Andrew Block

Senior Principal Consultant at Red Hat who guides organizations on delivering container, integration and automation solutions along with microservices architectures across various deployment targets. Authored several reference architectures including Application Release Strategies With OpenShift and emphasizes the importance of CI/CD methodologies focusing on security to develop and deploy software faster. Passion for enablement and building collaboration. Serves as a manager of the Container Community of Practice within Red Hat, which fosters awareness around the container ecosystem.

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Creating and deploying an OVF Template to support image mode for RHEL at scale

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Repeatability and consistency -- These are tenants of cloud native infrastructure and just some of the many benefits that are inherently found within container images which led to the rapid adoption of the technology. Image mode for RHEL extends many of the benefits of running containers and applies them to building, deploying and managing traditional Operating System environments. In the preceding articles ( Creating a VMDK using image mode for RHEL and Integrating an image mode for RHEL produced VMDK...

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Integrating a VMDK produced with image mode for RHEL into vSphere

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While the VMDK format is open source, they are traditionally used within the VMware family of solutions, such as VMware Workstation and VMware vSphere. In this post, we will describe how the previously created VMDK disk can be used as the basis for a virtual machine hosted in a VMware vSphere environment.

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Creating a VMDK using image mode for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Image mode for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) combines the benefits and methodologies of container technologies with the ability to operate within traditional virtual machine environments. By enabling a familiar container image assembly process that supports several popular output types, end users have the flexibility to choose where and how they want to operate.

One of the supported output formats is a Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK), which is commonly used within VMware’s supported virtualization platforms, like vSphere, but support is also available elsewhere, including VirtualBox. Bridging the gap between traditional operating environments and cloud-native technologies is one of the benefits that image mode provides. Over the course of this series, we will describe the process for creating image mode for RHEL-based bootc images for use within VMware environments, that, when included within reusable templates, will enable a consistent method for delivering virtual environments. Plus, several different methods will also be provided that illustrate how the generation of the various assets can be automated to create a repeatable factory for delivering bootc images to meet the demands of today and tomorrow.

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Managing JBoss EAP/Wildfly using Jcliff

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We provide an overview of the Jcliff utility, including inherent benefits, installation options. and several examples showcasing the use.