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 […]

Networking KVM for CloudStack

Introduction KVM hypervisor networking for CloudStack can sometimes be a challenge, considering KVM doesn’t quite have the matured guest networking model found in the likes of VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer. In this blog post we’re looking at the options for networking KVM hosts using bridges and VLANs, and dive a bit deeper into the configuration […]

Trillian: Flexible, On-Demand Cloud Environment Creation

Marvin: “I think you ought to know I’m feeling very depressed.” Trillian: “Well, we have something that may take your mind off it.” Marvin: “It won’t work, I have an exceptionally large mind.“ Trillian was born from the need for us to create environments which we could run CloudStack’s Marvin test framework against, but the […]

Recovering From a vCenter Failure

While, in my opinion VMware’s vSphere is the best performing and most stable hypervisor available, vCenter obstinately remains a single point of failure when using vSphere and it’s no different when leveraging vCenter in a CloudStack environment.  Therefore, very occasionally there is a requirement to rebuild a vCentre server which was previously running in your […]

XenServer Native HA with CloudStack

Update – Following community feedback, Timeout Settings have now been added to the script Update – The HA settings in this post also apply to XenServer 6.5.0 onwards Warning: If you have applied Hotfix XS62ESP1004 to your XenServer 6.2 infrastructure and have not enabled Pool HA, in the event of your Pool Master going down, […]

How to Build a CloudStack Test Environment using VirtualBox

Introduction If you are new to Apache CloudStack and want to learn the concepts but do not have all the equipment required to stand-up a test environment, why not use your existing PC and VirtualBox. VirtualBox is a cross platform virtualisation application which runs on OSX, Windows, Linux and Solaris, meaning no matter what OS […]

How to upgrade an Apache CloudStack Citrix XenServer Cluster

So you have a Cluster of Citrix XenServers and you want to upgrade them to a new version, for example to go from XenServer 6.0.2 to XenServer 6.2, or simply apply the latest Hotfixes.  As this is a cluster that is being managed by CloudStack it is not as simple as using the Rolling Pool Upgrade […]

Shellshock and CloudStack

Shellshock is the family of bugs in the Unix Bash shell which allows an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a vulnerable system potentially allowing an attacker to gain full access to that system. The bug (CVE-2014-6271) was first disclosed on 24 September 2014, upon closer inspection of the code, related vulnerabilities (CVE-2014-6277, CVE-2014-6278, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-7186, and CVE-2014-7187) were […]

Simple CloudStack Deployment with KVM hosts

In this post Rohit Yadav, Software Architect, at ShapeBlue talks about setting up a Apache CloudStack (ACS)  cloud on a single host with KVM and basic networking. This can be done on a VM or a physical host. Such a deployment can be useful in evaluating CloudStack locally and can be done in less than […]

Using CloudStack 4.3 with Microsoft Active Directory

CloudStack 4.3 provided further enhancements to the LDAP integration, and in this article we will look at how you configure CloudStack to authenticate against a Microsoft Active Directory Server. Enable AD Integration First step is to tell CloudStack about your Active Directory Servers (yes we can now have more than one) Go to Global Settings […]