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Category Archives: SmartOS

SmartOS is an open-source hypervisor based on the UNIX operating system.

SmartOS VM Change IP Address

The expected method for managing VM IP addresses in SmartOS is an orchestration system like Joyent SDC or Project FiFo, but both these systems have enough of a resource overhead that some people may choose to run SmartOS as a stand-alone hypervisor. As SmartOS is primarily a cloud platform it would be detrimental to the sytem…
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Updating a SmartOS USB Install

This is an abbreviated how-to on updating your SmartOS version when your existing install is booting from a USB flash drive. In this example we will be updating to 20150903T073920Z but you would simple replace the occurrences of 20150903T073920Z with whatever version you want to update to.     Check your current version. # uname -a SunOS…
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What Are NoSQL Databases?

With the advent of cloud computing the need to move away from large monolithic databases becomes more and more essential. Pure cloud environments don't scale vertically very well, so a large central database server is impractical and violates the design mandates of a pure cloud computing environment which requires using distributed increments of commodity virtual hardware, often…
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Login to SmartOS VM with SSH Keys

SSH keys are installed on your client workstation and once loaded into the FiFo management interface allow you to login to your guest virtual machines without the need for a root password. This authentication method is not only more secure but also more convenient than using a typed password. It is essential to get SSH…
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Debugging Docker in Production

Over the years I have consistently been able to identify important stuff early (except Twitter). And right now the most significant transition in application development and system administration is a move to containerizing applications. Yeah, it sounds a lot like virtualization, but think lightweight virtualization with only one app running at bare-metal speed. Anyway, without further ado here's one of the more significant tech rock-stars of this era talking about Docker... Brian Cantrill.

 

 

cloud.LA SmartOS Dataset Mirror

We are now hosting a SmartOS Dataset Server that mirrors the official Joyent datasets as well as various community datasets from datasets.at. Our server is hosted at Switch in Las Vegas which is the same datacenter as Joyent, so performance should be comparable with their servers. The main reason you may want to use this…
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Provision VM on Hypervisor with Most Free RAM

Project FiFo can accommodate a complex mix of provisioning rules that can be ordered and weighted to do almost anything, but for many clouds all that's needed is a "least-used-hypervisor" provisioning rule. To do this you simply add the following 'resources.free-memory' rule to your provisioning 'Packages' in the 'Configuration' section of the Project FiFo user…
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SmartOS Host NIC Bonding

If you're using Joyent SDC7, SmartOS host NIC bonding is handled from within the SDC user interface. SmartOS hosts are PXE booted and the NIC config is delivered by SDC as part of the boot process. If you're directly administering your SmartOS hosts or using Project FiFo for orchestration you'll need to setup link aggregation…
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