VMware Photon

October 3, 2016 – 3:50 am

A few months ago, I was looking for an SMTP solution for a dev team so they could test sending mail without using the production email service. I thought of using a container solution for this and found exactly what I needed with Docker.

Now, what platform would be the best for a quick and easy deployment on vSphere? Photon was the answer. VMware has released their own small footprint Linux appliance for exactly these kinds of purposes.

https://vmware.github.io/photon/

I spent a bit of time figuring my way around the environment (I am not a hardcore Linux guy but I enjoy working with it) and within a few hours, I had a fully functional SMTP service deployed using a Docker package. Anyone with more experience than me would have gotten this done in a few minutes, it’s that easy.

Whenever I need to run a small service or need a small VM for testing purposes, VMware Photon is now my first choice!

 

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