OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook

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Configuring Ubuntu Cloud Archive for OpenStack

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the release used throughout this book, provides two repositories for installing OpenStack. The standard repository ships with the Icehouse release of OpenStack. Whereas a further supported repository, called the Ubuntu Cloud Archive, provides access to the latest release (at time of writing), Juno. We will be performing an installation and configuration of OpenStack Identity service (as well as the rest of the OpenStack services) with packages from the Ubuntu Cloud Archive to provide us with the Juno release of software.

Getting ready

Ensure you have a suitable server available for installation of the OpenStack Identity service components. If you are using the accompanying Vagrant environment as described in the Preface this will be the controller node that we will be using.

Ensure you are logged onto the controller node and that it has Internet access to allow us to install the required packages in our environment for running Keystone. If you created this node with Vagrant, you can execute the following command:

vagrant ssh controller

How to do it…

Carry out the following steps to configure Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to use the Ubuntu Cloud Archive:

  1. To access the Ubuntu Cloud Archive repository, we first install the Ubuntu Cloud Archive Keyring and enable Personal Package Archives within Ubuntu as follows:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install -y software-properties-common ubuntu-cloud-keyring
  2. Next we enable the Ubuntu Cloud Archive for OpenStack Juno. We do this as follows:
    sudo add-apt-repository -y cloud-archive:juno 
    sudo apt-get update

How it works…

What we’re doing here is adding an extra repository to our system that provides us with a tested set of packages of OpenStack that is fully supported on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release. The packages in here will then be ones that will be used when we perform installation of OpenStack on our system.

There’s more…

More information about the Ubuntu Cloud Archive can be found by visiting the following address: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/CloudArchive. This explains the release process and the ability to use latest releases of OpenStack—where new versions are released every 6 months—on a long term supported release of Ubuntu that gets released every 2 years.

Using an alternative release

If you wish to optionally deviate from stable releases, it is appropriate when you are helping to develop or debug OpenStack, or require functionality that is not available in the current release.

To use a particular release of PPA, for example, the next OpenStack release Kilo, we issue the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository cloud-archive:kilo
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Creating a Sandbox Environment for the OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook

Creating a sandbox environment using VirtualBox (or VMware Fusion) and Vagrant allows us to discover and experiment with the OpenStack services. VirtualBox gives us the ability to spin up virtual machines and networks without affecting the rest of our working environment, and is freely available at http://www.virtualbox.org for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Vagrant allows us to automate this task, meaning we can spend less time creating our test environments and more time using OpenStack. This test environment can then be used for the rest of the OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook.

It is assumed that the computer you will be using to run your test environment in has enough processing power that has hardware virtualization support (for example, Intel VT-X and AMD-V support) with at least 8 GB RAM. Remember we’re creating a virtual machine that itself will be used to spin up virtual machines, so the more RAM you have, the better.

Getting ready

To begin with, we must download VirtualBox from http://www.virtualbox.org/ and then follow the installation procedure once this has been downloaded.

We also need to download and install Vagrant, which will be covered in the later part.

The steps throughout the book assume the underlying operating system that will be used to install OpenStack on will be Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release.

We don’t need to download a Ubuntu 14.04 ISO as we use our Vagrant environment do this for us.

How to do it…

To create our sandbox environment within VirtualBox we will use Vagrant to define a number of virtual machines that allows us to run all of the OpenStack services used in the OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook.

controller = Controller services (APIs + Shared Services)
network = OpenStack Network node
compute = OpenStack Compute (Nova) for running KVM instances
swift = OpenStack Object Storage (All-In-One) installation
cinder = OpenStack Block Storage node

 

These virtual machines will be configured with at an appropriate amount of RAM, CPU and Disk, and have a total of four network interfaces. Vagrant automatically setups an interface on our virtual machine that will NAT (Network Address Translate) traffic out, allowing our virtual machine to connect to the network outside of VirtualBox to download packages. This NAT interface is not mentioned in our Vagrantfile but will be visible on our virtual machine as eth0. A Vagrantfile, which is found in the working directory of our virtual machine sandbox environment, is a simple file that describes our virtual machines and how VirtualBox will create them. We configure our first interface for use in our OpenStack environment, which will be the host network interface of our OpenStack virtual machines (the interface a client will connect to Horizon, or use the API), a second interface will be for our private network that OpenStack Compute uses for internal communication between different OpenStack Compute hosts and a third which will be used when we look at Neutron networking as an external provider network. When these virtual machines become available after starting them up, you will see the four interfaces that are explained below:

eth0 = VirtualBox NAT
eth1 = Host Network
eth2 = Private (or Tenant) Network (host-host communication for Neutron created networks)
eth3 = Neutron External Network (when creating an externally routed Neutron network)

Carry out the following steps to create a virtual machine with Vagrant that will be used to run the OpenStack services:

      1. Install VirtualBox from http://www.virtualbox.org/The book was written using VirtualBox version 4.3.18
      2. Install Vagrant from http://www.vagrantup.com/The book was written using Vagrant version 1.6.5
      3. Once installed, we can define our virtual machine and networking in a file called Vagrantfile. To do this, create a working directory (for example, “~/cookbook” and edit a file in here called Vagrantfile as shown in the following command snippet:
        mkdir ~/cookbook
        cd ~/cookbook
        vim Vagrantfile
      4. We can now proceed to configure Vagrant by editing the ~/cookbook/Vagrantfile file with the following code:
        # -*- mode: ruby -*-
        # vi: set ft=ruby :
        # We set the last octet in IPV4 address here
        nodes = {
         'controller' => [1, 200],
         'network' => [1, 202],
         'compute' => [1, 201],
         'swift' => [1, 210],
         'cinder' => [1, 211],
        }
        
        Vagrant.configure("2") do |config| 
          # Virtualbox
          config.vm.box = "trusty64"
          config.vm.box_url = "http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/vagrant/trusty/current/trusty-server-cloudimg-amd64-vagrant-disk1.box"
          config.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant", type: "nfs"
        
          # VMware Fusion / Workstation
          config.vm.provider "vmware_fusion" do |vmware, override|
            override.vm.box = "trusty64_fusion"
            override.vm.box_url = "https://oss-binaries.phusionpassenger.com/vagrant/boxes/latest/ubuntu-14.04-amd64-vmwarefusion.box"
            override.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant", type: "nfs"
        
            # Fusion Performance Hacks
            vmware.vmx["logging"] = "FALSE"
            vmware.vmx["MemTrimRate"] = "0"
            vmware.vmx["MemAllowAutoScaleDown"] = "FALSE"
            vmware.vmx["mainMem.backing"] = "swap"
            vmware.vmx["sched.mem.pshare.enable"] = "FALSE"
            vmware.vmx["snapshot.disabled"] = "TRUE"
            vmware.vmx["isolation.tools.unity.disable"] = "TRUE"
            vmware.vmx["unity.allowCompostingInGuest"] = "FALSE"
            vmware.vmx["unity.enableLaunchMenu"] = "FALSE"
            vmware.vmx["unity.showBadges"] = "FALSE"
            vmware.vmx["unity.showBorders"] = "FALSE"
            vmware.vmx["unity.wasCapable"] = "FALSE"
          end
          
          # Default is 2200..something, but port 2200 is used by forescout NAC agent.
          config.vm.usable_port_range= 2800..2900
        
          nodes.each do |prefix, (count, ip_start)|
            count.times do |i|
              hostname = "%s" % [prefix, (i+1)]
        
              config.vm.define "#{hostname}" do |box|
                box.vm.hostname = "#{hostname}.book"
                box.vm.network :private_network, ip: "172.16.0.#{ip_start+i}", :netmask => "255.255.0.0"
                box.vm.network :private_network, ip: "172.10.0.#{ip_start+i}", :netmask => "255.255.0.0" 
                box.vm.network :private_network, ip: "192.168.100.#{ip_start+i}", :netmask => "255.255.255.0"
        
                # If using Fusion
                box.vm.provider :vmware_fusion do |v|
                  v.vmx["memsize"] = 1024
                  if prefix == "compute" or prefix == "controller" or prefix == "swift"
                    v.vmx["memsize"] = 2048
                  end # if
                end # box.vm fusion
        
                # Otherwise using VirtualBox
                box.vm.provider :virtualbox do |vbox|
                  # Defaults
                  vbox.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", 1024]
                  vbox.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--cpus", 1]
                  vbox.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--nicpromisc3", "allow-all"]
                  vbox.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--nicpromisc4", "allow-all"]
                  if prefix == "compute" or prefix == "controller" or prefix == "swift"
                    vbox.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", 2048]
                    vbox.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--cpus", 2]
                  end # if
                end # box.vm virtualbox
              end # config.vm.define 
            end # count.times
          end # nodes.each
        end # Vagrant.configure("2")
      5. We are now ready to power on our controller node. We do this by simply running the following command:
        vagrant up

Congratulations! We have successfully created the VirtualBox virtual machines running on Ubuntu 14.04 which is able to run OpenStack services.

How it works…

What we have done is defined a number of virtual machines within VirtualBox or VMware Fusion by defining it in Vagrant. Vagrant then configures these virtual machines, based on the settings given in Vagrantfile in the directory where we want to store and run our VirtualBox or VMware Fusion virtual machines from. This file is based on Ruby syntax, but the lines are relatively self-explanatory. We have specified some of the following:

      • The hostnames are called controller, network, compute, swift and cinder and have a corresponding 4th octet IP assigned to them that i is appended to the networks given further into the file.
      • The VM is based on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr, an alias for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit
      • We configure some optimizations and specific configurations for VMware and VirtualBox
      • The file has been written as a series of nested loops, iterating over the “nodes” array set at the top of the file.
      • In each iteration, the corresponding configuration of the virtual machine is made, and then the configured virtual machine is then brought up.

We then launch this virtual machines using Vagrant with the help of the following simple command:

vagrant up

This will launch all VMs listed in the Vagrantfile.

To see the status of the virtual machines we use the following command:

vagrant status

To log into any of the machines we use the following command:

vagrant ssh controller

replace “controller” with the name of the virtual machine you want to use.