Category: Howto

Instructions on how to achieve something that could be simple, or in most cases not so simple (hence the blog post about it!)


Auto-Updating VM OS Base Images with KubeVirt’s Containerised Data Importer

KubeVirt is a great way to run virtual machines on top of an existing Kubernetes cluster – and is useful for situations where you have an existing bare-metal Kubernetes cluster, but still have a few workloads that either can’t be containerised or are unsuitable for containerisation. If you want to boot a VM straight in to a pre-installed OS, rather...


Accessing CephFS over Samba

CephFS is a very versatile, scaleable, distributed file system. I’ve gradually been scaling out my Ceph cluster and now have 65TB across 11 nodes, which in fairness is quite small as Ceph clusters go! One downside of CephFS however is that support for Windows clients is very lacking at the moment. There is currently some very early work ongoing to...


Upgrading a etcd Cluster from Version 2.3 to Version 3.0 on CoreOS Container Linux

The recent 1.6 release of Kubernetes strongly encourages switching etcd to etcd3. However, if you have an existing etcd2 cluster, the documentation CoreOS provides on upgrading it is less than helpful. Although it documents the upgrade procedure, it doesn’t tell you how to actually switch from running etcd2 to etcd3 – simply saying to drop in the new etcd3 binary in...


Using Ceph FS Persistent Volumes with Kubernetes Containers

Containers are great, up until you need to persist storage beyond the potential lifetime of the container. In a single Dockerised setup, this might be easily solved through the use of host volumes but that’s not really a feasible method on larger orchestrated container setups such as Kubernetes. Luckily though, this is easily solved through the use of remote persistent volumes....


Baby Jumbo Frames (RFC 4638) with igb-based NICs on pfSense

Baby Jumbo Frames (as defined in RFC 4638) are a pretty useful feature. In short, they allow you to have a standard 1500 byte MTU on PPPoE connections. Normally, due to the 8 byte PPPoE header the connection is reduced to a MTU of 1492 bytes. Baby Jumbo Frames allows for the MTU of the underlying interface to be increased to...