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Deploying Project Photon on vCloud Air

Set Phasers to Fun!

Set Phasers to Fun!

Last week, VMware announced their lightweight Linux container host called Project Photon. Optimized for VMware on-site and vCloud Air, Photon supports Docker, rkt, and Pivotal containers out of the contain…err… box. As of right now, VMware doesn’t provide a Photon template in the vCloud Air catalog, but someone was kind enough to upload the ISO to the public catalogs so we’ll make our own VM using the ISO.

I’ll assume you’ve already claimed your $300 credit and have an active vCloud Air account. You do, don’t you??

Launch your OnDemand Virtual Private Cloud.

VPC_OD

 

Click Create your first virtual machine.

create_vm

Click Create My Virtual Machine from Scratch to launch the vCloud Director.

Create_from_scratch

 

First things first… Let’s copy the Photon ISO to our private Catalog. Once you’re in the vCloud Director console, click on Catalogs.

Catalogs

 

Click on Public Catalogs.

Public_Catalogs

Click on Media & Other.

Public_Media

 

Right click on the Photon ISO and select Copy to Catalog.

Copy_To_Catalog

 

Select the default-catalog and click OK.

Destination_catalog

 

Select My Organization’s Catalogs and make sure the ISO is copied to your Media & Other folder.

My_Catalog

 

 

Before we can begin building our VM, we need to create a vApp to which our VM can belong. Click on My Cloud, vApps, and Build New vApp.

New_vApp

 

 

In this example, I’m going to use my Photon VM as a WordPress host for VMSpot so that’ll make a nice name for the vApp.

vApp_Name

 

Click New Virtual Machine.

New_vApp_New_VM

 

Name the VM, select Linux, and since this version of Photon is using the 64 bit Linux Kernel 3.19.2 select Other 3.x Linux (64-bit).

New_VM_Properties

 

Since I’m planning to use this as a simple web server the standard storage policy is OK. Click Next.

VM_Resources

 

I only have one network in this Virtual Data Center so I’m going to pick the default-routed-network. Click Next.

VM_Default_Network

Click Finish.

You will be escorted back to the vApps Window. Wait for the vApp to be created.

Creating_vApp

 

Once the vApp has been created, click on VMs in the My Cloud pane.

My_Cloud_VMs

 

Right click the VM and select Insert CD/DVD from Catalog.

Insert_ISO

 

Select the Photon ISO and click Insert.

Insert_CD

 

Right click the VM and Power it On.

Power_On_VM

 

 

It will take a few moments to power on the VM.

Powering_On_VM

 

Console the VM and install Photon!

Photon_pew_pew

 

 

Matt Bradford

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