Federation certificate expiration notifications

You may have recently received an automated email warning about the imminent expiry of a federation certificate in your virtual datacentre, reading as follows: “The federation certificate expiration is [DATE] [TIME]. An expired certificate may disable federation with the identity … Continue reading

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The University Private cloud and the HeartBleed Vulnerability

I’m sure you will have all seen in the media, messages regarding the heart bleed vulnerability in the openssl software used to secure many websites and services across the internet, as well as local announcements from OxCERT and other university … Continue reading

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Disaster recovery of the University’s private cloud infrastructure

The University’s private cloud operates over two sites – 13 Banbury Road (former OUCS) and the University Shared Data Centre on Parks Road. Half the service is delivered from each site, with “Campus” virtual datacentres hosted at OUCS and “Datacentre” … Continue reading

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Rescanning your SCSI bus to see new storage

If you have added new storage to a running VM, you probably won’t see it. This is because the SCSI bus to which the storage devices are connected needs to be rescanned to make the new hardware visible. How you … Continue reading

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Options for installing VMware Tools into Linux VMs

There are two versions of VMware Tools – the full commercial package shipped with VMware products, and an open source version based on development snapshots of the commercial packages, called the Open VM Tools. The latter are not supported by … Continue reading

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Setting up Kerberos and Active Directory authentication for vCloud Director

Logging in to your vCloud Director organisation via the web portal can be achieved in a number of ways. You can use a database local to vCloud Director, your Active Directory, or another LDAP v3 compliant directory service (e.g. eDirectory), … Continue reading

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Browser support for the OxCloud vCloud director console.

Firstly we need to be clear, pretty much any browser will work with the general cloud interface, assuming it supports flash and Java. The problems start when we get to opening the console of a vApp or VM. This console … Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to the OxCloud blog. We’re intending it to be a collection of technical notes on the University private cloud, general musings on cloud computing, as well as a commentary of what we like (and don’t like) about the various … Continue reading

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