Offload Cloning from RHEV and oVirt to NetApp

In the previous posts I showed how valuable the ability to offload cloning from the KVM hypervisor to the backend storage could be. Specifically, I was using NetApp FlexClone to create new VM’s for use on a RHEL 6 (KVM) hypervisor. The VM creation time was literally cut from minutes to seconds.

So, what about RHEV?

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Offload VM Cloning from KVM to the Back-end Storage, pt2

Several months ago, I posted an article on how and why to offload cloning from KVM to the back-end storage. I’d like to take the opportunity to update this ever so slightly with a recorded demonstration. In the original posting, I was using Data ONTAP 7.3.x – this recorded demo utilizes Data ONTAP 8.1 Cluster-Mode.

So why update now with a demo? Simple. I can type all day, but sometimes watching the magic happen is much more effective than reading about it. Continue reading “Offload VM Cloning from KVM to the Back-end Storage, pt2”

RHEL 6, KVM, & NetApp Storage – updated!!!

Hi folks,

I’m happy to report that my updated technical reports around RHEL 6, KVM, and NetApp storage have been published. Whether you are looking for the best practices, how to deploy the best practices, or simply need something to get you to sleep (‘cuz the Ambien isn’t cutting it), these are for you!

TR-3848 RHEL 6, KVM, and NetApp Storage: Best Practices

TR-4034 RHEL 6, KVM, and NetApp Storage: Deployment Guide

Thanks again for following!

CaptainKVM

Don’t kickstart – Clone!!!!

So you have the perfect “Golden Image” built by way of a kickstart file.  You have a dedicated network for your installs and your boot disk is a NetApp LUN.  You’ve set every conceivable tunable to ensure that every subsequent build via PXE install is under 10 minutes, including post configurations in “%post”.

Guess what.  I can beat it by 9.5 minutes.  Consistently. Continue reading “Don’t kickstart – Clone!!!!”