Announcing General Availability of Red Hat CloudForms 4.5

Today marks the general availability of Red Hat CloudForms 4.5, as announced in the recent Press Release. One of the key highlights of the release is the introduction of Ansible Automation Inside, which provides a simple, powerful, human readable automation language, directly accessible from within CloudForms.

In addition, several enhancements are added to the multi-cloud management platform, including a new storage provider for Amazon Web Services, metrics and container improvements for OpenShift, and additional features for OpenStack. Let’s take a look at some of these improvements.

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OpenStack Summit 2015

Today, Wednesday 20th May 2015 I presented the following deck to OpenStack Summit @ Vancouver. Its all ManageIQ branded, e.g. the upstream to Red Hat CloudForms. The videos have NO audio as I spoke over, if I get the audio sometime I will update! UPDATED…… you can watch the OpenStack show video of the presentation – HERE

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RESTapi – A teach yourself lab!

Here is a lab I put together for a recent event, it was well received and I think it is very valuable to the ManageIQ and CloudForms user bases.

In the lab you will GET and POST RESTapi actions. Its a basic look at some common use cases such as,

  • Query a VM’s hardware inventory.
  • Query the VMS for any who are tagged with “Function/Database”
  • Show the tags on a specific VM
  • Create new Category and Tag in the appliance
  • Assign a Category/Tag to a VM
  • Provision a VM
  • Query the status of the Provision request.

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CLOUDFORMS 5.3.0 GEM List

Here is the list of GEMs and their info that are included in the CLOUDFORMS 5.3.0 appliance. I thought it would be useful to post, I need this recently for some work I am doing. It was really easy as most things in CLOUDFORMS usually are I simply wrote some ruby to utilise an existing gem called GEMS, that pulls this data from rubygems.org. I wrapped the code in some file open and close, e.g. I dumped the list of gems in the appliance using “gem list > gems.txt” then had my little nugget of code read that in. Here it is.

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Shell-Shock – Bash Code Injection Vulnerability via Specially Crafted Environment Variables (CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169)

UPDATED : Video version of this blog…..found here… http://youtu.be/RDcIIyYK044

So this Shell-Shock stuff is hitting the press quite a bit!

Fncy finding out really quickly if your Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 systems are patched correctly? Even if they are turned off right now? Wow that is clever not even the virtual infrastructure players can do that…I know…its cool. Here it is..

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SOAP – SAVON v2 Syntax

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So for the past few years Savon v1.1.0 has been the default GEM in the appliance. Heres a scoop! In future releases, and the upstream builds have Savon v2.

What does this mean? Well v2 has a slightly different syntax to its connections and function call. Here is a v2 SOAP example:

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Placement Profile – Best Fit Cluster using Tags

CloudFORMS has workflows for many different tasks including approval, quotas and placement to name just a few. This blog entry is going to add to the placement category of workflows. A previous post of mine showed how you could place new workloads NOT_NEAR “Workload Placement by Type (Not Near That)” other workloads which I still think is really cool. This placement workflow is quite simple, it matches template tags against cluster tags. Example;

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VM ReConfigure Approval Emails

The base automate model does not contain the email methods for the VM Reconfigure approval process, this post gives you this capability.

Ensure your CFME appliance can send a test email from the configuration page. If you get the test email, then continue otherwise keep trying until you do!

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Exporting VM (VMware)

This is a really simple export routine for VMware using a custom button.

In an implementation I would maybe wrap this with

  1. A dialog to offer different export locations and naming of the export to include date/time stamp and maybe a checkbox to enable disable the overwrite of existing exports.
  2. Add in the approval system, basically some workloads should require authorisation by a manager to allow the export, we could do this by tag, and capture this in the method.
  3. Some error checking and folder creation stuff in the simple method.

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