OpenStack Client Tools OVA


I was looking for an OVA the other day that already had most of the common OpenStack API tools or packages already installed. I couldn’t find any so I created one myself.

 

Download the 1GB OVA (from Google Drive)

 

Details on the OVA below

Ubuntu 16.04
vmx-10 virtual hardware (5.5 Update 2)
2 vCPU
2 GB RAM

Username: openstack
Password: Netelligent1!

Networking: DHCP

Packages installed:
VMware Tools
OpenSSH server
pip package manager
curl

OpenStack Clients:
python-novaclient
python-cinderclient
python-keystoneclient
python-glanceclient
python-heatclient
python-neutronclient
python-swiftclient
openstacksdk

Day Against DRM 2015 Campaign


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We can all appreciate those content creators that are willing to keep their work DRM free.  My thought on DRM-free is that, while the content is legally free to share, consumers are encouraged to pay for the content they deem worthwhile and, in doing so, they support the creators of the content and “cast a vote” for more, similar content.  One type of content that I’m happy to pay for is technical literature, especially that which focuses on my core competencies, namely VMware technologies, storage, and networking.  When I first started in this field, there were very few books from which to build my knowledge base.  Today, thanks to publishers like Packt Publishing, there are dozens of relevant books.

To celebrate International Day Against DRM, Packt Publishing, which produces DRM-free eBooks and videos, has a special offer.  All their eBooks and videos are on sale for $10 for today only, 6 May, 2015.  I have more than two dozen of their books, nearly their whole collection of VMware-related tomes, as a testimony to their usefulness and relevant content.  In addition, I even started writing a book for them on vCenter Server Heartbeat before VMware killed the product.  If you haven’t read a Packt title yet, I encourage you to take this chance to pick one up on the cheap and give it a read.  I’m confident you’ll be back for more.

Full disclosure: Packt Publishing has offered to send me a free eBook of my choice for helping to share this sale today.


10 Years, $10, 10 Days at Packt Publishing


Packt Publishing is celebrating 10 years publishing its technical tomes and they’re inviting everyone to celebrate with them.  While this post is coming out at the tail end of the promotion, you still have time to get in on the action.  It’s good until July 5th.

You can buy as many books as you like for $10 each.  Check out their deals here:

http://bit.ly/1t0pcav


An Open Thank You to Pluralsight


This post is almost a year overdue.  I apologize to Pluralsight and the company formerly known as Trainsignal (whom Pluralsight acquired last year – I’ll refer singly to Pluralsight for the remainder) for the lateness of this post.

Thank you.  For the second year in a row, Pluralsight continued its over-the-top generosity by supplying those recognized as 2014 VMware vExperts with a free, yearly subscription to their immense IT and development training courses.

Thank you.  For the second year in a row I was blessed to be recognized as a vExpert for my contributions to the vCommunity and I received Pluralsight’s complementary subscription.

Thank you.  Many of us in IT know that our currency, the value to ourselves, our career, our clients and companies, is knowledge.  We value knowledge to a high degree.  Our livelihoods and those for which we work, to a large degree, rely on how well we know our craft.  Pluralsight’s gift of a free year of their premium IT training is incredible.  I value it so much because of the usefulness and success I’ve found with it.  Training in IT is crucial if you want to stick around very long.  One has to make it a priority if they want to succeed.  Pluralsight’s gift is like handing an IT guy a link to success.  Here you go – do great things.

Thank you.  Pluralsight, I know you didn’t have to do this. It means a lot to me that you think highly enough of this group of evangelists to give freely of your time and efforts in producing the highest quality training.

Thank you.  From a very grateful IT guy.


Chinwag with Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick)


I was honored recently by being invited by Mike Laverick to be a guest on his Chinwag. Now, I knew what *the* Chinwag was, but I honestly didn’t know *what* a chinwag was. I had to look it up. It’s basically a chat – makes sense, right? You can find it on Mike’s blog, here. Our chat is below.

I’d like to thank Mike wholeheartedly for thinking of me and giving me the “publicity” that comes with being a guest on his Chinwag. It was truly an honor to “meet” him, as virtual as it was. I look forward to meeting him in person one day.

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Add transparency in Visio 2010, finally


If your normal Right-click > Format > Fill… doesn’t work to add transparency to a Visio object in 2010, try settingimage the same percentage for both Fill and Line.  In my quick testing, it didn’t work with some objects.  I’ve been looking for this functionality for a bit and finally found a reference to the workaround here.

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Registration now open: Dallas–Fort Worth VMUG Meeting


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The DFW VMUG has opened registration for its upcoming local meeting.

Sign up here: http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=801&source=5

I’d like to thank our meeting sponsors, Nutanix and Zerto, for helping keep the VMUG alive and kicking.

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Yours truly will be giving a short presentation at 12:15 about why I worked *not* to have OTV implemented when the bank I worked for stood up its first DR site.  I’ll also speak about VXLAN and why it’s not a L2 Data Center Interconnect.  I’m sure you won’t want to miss that…

View the complete agenda for the most up-to-date information.  We’ll also hold a vBeers following the meeting, so come and say hi.

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