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Installing OpenStack in Azure

June 16, 2019 | 3 Minute Read

I recently started a new job where I am working with OpenStack and Kubernetes. I was curious about what it would take to stand up an OpenStack test environment, so I fired up a VM in Azure and went to town. The VM I created was a CentOS 7 based VM with 4 cores and 16GB of RAM (D4s_v3), and I gave it 120GB of standard SSD storage. In order to make things easier in the future, I set up a DNS label for the VM and then when I was ready to connect ot it I set up my ~/.ssh/config to use azure-openstack as an alias for my DNS name for the server, using the private key and username to align with what I set up for the VM.

Next I had to do some basic housekeeping on the VM to prepare for OpenStack. To make things easier, I ran sudo su - to elevate my priveleges and then ran the following:

# Make sure that only iptables will be used
systemctl disable firewalld NetworkManager
systemctl stop firewalld NetworkManager
systemctl start network
systemctl enable network

# Install the openstack and epel repositories
yum install -y epel-release centos-release-openstack-stein

# Upgrade all the things
yum upgrade -y

# And just to be on the safe side...

Once the VM came back up, it was time to get OpenStack up and running. To do this, I used PackStack, once again running as root:

yum install -y openstack-packstack

There is now a packstack command available. The next thing I did was to generate an answers file so that I could tweak the setup:

packstack --gen-answer-file=~/packstack.answers

Now I edited the file, changing the CONFIG_DEFAULT_PASSWORD (I used a 30 character alpha-numeric password generated by KeePass) along with with the following:

CONFIG_DEFAULT_PASSWORD=(30 character alpha-numeric password generated by KeePass)
CONFIG_KEYSTONE_ADMIN_PW=(30 character alpha-numeric password generated by KeePass)
CONFIG_KEYSTONE_DEMO_PW=(30 character alpha-numeric password generated by KeePass)

Now to actually intialize PackStack using the answers file:

packstack --answer-file=~/packstack.answers

This ran for quite some time (~20 minutes). Once it was done I changed the virtualization type for Nova to KVM by uncommenting virt_type=kvm in /etc/nova/nova.conf and commenting the line that says virt_type=qemu. To pick up the change I had to run:

systemctl restart openstack-nova-compute.service

Now there should be a nice shiny dashboard waiting for you, in my case, at Except, that’s internal to Azure’s network, so I needed to enable SSH tunneling. I disconnected my SSH session and started a new one with tunneling:

ssh azure-openstack -L 5000:localhost:80

Now I was able to get to my dashboard at http://localhost:5000 and login as “demo” with the password I had set in my answer file, which was enough to verify the basic installation was valid.