Thursday, August 28, 2014

SUSE® Cloud 4 OpenStack Admin Appliance – An Easier Way to Start Your Cloud

If you used the SUSE Cloud 3 OpenStack Admin Appliance, you know it was a downloadable, OpenStack Havana-based appliance, which even a non-technical user could get off the ground to deploy an OpenStack cloud. Today, I am excited to tell you about the new Icehouse-based SUSE Cloud 4 OpenStack Admin Appliance.

With that initial SUSE Cloud 3 release, there were two versions: Standard and Embedded. After feedback from users it was clear that the user experience was not much different between the two, and the important goal was to reduce the overall size of the download. To address the situation, I came up with some innovations that led to a single, smaller image that incorporates the functionality of both the Standard and Embedded versions.

The new appliance incorporates all of the needed software and repositories to set up, stage and deploy OpenStack Icehouse in your sandbox lab, or production environments. Coupled with it are the added benefits of automated deployment of highly available cloud services, support for mixed-hypervisor clouds containing KVM, Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VMware vSphere, support from our award-winning, worldwide service organization and integration with SUSE Engineered maintenance processes. In addition, there is integration with tools such as SUSE Studio™ and SUSE Manager to help you build and manage your cloud applications.

With the availability of SUSE Cloud 4, and based on feedback from partners, vendors and customers deploying OpenStack, it was time to release a new and improved Admin Appliance. This new image incorporates the most common use cases and is flexible enough to add in other components such as SMT (Subscription Management Tool) and SUSE Customer Center registration, so you can keep your cloud infrastructure updated.

The creation of the SUSE Cloud 4 OpenStack Admin Appliance is intended to provide a quick and easy deployment. The partners and vendors we are working with find it useful to quickly test their applications in SUSE Cloud and validate their use case. For customers it has become a great tool for deploying production private clouds based on OpenStack.

With version 4.0.x you can proceed with the following to get moving now with OpenStack.

Its important that you start by reading and understanding the Deployment Guide before proceeding. This will give you some insight into the requirements and an overall understanding of what is involved to deploy your own private cloud.

As a companion to the Deployment Guide we have provided a questionnaire that will help you answer and organize the critical steps talked about in the Deployment Guide.

To help you get moving quickly the SUSE Cloud OpenStack Admin Appliance Guide provides instructions on using the appliance and details a step-by-step installation.

The most updated guide will always be here

Changes from Github Project
- This version contains the GM version of SUSE Cloud 4 and any updates to this date
- Prepare source for SUSE Cloud 4 media and requirements
- Added proxy as a module in the firstboot phase
- Added HA patches
- Replaced lamp_server pattern with SMT server pattern, so SMT is now integrated
- Added ability to grab SMT repos from external USB drive source. Inherent now with the image
- Added ability to attach to remote SMT. Inherent now with the image
- Reformatted the SLES 11 SP3 update repo into a mini formatted repo
- Redesigned firstboot
- Removed build repos from appliance after build phase

Now is the time. Go out to http://www.suse.com/suse-cloud-appliances and start downloading version 4, walk through the Appliance Guide, and see how quick and easy it can be to set up OpenStack. Don't stop there. Make it highly available and set up more than one hypervisor, and don't forget to have a lot of fun.


Enjoy!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Updated: SUSE Cloud 3 Admin Appliance 1.2.0 available

Continuing in our efforts to create the SUSE Cloud 3 Admin Appliance into a quick and easy way to deploy OpenStack, we have reached version 1.2.0. You can download the Standard or Embedded version. The major change in this version has to do with the consolidation of the logic code required to maintain both images and splitting out some obvious differences between the two appliances. The Embedded appliance now distinctly has the customer center registration and patch mirror process removed as part of the setup as it slowed down the deployment and ease of use it was intended to have. Although it still maintains its ease of use and deployment it is much quicker now and requires less required input to get OpenStack up and running. This is certainly ideal for quick testing and kicking the tires with SUSE Cloud and OpenStack. The Standard version is still the same, but again has all of the same logic rolled up into it, but the steps still remain the same. It is ideal for deploying SUSE Cloud into a production environment.

Standard v1.2.0: https://susestudio.com/a/Mrr6vv/suse-cloud-3-admin
Direct Download links for SUSE Cloud 3 Admin:

Direct Download links for SUSE Cloud 3 Admin (Embedded):

The most updated guide will always be here
Changes from Github Project
1. consolidate as best I can first boot and init scripts
2. add a proper README.md
3. README and appliance guide don't distinguish between two types of appliances
4. documentation missing
5. don't require NCC (Customer Center Registration) / SMT registration by default on Embedded images

Enjoy!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Updated: SUSE Cloud 3 Admin Appliance 1.1.0 available

Continuing in our efforts to create SUSE Cloud 3 Admin Appliance into a quick and easy way to deploy OpenStack, we have reached version 1.1.0. You can download the Standard or Embedded version.

Standard v1.1.0: https://susestudio.com/a/Mrr6vv/suse-cloud-3-admin
Embedded v1.1.0: https://susestudio.com/a/Mrr6vv/suse-cloud-3-admin-embedded

Standard has a process which will mirror all of the required repositories for the Admin Server, and contains the SLES 11 SP3 / SUSE Cloud ISO's

Embedded has everything that the standard image has and all of the required patch and update repositories in the image ready for you to consume. It might take a little longer to download but might be worth the wait if you need something with everything included and you want a quick testing environment to play with.

Changes from Github Project
1. restructure files into proper kiwi build directories to make it easier to build from a checkout
2. shell code needs consistent indentation
3. add a proper README.md
4. eliminate disk wastage from rebuilding huge .txz
5. eliminate copy'n'paste between setup-suse-crowbar*
6. Provide sensible default network config as outlined in the Deployment Guide
7. mount SLES 11 SP3/Cloud ISOs permanently instead of extracting files once the appliance is deployed

Monday, April 7, 2014

Quickly Setting-up an OpenStack Cloud with the SUSE Cloud 3 Admin Appliance

In an effort to make OpenStack available to the non-tech user and appear much less of a heavy lifting project for them, I have created the SUSE Cloud 3 Admin Appliance. I have worked with so many partners, vendors, and customers deploying OpenStack with SUSE Cloud that the idea came to me that SUSE had some great tools that would enable me to create something that they could use to easily deploy, test, and discover OpenStack on their own without a whole lot of effort required. SUSE has integrated Crowbar/Chef as part of the installation framework for our enterprise OpenStack distribution – SUSE Cloud – to improve the speed of deploying and managing OpenStack clouds. This has allowed us to be flexible in our deployment when working with partners and software vendors and provide greater ease of use.

The creation of the SUSE Cloud 3 Admin Appliance is intended to provide a quick and easy deployment. The partners and vendors we are working with find it useful to quickly test their applications in SUSE Cloud and validate their use. Beyond those cases it has become a great tool for deploying your production private cloud based on OpenStack.

I have developed two different appliances and you can find them here:

Standard v1.0.1: SUSE Cloud 3 Admin Standard
Embedded v1.0.1: SUSE Cloud 3 Admin Embedded

Standard has a process which will mirror all of the requiredrepositories to the Admin Server.

Embedded has all of the required repositories in the image ready for you to consume. It might take a little longer to download, but might be worth the wait if you need something portable that can quickly load a private cloud.

This is version 1.0.x

Its important that you answer several questions before proceeding. You can find those questions in the SUSE Cloud 3 Deployment Guide

This Questionnaire will help you as a companion to the Deployment Guide. SUSE Cloud Questionnaire

This guide on using the appliance can help walk you through step by step. SUSE Cloud Admin Appliance Guide

- This version contains the GM version of SUSE Cloud 3
- Disabled IPv6 - Added motd (Message of the day) to reflect next steps
- Updated logos and wallpaper to align with product
- Updated init and firstboot process and alignment with YaST firstboot

Enjoy!

Friday, April 4, 2014

VMware Workstation 10.01 and kernel 3.14 patch

Download this patch

Then follow these steps from a terminal as root user
# cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/
# cp vmnet.tar vmnet.tar.original
# tar xvf vmnet.tar vmnet-only/filter.c
# patch vmnet-only/filter.c < /location_of_filter.c.diff/kernel-3.14-vmware-filter.c.diff
# tar -uvf vmnet.tar vmnet-only/filter.c
# rm -rf vmnet-only/
# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all 
 Enjoy!

openSUSE 13.1 with kernel 3.14 and NVIDIA

Run the following.

Download this kernel patch

Download the NVIDIA driver version NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.49.bin

from root execute:
   # sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.49.bin --apply-patch kernel-3.14-nvidia.patch

Now install the custom NVIDIA Driver.
Enjoy!

Running Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate!) on SUSE SLE11 and openSUSE 13.1

So if your struggling to get the full functionality out of Blackboard Collaborate. Usually your unable to get the Application Sharing to work properly, but there might be other reasons. Here are a few scripts that I have created that will allow Blackboard to run properly either with Oracle Sun Java 1.7 or with openJDK Java.

For openJDK Java 64bit:

1) Download this script
2) Copy the script prepare-openjdk-blackboard.sh to your system anywhere you prefer locally
3) Login as root
4) execute from your locally preferred location.
     # ./prepare-openjdk-blackboard.sh
5) Open Firefox and launch Blackboard Collaborate from the Guest or Chair Link and Select the webstart that shows up automatically. Enjoy Blackboard Collaborate on openJDK 64bit Java.

For Oracle SUN Java 64bit (Supported):

1) Download this script
2) Copy the script prepare-oracle-java-blackboard.sh to your system anywhere you prefer locally
3) Login as root
4) execute from your locally preferred location.
     # ./prepare-oracle-java-blackboard.sh
5) Open Firefox, and select Preferences. Applications. In the search box, type 'jnlp' In the drop down under Action, choose 'Use Other', and browse to /opt/java/64/jre1.7.0_51/bin/javaws
6) Launch Blackboard Collaborate from the Guest or Chair Link. Enjoy Blackboard Collaborate on 64bit Oracle SUN Java.

Enjoy!

Greetings OpenStack Planet!

Joining the OpenStack blogosphere. I will soon have some posts around SUSE Cloud. Stay tuned.
-C

Thursday, November 21, 2013

openSUSE 13.1; VMware Workstation 9+ "Cannot find a valid peer process to connect to"

If your running VMware Workstation 9 and above and you use both existing and new VMs you can possibly get a return of "Unable to change virtual machine power state: Cannot find a valid peer process to connect to" error.

This does not happen with everyone, but the problem seems to come from the Nvidia drivers. At least as far as I can tell thus far. I have not been able to debug further because this problem is not happening to me. If you have this problem and your running the Nvidia 331.20 drivers then you will want to do the following.


1) Download the Nvidia 325.15 driver from here http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-display-amd64-325.15-driver.html


Create a custom patched Nvidia driver.


2) Download the patch below for the latest kernel in openSUSE 13.1 which is 3.11+

http://cvs.rpmfusion.org/viewvc/*checkout*/rpms/nvidia-kmod/devel/kernel_v3.11.patch?revision=1.1&root=nonfree

save as kernel_v3.11.patch


3) Execute the following to create the custom patched Nvidia installer.

# sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-325.15.run --apply-patch kernel_v3.11.patch
4) You will get a file output NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-325.15-custom.run
5) You can now install this custom Nvidia driver which should fix your VMware Workstation problem.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Running Webex on openSUSE 13.1 64-bit

If your running openSUSE 13.1 and you use Webex on a regular basis for home/work/other you have probably noticed that it does not execute properly and you can't get some of the features to work on it. Well look no further. Thanks to my colleague dvosburg you can run the below command on your openSUSE 13.1 and it will install the necessary packages and its dependencies that are required for a good Webex experience.

zypper in libpango-1_0-0-32bit \
libpangomm-1_4-1-32bit \
libpangox-1_0-0-32bit \
libgtk-2_0-0-32bit \
libgtk-3-0-32bit \
libglib-2_0-0-32bit \
libXau6-32bit \
libXmu6-32bit \
libxcb1-32bit_64 \
libXext6-32bit 


Enjoy!