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Sessions at the Fall OpenStack Summit

It’s that time again—time for community voting on sessions for the fall OpenStack Summit, being held in Paris this year in early November. I wanted to take a moment and share some of the sessions in which I’m involved and/or that I think might be useful. It would be great if you could take a moment to add your votes for the sessions.

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Spousetivities at VMworld 2014

Many of you know that my wife, Crystal, has been organizing activities—aka Spousetivities—at VMworld since 2008. This year is no different, and registration is already open for activities at VMworld US 2014 in San Francisco. This year Crystal has another great set of activities planned, including:

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A Quick Introduction to CoreOS

In this post, I’m going to provide a very quick introduction to CoreOS. CoreOS, in case you haven’t heard of it, is a highly streamlined Linux distribution designed with containers, massive server deployments, and distributed systems/applications in mind.

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Installing the Docker Plugin for Heat

In this post, I’ll share with you how I installed the Docker plugin for OpenStack Heat, so that Heat is able to orchestrate the creation of Docker containers in an OpenStack environment. I’m publishing this because I found the default instructions to be a bit too vague to be helpful. By sharing my experience, I hope that others interested in using Docker in their OpenStack environment will benefit.

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Giving Back to the Community

(This is a repost of an announcement from the Spousetivities web site. I wanted to include it here for broader coverage. –Scott)

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Spousetivities at VMworld 2014

Long-time readers know that since VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas, my wife Crystal has been organizing spouse activities—aka “Spousetivities”–for spouses, partners, family members, and friends traveling with VMworld conference attendees. This is a true labor of love for Crystal; she works tirelessly to gather sponsors, organize activities, and handle the logistics for the events. Although registration is opening a bit later than usual this year (Crystal’s been sick and in the hospital recently), registration for Spousetivities at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco is now open.

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Fix for Strange Issue Booting KVM Guests

This issue describes a fix I found for an issue I had when booting KVM guest domains on the Ubuntu/KVM hypervisors in my home lab. I’d been struggling with this issue for quite some time now, but only recently found what I believe to be the final fix for the problem.

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Learning NSX, Part 15: NSX Gateways, Gateway Services, and Logical Routers

This is part 15 of my Learning NSX blog series, in which I will spend some time diving a bit deeper into some of the components involved in the logical routing process I described in part 14. Specifically, I’ll be taking a deeper look at gateway appliances, gateway services, and logical routers, and the relationships among these various components.

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Examining the Needs of a Policy Solution

In April of this year, we started a series of articles at Network Heresy on the topic of policy in the data center. The first of these articles, which I mentioned in this post, focused on the problem of policy in the data center. This was a great introduction to the need for policy and the challenges with the current ways of addressing policy in the data center.

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Learning NSX, Part 14: Using Logical Routing

Welcome to part 14 of the Learning NSX blog series, in which I discuss the ability for VMware NSX to do Layer 3 routing in logical networks. This post will also include a look at a very cool feature within VMware NSX known as distributed logical routing. This post will take a closer look at distributed logical routing within the context of an OpenStack environment that’s been integrated with VMware NSX. (Although NSX isn’t necessarily tied to OpenStack, I’ll assume you’re using OpenStack just to simplify the discussion.)

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