Nostalgia in the Cloud – Prince of Persia in the sky (online)

vCloud Air is now proudly hosting my favourite Nostalgia VM having recently decided to extend my Homelab into the cloud by installing an on premise vCloud Connector Server and a vCloud Connector Node. The entire setup process took literally no more than 20minutes and the beauty of the Nostalgia VM was that as its virtual disk is so small, even on a consumer ISP, the copy speed to transfer from the vCenter UI (note this is only accessible via the C# client) took barely any time.

The quick and dirty steps to create the hybrid integration involved:

  • Download and deploy vCloud Connector Server
  • Download and deploy vCloud Connector Node
  • Configure the on-premise vCloud node to register with my on-premise vCenter
  • Register the vCloud Connector Server with the on-premise node and the publically available vCloud Air node via the IP address of the datacentre assigned to you as part of your subscription (found here), along with your credentials (note that the name you define for your VDC is the ID visible within vCloud Director from within vCloud Air and not the display name of your VDC)
  • I then enabled the vCloud connector plugin from within the vSphere client and could now see both my private and cloud based VMs within the plugin.

If you haven’t already created a catalog within your VDC, you need to do this before you can copy a VM but this is a three click process within vCloud Director.

Copying VMs to vCloud Air also requires the source VM to be switched off.

After the the copy completed, I powered up the VM and opened up the web embedded console. Even though I’d only recently reacquainted myself with the original game through the VMRC on my vSan setup, playing it whilst running from the public cloud gave it a whole new dimension in playing Prince of Persia online! Admittedly my timings and responsiveness had to be slightly adjusted for keyboard inputs due to the larger than 1ms latency I get from my homelab to the VM, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was still playable in its full glory.

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