What you missed at Red Hat Summit 2016

Hi Folks, if you came out to Red Hat Summit, I hope you had a great time. If you were unable to attend, I’ve pulled together some links to some presentations that you might find interesting. I’ve kept them relevant to this blog – KVM or managing KVM based technologies. Continue reading “What you missed at Red Hat Summit 2016”

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:

Live migration Continue reading “Using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 (Live Migration)”

Hot Adding CPUs to RHEV

Hi folks,

This post means I’m officially back! My new role at the Big Red Fedora started this week and I really wanted to hit the ground running. Plus, RHEV 3.6 launched this month. I want to highlight not only one of the newer features (actually released with version 3.5), but also highlight some of the great work that is being done behind the scenes by one of my colleagues, Sanjay Rao. Continue reading “Hot Adding CPUs to RHEV”

Custom Cloud Images for OpenStack pt1

Hi folks,

We previously finished our multi-part series on deploying RHEL-OSP with the RHEL-OSP-Installer. In a few weeks, if all goes according to plan I’ll fire up a new series on the next gen installer… In the mean time, I’d like to show you some useful things to do once you’ve got everything up and running. So what’s up first? Well, as the title suggests, we’re going to create some custom images.

Specifically for RHEL, Fedora, and CentOS. Our new and current multi-part series… Continue reading “Custom Cloud Images for OpenStack pt1”

Lab on a Budget Tricks – pt1

Hi folks,

I hope to make this a “many part series”, broken up over time, but not every post… if that makes sense. What started this was that while I have access to some labs at work, they aren’t always available and they aren’t always conducive to me blowing them up. (I like to break things… then fix them, it’s how I learn.) Because of this, I bought some gear to hammer away on to test new things on RHEL 7, KVM, OpenStack, etc… but I’m not independently wealthy either, so I’m going to make due with what I have for some pieces… Continue reading “Lab on a Budget Tricks – pt1”

VSC for RHEV is GA Today!!!

Hi folks,

I’m incredibly happy to announce that after a very long wait and some unexpected delays, the Virtual Storage Console for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has officially achieved General Availability status as of today! Continue reading “VSC for RHEV is GA Today!!!”

Live Migration of Storage and Storage Connections for KVM & OpenStack

In this most current post, I wanted to cover 2 of the core features of NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP and tie it specifically to how it really helps KVM (and OpenStack) scale. While this is meant to be a tech discussion, not a sales pitch, I can’t help but point out that this article shows you some things you can do with NetApp that you can’t do with any other storage, be it “enterprise” or “commodity”. Continue reading “Live Migration of Storage and Storage Connections for KVM & OpenStack”

Extending SCSI Timeouts in KVM Guests

Hi folks, today’s post will cover something that came up in the last few days at work. Someone was concerned about any lengthy delay affecting the health of his VM’s virtual disk and therefore the VM. We’ve all seen the aftermath – either the VM falls into a “paused” state, or the disk goes into a read-only state. So, how do you extend the timeout value in KVM for SCSI disks? Continue reading “Extending SCSI Timeouts in KVM Guests”

VSC for RHEV beta is live!

Hi folks,

I’m very happy to announce that the beta for the Virtual Storage Console for RHEV is officially available for 1 month, starting about an hour ago. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this as this integration has been a long time coming.

So, how do you get in on the beta program? Go to https://communities.netapp.com/groups/vsc4rhev, and either login or register (free) and then login.. (The register button is in the upper right hand corner.) Once logged in, click the button to request being added to the group. Once you are approved, you will see 2 PDF’s and 2 RPM’s. I strongly suggest grabbing all four. Peruse the Release Notes, then move to the Installation & Administration Guide to see how to deploy the 2 RPM’s and get going…

In the mean time, a HUGE shout out to Chris Morrissey, Dustin Schoenbrun, Ricky Hopper, Chris Suich, Rashid Nadaf, Praveena Palaniswamy, Troy Mangum, Patrick Strick, Greg Blaha of NetApp, and Vojtech Szocs, James Rankin, Andy Cathrow, and Ayal Baron of Red Hat. This was a fairly serious endeavor that took the time and efforts of many people in order to pull this together.

Can’t wait for the GA in November!!!!

Captain KVM