How to exclude VMs from SmartState Analysis scans

cyburdine/ January 13, 2017/ Cloud Automation

Recently I received a call from a client who was having issues with certain VM snapshots growing at an alarming rate during their weekly scheduled SmartState Analysis scan.  The servers were primarily database servers, and the rapid growth was due to the VMs having a high rate of change on their disks.   These changes were subsequently being written to the snapshot delta files

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Adding a disk to a VMware VM in Cloudforms

cyburdine/ December 1, 2016/ Cloud Automation

We are using an VMware provider with our Cloudforms installation, and we can successfully provision virtual machines using Native Clone provision type from fully configured VMware templates. The templates all have a single 30GB thin-provisioned hard drive. Task We would like all virtual machines provisioned from these templates to have a second 30GB hard drive added automatically during provisioning. The second drive should

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Extending a partition on a Cloudforms appliance

cyburdine/ December 1, 2016/ Cloud Automation

If you are needing more space on your Cloudforms Appliance, below is a quick cheatsheet. In your hypervisor, extend the virtual disk that the Cloudforms Appliance uses. Inside the Cloudforms Appliance console run the following commands fdisk /dev/sda create a new partition (n) change the partition type to be Linux LVM (t 8e) write changes (w) pvcreate /dev/sdaX vgextend VG-CFME

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adding static routes to Mac OSX VPN connection

cyburdine/ December 1, 2016/ Mac Stuff

The other day I needed to setup a remote VPN connection back to my colocated environment and found that after setting up the VPN with l2tp I was unable to connect to any hosts. I quickly realized that I needed to setup static routes… so I dug around and found a great article by Rob Allen. To solve this, you

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How Double-Take Works

cyburdine/ February 10, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

How It Works Double-Take Availability is a software offering from Vision Solutions.  While it enables you to do quite a few things from an IT operational perspective, like disaster recovery and automatic failover, etc, we primarily use it to migrate both physical (P2V) and virtual (V2V) servers.  It offers a way to provide my clients with minimal downtime while making

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iPhone Video Routing Switch Controller

cyburdine/ February 6, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Recently I was asked to build an interface mechanism to make it easy to control a newly purchased video routing switcher. After a bit of tinkering in the lab I was able to come up with something fun, I present to you an iphone based video switcher. Attached is a video of the finished product which is an iphone web

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Video Multiviewers – DIY

cyburdine/ January 31, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I ran across a really cool video a while back that showed a live production coupled with the director’s talkback. The video was very cool, but I was once again reminded of how much I love video multiviewers. I’ve built a few video production rooms in my time, but I’ve never had the good fortune of convincing anyone to buy

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“Story Teller” Motion Graphic

cyburdine/ April 24, 2008/ Video Production

animator :: compositor This animation was for a church that was doing a series called “Story Teller”.  They had purchased a stock image, but wanted it to be animated so it could be running on the the screens on stage and in the lobby.