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!!!!”

Revisiting File System Alignment for Linux

If this is a new blog, how is Captain KVM “revisiting” the topic?

In January of this year, I posted an entry for File System Alignment for Linux VMs on my old blog; I’d like to revisit the topic.  So, why would anyone want to worry about something like “file system alignment” in the first place?  Simple.

Performance.  (You do like performance, right?) Continue reading “Revisiting File System Alignment for Linux”

Welcome to Captain KVM!

Hi all,

I’m very excited to launch this blog.. As the title suggests, most of my posts will be around the KVM hypervisor as well as virtualization in general.  My background is heavy on Linux and storage, so my articles may have slant in those directions.

I hope that as you read this blog you will be encouraged to use KVM, regardless of the Linux distribution, and to also interact with me (and others) on this site.