OpenStack Installer (for RHEL-OSP) pt7 – (Updates for RHEL-OSP 6)

Hi folks,

In the last post, I mentioned that with any luck the next post would include a full HA deployment. Little did I know how (almost) true that would be. On Feb 9, RHEL-OSP 6 “dropped” (was released) and was “officially released” (full fanfare) on Feb 17. Last week’s release also included a full update to the RHEL-OSP Installer.

Lots of changes. :) Continue reading

OpenStack Installer (for RHEL-OSP) pt6

If all went well with your deployment of the RHEL-OSP Installer, then you likely didn’t wait for me to do a post on how to put up a cursory instance or two. If you fall into that category, good for you. If you’re really new to this stuff and were patient, that’s okay too. We’re going to not only stand up an instance, but all of the little things that you need to do as well.

Let’s get going. Continue reading

OpenStack Installer (for RHEL-OSP) pt5 – troubleshooting

Hi folks,

So in the last post, I finally gave up the goods and showed you how to use the RHEL-OSP Installer to blow out a 3-node non-HA OpenStack deployment. Hopefully, it worked for you without any issue whatsoever. What would be even better, is if you ran into at least 1 or 2 problems..

Yes, you heard me (read me) right. I hope you ran into 1 or 2 problems. Read on, and I’ll tell you why.. Continue reading

OpenStack Installer (for RHEL-OSP) pt4

Hi Folks,

It only took us 4 posts to get to the brass tacks. I suppose I could have gotten here sooner, but I wanted to be sure I covered the bases properly along the way. The background, the lab, the host OS, and the installation of the application itself – otherwise the blog post would have been HUGE. (This still ended up being a larger post.) I’ve got one more huge suggestion before we start deploying nodes.

Label everything. Continue reading

OpenStack Installer (for RHEL-OSP) pt3

What is going here? 3 posts in a few weeks? What can I say, give me a little time and something cool to write about and I can pull it off. The addition of real lab equipment helps tremendously too.

In the first 2 parts, we talked about the Installer itself and why it’s needed. Then we deployed a system to host it. Today’s addition to the multi-part series picks up right where we left off from the last post. The video ended with a RHEL 6.5 (updated to RHEL 6.6+) host ready to roll in the context of deploying the RHEL-OSP Installer.

And that’s where we start today! Continue reading

OpenStack Installer (for RHEL-OSP) pt2

Hi folks,

We’re back after just a few days.. In part 1, I talked about the RHEL-OSP Installer and it’s current position as the “stop gap” for Red Hat’s OpenStack deployment strategy until everything converges. Supposedly, that convergence will take place with RHEL-OSP 7, summer 2015. In the mean time, I’m here to help provide a relatively painless way to deploy RHEL-OSP.

This weeks focus is on Deploying the Installer. Continue reading

OpenStack Installer (for RHEL-OSP) pt1

Hi folks,

I’m starting a new multi-part series on deploying the OpenStack Installer from Red Hat. Hopefully, this makes some folks very happy.. Undoubtedly, this makes others confused, and still others wonder what the big deal is.

Here’s the short answer as to why I’m headed in this particular direction: It’s a strategic, albeit temporary, direction for Red Hat. Continue reading

Santa Claus Evaluating OpenStack

That’s quite the headline, right? Well, here’s the backstory.. I was in Dallas, TX this week providing an OpenStack Workshop for some customers and BOOM! One of them happens to be “the” Jolly Old Elf himself..

2014-12-12 13.23.36As you can see his primary name badge for the North Pole even says so.. even though the pic didn’t come out as clear as I’d hoped. But you can clearly see his Red Hat (hah!!) on his badge. (interestingly enough, his other badge was for an airline that I probably don’t have permission to name, but I thought it interesting that Santa works part-time for an airline…)

So what is Old St. Nick evaluating OpenStack for? He wouldn’t quite elaborate yet, but I was able to infer that he has several applications or “lists” that require his checking, along with some mail reading apps that require some elasticity around the holidays. Perhaps there is a tie in with

Hopefully he chooses Red Hat for his OpenStack distribution, but regardless, it’s good to see the even Santa sees the value in Open Source.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Saucy Spaghetti Monster, and Catastrophic Cthulhu to all!!

Captain KVM

Lab on a Budget Tricks – pt1

Hi folks,

I hope to make this a “many part series”, broken up over time, but not every post… if that makes sense. What started this was that while I have access to some labs at work, they aren’t always available and they aren’t always conducive to me blowing them up. (I like to break things… then fix them, it’s how I learn.) Because of this, I bought some gear to hammer away on to test new things on RHEL 7, KVM, OpenStack, etc… but I’m not independently wealthy either, so I’m going to make due with what I have for some pieces… Continue reading

ESX And RHEL-OSP (Just Say No!!)

Hi folks,

It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted. So long in fact that I started wondering if I was ever going to get back to it. But here we are and I’m happy say that I just renewed the site and domain name. Better yet, I’m back in a position where I can actually post things. So why am I railing against ESX in my first post back? Is it because I’m anti-VMware or because I’m a Red Hat “fanboy”?  Continue reading