Getting Started with VMware vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance

VMware has been getting involved with the OpenStack project over the last couple of years. They’ve created Hands On Labs geared towards OpenStack as well as creating the VOVA virtual appliance to make it easier for VMware administrators to get started with OpenStack. The VOVA appliance is not meant to be used in production. It is only a proof-of-concept appliance. It will allow VMware admins to deploy private clouds within their environments, though, and will give them insight into the OpenStack environment via vCenter. For more information see the OpenStack pageon the VMware Developer Center site.

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Create service profiles for Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers

n the previous installment of my series about configuring theCisco UCS B-Series blade servers and chassis, we finally got toconfigure the necessary pools in order to start creating service profiles, which is what I’ll cover in this article.

You can think of a service profile as the personality that gets assigned to the server. It will dictate how many vNICs or vHBAs a server gets, BIOS settings, security settings, and essentially anything you can think of that would apply to a server. Read a full description of service profiles in the Cisco UCS documentation.

We’ll spend most of our time in the Servers tab. We’ll start with creating a service profile template.

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Create pools to maximize Cisco UCS blades’ stateless computing features

‘ve written about Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers in my three previous articles. I covered how to rack and stack themmake sense of the Cisco UCS Manager software, and configure ports for the environment.

In this article I focus on getting various pools created so you can create service templates and get your blade servers running. If you haven’t already cabled your UCS environment or configured ports, I suggest going back to the articles I’ve recently written orreading the Cisco UCS documentation.

There are several pools you’ll want to create so you can better take advantage of the stateless computing concepts offered by Cisco UCS. I’ll start with the UUID pool. The UUID is a number that identifies a particular server. Each server will be assigned a UUID.

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