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BOSH Release blobs


In my attempt to get Cloudfoundry running on Raspberry PIs I had to make some changes to a few BOSH releases. Most of the work involved swapping out blobs with other blobs. At first it wasn’t very clear to me how the blob store thingy in the BOSH releases work so I thought I’d be good to share what I learned. Anatomy of a BOSH Release A BOSH release consists of two main parts: Jobs...

Baking Clouds!


For the last couple months I have been working on an experiment involving raspbery PIs (or PII?), BOSH and Cloudfoundry. The goal of this experiment is to run Cloudfoundry on one or more Raspberry Pis. My colleague Ruurd Keizer and I will be sharing our journey and demonstrate the result at the Cloudfoundry Summit in Boston in April! Actually the goal is not to run all of the Cloudfoundry...

About Cloud Foundry Service Brokers


Cloud Foundry offers consumers of the platform all kinds of backing services. Think of services like Mysql, Redis and RabbitMQ. Those services are offered to consumers through the Cloud Foundry marketplace. To be able to create instances of the services in the marketplace and then bind them to an application, Cloud Foundry uses Service Brokers. A Service Broker implements the Cloud Foundry Open...

Beyond automated deployment


I have been involved in quite a lot of automation projects over the last five years. All of them centered around VMware vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator. During these projects customers throw all kinds of challenges at me. Most of which I can solve. Over the years however I found two challenges that go beyond automated deployment which I can’t really solve using vRA/vRO: If you...

What is Concourse CI?


This is my third blog in my “What is” series about different products that are part of the Cloud Foundry ecosystem. I discussed Cloud Foundry and BOSH earlier and now it’s time to for he next: What is Concourse CI? So what is it? The github tagline for the concourse project is “Continuous thing doer”. Which is quite accurate. Some would call it a Continuous...

VMware Photon Platform 1.2 released


Yesterday VMware silently released a new version of its opensource cloud native platform. VMware Photon Platform 1.2 is available for download at github now. You can find the details of the new release in the release notes. Below are the highlights of the new release. What’s new? Photon Controller now supports ESXi 6.5 Patch 201701001. Support for ESXi 6.0 is dropped. Photon platform now...

BOSH on VMware Photon Platform


I explained both BOSH and the Photon platform in previous posts. I never did a post on how to deploy BOSH on vSphere but this document does a very good job describing the process. The only thing I want to add to that is: Don’t use “@” in your passwords! Cost me a day or so to figure out what was going wrong. In this post I will detail how to run BOSH on VMware Photon platform...

What is BOSH?


In a previous post I went into what Cloud Foundry is and why you’d want to use it. What I didn’t go into was some of the magic behind the scenes. For infra minded people like myself this part might be even more exciting than the platform itself.  The thing that makes Cloud Foundry so robust and portal is called BOSH. So What is BOSH? BOSH is a recursive acronym for “BOSH Outer...

Getting started with VMware Photon Platform


VMware Photon Platform is an opensource cloud platform build by VMware on top for ESXi. It is specifically build to run containerized and cloud native applications. As such it pushes a lot of features into the application layer and out of the infrastructure. For example: It doesn’t support VMware HA or DRS. Or even vMotion. In this post I’ll help you getting started with VMware Photon...

NLVMUG UserCon Session: The Why, What and How of Automation


On March 16th the Dutch VMUG UserCon took place. Again a big event with around 1000 attendees. And again I had the honor to fill one of the breakout sessions. This year I presented with my co-worker Ruurd Keizer. Our session was titled: “The Why, What and How of Automation”. In this session we talked about digitization, the differences between power tools and factories, containers...

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Christiaan Roeleveld
Chris already works with virtualization products since 2004 and since this time he developed into a real expert. Chris works for ITQ and one of his passions is to share his knowledge and use all of his experience to find the best solution for his customers.