While a regular nine-to-five job schedule is something that most people enjoy and which may be the so-called norm for the majority, data center management cannot be recognized as one of them. As modern enterprise data centers become increasingly more complex, the notion of improving uptime, productivity, and efficiency emerges as the central point of each new EasyDCIM update aiming at effortless and time-effective management of your resources. And, as you will see with your own eyes in a brief moment, the 1.6.5 version of your favorite control panel covers this subject from A to Z!
Proxmox VE straight in your EasyDCIM
As you all know, EasyDCIM can boast itself in being perfectly capable of installing any of the supported operating systems and applications on existing servers in an entirely unattended manner. Today, this already quite an impressive range has welcomed yet another noble template in its ranks – Proxmox VE 6!
Starting from the 1.6.5 version, EasyDCIM will make it possible to install an operating system together with Proxmox VE so that the end-customer receives a production-ready platform. Being a complete open-source solution for enterprise server virtualization with an inbuilt web interface, Proxmox VE is an ideal choice for the deployment and management of virtual machines and containers that at the same time allows you to optimize existing resources, reduce complexity and increase the efficiency of your data center with absolutely minimal effort.
Raising the bar of all-inclusive OS installation
The mere fact of attaining the magic of automated OS installation is not enough reason to slow down the tempo and rest on our laurels when there is still so much to be done to streamline the process a few steps further.
For starters, with the new EasyDCIM v1.6.5 already on the loose, you may take every advantage of the introduced support for the first boot scripts which, as the name partially reveals, are run along with the first system reboot after its successful installation. Thanks to that, you as an administrator will be now capable of installing additional system packages and software gear or creating appropriate directories at the moment of the initial system start.
While these scripts can currently be defined only for the CentOS 6-8 and Debian 8-10 operating systems, there are also several new predefined installation addons introduced for CentOS 7 as well, that will be now launched at the moment of the first server boot after the OS installation. With them, you will be enabled to easily install any of the following software gear: cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, CentOS WebPanel and Vesta Control Panel.
Let us remain on that topic for a little while longer as there is still one more thing worth elaborating on, namely a set of new tools to manage the following three groups of installation addons:
- 1. Disk Layout – used to define the appropriate scripts to partition a newly installed disk before any file system is created. From the 1.6.5 version, four new predefined partitioning scripts for the CentOS 6-8 have been added, including RAID1 with 2 disks and RAID0 with 2, 4 or 8 disks.
- 2. Post Installation – started immediately after the operating system had been successfully installed.
- 3. First Boot – launched at the first start-up after the installation process.
Most importantly, however, you will be from now on enabled to create and later on edit any additional installation addons as well as synchronize the predefined ones with your EasyDCIM platform.
Other principal functionalities & tweaks
How about we have a quick look at some of the other practical features boosting the toolkit of EasyDCIM?
- IP Address Management v1.7.0 – administrative actions connected with subnets creation, removal, edition, and assignment are now included in the “Activity Logs” section.
- Those orders which are currently undergoing the provisioning process will be marked with a new distinctive status.
- The search box available in the client area has been featured with two new fields based on which servers can be browsed through more accurately: “IP Address” and “Hostname”.
- Significant improvement of the polling statistics that have been relocated to the remote agents list.
We could go further and further about other spicy secrets of EasyDCIM v1.6.5 but it would ruin the whole fun if we disclosed all of them right away, wouldn’t it? Learn more about this eagerly anticipated edition from the place you most likely know like the back of your hand by now – the changelog!