CloudStack CA Framework

Introduction The CloudStack management server listens by default on port 8250 for agents, and this is secured by one-way SSL authentication using the management server’s self-generated server certificates. While this encrypts the connection, it does not authenticate and validate the connecting agent (client). Upcoming features such as support for container/application cluster services require certificate management, and the emerging […]

A Beginners Guide To CloudStack Networking

Many people find it challenging to get started with CloudStack’s networking. There are some basic concepts, which although not overly complicated, are not especially obvious either. This blog will try to explain these underlying concepts, in order to make getting started with CloudStack networking models much easier.

ShapeBlue Security Advisory – DNSMasq Vulnerabilities

A number of security flaws were recently found in the DNSMasq tool. This tool is used by many systems to provide DNS and DHCP services, including by the CloudStack System VMs.
This advisory explains their affect on CloudStack and how to patch CloudStack against these flaws.

CloudStack European User Group roundup

Last Thursday saw us back at BT, London, for the Summer meetup of the CloudStack European User Group (CSEUG). A full schedule meant a prompt start, and Giles Sirett (CSEUG chairman) brought the meeting to order and started with introductions and CloudStack news. Since the last meetup, CloudStack 4.9.2 has been released, with 4.9.3 due […]

Host-HA for KVM Hosts in CloudStack

Intro What is HA? “High availability is a characteristic of a system, which aims to ensure an agreed level of operational performance, usually uptime, for a higher than normal period. ”  — Wikipedia HA in CloudStack is currently supported for VMs only. In order to have it enabled, the service offering of the VM should […]

VPC to VPC VPN configuration in CloudStack

Introduction Configuring connectivity between CloudStack hosted VPCs can be done by either using private gateways – which has to be configured by CloudStack root administrators to use dedicated network segments – or by using VPC-to-VPC connections, which can be configured by the CloudStack end user without admin input. In this blog post we will cover how to […]

CloudStack Collaboration Conference, Miami, May 16-18

The third and final day of the CloudStack Collaboration Conference 2017 (North America) is underway, and as usual it has been a fantastic few days. Attendees have been truly spoilt with a plethora of speakers from all over the world – hearing from operators, users, vendors, developers, service providers and business owners. Although the CloudStack […]

Dynamic Roles in CloudStack

Introduction Managing user roles has been a pain for a while, as the model of having a commands.properties file that defines roles and their permissions can be hard to comprehend and use. Due to this, not many CloudStack users made any changes to the default harcoded roles and further enhanced roles. Therefore, ShapeBlue has taken the opportunity to […]

CloudStack EU User group roundup – April 2017

The city of Prague was the venue for the spring meeting of the Cloudstack European user group. There was a great turnout  for the meeting  and a first count showing 14 different nationalities represented; some people having travelled from as far as Ukraine, UK and France. The event was kindly hosted by Interoute Czech. There […]

Telia Latvia use Apache CloudStack to accelerate move to Next Generation Telco

Telia Latvia was founded in 1992 as a telecommunications company with a focus on data communications and internet services. In 2009 they established one of the most modern data centres in the Baltics and in 2013 introduced new generation cloud and CDN services. They now deliver best-in-class cloud and telecommunication services to customers in the […]