Custom Cloud Images for OpenStack pt3

Hi folks,

In the last 2 posts we covered creating a custom cloud image for RHEL, then editing it with “guest fish”. Today, I’ll introduce you to another tool called “oz” as we continue our journey into creating custom cloud images. The way we did things last time using “virt-manager” is fine if you’re doing an image here or there.. but let’s face it, walking through anaconda is cumbersome. Granted, I showed you how to do things using the CLI and kickstart, but I think you’ll like this way even better. Continue reading

Custom Cloud Images for OpenStack pt2

In the last post, I essentially kicked off a new multipart series on creating custom cloud images for RHEL, Fedora, and CentOS. I showed you the basics for RHEL, then said I would follow up with Fedora or CentOS. I lied. I decided that I wanted to show you a little fun with “GuestFish” (guestfs, libguestfs) first. It’ll be a quick post with some links to take you further should you want to take things deeper… Continue reading

Custom Cloud Images for OpenStack pt1

Hi folks,

We previously finished our multi-part series on deploying RHEL-OSP with the RHEL-OSP-Installer. In a few weeks, if all goes according to plan I’ll fire up a new series on the next gen installer… In the mean time, I’d like to show you some useful things to do once you’ve got everything up and running. So what’s up first? Well, as the title suggests, we’re going to create some custom images.

Specifically for RHEL, Fedora, and CentOS. Our new and current multi-part series… Continue reading

OpenStack Installer pt8 – Full HA

Hi Folks,

We’re finally here. The Big Enchilada. The Full Monty. The Full HA. It’s actually not as scary as it seems. But it should be… what I mean is that we should take the time machine back a year so that you could do all of the HA stuff manually. That way you could feel the pain of your own typos as you set up 100 different services under cluster services.. The trepidation of starting things up after 3 weeks of following directions to the “T”, wondering “is this going to work” or “am I going to drop to the floor in fetal position as my co-workers mock me”?

That way, you could see what a luxury 90 minutes for a 4 node cluster is.. :) Continue reading

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