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RightScale Webinar: ServerTemplates™ are the innovative "secret sauce" of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. They enable you to easily architect, launch, manage, and monitor multi-server ...

RightScale Webinar: ServerTemplates™ are the innovative "secret sauce" of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. They enable you to easily architect, launch, manage, and monitor multi-server deployments. More than half of the 40,000-plus RightScale ServerTemplates were created from scratch by our customers. By using ServerTemplates, you can slice up your existing configurations into your own custom blueprints for cloud servers. In this session, we'll share best practices for developing, testing, and maintaining your own custom ServerTemplates.

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  • Telcos built point-2-point networks for their customers
  • PAVELOverview: Today’s webinar focuses on great and not so great workloads for the Cloud and our experiences from in the field!
  • First, a point to drive home. Live above the cloud. Live above the image. Configure vanilla machines at runtime. The flexibility of the cloud ends at the image.
  • “The ServerTemplate methodology is great because it forces us to script out our configurations, which are best practices anyway.”
  • You’ll get all the machine monitoring out of the box – cpu, disk, etc. Input to monitor any other stuff you install… move this script to the end of the template if you do.
  • You might just find exactly what you need.Or you can find snippets of what you need and build it and test it. Minimize external dependencies by attaching files or anything you need to compile as a .tar.Finally, we have partners that have put up a lot of the software for you. And they build test it everyday.
  • You might just find exactly what you need.Or you can find snippets of what you need and build it and test it. Finally, we have partners that have put up a lot of the software for you. And they build test it everyday. Open Diff in new tab.Clone LAMP all in one. Rename to Wordpress. Bookmark.Remove continuous backups.Add APP Wordpress configure to bottom of template.Set default inputs on new template.
  • You might just find exactly what you need.Or you can find snippets of what you need and build it and test it. Finally, we have partners that have put up a lot of the software for you. And they build test it everyday.
  • Demo the script finder…

Automating Servers in the Cloud Automating Servers in the Cloud Presentation Transcript

  • Automating Servers in the Cloud October 20, 2011 Watch the video of this webinar
  • 2#Your Panel TodayPresenting• Darryl Eaton, Director of Product Management, RightScaleQ&A• Will Lehrmann, Account Manager, RightScalePlease use the “Questions” window to ask questions any time!
  • 3#AgendaFirst…• What are ServerTemplates?Then…• The Base ServerTemplates• How to Record your Shell Scripting Genius in RightScripts• How to Mine the MarketPlace• How to clean up after yourself (Decommission)• How to be independent (guarantee your servers will launch)• Where to go for more…Please use the “Questions” window to ask questions any time!
  • 4#First step to automation: ServerTemplates ServerTemplate Virtual Machine Image • Chiseled in stone. • Live above the image. • Painful to change. • Live above the cloud. • So pre-cloud. • Code your infrastructure.
  • 5#Everybody is doing it. You can do it.• Most servers we manage are operated with customer-built or modified ServerTemplates, rather than with out-of-the box templates. Active Servers 23% Custom 51% Cloned RightScale 27%
  • 6#The Base ServerTemplateYour starting point.• Linux & Windows• Monitoring by default• Images across clouds• Images across distros MON_PROCESSES: Put in the name of the processes you’d like to monitor using RightScale. Tip!
  • 7#Record every step you take.Work on the instance.• Copy successful commands to new RightScripts.• Extract variable information.• Attach needed files, or compilations as archives. Idempotency: Be able to run your script again and again without messing up your server! Tip!
  • 8#Don’t reinvent the wheel!Use the Marketplace.• Find what you need• Browse examples• Use Diff• Partners! Advanced Search: Search by title AND description. Search by cloud. Search by category. Tip!
  • 9#Clean up on DecommissionLeave with a smile.• Backup files and databases.• Disconnect from load balancers.• Detach volumes. rs_run_right_script: If you need to tell other machines you’re leaving, run a RightScript on that machine. Tip!
  • 10#Use Compatibility ReleasesOur blood, sweat, and tears.• Tested together• Marked by name (11H1)• Common base images• Frozen repositories – guarantee launch Compatibility checker: Search for Compatibility Release on the support site, then use the drop down list to check! Tip!
  • 11#Don’t type the same command twice.• Start from a base.• Record what you’re doing.• Test what you’ve done.• Learn from others.
  • 12#Getting Started and Q&AContact RightScale: Next up in the “I’m in the Cloud – Now What?” series:(866) 720-0208 October 27sales@rightscale.com Operational Best Practices in the Cloudwww.rightscale.com - Rafael H. Saavedra, VP Engineering, RightScaleMore Info www.RightScale.com/now-whatWebinar archive: RightScale.com/webinarsWhitepapers: RightScale.com/whitepapersFree Edition: RightScale.com/freeSupport: Support.RightScale.com/ - check RightScale Conference Nov 8-9 in Santa Clara, CA out the Getting Started Guides and further www.RightScale.com/Conference automation possibilities like auto-scaling •Attend technical breakout sessions arrays, cloning deployments, etc. •Talk with RightScale customers •Ask questions at the Genius Bar