudForms & RHEV pt1

Ok, so we’ve really built up our RHEV environment over the last few weeks, but if you remember I promised to get this to the point of “Cloud Light” or you could call me out on it. Well, we’re here so you can’t call me out… This means we’re going to start integrating with a cloud management platform (CMP) so that we can have a self-service portal in order to get some more advanced and complicated work done.

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Using RHEV 3.6 (Bonding Host Interfaces)

Hi folks! In one of my last posts, I hinted at bonding the underlying physical interfaces as part of the overall solutions for providing full High Availability. The hint was not for HA, but for an upcoming post.. HA is still very much a part of the modern data center, especially when you’ve got applications that users depend on. And as with just about everything thing in RHEV, configuring bonded interfaces is straightforward.

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Summits and Stickers and T-shirts Oh My!

Hi folks, Red Hat Summit 2016 is almost here! I leave from the East Coast for the West Coast a week from Sunday with several hundred t-shirts and several hundred stickers. And I’m giving them all away. What do they look like? Continue reading “Summits and Stickers and T-shirts Oh My!”

Using RHEV 3.6 (Configure HA Virtual Machines)

This week we’re going to cover how to configure our RHEV system for High Availability (HA). Specifically to handle VMs that need to be restarted automatically should something happen to the underlying hardware. Keep in mind, not every VM needs HA and not every VM with an HA configuration needs the same priority. We’re going to cover that as well as some optional features that may or may not be needed for your VMs, depending on the scenario.

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Using RHEV 3.6 (Live Snapshot)

Don’t you wish there was a way to easily save your hard work beyond building a VM template in RHEV but before it goes into production? That pristine state that matches the template, complies with security, complies with business rules, has all patches, and it has all binaries. Or 2 months later when you get all of your new updates and you add them to your VM’s and you wish you could just build new VMs based on that newly patched VM? You can.

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Using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 (Live Migration)

We’re now firmly rooted in getting work done and doing more fun things in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization at this point. We’ve moved on from “deploying” in that we’ve deployed RHEV, we’ve deployed resources, and we’ve even imported some resources from a completely different hypervisor/environment. Today, we’ll talk about and demonstrate another cornerstone feature of any enterprise virtualization platform:

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Deploying RHEV pt6 (Importing vSphere VMs)

Yep, you read that correctly folks. I’m going to show you how to import VMs from vSphere into RHEV, right from RHEV-M. Why would you want to do that?? For starters, maybe you simply want to move virtualization platforms. You have some virtual machines that you happen to like, you just don’t feel like rebuilding them from scratch. That doesn’t make you lazy at all. It means you’re planning. Or maybe a little lazy, but mostly that you don’t want to do your work over if there wasn’t anything wrong with it in the first place.

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Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt5 (Networks)

Hi folks,

We’re officially on a roll here and making headway. This is the last major deployment and/or configuration step within RHEV before we start pushing things around. Yes, there are lots of bells and whistles, but in terms of “compute”, “storage”, and “network” resources, this rounds it out. Let’s get to it. Continue reading “Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt5 (Networks)”

Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt4 (Provision VMs)

Hi folks,

We’re moving right along in this series of deploying RHEV. Up until now, we’ve been busy getting our basic underpinnings in place: management platform (RHEV-M), hypervisors, and storage (data domain & ISO domain). Now that those underpinnings are in fact there, we can put things together and actually get some basic work done. Continue reading “Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt4 (Provision VMs)”

Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt3 (Storage)

Hi folks,

This is a very quick follow up to my last post as I want to keep you moving along in your endeavors. We’ve deployed RHEV-M, we’ve added a RHEL hypervisor, but before we can provision any VM’s, we need to attach storage. In this case, we’re going to attach NFS.

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