To install ClearOS on Minebox, simply make a USB key of ClearOS from the ISO and perform a full install. You will want to backup any of your data before doing this as the install of ClearOS will wipe your system. You can use the video training found here to help you get through the installation process:
You will want to contact ClearCenter support so that you can get a license for ClearOS since there are some license and product entitlements that you get from being a Minebox user.
We are pleased to announce the release of ClearGLASS, a new ClearOS application and service that is destined to become one of the tentpole ClearOS Marketplace apps.
The free Community Edition of ClearGLASS is now live in the ClearOS Marketplace and ready as the Release Candidate 1 version. That means that if installed, it will be update-able moving forward. The Business Edition of ClearGLASS is in closed beta starting today and will be fully released before the end of Q2 2018. See the bottom section of this post for more information on joining the ClearGLASS Business closed beta.
Using ClearGLASS you can; securely and privately manage cloud resources from multiple providers, manage on-premises servers, Blockchain nodes, or decentralized IT infrastructure at any scale from a single management plane.
ClearGLASS supports more than 20 third-party providers and services including AWS, Azure, Docker Cloud, Rackspace, Linode and more.
If your organization maintains a mix of on-premises servers, off-premises servers, Blockchain nodes, virtual machines, containers or public/private cloud resources then you know just how difficult it is to juggle all of these IT assets especially when trying to optimize management and usage across technologies and infrastructure.
ClearGLASS solves this problem by providing orchestration, role-based access control, monitoring, alerts, security, visibility and control to make it easier to manage heterogeneous infrastructure all from within one console.
ClearGLASS also gives you insight into total costs spanning multiple cloud services and info on under-utilized resources allowing you to tell in realtime if your costs are exceeding the benefits to your IT infrastructure.
Using the advanced orchestration features of ClearGLASS you can easily spin up hundreds of resources, apps, or nodes on demand in order to meet your organizational needs.
ClearGLASS Community is ideal for personal projects and small teams with a DIY approach while ClearGLASS Business is ideal for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), large-scale Blockchain orchestration or SMB to enterprise size teams with advanced needs around automation, orchestration and role-based access control.
ClearGLASS Community Features Compared to ClearGLASS Business:
ClearGLASS Community Features Include
-Management for unlimited clouds & machines
-Unlimited users & teams
-Script & Key management
-Monitoring and alerts
-Webconfig tie-in management
-Community Support via ClearOS Community Forums
ClearGLASS Business Includes:
-All Features from ClearGLASS Community Plus
-Role-based Access Control for Teams
-Cost Insights and Differentiation Across Multiple Cloud Services
-Under-utilized resource Insights
-Advanced Orchestration and Automation
ClearGLASS Business Beta Program
Interested in joining the ClearGLASS Business beta program? Visit http://www.clear.glass/pricing.html and click the "Sign up for beta" button in the right column. Just enter your contact info and soon someone will contact you to go over the beta program which includes 3 options:
Install ClearGLASS Community today via the ClearOS Marketplace then upgrade in place to ClearGLASS Business when available.
Request a test account on ClearCenter's ClearGLASS Business Beta demo environment (with this options, there is no need to stand up your own ClearOS system in order to evaluate ClearGLASS Business).
Install the ClearGLASS Business beta inside your ClearOS test environment (this option may require wiping your test environment and starting over with a new system once ClearGLASS Business reaches the release candidate stage.)
Below are a few screenshots from the ClearGLASS management interface. Check out clear.glass to learn more.
I would recommend using bridge for your outside facing interface so that ClearOS pulls and IP address from the same network and physical NIC as your host. Then, you can use an internal interface for other virtual machines that you want to appear 'behind' the ClearOS virtual server. I use this for testing gateway features in ClearOS.
If you have your domain but you are reliant on Dynamic DNS for your server, you can make this work if you point a CNAME record for your domain to the dynamic DNS name xxx.poweredbyclear.com. Then you can point your MX record to your CNAME. If your domain was 'example.com' then it would look like this:
.example.com MX >> points to mail.example.com
mail.example.com CNAME >> points to xxx.poweredbyclear.com
xxx.poweredbyclear.com A >> points to your Dynamic DNS server
This way you can have firstname.lastname@example.org point to a dynamic address. You can also cut to the chase and register your domain with ClearCenter. Then you don't have to user *poweredbyclear for dynamic DNS.
That being said, you need to validate that you can send and receive on your IP address. Some ISPs block inbound or outbound port 25.
I agree with Nick here, hardware RAID in this situation might not be the best solution.
If you still want to use this card, know that it isn't certified for ClearOS so as developers, we have no way to test or debug it. That card is supposed to have support in Linux but I see that it can have funky problems with issues related to IOMMU. And there are some issues with IOMMU on MicroServer as noted here. On the preload, we address some of those issues but you may have to play with the IOMMU. The behavior of this device during the certification process was that even when it is off in the BIOS, some elements are visible to the ClearOS kernel and it tries to load the software stack to support it. This results in a warning in the dmesg output. But it is possible that the load of the IOMMU is causing the bad behaviour in the card. Not a good sign though for the Marvel. IOMMU acts as a soft stack for PCI Interrupts in virtualization to improve performance. If this card cannot have IOMMU in the kernel running then it means that you will likely not get optimal performance if you try to use your MicroServer for virtualization.
HPE has a RAID card that is certified in ClearOS for the HPE MicroServer and it works splendidly.
Our team estimates that it will take a few days to bring this app up to snuff. Microsoft added some new features which greatly eases the deployment of this and they have to retool a bunch of steps to make this more stable in the long term.
You can read about that here:
Until then, I've asked the Marketplace engineering team to temporarily withdraw the app from being listed.
In case you have not been watching the IT news over the past couple of months, this Intel thing just goes on and on. As was coverded Wired Magazine, it has been a total train wreck.
What we have done so far is to follow RedHat, When they released their original fix, we followed suite. They subsequently withdrew their patch as it was causing issues with stability. If you had crashes and reboots during that timeframe, my apologies. Now, it seems, Intel is ready to push some new firmware. This will only benefit the security of recent processors...what a joke.
In the meantime, keep your systems buttoned up. And cross your fingers or whatever else you can do to give yourself peace over this situation that is largely, still unresolved.
As this affects kernel space, you will likely need to reboot after this patch in order to determine whether it affects your system positively or negatively. Feel free to post your experiences. Especially if you are using virtualization on ClearOS.