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Month: March 2014

Switching to the PVSCSI Controller

I recently was doing some performance tests and wanted to try out the VMware paravirtual SCSI controller (PVSCSI). The VM I was testing was running SUSE, had the LSI controller configured, and was running VMware tools on a vSphere 5.5 environment. Every time I tried to change to the PVSCSI controller the VM stopped working. For those of you thinking about using the PVSCSI, below are some tips that should assist.

Automating the Configuration of Log Insight

Now that you know how to automate the deployment of Log Insight, you are probably wondering how to automate the configuration of Log Insight. Automating the configuration of Log Insight is a little harder because Log Insight does not have a configuration API today and because by default SSH is disabled until the root password is set. In addition, the root password cannot be set through OVF properties today.
So how do you automate the configuration of Log Insight?

Automating the Deployment of Log Insight

Log Insight ships as a virtual appliance. Given its single packaging model, automated deployment is easy thanks to the freely available OVF Tool. OVF Tool is a command line utility available for Windows, Linux and Mac that allows you to deploy OVA/OVF files. For the list of options available with OVF Tool run ovftool –help or see check the documentation. I would like to walk you through how to automate the deployment of Log Insight via ovftool.