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Wednesday, February 10 2010

RightScale / Amazon EC2 Notification Confusion

We're looking at running a Sun Grid Engine HPC cluster on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. Unfortunately I couldn't find a CentOS 5 / SGE Amazon Machine Image, so I have been looking at RightScale's public AMIs.

Monday at 3:02pm (EST), I booted a RightScale AMI. Apparently I forgot to shut it down, which entails a small charge from Amazon, but their pricing is low enough that's not a big deal. The oddity, however, showed up the next morning.

Subject: New instance operational: 'i-7e1c0716'
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 09:12:57 +0000
From: notifier@my.rightscale.com
To: pepper@***

Your instance i-7e1c0716 created at 2010-02-09 09:12:57 is now available. This image booted in less than a minute.

It can be reached at ec2-72-44-61-196.compute-1.amazonaws.com or it can be managed in RightScale by logging in and going to:



Note: You are receiving this email because you are the account owner at 
RightScale.com and have registered under this address (pepper@reppep.com). 
Return to RightScale.com to edit your communication preferences.

I wondered if someone had subverted my RightScale or AWS account, but it looks like RightScale just didn't notice the instance was running until 4:12am (EST) the next day -- a bit over 9 hours after it actually booted. I haven't used RightScale enough to know if this is typical, but it's certainly odd.

pepper@teriyaki:~$ ec2-describe-instances 
[Deprecated] Xalan: org.apache.xml.res.XMLErrorResources_en_US
RESERVATION r-6e452e06  290259848388    default
INSTANCE    i-7e1c0716  ami-f8b35e91    ec2-72-44-61-196.compute-1.amazonaws.com    domU-12-31-39-0B-28-A7.compute-1.internal   running *** 0       m1.small    2010-02-08T20:00:54+0000    us-east-1a  aki-a71cf9ce    ari-a51cf9cc        monitoring-disabled            instance-store      
pepper@teriyaki:~/Sites$ ssh ec2-72-44-61-196.compute-1.amazonaws.com
Last login: Mon Feb  8 15:02:30 2010 from 140.163.***.***
     ___   _        __   __   ____            __    
    / _ \ (_)___ _ / /  / /_ / __/____ ___ _ / /___ 
   / , _// // _ `// _ \/ __/_\ \ / __// _ `// // -_)
  /_/|_|/_/ \_, //_//_/\__//___/ \__/ \_,_//_/ \__/ 

Welcome to a public Amazon EC2 image brought to you by RightScale!

***       Your EC2 Instance is now operational.                  ***
***       All of the configuration has completed.                ***
***       Please check /var/log/install for details.             ***
[root@domU-12-31-39-0B-28-A7 ~]# w
 10:13:47 up 1 day, 19:11,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
USER     TTY      FROM              LOGIN@   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU WHAT
root     pts/0    140.163.***.***  10:13    0.00s  0.00s  0.00s w
[root@domU-12-31-39-0B-28-A7 ~]# date
Wed Feb 10 10:14:01 EST 2010
[root@domU-12-31-39-0B-28-A7 ~]# last
root     pts/0        140.163.***.***  Wed Feb 10 10:13   still logged in   
root     pts/0        140.163.***.***  Mon Feb  8 15:02 - 17:53  (02:50)    
reboot   system boot Mon Feb  8 15:02         (1+19:14)   

wtmp begins Mon Feb  8 15:02:22 2010
[root@domU-12-31-39-0B-28-A7 ~]# 

Wednesday, December 9 2009

Fun with VMware Fusion 3

The VMware Fusion 3 download page http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/fusion_3_0/ offers a couple different downloads.

VMware Fusion 3 for Mac 406MB VMware Fusion 3 download includes VMware Fusion and a 12 month complimentary subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009.
VMware Fusion 3 Light for Mac 162MB VMware Fusion 3 Light download includes VMware Fusion software.

Does anyone believe that VirusScan Plus adds 244mb to the size of the installer image? It doesn't. The installer claims McAfee occupies 131mb after installation, and we can guess that's due to billyuns of incompressible Windows virus signatures. That leaves us with only 113mb of the full download unaccounted for. At couple Twits chimed in with the same question.

At 877 486-9273, Contract Renewals comes before Technical Support in the menu. Who decided to prioritize that way? Clearly the person who runs their phone system is more interested in revenue than frequency of calls or reducing total cost (time) customers waste navigating through on their phone system.

https://www.vmware.com/support/services/options.html says (for Fusion):

Requests are submitted via email or phone and responded to via email.

It then links to https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/support/complimentary.pdf, which instead says "Method of Access: Web and phone" & "Response Method: Email". VMware's site & phone reps talk about "email support" for Fusion, even though apparently you cannot actually use email to open a support request. What a mess!

Internally here, I'm told forum support is faster and more useful than official tech support, but I need 'real' support for RFEs and bug reports.

Who decided 8gb was a good size for a Solaris 10 installation? That's not enough room for patches under S10.

Right now, I'm running a CentOS VM under Parallels 5, and CentOS & Solaris 10 VMs under Fusion on my Mac Pro. Once I'm finished moving my work in progress to Fusion, I'll uninstall Parallels at work.