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Jonathan Gershater

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OpenStack is easily installed using a package called Packstack. Redhat is one of the primary contributors to packstack and my install experience is similar to the installation of RDO, described here The procedure is quite simple: Install Redhat, Fedora or Centos on one or more x86 servers. I installed the minimal Centos installation on a Dell 1950 Install and configure NTP - network time protocol # yum install ntp # chkconfig ntpd on # ntpdate pool.ntp.org # /etc/init.d/ntpd start Install the Fedora repo for grizzly # yum install -y http://rdo.fedorapeople.org/openstack/openstack-grizzly/rdo-release-grizzly-2.noarch.rpm Install packstack # yum install -y openstack-packstack Generate an answer file # packstack --gen-answer-file=/root/grizzly_openstack.cfg Since I performed a simple install on one server, I accepted nearly all the defaults presented in the generated ... (more)

Cloud Computing Easily Understood - SaaS

In prior blog posts, I described Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). To recap: If I use IaaS I get servers onto which I can load software and applications which I then maintain, though I don't need to maintain the hardware. I can customize the applications and software running on the servers, at will. If I use PaaS, I get a platform of ready to use web servers, application servers, databases etc. I write my own software application and host it at the PaaS provider. I maintain the software I write, but not the application servers, databases or ha... (more)

Three Node Install of RDO OpenStack Using PackStack

Following my single server installation of RDO OpenStack using PackStack, here is my install of OpenStack across three nodes. What's key here is the answer files used with packstack. For a single node its trivial since you just accept nearly all the defaults. A distributed install requires a bit of planning. First I installed on two nodes, using packstack from one node (sudo packstack --answer-file=/root/grizzly_openstack.cfg) The answer file for this installation is here, it specifies the location of each component: cinder on one server (.110) with this line: # The IP address of ... (more)

Cloud Computing Easily Understood - IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service is one of the three delivery methods of cloud computing (the other two are Platform as a Service and Software as a Service). Users of IaaS have the expertise to maintain operating systems and applications, but don't wish to purchase server, storage and networking hardware and a datacenter to house the hardware. The cloud provider provides these services from a shared pool. The cloud user will then use the virtual machines to fulfill their computing requirements and may install their own operating system and will install their own applications on the v... (more)

Easy Install of Cloudstack on Defunct Hardware for a Home Lab

To learn more about Cloud IaaS offerings, I painlessly setup Cloudstack, from Citrix, on two (outdated and defunct) DELL Optiplex 740 desktop computers. Each desktop is configured with 8GB of memory and the processors are VT compatible (meaning they can run virtualization technology software – a hypervisor). At first attempt, the Cloudstack software would not recognize the internal disk drives. Thinking that my old hardware would not run cloudstack, I researched the non-descript error and decided that the installer was not able to detect the disks because of the pre-existing soft... (more)