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oVirt Community Newsletter December 2016

It’s a new year with new opportunities for oVirt to show up its virtualization features! We’re getting ready for DevConf.CZ in Brno next week, and FOSDEM in Brussels the week after that! We look forward to meeting European developers and sysadmins to share your experiences!

Here’s what happened in December of 2016.

Software Releases

oVirt 4.0.6 Release is now available

In the Community

Happy New Documentation!

oVirt System Tests to the Rescue!—How to Run End-to-End oVirt Tests on Your Patch

CI Please Build—How to build your oVirt project on-demand

The Need […]

Happy New Documentation!

The oVirt Project is pleased to announce the availability of all-new principal documentation for the oVirt 4.0 branch.

There are many people out there who are content to use software without documentation, preferring to muddle through the software based on past experience with similar software or just the desire to put the software through its paces.

We all do this; I could not tell you the last time I looked at documentation for Firefox or Chrome, because I’ve been using browsers for over 20 years and seriously, what else is there to learn? Until I learn about a […]

New oVirt Project Underway

As oVirt continues to grow, the many projects within the broader oVirt community are thriving as well. Today, the oVirt community is pleased to announce the addition of a new incubator subproject, Vagrant Provider, as well as the graduation of another subproject, moVirt, from incubator to full project status!

According to maintainer Marc Young, Vagrant Provider is a provider plugin for the Vagrant suite that enables command-line ease of virtual machine provisioning and lifecycle management.

More on Vagrant Provider

The Vagrant provider plugin will interface with the oVirt REST API (version 4 and higher) using the […]

oVirt Newsletter—November 2016

oVirt’s development is continuing on pace, as the calendar year draws to a close and we get ready for a new year of development, evangelism, and making virtual machine management a simple process for everyone.

Here’s what happened in November of 2016.

Software Releases

oVirt 4.0.6 Third Release Candidate is now available

oVirt 4.1.0 First Beta Release is now available for testing

In the Community

Testing ovirt-engine changes without a real cluster

Request for oVirt Ansible modules testing feedback

Deep Dives and Technical Discussions

Important Open Source Cloud Products [German] […]

Setting Community Values

The oVirt community is made up of a diverse mix of individuals using and contributing to all aspects of the project from all over the world, and we want to make sure that the community is a safe and friendly place for everyone.

This code of conduct applies equally to founders, mentors, and those seeking help and guidance. It applies to all spaces managed by the oVirt project, including IRC, mailing lists, GitHub, Gerrit, oVirt events, and any other forums created by the project team which the community uses for communication.

While we have contribution guidelines for […]

Call For Proposals—FOSDEM 2017 Virtualization & IaaS DevRoom

I am excited to announce that the call for proposals is now open for the Virtualization & IaaS devroom at the upcoming FOSDEM 2017, to be hosted on February 4, 2017.

This year will mark FOSDEM’s 17th anniversary as one of the longest-running free and open source software developer events, attracting thousands of developers and users from all over the world. FOSDEM will be held once again in Brussels, Belgium, on February 4 & 5, 2017.

This devroom is a collaborative effort, and is organized by dedicated folks from projects such as OpenStack, Xen Project, Mesos, oVirt, […]

New oVirt Video Tutorials Available

Recently the oVirt community was pretty excited to find a series of new videos walking users through some key steps in installing and using oVirt.

The video were created by Nathan Llaneza from Coastal IT Solutions, who also teaches at a local community college.

“We needed to be able to give our students virtual machines that could be utilized from anywhere,” Llaneza explained. “We have finally been granted our second server, so now we are going to be able to let more instructors use the oVirt environment. I am building these videos to encourage more of our […]

Manage oVirt with Ansible Playbooks

As powerful a tool that oVirt is in the datacenter, we know it’s not the only tool that’s available for IT administrators to manage their virtual machines. A VM datacenter solution may be the best and only answer for your organization’s needs, but you may also need bare-metal and even hybrid or public cloud management.

For that reason, the oVirt project team has made concerted efforts to integrate with other management tools so you can scale your admin toolchain as needed. oVirt has already achieved such integration with ManageIQ, the open source platform that enables control of all your […]

Announcing the oVirt Engine DR Sub-project

The oVirt Project is pleased to announce a new sub-project within the oVirt community: oVirt Engine DR, which uses the oVirt API and perform tasks that would normally require manual intervention, in case of the need for Disaster Recovery.

Specifically, the oVirt Engine DR is a web application that uses Java, the oVirt API, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB to perform the tasks needed in a Disaster Recovery scenario.

Features will include:

Disables Power Management for Hosts
Manual Fence all Hosts in non_responsive state
Modifies Server Storage Connections (currently directly to Engine Database)
Activates […]