I talked with Erik Carlin of Rackspace about last week's Rackspace post. He explained that I experienced a bug in their dynamic image configuration. When you instantiate a VM, a number of things happen behind the scenes to the base server image. It's not as simple as copying a directory tree from A to B. … Continue reading The one where I jumped the gun re: Rackspace
Once again, Rackspace has changed the contents of an already-published server image without any notice to its users. 22 days ago, I provisioned a staging system with Ubuntu 11.10. In upgrading from 11.04, I had the typical difficulties — e.g., removing 11.04 package workarounds, and upgrading some software that we built from sources. When I finished, … Continue reading Screwed again by Rackspace changing a published image
tl;dr Rackspace changed their Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) server image without telling their customers. Our installation scripts unexpectedly broke. In the cloud, the rug can be pulled out from underneath you without warning, even in a very simple setup. The Story My employer is a small shop, and we use Rackspace Cloud Servers for our QA and Production systems. … Continue reading Rackspace changed Ubuntu bits without telling users
I've got an odd problem. I create a 4 GB VM in the Rackspace Cloud with an Ubuntu 11.04 server image. After it's created, I can't ssh to it, and ping returns zero bytes. I can get to it from the Rackspace dashboard console. But it's not on the network. Creating a VM without a network is kind of … Continue reading Rackspace Ubuntu 11.04 servers broken without a network
Updated at 7/6/2011 1425: Whatdeyaknow, Ubuntu 11.04 just showed up on Rackspace's server list. ——— Ubuntu released 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) back in April. It's now July, and 11.04 is still not available as a server image at Rackspace Cloud. I've repeatedly asked Rackspace about 11.04's availability. I always get the same answer back, which is, paraphrasing: … Continue reading Does Rackspace still support Ubuntu?
My team (well, there's just two of us now) is creating the development infrastructure for our big project, which is building my company's new CMS on Plone. We'll be Agile, of course, but without zealotry. It fell to me to install Review Board on our Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) administrative server, to evaluate it for our online code reviews. This should … Continue reading Building PyLucene for Review Board on Ubuntu Hardy