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Integrating Kibana/Elasticsearch on Top of OpenShift with oVirt Engine SSO

oVirt Engine provides a powerful way to manage users and domains using the oVirt Engine AAA extensions. oVirt Engine supports many different LDAP server types for authentication using the ovirt-engine-extension-aaa-ldap extension and supports managing internal users using the ovirt-engine-extension-aaa-jdbc extension. Clients can use the powerful oVirt Engine user management in their applications by using the OAuth2 or OpenId Connect end points provided by oVirt Engine SSO to authenticate users in their applications.

Below is step-by-step instructions on how to integrate Kibana/Elasticsearch on top of OpenShift with oVirt Engine SSO. The instructions should work for any client application that can be configured to use a OAuth2 or OpenID Connect server to authenticate its users.

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Welcome the 2017 Summer Internship Students

The oVirt project is glad to announce that five talented students will be joining the oVirt community over the summer period, as part of the 2017 Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and Outreachy internship programs.

Both GSoC and Outreachy focus on getting more student developers interested in open source software development, as well as providing opportunities for talented people, underrepresented in the tech world, to gain valuable technology experience. The students will spend their summer break writing code, learning about open source development and documentation, and earning a stipend.

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Up and Running with oVirt 4.1 and Gluster Storage

Last month, the oVirt Project shipped version 4.1 of its open source virtualization management system. With a new release comes an update to this howto for running oVirt together with Gluster storage using a trio of servers to provide for the system's virtualization and storage needs, in a configuration that allows you to take one of the three hosts down at a time without disrupting your running VMs.

If you're looking instead for a simpler, single-machine option for trying out oVirt, your best bet is the oVirt Live ISO. This is a LiveCD image that you can burn onto a blank CD or copy onto a USB stick to boot from and run oVirt. This is probably the fastest way to get up and running, but once you're up, this is definitely a low-performance option, and not suitable for extended use or expansion.

Read on to learn about my favorite way of running oVirt.

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Say Hello to oVirt 4.1.1

On March 22, the oVirt project released version 4.1.1, available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3, CentOS Linux 7.3, or similar.

oVirt is the open source virtualization solution that provides an awesome KVM management interface for multi-node virtualization. This maintenance version is super stable and there are some nice new features.

So what's new in oVirt 4.1.1?

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oVirt Gamification--The oVirt Game You Didn't Know you Were Playing

Gamification is the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals.

It taps into the basic desires and needs of the users impulses which revolve around the idea of Status and Achievement.

To put it in other words, it is turning day-to-day tasks, the kind you might do at home or work, into a game which you can earn points, badges and compete with other people that are doing the same things.

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Happy New Documentation!

The oVirt Project is pleased to announce the availability of all-new principal documentation for the oVirt 4.0 branch.

There are many people out there who are content to use software without documentation, preferring to muddle through the software based on past experience with similar software or just the desire to put the software through its paces.

We all do this; I could not tell you the last time I looked at documentation for Firefox or Chrome, because I've been using browsers for over 20 years and seriously, what else is there to learn? Until I learn about a cool new feature from a friend or a web site.

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oVirt System Tests to the Rescue!—How to Run End-to-End oVirt Tests on Your Patch

Today, when an oVirt developer pushes a patch to review on oVirt Gerrit, various validations are triggered in CI via the 'check-patch' job, as defined by the project maintainers. Usually these jobs includes 'unit-tests', 'db tests', static analysis checks, and even an occasional 'functional test'. While it might seem that it covers alot and gives a good indication that the patch is good to be merged, unfortunately it is not always the case.

The reason it's not enough lies in oVirt's complexity and the fact it's a Virtualization project, which means the only real way to know if your patch didn't break things is to install oVirt and try running a few basic commands, like 'adding host', 'adding vm', 'creating snapshots', and other tasks you can only do if you have a full oVirt system up and running. Here is where OST comes in!

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