The solution Endpoint security for SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1
has been published on IBM Integrated Service Management Library (ISML).
The purpose of Endpoint security for SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1 is to demonstrate how IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager can be integrated with the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning Infrastructure.
Endpoint security for SmartCloud Provisioning will generate the components required by IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1 to automatically install IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager agents when deploying virtual systems. This will allow cloud administrators to easily maintain compliance over their virtualized network. IBM SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1
as well as IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager v8.2
need to be available. If you are participating in the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1 beta and have IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager, consider using Endpoint security as well.
I really liked the post “Rapid deployments with IBM
SmartCloud Provisioning” that explains
how simple and fast it is to deploy instances using SmartCloud Provisioning.
But if is also important to have a flexible way for passing parameters during
the deployment in order to configure and/or customize the deployed instances.
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning provides in the
launch instance panel, and also using the CLI, the “user_data” text field that
can be used for this scope.
inspired to the Amazon EC2 instance metadata and here you can find an interesting
article on it: http://alestic.com/2009/06/ec2-user-data-scripts
field is a free text field so for example it can contain:
- comma separated values for
- multi-part MIME format for
complex configurations, where each part, identified by a proper
content-type, is related to a specific customization.
launched instance can easily retrieve the user data field invoking the
predefined URL http://169.254.169.254/latest/user-data
and processes it according the needs.
It can be
achieved by exploiting the current integration between IBM
SmartCloud Provisioning and the Image Construction and Composition Tool
(ICCT), available in IBM SmartCloud
Provisioning version 1.2, creating a new bundle, the User-Data consumer bundle
that contains a script that retrieves the “user-data” and process it based on his
interesting scenario is the capability of passing directly one or more scripts
to be invoked at deployment time to have a really dynamic configuration. In
this way, a new image can be configured/customized at deployment time.
If you want
to have more information on user-data capabilities and examples take a look at
the Ubuntu cloud-init component described here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CloudInit
information about IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and Image Construction and
Composition Tool see IBM SmartCloud Provisioning
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Most organizations are embracing virtualization and some level of
cloud computing. They
are facing the inevitable problems associated with security and VM
sprawl which results from the rapid proliferation of virtual machines.
Two of the most critical problems to address in virtual machine
management are the patching of all these new virtual systems and
ensuring that they are complaint with corporate and security standards.
this session to learn how the combination of IBM SmartCloud
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Gare is a Product Manager with IBM with almost 20 years experience in a
variety of information technology areas including: telecommunications,
mobile technologies, data center automation and Cloud Computing. Mike
has performed a variety of leadership roles, many that involved working
directly with customers to help them understand, compare, and choose the
best business solution for their needs. He has worked in software
product management throughout IBM and is currently responsible for
Tivoli Provisioning Manager as well as some newer Cloud and Server
Salzman is a Product Manager for the IBM
Endpoint Manager product line, formerly known as BigFix.
Noah has been part of the Endpoint Manager team for the last five years
and has seventeen years industry experience working with enterprise
software - spanning systems management, data encryption, and network
security technologies. Noah's work at BigFix and IBM has focused on
security architecture, Government certification programs, and the
security and compliance product line. Previously, Noah has worked on
software development teams at Apple, PGP, and nCircle.
Was out for a few drinks last week with friends from the
local tech community where we try to solve the world’s problems. We were enjoying sitting in the sunshine and
warm weather on the patio of a local brewery discussing the interesting topics
of the week. Before we got into the
presidential election the talk turned to virtualization, of course, and the
current directions their companies are taking.
Everyone has heard about the pricing actions from VMware causing major
concerns from their customers, but these topics to me always seem some what
abstract until you hear about people taking action. Well, it turns out the guy who works at a
large tech company in Austin
was actually in the process of installing KVM to replace VMware in his area of
the company due to pricing issues. He
went on to say that a CIO friend of his at another company was in the process
of doing the same thing. That’s the
thing about IT people, once you upset them they can take decisive action to fix
the problem and they tend to have very long memories. I also came across this CNET
article sub-titled “Market research firm IDC says that data from a new survey
shows that "open cloud is key for 72 percent of customers." Clearly there seems to be a pricing level
that makes open cloud solutions look very attractive. As more companies try to balance the need for
virtualization and cloud with the costs of the solutions, I think the open
cloud will become more attractive.
IBM is working with OpenStack which is a global collaboration
of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open
source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The OpenStack Summit, which is sold out, is
going on this week (October 15th) in San Diego, you can read about it and other
topics at the OpenStack blog. There are also some great insights on the
topic at the Linux Foundation blog from IBM’s
Angel Diaz: 3 Projects creating user-driven standards for the open cloud . I think this is definitely a space worth
watching…stay tuned for more updates from the patio…
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Interim fix 1 for IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud 1.1 (
1.1.0-TIV-ISAAC-IF0001) has been published.
It addresses three defects related to the deployment of windows images.
More in details, if fixes the following issues:
- Launch windows persistent instance failed: after launching windows persistent instance, the instance will be in stopped status and not able to run.
- Not able to run persistent instance on VMware hyper node
- Lack of support for windows 7 and 2008 sysprep-ed images: not able to change the administrator's password if it is prepared by sysprep.
For further details read the readme file associated with the interim fix
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The fix is downloadable from Fix Central
and it is identified as 1.2.0-TIV-ISCP-IF0001
It addresses the following problems:
The Activation Engine inside images built with Image Construction and Composition Tool hangs on configNTP.
The size of images checked out from Virtual Image Library in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is zero.
Blank instance row in the webconsole
Instances running on the hypervisor are not shown in the output of iaas-describe-instances
Capturing the instance hosting Virtual Image Library fails
Unable to capture images bigger than 40GB
After the iFix installation the IHC component will be upgraded form version 0.20.2 to 1.0.0
For further details read the readme file associated with the interim fix
A hotfix for Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2 that contains a fix to
a small but important installation issue as well as some enhancements for migrating from the previous version is now available on the IBM Support Portal.
Do you know that a special limited time offer went live on August 14th 2012?
The offer ends on November 14th 2012
The promotion cuts 50% list price for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.
For example, for USA, the price gets down from 250 USD per RVU to 125 USD per RVU.
Moreover you can download from here
a 60 day no charge trial.
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning seamlessly integrates with key IBM offerings for advanced levels of monitoring, security,
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