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Under the Hood: UForge AppCenter 3.6

Written by James Weir le 29 october 2015

Christmas comes early this year with the arrival of the latest version of UForge AppCenter, bringing you a bumper pack of new features and functionality. We've put a stake in the ground for supporting Docker, as you'll have seen from our previous blog posts. This release also includes a brand new plugin service for our enterprise partners that fundamentally changes how UForge AppCenter can be integrated with 3rd party services; and we've given our user interface a facelift.


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Classified in : News, Cloud Computing, Technology, Microsoft Windows - Tags : uforge, uforge appcenter, docker, windows, migration, cloud migration, plugins - no comments

Tutorial : Migrer vos serveurs physiques et virtuels vers Microsoft Azure

Written by Alexandre Lefebvre le 16 july 2014

Notre nouvelle solution, UForge for Microsoft Azure, vous permet de migrer vos serveurs actifs (qu'ils soient dans un environnment physique, virtuel tel que VMware, ou autre cloud) vers Azure en quelques clics. Ce tutorial vous explique comment faire.

Les prérequis pour ce tutorial sont :


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Classified in : Cloud Computing, Technology, Tutorial - Tags : azure, template applicatif, server template, migration, cloud migrations, microsoft azure, windows azure - no comments

Migrate a VMware Fusion Server to Amazon Web Services in less then one hour

Written by Paul Laskin le 27 january 2014

Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and watch how easy UForge makes migrating a live server on VMware to AWS. Total time for migration from start to finish is 44 minutes. That’s less time then it takes to make a batch of Jamie Oliver’s Pouting Fish Fingers.
The YouTube video should appear but if it doesn't here is the link

For this demo I migrated a VMware Fusion server running OwnCloud to Amazon Web Services (AWS). OwnCloud is an application that allows one to share and sync files, events and more thru a slick web interface. The OwnCloud server is running under CentOS 6 - x86-64 with a single 10 Gig boot volume.
Using UForge, I kicked off the scan by installed a light weight agent on the OwnCloud server. The agent communicates back to UForge with information on the operating system, packages and files. The scan completed in 13 minutes. From there, I had UForge generate and publish a disk image to AWS.
You decide whether you want an Instance Store or EBS backed volume. I went with a single 10 Gig EBS volume. UForge will then publish the image to AWS S3, register the AMI, launch the server, create and snapshot EBS volume and finally shut down the server.
Total time from launching UForge to logging into OwnCloud running on a t1.micro is 43 minutes. Faster then whipping up Pouting Fish Fingers. Plus, since I have the original scan in UForge, I can turn around and deploy it to any other cloud, virtual or physical environment I’d like.
Sign up for a UForge account and try it out yourself. I mean, come on, in the time you spent reading this and watching the video you could have been half way through your scan.

Classified in : Cloud Computing, Technology, Tutorial - Tags : AWS, migration, OwnCloud, UForge, VMware - no comments

Curtain's Up on UForge 3.4

Written by James Weir le 29 october 2013

We are happy to announce that UForge 3.4 release is ready! This release includes a major new service - Migration. We've also moved to RBAC and made some huge improvements to supporting Windows.

Migration (Beta)

The new Migration service (launched in Beta) allows you to deep scan a live system (whether the system is virtual, cloud or physical) and import this scan as a model (i.e. server template) into UForge. This is a game-changer in the way customers create server templates in UForge. Live systems are simply teleported into UForge and transformed into a model, allowing you to re-generate images to any other target platform (traditional migration) as well as having access to the model of the live system - i.e. all the package information, licensing etc. This allows you to retrieve information on a live system for auditing purposes, or lets you tweak and change the model (updates) prior to migrating the system. Debian and RPM-based systems are supported, with Windows coming in the near future. For more information read this article, for a demo, see this video.

Role-Based Access Control

Up until now resource access has been enforced on a user per user basis. UForge resource access management has now been overhauled. Administrators can now create roles that manage entitlements that describe access to various UForge resources. These roles can then be assigned to one or more users. UForge RBAC is handled by Apache Syncope which has been embedded into the UForge platform. This module includes identity and access management, opening the door for UForge to integrate seamlessly with IAM use cases.

Windows Improvements

Ever since the arrival of UForge 3.0, users have been able to create templates using Windows as a guest OS (not available with UForge online). With this upcoming release it will now be possible to have more control of your Windows templates, including:

  • adding boot scripts to configure the instance on first (or every) boot.
  • silent installation of 3rd party software by automatically executing the installation with parameters.
  • include Windows activation keys in the template.

Sticky Packages

UForge calculates package versions and dependencies during an image generation based on a date. This allows the user to roll-forward or roll-back operating system packages in an OS profile. The negative impact on using the mechanism is that the user couldn't specify a particular package version to be part of the generation; depending on the build date of the package, an earlier or more up to date version of the package would be chosen instead. UForge now provides a mechanism to select a particular package version, known as making a package “sticky”. This increases the flexibility the user has in choosing package versions as well as protecting against destructive upgrades. This article provides more information on package dependencies.

User Usage & Statistics

The new UForge 3.4 has been updated to allow you to get usage statistics per user. We've also put in place the necessary mechanisms to integrate a third party billing system with UForge, allowing you to bill end users based on their user of UForge Factory. In addition, you can set quotas for the number of templates, generations, and migrations a user can carry out.


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UForge Migration Service Demo

Written by James Weir le 16 may 2013

In a previous post I gave an overview of the upcoming migration service in UForge.

This video (running time ~12 mins) gives a more detailed explanation and demonstration of this feature.  If you don't see the video below check your browser settings, otherwise you can go to youtube directly and watch it here.


Classified in : Technology, Tutorial - Tags : cloud migration, migration, UForge, migration as a service, MaaS, software onboarding, appliance template - no comments

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