Available for Download – Damn Small Linux on vCloud OVF

I’ve created an OVF and OVA version of the highly popular Damn Small Linux distribution. Normally you run this OS which is only 50MBs in disk size from an ISO or pen drive but I’ve seen more and more people experimenting with the vCloud Director and really need some small test VMs. Damn Small Linux is ideal for this purpose although it’s very small, it contains some great tools like a browser and shell access.

(Taken from http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/) DSL was originally developed as an experiment to see how many usable desktop applications can fit inside a 50MB live CD. It was at first just a personal tool/toy. But over time Damn Small Linux grew into a community project with hundreds of development hours put into refinements including a fully automated remote and local application installation system and a very versatile backup and restore system which may be used with any writable media including a hard drive, a floppy drive, or a USB device.

DSL has a nearly complete desktop, and a tiny core of command line tools. All applications are chosen with the best balance of functionality, size and speed. Damn Small also has the ability to act as an SSH/FTP/HTTPD server right off of a live CD. In our quest to save space and have a fully functional desktop they've made many GUI administration tools which are fast yet still easy to use. What does DSL have?

XMMS (MP3, CD Music, and MPEG), FTP client, Dillo web browser, Netrik web browser, FireFox, spreadsheet, Sylpheed email, spellcheck (US English), a word-processor (Ted), three editors (Beaver, Vim, and Nano [Pico clone]), graphics editing and viewing (Xpaint, and xzgv), Xpdf (PDF Viewer), emelFM (file manager), Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC), VNCviwer, Rdesktop, SSH/SCP server and client, DHCP client, PPP, PPPoE (ADSL), a web server, calculator, generic and GhostScript printer support, NFS, Fluxbox and JWM window managers, games, system monitoring apps, a host of command line tools, USB support, and pcmcia support, some wireless support.

Root password: www.ntpro.nl
DSL user password: www.ntpro.nl
Hardware Version: 7
Disk size: 256 MB Thin
Memory: 256 MB
Network: VM Network (DHCP)

Download location: http://www.screencast.com/users/esloof/folders/DSL or Damn Small Linux OVF

vCloud Reference Architecture Kit – Public and Private vCloud Implementation Examples

VMware has released the vCloud Reference Architecture Kit which can help you with creating Public and Private vCloud implementations.

The Service Definition for Private Cloud describes the creation of a fully virtualized, pooled compute platform for use as an Enterprise Private Cloud, or business-internal organizational cloud computing service, commonly referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). VMware technologies including vSphere, vShield Manager, vCenter Chargeback, and vCloud Director will be used to establish this service.

The result of this service includes secure multi-tenancy for Lines of Business, shared virtualized assets, a self-service user portal, standard catalogues of pre-defined virtual machines & applications with usage metering. Going forward, this service will be enhanced with greater capacity and the preparation for linking with other cloud services either within or beyond the boundaries of the Enterprise.

The vCloud Implementation Example for a Public vCloud Service Provider architecture design document is intended to serve as a reference for architects, and assumes they have familiarity with VMware products, including VMware vSphere, vCenter, and VMware vCloud Director. The vCloud architecture detailed in this document is organized into these sections:

vCloud Definition - Inventory of components that comprise the cloud solution

vSphere Management - vSphere and vCenter components that support running workloads

vSphere Resources - Resources for cloud consumption Design organized by compute, networking, and shared storage, detailed through logical and physical design specifications and considerations

Management and Security - Considerations as they apply to vSphere and VMware vCloud Director Management components

vCloud Logical Design - VMware vCloud Director objects and configuration Relationship of VMware vCloud Director to vSphere objects

Reference Architecture Kit - The vCloud Reference Architecture white papers help existing vSphere users understand what it takes to build a vCloud, both public and private clouds.