How to Install a TLS Certificate on vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 8.0

Quickstart First, create your key and your CSR (Certificate Signing Request). In the following example, we are creating a CSR for our vCenter host, “vcenter-80.nono.io”: CN=vcenter-80.nono.io # "CN" is the abbreviation for "Common Name" openssl genrsa -out $CN.key 3072 openssl req \ -new \ -key $CN.key \ -out $CN.csr \ -sha256 \ -subj "/C=US/ST=California/L=San Francisco/O=nono.io/OU=homelab/CN=${CN}/emailAddress=brian.cunnie@gmail.com" \ -config <(cat <<EOF [ req ] distinguished_name = req_distinguished_name req_extensions = req_ext [ req_distinguished_name ] [ req_ext ] subjectAltName = @alt_names [alt_names] DNS....

November 2, 2022 · 6 min · Brian Cunnie

Tuning HAProxy in a vSphere Environment

Network Diagram. We want to maximize the throughput from the blue box (the client) to the green box (HAProxy) Summary We were able to push through almost 450 MB/sec through HAProxy (which terminated our SSL) by carefully matching our 4-core HAProxy with 2 x 4-core Gorouters (which were on a much slower ESXi host). Results Bandwidth MB/second Configuration 201.27MB 1 HAProxy: 1 vCPU 136.47MB 1 HAProxy: 2 vCPUs 270.56MB 2 Gorouters: 1 vCPU 350....

September 10, 2022 · 2 min · Brian Cunnie

The Underground Guide to Cloud Foundry Acceptance Tests

The Cloud Foundry Acceptance Tests are the gold standard to test the proper functioning of your Cloud Foundry deployment. This guide tells you how to run them. When in doubt, refer to the README. Quick Start cd ~/workspace/ git clone git@github.com:cloudfoundry/cf-acceptance-tests.git cd cf-acceptance-tests . ./.envrc bin/update_submodules cp example-cats-config.json cats-config.json export CONFIG=cats-config.json cf api api.cf.nono.io # or whatever your Cloud Foundry's API endpoint is cf login -u admin cf create-space -o system system # don't worry if it's already created cf t -o system -s system cf enable-feature-flag diego_docker # necessary if you're running the Docker tests (`"include_docker": true`) Let’s configure our cats-config....

July 4, 2022 · 3 min · Brian Cunnie

Concourse CI on Kubernetes (GKE), Part 6: Concourse & Vault: Backup & Restore

Recreating the Cluster We want to recreate our cluster while preserving our Vault and Concourse data (we want to recreate our GKE regional cluster as a zonal cluster to take advantage of the GKE free tier which saves us $74.40 per month). Note: when we say, “recreate the cluster”, we really mean, “recreate the cluster”. We destroy the old cluster, including our worker nodes and persistent volumes. Backup Vault In the following example, our storage path is /vault/data, but there’s a chance that yours is different....

January 8, 2022 · 4 min · Brian Cunnie

Disk Controller Benchmarks: VMware Paravirtual's vs. LSI Logic Parallel's

Is it worth switching your VMware vSphere VM’s SCSI (small computer system interface) from the LSI Logic Parallel controller to the VMware Paravirtual SCSI controller? Except for ultra-high-end database servers (> 1M IOPS ( input/output operations per second)), the answer is “no”; the difference is negligible. Our benchmarks show that VMware’s Paravirtual SCSI (small computer system interface) controller offered a 2-3% performance increase in IOPS (I/O (input/output) operations per second) over the LSI Logic Parallel SCSI controller at the cost of a similar decrease in sequential performance (both read & write)....

November 19, 2021 · 4 min · Brian Cunnie