[one-users] OpenNebula, can it help in a VMware based security lab?

Tino Vazquez cvazquez at opennebula.systems
Tue Nov 11 06:20:22 PST 2014

Hi Paul,

Your scenario can be implemented currently with the integration with
OpenNebula and vCenter, with a limitation. You can define a VM
template in vCenter that can later be consumed by your students.

The limitation at the moment is that no attach/detach NIC
functionality is present, so a NIC to a network interconnecting all
the VMs needs to exist in each VM at the time of deployment. At the
time of probing each other networks, that NIC needs to be brought up
(using "if up" for instance if they are using linux).

We are working towards adding the attach/detach NIC functionality in
vCenter in the next OpenNebula release.

Let us know if you need more information about your scenario and OpenNebula.



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On 10 November 2014 18:27, Paul Griffith <paulg at cse.yorku.ca> wrote:
> Hello,
> Please forgive me if this question has been asked before. I am tasked with
> upgrading our security lab from VMware Lab manager ( now end of life) to
> vCloud Director/Suite, which is being replaced with vCAC.   My time line is
> 4 weeks.
> A little back ground, our security lab consists on 9 servers running VMs.
> - 9 x servers for the students to run their VMs (Linux and Windows) to
> explore security exploits and vulnerabilities.  These 9 servers consists on
> 6 x whitebox Xeon 5650, 2.67Ghz, 16GB and 3 x Dell R410, 5675, 3.06Ghz, 32GB
> - 1 x services server running AD, DNS and DHCP (Windows Server)
> - 1 x NFS server (12 x 900GB 10K SAS drives)
> When the lab is running it is disconnected from our network :) . Students
> access their VMs by using a KVM (Raritan) to connect to a Windows PC, where
> they run vSphere client to connect to their VMs (via vCenter) on a private
> internal network.
> Since we are upgrading and with all the cloud talk, I wanted to see if there
> was something that didn't need as much work as vCloud Director or vCAC.
>  Our Students are just working with VMs and virtual networks. At the end of
> the course they connect their separate networks and probe each others
> network.
> Our department is a member of VMware Academic Program (VMAP), for a yearly
> fee we get access to
> - VMware Workstation
> - VMware Fusion
> - VMware vCloud Suite Standard
> - VMware vSphere Enterprise
> - VMware vCenter Server Standard
> - VMware vCloud Director
> I was wondering if OpenNebula can help in anyway, or am I just better
> working with VMware.
> Thank you for taking the time
> Paul Griffith
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