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Category Archives: Tutorial

Helpful tutorials and simple how-to guide.

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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Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Single Peer BGP Setup

The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Pro is an excellent router if you're looking for carrier grade performance at a fraction of the price of Cisco or Juniper. It uses standard DIMM memory, so you can use the EdgeRouter Pro to accommodate full BGP routes for a cost of hundreds of dollars, rather than tens of thousands. It runs EdgeOS…
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“Let’s Encrypt” Free SSL/HTTPS Certificates

I am probably not the only person that thinks the SSL/HTTPS certificates industry is completely contrived. There may be some value in validated certificates, but let's face it, the average user just looks for "https" in the URL with no browser warning, and they're good to go. So that begs the question, why do we have to pay a…
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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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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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Updating Dell PowerEdge C6100 Cloud Server

The Dell PowerEdge C6100 is a great cloud platform that can be picked up on eBay very affordably. It consists of four dual socket SuperMicro nodes in a high-density 2U chassis with 24 x 2.5" or 12 x 3.5" disks. The C6100 platform is widely used by commercial cloud providers and has excellent hardware support…
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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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