VMUG UserCon 2017 Germany

Last Wednesday (14.06.2017) this year’s german VMUG UserCon event was taking place in Frankfurt (KAP Europa, congress building of Messe Frankfurt). These conferences are taking place once in a year and complement regional VMUG conferences – it’s really worth a visit! Beside plenty of exhibitors, about 40 interesting talks were part of the program. Some of them
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Short tip: vCenter Server 6.5 UI installer: Failed to connect to SSO

When deploying vCenter Server 6.5 recently, I stumbled upon an issue that I was able to reproduce for the versions 6.5c and 6.5d. When deploying the appliance using the vCSA UI installer, the second stage always crashed with an error like this: Unable to connect to vCenter Single Sign-On: Failed to connect to SSO; uri:https://st-vcsa03.stankowic.loc/sso-adminserver/sdk/vsphere.local When
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System management with Foreman/Katello – Part 1: Introduction and installation

The last couple of years I spent a lot of time in managing Linux systems with Spacewalk and Red Hat Satellite 5. Because the application was superseded by the vendor, I investigated on migrations to the successor. Back in 2008, Spacewalk was published as upstream project to Red Hat Network Satellite. Since then, a lot of development happened thanks to the numerous
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Report VMware vSphere RHEL guests to RHSM using Red Hat Satellite 6.2

If you’re utilizing Red Hat Satellite 6 for managing virtual Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances, you will need to leverage Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) for maintaining licenses. In comparison with the former Red Hat Network Classic licensing, signed manifest certificates are used. For bigger system landscapes it is easier to list required and needed licenses as RHSM can integrate seamlessly into
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Short tip: Removing orphaned SAN multipath devices under Enterprise Linux

Recently, I had to remove a SAN LUN on a physical Enterprise Linux system. The first step was to alter the multipath service configuration file (/etc/multipath.conf) and make the daemon reload its configuration: # vi /etc/multipath.conf … ESC ZZ # service multipathd reload Afterwards, the device was removed from the multipath topology: # multipath -l
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Monitoring Foreman, Katello and Red Hat Satellite 6

Foreman, Katello and Red Hat Satellite 6 users have multiple possibilities to monitor infrastructure health. Beside the Foreman host, also managed systems and defined software content are worth monitoring. Foreman dashboard Foreman/Katello and Red Hat Satellite offer a dashboard with some widgets that can be used for monitoring hosts and products. The widgets can be ordered and removed.
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Authenticate GitLab against FreeIPA using LDAP

GitLab can utilize LDAP to authenticate against a variety of directory services such as Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services or FreeIPA and Red Hat Identity Management. This post describes configuring and integrating into FreeIPA. By clicking Identity > User Groups > Add within the FreeIPA interface, an assistant for creating new groups is started. Create
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Short tip: Changed Block Tracking PowerCLI Cmdlet

Changed Block Tracking (CBT) enables creating incremental backups of virtual machines. In comparison with conventional VM backups, guest hard drives are synchronized. Using CBT, the hypervisor detects changed blocks and the backup software will only store these blocks. Unfortunately these are some vSphere and backup software verions that have problems with CBT and it might
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Manage VMware Photon OS containers with Foreman and Red Hat Satellite 6

Photon OS is minimalistic RPM-based Linux distribution which is focussed on running Docker containers. It was optimized for VMware platforms (Workstation, Fusion, vSphere, vCloud Air) – e.g. its Linux kernel offers a caching mechanism optimized for vSphere. Another characteristic is the customized package manager tdnf (Tiny Dandified YUM) which is similar to YUM but has also supports managing OSTree content (git-like versioned kickstartable filesystem content).
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CentOS 7 and the incorrect dist RPM macro

When creating RPM packages recently, I had the effect that package names on CentOS 7 were set incorrectly. For example, a package had the name pinkepank-0.6-1.el7.centos.x86_64.rpm but should have set pinkepank-0.6-1.el7.x86_64.rpm instead. As Enterprise Linux derivates (CentOS, Scientific Linux,…) offer binary compatibility to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, I prefer omitting distribution-specific tags in package names. In the RPM spec
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