Next Generation Hypervisor – pt1

Hi Folks, a few weeks ago I posted an article on Red Hat’s official blog – Viewing the Horizon from the Cockpit. It talks specifically about the Next Generation Hypervisor or “Next Generation Node” from Red Hat, what went into the design, and why we ripped it apart to put it back together again. I’m revisiting the topic again with the purpose of showing you what the fuss is all about.

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Self-Service with CloudForms & RHEV pt4

Hi folks, we’re tying up our series on building a self-service portal with RHEV and CloudForms today. In part 1, we deployed the CloudForms appliance in RHEV. In part 2, we created a single VM catalog item. In part 3, we created a multi-item catalog bundle. And now in part 4, we’re going to launch both of those creations from the self-service portal, and see what happens from both the RHEV standpoint and the CloudForms admin standpoint.

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Self-Service with CloudForms & RHEV pt3

Hi folks, when I left off before I had showed you how to create a single catalog item in the self-service portal of CloudForms with RHEV. Now we’re going to expand on that theme by creating a multi-item catalog bundle. This is where things really start getting interesting. Hopefully you start getting ideas in your own heads as to how to change things for your own environments and adapt things for your own needs.

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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”

Self-Service with CloudForms & RHEV pt2

Hi folks, we’re following up our previous post on RHEV and CloudForms configuration with getting some actual work done. Specifically, we’re going to build a catalog item for our self-service catalog. In order to keep the posts and demos short, the examples are fairly basic, but don’t let that fool you. You can do some crazy and complicated automation. Continue reading “Self-Service with CloudForms & RHEV pt2”

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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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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