deploying iPXE server in a SmartOS zone

PXE Booting SmartOS from a SmartOS zone Here's how to set up a simple PXE server in a SmartOS zone that will serve up SmartOS imgadm update imgadm import 62f148f8-6e84-11e4-82c5-efca60348b9f /* latest base64 14.3.0 image create ipxe-server-14.3.0.json with following: Zone Configuration { "brand": "joyent", "zfs_root_compression…

Joyent goes all-in on Docker

Joyent, Inc.'s CTO Bryan Cantrill has stated they will be "pouring jet fuel" into their efforts to roll out a whole series of Docker-based products and features over the next quarter. Read Joyent's Press Room post on them embracing Docker. There's also a nice write-up about this on techtarget…

Ceph Storage :: Next Big Thing

A colleague of mine introduced me to Ceph storage today and my interest was definitely peaked. I urge anyone to do a little reading up on the Ceph storage: Zero To Hero blogpost, which will prolly turn into lots of reading if you're anything like me ;)…

Reporting on vulnerable packages (SmartOS)

pkgsrc has native support for reporting on vulnerable packages. Joyent has a pkgsrc security team who maintain a file containing all known vulnerabilities. These known vulnerabilities are matched against the packages you have installed. To use it, run: $ pkg_admin fetch-pkg-vulnerabilities $ pkg_admin audit Especially, given the OpenSSL-patch-du-jour days of…

Salt: digging in on SmartOS

The following working example demonstrates installing a package from pkgsrc, starting the SMF service and restarting the service when a managed file (under Salt control) is changed: installing a pkg from pkgsrc Let's install nginx: mkdir -p /opt/salt/srv/salt/webserver cat >/opt/salt/srv/salt/webserver/init…

Project Bardiche (SmartOS) live in action

Joyent released their latest SmartOS platform image joyent_20140321T062644Z yesterday which contains the new bits containing project Bardiche! Wanting to see the new extensions in action I decided to give this latest image a spin. # uname -a SunOS 00-1b-21-98-51-c1 5.11 joyent_20140321T062644Z i86pc i386 i86pc The data links for…