January 31, 2018

Solaris 11.4 Beta released!

Posted in Solaris at 2:14 pm by alessiodini

I read about the Solaris 11.4 release. It’s strange, I tought Solaris was dead. it seems not yet!!

It’s long time I don’t play with Solaris 11, I think the last time was in 2013.
I hope to play with it again!

This link contains the new features within Solaris 11.4



November 27, 2017

Solaris QFS

Posted in Solaris at 3:28 pm by alessiodini

Recently the customer I’m working for, asked to support him for a storage refresh project.
Host side he has multiple Vmware farms, Linux systems and three Solaris clusters running:

  • Solaris 10 on Sparc
  • QFS shared filesystem
  • Oracle RAC

I sincerely forgot tons of things about Solaris but I was happy to run “clq status” again, it was exciting 🙂

I also have the opportunity to play with QFS, I never saw it before. I’m dealing with an old version but I can’t wait to play more with sam* commands!!
I finally understand mcf file syntax and hosts file under /etc/opt/SUNWsamfs directory.
At same time I’m dealing with SRDF tasks, and I need to lear more about storage, EMC VMAX in this case 😀

November 17, 2017

New job!

Posted in News at 11:23 am by alessiodini

From yesterday I’m working for Sinergy company as Solution Architect.
I’m so glad about this new adventure!! 😀
I hope to help much as possible and to grow learning a lot of architectures design.
At same time my goal is still to reach RHCA Cloud level.

Let’s work hard!!

October 3, 2017

Satellite and Vmware Sync

Posted in Redhat Satellite at 9:20 am by alessiodini

In these days I’m working a lot on Vmware 6x environment and Redhat Satellite 6.2.9

Both products must be in “sync”, otherwise customer could face subscription issues. What I’m speaking about?

For example:
[Time 0]
– A single farm with 4 esx host is added to Satellite.
– Sattelite side, all hosts are licensed with “Virtual Datacanter” subscription

[Time 1]
– ESX side one hypervisor is left out from the cluster and dismissed.
– Satellite still has 4 hosts licensed.
In this scenario the products are not in sync; for this purpose I wrote a perl script called vsync.pl.
This script will contact Satellite and Vmware obtaining both sides the ESX list and comparing them obtaining any difference. The check is double: Vmware->Satellite and Satellite->Vmware

I’m thinking about to open a GIT account uploading the script there.
This is an extract of the last run log:

Connection to host lxrp-capsule-pippo.it established
Capsule lxrp-capsule-pippo.it contains 1 farm.
ATTENTION: vcpodpippo.it is not IP address format, , the powercli query could face some error!!

Processing vcpodpippo.it
ESX podesx15.pippo.it is missing on Satellite
ESX podesx16.pippo.it is missing on Satellite
ESX podesx17.pippo.it is missing on Satellite


From the output is clear the current condition: Satellite knows three hosts less than Vmware actually has.
This is due because during the time, Vmware side the hosts number was increased and no one said anything about this task.

I was so funny to develop thi script! 😀

September 21, 2017

idrac_pwd.pl – Script for iDRAC root password change

Posted in Perl tagged , , , at 12:22 pm by alessiodini

The customer I’m working for in these days, asked me to reset a hunderd of iDRAC consoles root password because they were still using the default root/calvin credentials.

Having fun for this request, I wrote a perl script using Net::OpenSSH module. This script checks for root account index, and it changes the password using this index. If something does not work as expected, the script will let u know on which host it faced the issue.

It’s very easy to use, for example:

$ perl idrac_pwd.pl

Connection to host
Reset password succesfully executed on – index 2

That’s all!
You can download the script here.

Have fun 😀

September 12, 2017

Solaris and SPARC are dead. No more words

Posted in Solaris at 10:27 am by alessiodini

Today I’m so depressed about this…

My young dream was to work for Oracle company and with SPARC/Solaris environments.
Bye bye… 😦

September 5, 2017

How to install ansible on CentOS 7 system

Posted in Ansible tagged , , , at 8:04 am by alessiodini

Starting from a minimal CentOS installation, following I share the steps I did for ansible installation:

1) System update
# yum -y update
# init 6

2) Epel repository configuration and ansible pkg installation
# wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
# yum -y install ansible vim

3)In my case I’m using ansible for working on Vmware ESX environment so I also installed a python module:
# yum install python-pip
# pip install --upgrade pip
# pip install pyVmomi
# pip install --upgrade pyVmomi

4) On a user home directory I created .ansible.cfg for any local customization
$ touch .ansible.cfg
$ ansible --version
config file = /home/alex/.ansible.cfg
...output omitted...

5) On the same directory I created a .vimrc file automating the yaml indent spaces
$ cat .vimrc
autocmd FileType yaml setlocal ai ts=2 sw=2 et

Ansible now is ready to fire! 😀

September 4, 2017

Changing Company!

Posted in News at 1:05 pm by alessiodini

Today I resigned from my company, Assembly Data System.
Starting from 16 November I will begin to work for Sinergy and I hope to learn everything possible about storage, mixing for any project: operating systems, cloud and also storage knowledge!
At same time I’m studying for taking the next Redhat exam, I’m still planning to get RHCA level.
Let’s study more harder!! 😀

August 22, 2017

Ansible and Vmware ESX

Posted in Ansible at 8:29 am by alessiodini

In these days I’m writing a couple of playbooks using vmware_guest module.
The goal is to deliver new virtual machines and to customize them.

I faced a strange issue during my tests:

[root@ansible ~]# ansible-playbook delivery.yaml
[WARNING]: provided hosts list is empty, only localhost is available

PLAY [devops rhel creation] ************************************************************************************************************************************

TASK [rhel cloning] ******************************************************************************************************************************
fatal: [localhost]: FAILED! => {“changed”: false, “failed”: true, “msg”: “Network ‘1000 – – TEST (dvSwitch-Production)’ does not exists”}
to retry, use: –limit @/root/first.retry

PLAY RECAP *****************************************************************************************************************************************************
localhost : ok=0 changed=0 unreachable=0 failed=1

I was surprised because I got that name browsing Vmware with my Vsphere Client.
I tried again and again changing the playbook code, but finally I was able to discover the real issue.
Vmware uses special characters!!
I found this detail trying to manually add a new network interface from Vsphere Client:

Here it is the network name as I passed to playbook:

Finally the solution!

I spoke about this with my colleagues and they said me Vmware also use special characters for his internal database.

June 1, 2017

Redhat Satellite 6.2.9

Posted in Redhat Satellite at 8:10 am by alessiodini

From the last week I’m working for a new customer. Actually I mainly work on Redhat Satellite 6.2, Redhat Cluster and I hope to also work with more and more things!
I have the opportunity to work in an english speaking environment, I finally can improve my poor english!!!
Soon I will share some satellite note and procedure 😀

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