Apache CloudStack Ansible playbook

Basics As with any Ansible playbook the CloudStack playbook is fairly self explanatory and self-documenting. In short the following will install Apache CloudStack version 4.3 or 4.4 with all required components as well as CloudMonkey for […]

Running vCloud Director 5.5 appliance in VMware Fusion

Running the vCloud Director appliance in a lab environment requires a full vSphere / vCenter environment due to the pre-requisite for a full OVF environment. Considering the VCD shouldn’t run in the provider data centre this […]

Citrix Project Accelerator

Citrix documentation can be a bit hit and miss. I was struggling to find a decent reference architecture guide for XenDesktop 7.1 when I came across the Citrix Project Accelerator – https://project.citrix.com/. This is a […]

VMware ESXi 5.5 zero touch builds – part 3 – storage

A note on storage I won’t spend any time on NFS storage – it’s relatively straight forward, using a VMK with appropriate uplinks and failover.  As hinted at in the previous post (interface vmmic override) ISCSI storage […]

VMware ESXi 5.5 zero touch builds – part 2 – network configuration

Some notes on dynamic variables Creating pointers / variable variables is required to loop through any number of vSwitches listed in the host configuration file. The easiest way is to normally use the “${!ReferenceVariable}” syntax, […]

VMware ESXi 5.5 zero touch builds – part 1 – basics

Basics I won’t go into too much detail about the ESXi automated build process – VMware do a good job of that in the ESXi 5.5 installation guide, on top of this the default kickstart […]

Host config file export VBA script

Quick followup on the previous build script posts. In short the following will write host specific config files based on spreadsheet data, writing to files based on hostname in column 1 – in the following […]