Packer with Azure

Yes! It's works.

First of all you need to install packer. After that – Azure plugin for Packer (you could download executable package or compile proper package with GOlang placing it to directory with packer plugins).

In my case I used *.exe files, downloaded from Github release. Also you can find packer configuration for different OS here.

Lets analyze my configuration file and run packer to azure.


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Configuring Cisco on Mac Os through the console port

You'll need to get a usb-serial adapter and then connect with a console cable. 

Connecting to the Console Port with Mac OS X. To connect a Mac OS X system USB port to the console using the built-in OS X Terminal utility, follow these steps:
Step 1. Use the Finder to go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Step 2. Connect the OS X USB port to the router.

Step 3. Enter the following commands to find the OS X USB port number:

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ERROR: The missing cookbook(s)

If you received error uploading cookbook to chef server:

knife cookbook upload rundeck
Uploading rundec
ERROR: Cookbook rundeck depends on cookbooks which are not currently
ERROR: being uploaded and cannot be found on the server.
ERROR: The missing cookbook(s) are: 'java' version '>= 0.0.0', 'yum' version '>= 0.0.0', 'apt' version '>= 0.0.0', 'supervisor' version '>= 0.0.0', 'database' version '>= 0.0.0', 'mysql2_chef_gem' version '~> 1.0.2', 'mysqld' version '~> 1.0.3'


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Installing workstation for managing Chef server

A workstation is a computer that is configured to run knife, to synchronize with the chef-repo, and interact with a single Chef server. The workstation is the location from which most users will do most of their work.

We need ti install on our workstation:

  • knife
  • chef-sdk
  • chef-repo
  • ruby


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Installing Chef on Centos 6

Today we will install chef server in our home lab based on proxmox 3.4.6. So we have installed server 2cpu, 2Gb memory, Centos 6.7

First of all I switched off selinux, and configured hostname of server in /etc/sysconfig/network and /etc/hosts

Let's go on:


# rpm -Uvh chef-server-core-12.1.2-1.el6.x86_64.rpm

# chef-server-ctl reconfigure

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The data service timed out because a back-end task took more than 120

Today I received error on my vm summary page in Vsphere web client: The data service timed out because a back-end task took more than 120 seconds. See the vsphere-client-virgo.log for more details.

Just before that I removed a test vcenter server, which was connected to my PSC  on production Vsphere instance.

You need to remove a stale vCenter Server from your SSO environment, use the cmsso-util. It may takes a long time but does the job.

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