The environment will consist of two Power8 machines with Ubuntu 15.04 installed, one of the machines will contain the core cloud services (controller node), and the other one the virtualization services (compute node). In this guide we are going to install the newest OpenStack release, the Kilo version. However, before installing the cloud services it's necessary to properly set up the environment, this post will cover all the datails.


As a convention, passwords for each service will be the service name in lowercase, do not forget that in a real environment passwords must be chosen carefully.


It's possible to install OpenStack with two different network architectures, legacy networking (nova-network) and Neutron. Initially we will use nova-network, our network environment is represented as shown below:


Note that we have two networks, the is the management network (where the nodes will establish comunicate) and the is the external network (each created VM will have an IP external acessible).

Edit the file /etc/hosts on all machines and add the following:

#controller controller
#compute compute01

Network Time Protocol (NTP)

In order to synchronize services installed on different nodes we will install NTP.

First of all install NTP on all machines:

apt-get install ntp

On controller

Edit the file /etc/ntp.conf and add or edit the follwing lines:

server iburst
restrict -4 default kod notrap nomodify
restrict -6 default kod notrap nomodify

Restart the NTP service:

service ntp restart

On compute

Edit the file /etc/ntp.conf and change the server to:

server controller iburst

Restart the NTP service:

service ntp restart

Openstack and system packages

We have to configure the package respository to point to the Openstack Kilo release and verify if the system is up-to-date. Perform the followig step on all nodes.

Install Ubuntu keyring and set the Kilo repository:

apt-get install ubuntu-cloud-keyring
echo "deb" \
"trusty-updates/kilo main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cloudarchive-kilo.list

Upgrade the packages on your system:

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

SQL database

The SQL database will be installed only on controlle node, the openstack services mostly use a database to store all the information they need. We choose to install MySQL server.

Install packages:

apt-get install mysql-server python-mysqldb

Edit the file /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.conf in the [mysqld] section:

bind-address =
default-storage-engine = innodb
collation-server = utf8_general_ci
init-connect = 'SET NAMES utf8'
character-set-server = utf8

Restart the Mysql service:

service mysql restart

Execute the following mysql script to secure the database service:


Message Queue

Openstack uses the strategy of a queue message to coordinate the actions related to the services, in other words, a message queue running on the controller node coordinates the comunication between the services in order to have all the services properly. In this guide we will use a message queue server called RabbitMQ.

Install the packages:

apt-get install rabbitmq-server

Create the openstack user:

rabbitmqctl add_user openstack RABBIT_PASS

As mentioned in password section, replace RABBIT_PASS by rabbit.

Configure permissions to openstack user:

rabbitmqctl set_permissions openstack ".*" ".*" ".*"

Next steps

With the environment properly configured we can setup the OpenStack services, in the next post we will configure the identity service, known as Keystone.