Everett Toews

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A DevStack For All Seasons

16 Apr 2015

Here’s how to deploy DevStack for OpenStack on the Rackspace Cloud. You can use DevStack for testing/development of OpenStack or just learning a bit more about OpenStack and how all of the pieces fit together.

The services deployed from following the instructions here are:

  1. Identity (Keystone)
  2. Compute (Nova)
  3. Network (Neutron)
  4. Object Storage (Swift)
  5. Image (Glance)
  6. Block Storage (Cinder)
  7. Orchestration (Heat)
  8. Messaging (Zaqar)
  9. Dashboard (Horizon)

If you don’t have a Rackspace Cloud account, I recommend using the Developer+ free credit to try this out.

In the instructions below you’ll need to replace MY_OPENSTACK_VERSION with one of these branch names (minus the stable/ prefix). The branch names are the code names for a particular version of OpenStack. e.g. stable/MY_OPENSTACK_VERSION becomes stable/juno. You’ll also need to replace MY_DEVSTACK_PASSWORD with one of your choosing.

  1. Go to the Cloud Control Panel

  2. Click Create Server

  3. Name: devstack
  4. Image: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) (PVHVM)
  5. Flavor: Performance 1 > 4GB Performance (you might get away with 2 GB)

  6. Click Create Server and note the password and IPv4 address (when it appears)

  7. When your server is Active, switch to a Terminal and run the following commands:

     ssh root@my.ip.v4.address
     apt-get -y update
     apt-get -y install git
     git clone https://github.com/openstack-dev/devstack.git -b stable/MY_OPENSTACK_VERSION devstack/
     su stack
     git clone https://github.com/openstack-dev/devstack.git -b stable/MY_OPENSTACK_VERSION devstack/
     cd devstack/
     vim local.conf
     # Press i to enter insert mode
     # Copy in the contents of the local.conf.template file below
     # Press esc to get out of insert mode
     #   e.g. :%s/OPENSTACK_VERSION/juno/g and press enter
     #   e.g. :%s/DEVSTACK_PASSWORD/devstacker/g and press enter
     # Type :x and press enter
  8. To work with OpenStack via the web browser:

  9. Go to http://my.ip.v4.address * User Name: demo * Password: MY_DEVSTACK_PASSWORD
  10. See the Getting Started Guide.

  11. To work with OpenStack via the command line:

     source openrc demo demo
     openstack image list

    See the Getting Started Guide.

  12. To work with OpenStack via a programming language in a software development kit (SDK):

    Language Guide SDK Name
    Go Getting Started Guide gophercloud
    Java Getting Started Guide Apache jclouds
    .NET Getting Started Guide OpenStack.NET
    Node.js Getting Started Guide pkgcloud
    PHP Getting Started Guide php-opencloud
    Python Getting Started Guide Python OpenStack SDK
    Ruby Getting Started Guide Fog
  13. To work with OpenStack via the API:

     curl -s -X POST http://my.ip.v4.address:5000/v2.0/tokens -d '{"auth": {"passwordCredentials": {"username":"demo", "password":"MY_DEVSTACK_PASSWORD"}, "tenantName":"demo"}}' -H "Content-type: application/json" | python -m json.tool

    See the Getting Started Guide and the Complete Reference.

  14. To access your DevStack screen session:

     sudo chmod o+rwx /dev/pts/0
     screen -r stack

    See the Quick Reference.


Automate It

The above instructions are meant to be very accessible and educational for those new to OpenStack and DevStack. But sometimes DevStack instances don’t last that long. They fail in some way and it’s never worth troubleshooting a failed DevStack instance. It’s much easier to just terminate the VM and start over, in which case you can wind up doing the instructions above over and over. Clearly this calls for some automation.

There are many ways you can automate starting a VM in the cloud and running DevStack on it. You could do it with a bash script, a script in another language, Vagrant, Ansible, or whatever. To keep things relatively simple and educational with a minimum of installation we’re going to use a bash script.

There are a few extras steps before you automate everything.

Note: We’re creating these resources in the Northern Virginia (IAD) region.

  1. Go to the Cloud Control Panel
  2. Click Server > SSH Keys
  3. Key Name: devstacker
  4. Region: Northern Virginia (IAD)
  5. Public Key: Paste in a public key * See how to Generate a new SSH key pair (save the key as $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa.devstacker)
  6. Install python-novaclient. For the instructions on that page, replace PROJECT with nova.
  7. Install git.
  8. Set some environment variables:

     export OS_AUTH_URL=https://identity.api.rackspacecloud.com/v2.0/
     export OS_REGION_NAME=IAD

    MY_RACKSPACE_ACCOUNT_ID is found in the top right corner of the Cloud Control Panel under Account

  9. Run these commands:

     git clone https://github.com/etoews/devstacker.git
     cd devstacker

    e.g. ./devstacker.sh kilo ajbk4389iuKjknab1


This will be my last post on running DevStack. By making a couple of replacements this should work with future versions of DevStack for a long time to come. I’ll keep this post up-to-date for as long as I’m able to so if you run into problems, please let me know in the comments and I’ll fix it. Happy DevStackering!