Working on a post for work. Part 1 is pending edits and approval. Here’s a chart I’ve made for Part 2:
*UPDATE* Post approved: http://blogs.iphouse.net/2011/11/10/infrastructure-and-other-games/
So I did a little bit of testing on my new web cluster.
Not bad for not having a real load balancer…
I’ve been waiting, and working.
I’ve been waiting for my work to release a its new product. I’ve been waiting, politely, for my boss to blog about it. I’ve been waiting to show off this new product.
I’ve been working on provisioning, and working with customers on beta testing the new product. I’ve been working on templates, and auto install media, to make everyone’s life easier. I’ve been working on documentation for customers.
I’ve been waiting for, and working on, a VMware vCloud Director based product known as vmForge VDC.
This is cool stuff!
It’s been awhile.
Recently, I’ve decided to make sure that all of my servers were IPv6 addressable. This was made infinitely easier by working at a forward thinking ISP. So a quick email to our network admin and bam! IPv6 routed to my vlan!
Now, what to do with it?
Maybe I’m in a children’s book mood while I wait for my daughter to be born, but that title popped into my head. It’s been awhile, sorry.
Anyways, I’ve got a semi-production set of virtual servers running on an ESXi machine, and I thought it was about time to firewall them off. One problem, firewalls are expensive. So I decided to set up a virtual firewall running pfSense.
So I put a hypervisor in your hypervisor, so you can virtualize while you virtualize.
Elastic Sky X. That’s what ESX stands for. Crazy, right?
Well, more playing means more caveats
First, something I forgot to mention yesterday. To get ESX working in Ubuntu, Workstation needs to be able to put the vmnet interfaces into promiscuous mode. That requires allowing the user or group that you use to start Workstation to have read/write permissions over the vmnet devices in /dev. A simple chmod will do the trick.
Now, back to our story…
VMware vSphere, lots of RAM, a decent amount of disk space, a fairly recent copy of 64bit Windows (I used Server 2008 R2) ESX and vSphere Server iso and exe files. Iron will. Patience. Some sort of NAS distribution (I used FreeNAS.)