Get OpenStack Autopilot

Canonical’s OpenStack Autopilot fully automates the deployment of an OpenStack Cloud — just add servers.

Install OpenStack Autopilot on your hardware

OpenStack Autopilot is the world’s easiest dynamic OpenStack installer. It handles every aspect of your cloud both during installation, expansion, and everyday operations.

Requirements

  • At least five machines with two disks
  • Two machines with x2 network interfaces (NICs)
  • A dedicated switch to create a private cloud LAN
  • Internet access through a router on that LAN

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  1. Set up your hardware

    You’ll need at least five machines with two disks in each, two of which have two network interfaces (NICs).

    Install Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS on one of the machines with two network interfaces.

    You need to setup a private network with all machines plugged in and enough IP addresses available for all physical and virtual machines you plan to run.

  2. Add required repositories

    From the command line type the commands below and follow the step-by-step instructions:

  3. Install MAAS

    To install MAAS, start off on your Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS machine and type the command below following the step-by-step instructions:

    Create your admin credentials by typing:

    • Login to the MAAS UI at http://<maas.ip>/MAAS/
    • Go to the “Images” tab and import disk images for both “14.04 LTS amd64” and “16.04 LTS amd64”
    • In your MAAS user’s settings (top-right corner) add your personal public SSH key so you can later log into the nodes
    • Go to the “Networks” tab and for each of the networks auto-created, click “Edit network” to add the default gateway and DNS server details
  4. Configure the MAAS cluster

    • Go to the “Clusters” tab, open the “Cluster master” link, hover over the row for the interface that is connected to the private network and select the edit icon (looks like a pencil — )
      • Set this interface to manage DHCP and DNS
      • Set the “Router IP” to the default gateway
    • Fill in details for the dynamic and static ranges, remembering to leave gaps for the floating IPs
      • Dynamic range — reserve 60 IPs plus total number of NICs connected to the network in MAAS
      • Static range — reserve 20 IPs plus total number of machines in MAAS
      • Floating IP range — that has as many IPs as instances that you’ll want to have in your cloud
  5. Register your hardware with MAAS

    Now you need to enlist and commission machines:

    • Ensure all machines are set to PXE boot, if possible disable all other boot options, including local disk, in the BIOS
    • Power the machines on so they will all appear in the “Nodes” tab of MAAS
    • Edit each machine filling in the power type and parameters
    • Select all the machines and, using the “Take action” dropdown, “Commission” them.
    • Wait until all machines have a “Ready” status
  6. Launch OpenStack Autopilot

    Setup Landscape and launch the OpenStack Autopilot with the following commands:

    • Choose the “Landscape OpenStack Autopilot” option
    • Create a new OpenStack Password
    • Fill in your:
      • Admin email address
      • Admin name
      • MAAS server IP
      • MAAS user API key — found in your user’s settings (top-right corner)
    • When everything is installed, you will be given a link
    • Open that link to access the Landscape UI
    • Login with your admin email and OpenStack password
  7. Review your checklist

    At the bottom of the setup page there is a checklist with the status of all of your resources. These should all be green, if it isn’t follow the instructions to resolve

  8. Choose your OpenStack components

  9. Select the hardware on which to deploy the cloud

  10. Select “Install” to start building your cloud

  11. Create an OpenStack account to access your Horizon dashboard




  12. Monitor your region and scale out

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Already a Landscape Dedicated Server customer? Upgrading is simple, see the instructions in the release notes.

sudo apt install openstack

To setup Ubuntu OpenStack by hand run:

sudo apt install openstack

Followed by

conjure-up openstack

More information on conjure-up.io

Ubuntu OpenStack tools

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Run Ubuntu in the public cloud

Optimised Ubuntu images are already available on most major clouds. They are also available for download.

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