3.7. Obtaining Images for Overcloud Nodes

The director requires several disk images for provisioning Overcloud nodes. This includes:
  • A discovery kernel and ramdisk - Used for bare metal system discovery over PXE boot.
  • A deployment kernel and ramdisk - Used for system provisioning and deployment.
  • An Overcloud kernel, ramdisk, and full image - A base Overcloud system that is written to the node's hard disk.
Obtain these images from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform downloads page on the Red Hat Customer Portal at https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/191/ver=7/rhel---7/7/x86_64/product-downloads. This location on the Customer Portal contains the images in TAR archives.
Download these image archives to the images directory on the stack user's home on the directory host (/home/stack/images/) and extract the images from the archives:
$ cd ~/images
$ for tarfile in *.tar; do tar -xf $tarfile; done
Run the following command to import these images into the director:
$ openstack overcloud image upload --image-path /home/stack/images/
This uploads the following images into the director: bm-deploy-kernel, bm-deploy-ramdisk, overcloud-full, overcloud-full-initrd, overcloud-full-vmlinuz. These are the images for deployment and the Overcloud. The script also installs the discovery images on the director's PXE server.
View a list of the images in the CLI using the following command:
$ openstack image list
| ID                                   | Name                   |
| 765a46af-4417-4592-91e5-a300ead3faf6 | bm-deploy-ramdisk      |
| 09b40e3d-0382-4925-a356-3a4b4f36b514 | bm-deploy-kernel       |
| ef793cd0-e65c-456a-a675-63cd57610bd5 | overcloud-full         |
| 9a51a6cb-4670-40de-b64b-b70f4dd44152 | overcloud-full-initrd  |
| 4f7e33f4-d617-47c1-b36f-cbe90f132e5d | overcloud-full-vmlinuz |
This list will not show the discovery PXE images (discovery-ramdisk.*). The director copies these files to /httpboot.
[stack@host1 ~]$ ls -l /httpboot
total 151636
-rw-r--r--. 1 ironic ironic       269 Sep 19 02:43 boot.ipxe
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root         252 Sep 10 15:35 discoverd.ipxe
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 root   root     5027584 Sep 10 16:32 discovery.kernel
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root   150230861 Sep 10 16:32 discovery.ramdisk
drwxr-xr-x. 2 ironic ironic      4096 Sep 19 02:45 pxelinux.cfg


Ironic manages the boot.ipxe file and the pxelinux.cfg directory in /httpboot during introspection and provisioning. These files might not appear when you view this directory.