HowTo: Configure Cloudberry Explorer to access Google Cloud Storage via vCloud Air

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vCloud Air partnered with Google to offer several services including the powerful(518) 402-9111 service.

This HowTo focuses on configuring Cloudberry Explorer for Google Cloud Storage.

Why would we want to do that?

When a vCloud Air customer logs into their account, they see a tile for GCS labeled Object Storage powered by Google Cloud Platform

That tile controls the identity and access information which allows a user to leverage GCS via the gsutil, API, or any third party software vendor that has integrated

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This Synology forum post was all that was needed.

The instructions are put here for additional reference and a bit more detail.

  • ssh to synology nas as a user with admin privileges (admin is the most common but it works with other accounts as well)
    ssh [admin_account]@[synology_hostname_or_IP]
  • issue the following command
    sudo -i
  • enter the administrative user account password you connected with via ssh

At this point you are logged in as root

  • issue the following command to change the root password
    synouser –setpw root [new password]

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This is a #techtip type post on Upgrading ESXi Hosts from version 6.0 to 6.0U1 leveraging the new vSphere Host Client Fling and @lamw 9105494663 posted method.

Thanks to (Mr.) William Lam – @lamw for documenting this simple way to upgrade ESXi hosts.
Thanks to Etienne Le Sueur & George Estebe for creating the new Embedded Host Client Fling!

You’ll notice the excitement about the Host Client Fling. It could be the VMware #FOTY (fling of the year) for 2015 for several reasons. This article was written partially as an excuse to post pictures of the html host client and generally geek out on using a Mac to do the ESXi host upgrade natively without any Microsoft Windows requirement. (BTW – I like Microsoft (a lot!), but I don’t like being dependent on a relatively expensive OS for a small number of required features.)

The host client’s biggest appeal (for me) is all about User eXperience (UX). Good visual design – in this case – and appeal are critical for the success of most commercial applications today. The fling also represents more than html ESXi host client functionality. It is a sign of change and the new innovation starting to take place @VMware. Web and Cloud are fairly synonymous these days and with the uptick around #CloudNativeApps inside of VMware and the industry the fling is another indication that VMware is focusing on UX as well as great technology.

The VMware Experience, now coined vME, is one step closer to native on a Mac and Linux today.

For this article OSX Yosemite (v10.10.5) and Firefox (v40.0.3) were used.

Image 1: Embedded Host Client w/build & ESXi version and build

Ok, alright enough about the (amazing) web host client… 🙂

To do the upgrade, first determine which version to install and determine if the ESXi host has outbound connectivity enabled for http. To accomplish both and filter the list of options for ESXi-6, run the following command.

esxcli software sources profile list -d / | grep ESXi-6


The latest version is highlighted.

If you have an issue connecting to the online depot check your host’s firewall rules. Please see William’s post if you have this issue.

Next put the ESXi host(s) in maintenance mode.
Image 1 shows the host in maintenance mode.

To install the new Image Profile, run the following command:

esxcli software profile update -d / -p ESXi-6.0.0-20150902001-standard

Image 2: Screenshot of iTerm showing upgrade command and output

Image 3: Embedded Host Client screenshot – ESXi version after upgrade

After running the above command to install the update, the ESXi host was rebooted and taken out of maintenance mode.

This is the way all VMware vSphere upgrades are supposed to go on a Mac > Easy and Native on a Mac!

Hello World
Welcome to Abstract[ed] Reality

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Hello World!

Welcome to Abstract[ed] Reality – an educational, information technology blog focusing on cloud, virtualization, automation, mobility, user experience, devops, and generally things “as a Service”.

My name is Paul Stephenson. Thank you for taking a minute to read a bit about Abstract[ed] Reality and a bit about me.
I’m the founder of Devonix and a passionate technologist who loves learning, applying, and sharing experiences in technology with the world.

So, why am I here starting to talk out loud?

Dad brought home an IBM personal computer at the dawn of computing. I think it was the early 80s. 🙂 I was fascinated by everything this box of metal represented. From the moment it arrived anything seemed possible.  That excitement has only grown with time, and the possibilities are much larger than ever before.

I’ve been working with computers since middle school, and moved deeper into IT starting ~1996.  It started out building computers then a move into systems administration focused on both web and more traditional client/server IT systems. Since then it’s been leading development teams focused on custom web application development, implementing global server load balanced web applications, and migrating companies’ web and IT systems between various hosting and IaaS offerings including vCloud Air, Rackspace,, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and on-premise private infrastructure.  Today, my focus is on educating and evangelizing the benefits of virtualization and cloud based technologies.
I’ve learned from amazing people, but I’ve rarely shared as I should have…

One more bit about me.  Learning and sharing has always been a passion.  I believe education is the key to unlock the power of the human race, and we are only educated when people teach or share openly –  thus this blog.

The blog name Abstract[ed] Reality refers to a slight play on whether anything is real.  Much of the work I’m involved with leverages server, network, and storage virtualization which is an … abstraction. 🙂 The [ed] highlights the focus on education.

As I write this I am a Cloud Evangelist & Staff Systems Engineer with VMware in the vCloud Air (vCA) and vCloud Government Service (vCGS) groups.

Please share your thoughts and experiences here and everywhere.

I’m also on Twitter 873-655-2302

Have a great day!

NOTE: All thoughts, ideas, and expressions are my own and are not representative of my employer.