Aug 292018
 

This is the first in a series of posts that will showcase the kind of use cases that are achievable using VCN peering for both the Ravello and OCI platforms.

If you reading this you are likely familiar with Ravello and either us it through something like the vExpert program, are on a trial or are a paying customer.

While Ravello has so awesome flexibility it is missing the odd feature you would expect from a Public Cloud service. For example, file and object storage, database services, private network connectivity to you workloads etc.

Now that Ravello is part of the Oracle portfolio it wouldn’t make sense to build out those services as part of Ravello when they exist in OCI (Oracle Cloud Infrastucre). It makes much more sense to give Ravello access to such services.

Using a capability called VCN peering you are able to link a Ravello application to an OCI VCN (Virtual Cloud Network) allowing for those services in OCI to be available in that Ravello app. I’m not going to show you how to create a VCN peer here but follow the guide here.

oci_peering_diagram_600

OCI File Storage Services:

files

One of the cool things that OCI has is the File Storage Service.  Previously in Ravello if you wanted to present a some file storage you would have needed to create a NAS server in the application itself. Now we can present the file storage through the VCN peering connection. This as the added advantage of not being unique to the Ravello application, which means that a file saved to the file share in Ravello can be available to either other Ravello applications OR to other OCI resources.

To create a File System follow these instructions. After this you will have a private IP which is accessible to Ravello through the VCN peer.

filest.png

And for Ravello this is great, as it means things like backups can be accessed even if the Ravello application is deleted.

The Veeam Lab Architecture:

I have a VMware lab running in Ravello with 4 x vSphere 6.7 host, 1 x VCSA appliance and 1 x Veeam Backup and Replication Server. I have linked my Ravello application to a VCN in an OCI tenancy (this can be any OCI tenancy with a region) using VCN Local Peering, and created a file system in OCI. (this assumes you have already created the VCN network and build your subnets, see the getting started seciton in OCI for help to do this.)

veeam.png

Once you have the initnal setup complete you need to add the NAS as a backup repository in Veeam B&R.

veeam first

When you setup your backup job select the shared folder option.

veeam2

Depending on the options you selected when you create the file share you will see 100GB of storage space.

veeam3

Once you have done the above you can now run the job and have the backup files stored in a enterprise grade and scale public cloud file store.

veeam job running

 

Post to Twitter

Oct 252010
 

Here’s a list of Visio stencils and other images I use in addition to the standard. I am intending this list to grow as and when I come across new or undiscovered sources.

Veeam:

Quality VMware specific stencils.

vmware-esx-stencils

Josh Townsend – VMtoday:

Josh has some great stencils and images at VMtoday.com

http://vmtoday.com/2012/09/vmware-view-visio-stencil-download/
http://vmtoday.com/2012/09/new-vmware-icons-visio-stencil-download/

 

Data Dr:

Good for using some of the images and creating your own individual images.

SoftGrid Stencils

Cisco:

All the usual networking related stencils .but some really useful Unified Computing stencils.

Virtualisation Related Cisco Stencils

General Icons

Hyper-v Stencil

Some very good home made stencils.

Jonathan Cussons Stencil

VMware:

VMware specific stencils of very good quality.

VMware community doc 1

VMware community doc 2

http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-11498

NEW 2012 VMWARE POWERPOINT ICONS & IMAGES

Visio Cafe:

Huge set of stencils for any need.

Visio Cafe Home Page

Maish Saidel-Keesing:

Very good Stencils and PP.

Stencils and PP

Netapp:

http://www.visiocafe.com/netapp.htm

Citrix:

http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2008/07/03/Visio+Stencils+for+the+Citrix+Dynamic+Delivery+Center

EMC:

VNX Stencils (you will need a powerlink account)

https://powerlink.emc.com/nsepn/webapps/btg548664833igtcuup4826/km/live1/en_US/Portal_System/Image_Graphic/VNXe_Stencils.zip?mtcs=ZXZlbnRUeXBlPUttQ2xpY2tDb250ZW50RXZlbnQsZG9jdW1lbnRJZD0wOTAxNDA2NjgwNTk3NWEwLGRvY3VtZW50VHlwZT16aXAsbmF2ZU5vZGU9MGIwMTQwNjY4MDAyMDM3Zl9Hcmlk

https://powerlink.emc.com/nsepn/webapps/btg548664833igtcuup4826/km/live1/en_US/Portal_System/Image_Graphic/VNX_Stencils.zip?mtcs=ZXZlbnRUeXBlPUttQ2xpY2tDb250ZW50RXZlbnQsZG9jdW1lbnRJZD0wOTAxNDA2NjgwNTk3NWJkLGRvY3VtZW50VHlwZT16aXAsbmF2ZU5vZGU9MGIwMTQwNjY4MDAyMDM3Zl9Hcmlk

Xtravirt Presentation Pack 2.1

http://xtravirt.com/presentation-pack

APC

Useful rack stencils

Post to Twitter

Jun 112010
 

vSphere was updated on June 10th 2010 to Update 2.

vCenter

http://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere4/doc/vsp_vc40_u2_rel_notes.html

New Features:

Guest Operating System Customization Improvements: vCenter Server now supports customization of the following guest operating systems:

  • Windows XP Professional SP2 (x64) serviced by Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • SLES 11 (x32 and x64)
  • SLES 10 SP3 (x32 and x64)
  • RHEL 5.5 Server Platform (x32 and x64)
  • RHEL 5.4 Server Platform (x32 and x64)
  • RHEL 4.8 Server Platform (x32 and 64)
  • Debian 5.0 (x32 and x64)
  • Debian 5.0 R1 (x32 and x64)
  • Debian 5.0 R2 (x32 and x64)

ESX:

http://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere4/doc/vsp_esx40_u2_rel_notes.html

New features and enhancements:

  • Enablement of Fault Tolerance Functionality for Intel Xeon 56xx Series processors— vSphere 4.0 Update 1 supports the Intel Xeon 56xx Series processors without Fault Tolerance. vSphere 4.0 Update 2 enables Fault Tolerance functionality for the Intel Xeon 56xx Series processors.
  • Enablement of Fault Tolerance Functionality for Intel i3/i5 Clarkdale Series and Intel Xeon 34xx Clarkdale Series processors— vSphere 4.0 Update 1 supports the Intel i3/i5 Clarkdale Series and Intel Xeon 34xx Clarkdale Series processors without Fault Tolerance. vSphere 4.0 Update 2 enables Fault Tolerance functionality for the Intel i3/i5 Clarkdale Series and Intel Xeon 34xx Clarkdale Series processors.
  • Enablement of IOMMU Functionality for AMD Opteron 61xx and 41xx Series processors— vSphere 4.0 Update 1 supports the AMD Opteron 61xx and 41xx Series processors without input/output memory management unit (IOMMU). vSphere 4.0 Update 2 enables IOMMU functionality for the AMD Opteron 61xx and 41xx Series processors.
  • Enhancement of the esxtop/resxtop utility vSphere 4.0 Update 2 includes an enhancement of the performance monitoring utilities, esxtop and resxtop. The esxtop/resxtop utilities now provide visibility into the performance of NFS datastores in that they display the following statistics for NFS datastores: Reads/s, writes/s, MBreads/s, MBwrtn/s, cmds/s, GAVG/s(guest latency).
  • Additional Guest Operating System Support— ESX/ESXi 4.0 Update 2 adds support for Ubuntu 10.04. For a complete list of supported guest operating systems with this release, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Post to Twitter