Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Easy OpenStack Folsom with VirtualBox and Vagrant

Testing OpenStack is now as easy thanks to VirtualBox and Vagrant. To run a mini test environment with Compute, Cinder, Keystone and Horizon you just need the following tools:

  • VirtualBox
  • Vagrant
  • Git client

Getting Ready

To set up a sandbox environment within VirtualBox to run OpenStack Folsom you will need to download:

Installation of these tools are simple – follow the on-screen prompts.

When ready we need to configure the VirtualBox “Host-Only” Networking. This networking mode allows us to communicate with our VirtualBox guest and our underlying host.
We will set up the following:

  • Host-Only Network: IP 172.16.0.254; Network 172.16.0.0/255.255.0.0; Disable DHCP
  • Host-Only Network #2: IP 10.0.0.254; Network 10.0.0.0/255.0.0.0; Disable DHCP

(Hint: there is a bash script @ https://raw.github.com/uksysadmin/OpenStackInstaller/folsom/virtualbox/vbox-create-networks.sh to create these for you).

How To Do It

To create a VirtualBox VM, running Ubuntu 12.04 with OpenStack Folsom from Ubuntu’s Cloud Archive, carry out the following

1. Clone the GitHub OpenStackInstaller scripts

git clone https://github.com/uksysadmin/OpenStackInstaller.git

2. Make the scripts the ‘folsom’ branch

cd OpenStackInstaller
git checkout folsom

3. Run ‘vagrant’ to launch your OpenStack instance which will come up with IP 172.16.0.201

cd virtualbox
vagrant up

4. After a short while your instance will be ready. Note that on the first run, Vagrant will download a 384Mb Precise64 “box”. Subsequent launches will not require this step.

Launch a web browser at http://172.16.0.201/horizon and log in with:

Username: admin
Password: openstack

(Note, to edit the IP it is assigned, modify virtualbox/vagrant-openstack-bootstrap.sh (Warning its a bit of a sed hack!).