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Building a HashiCorp Nomad Cluster Lab using Vagrant and VirtualBox

One of the greatest things about open source and free tools is that they are…well, open source, and free!  Today I’m sharing a simple HashiCorp Nomad lab build that I use for a variety of things.  The reason I want to be able to quickly spin up local lab infrastructure is so I can get rid of the mundane repetitive …

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Deploying a Turbonomic Control Instance on a VirtualBox Lab

The lab is an ideal way to kick the tires on new ways to do things.  This means that you may want to use the same platforms that you use in your data center right in your local environment.  Recently, I wanted to test out a lot of the integration that Turbonomic has with CloudFoundry and AWS, but I didn’t …

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Resizing your AWS VPC NAT Instance to a Lower Cost Instance Type

Let’s say that you wanted to run a lab using AWS and you need to set up a VPC. Thats a very common design that takes advantage of creating a secured Virtual Private Cloud within your AWS environment to isolate resources. There are 2 options for setting up your VPC networking for those who are going to access it directly, …

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Setting up Docker Datacenter on VMware Fusion

With the release of Docker Datacenter, it seemed like a good idea to kick the tires on this new system to get a handle on what the experience is like installing, configuring, and managing the new packaged Docker offering. There are a few pre-requisites that you have to get sorted out which include: Base system to run Docker Datacenter About …