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Bare Metal Provisioning

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13

Install, Configure, and Use the Bare Metal Service (Ironic)

OpenStack Documentation Team

Abstract

This guide provides procedures for installing, configuring, and using the Bare Metal service in the overcloud of a Red Hat OpenStack Platform environment.

Preface

This document provides instructions for installing and configuring the Bare Metal service (ironic) in the overcloud, and using the service to provision and manage physical machines for end users.

The Bare Metal service components are also used by the Red Hat OpenStack Platform director, as part of the undercloud, to provision and manage the bare metal nodes that make up the OpenStack environment (the overcloud). For information on how the director uses the Bare Metal service, see Director Installation and Usage.

Chapter 1. About the Bare Metal Service

The OpenStack Bare Metal service (ironic) provides the components required to provision and manage physical machines for end users. The Bare Metal service in the overcloud interacts with the following OpenStack services:

  • OpenStack Compute (nova) provides scheduling, tenant quotas, IP assignment, and a user-facing API for virtual machine instance management, while the Bare Metal service provides the administrative API for hardware management.
  • OpenStack Identity (keystone) provides request authentication and assists the Bare Metal service in locating other OpenStack services.
  • OpenStack Image service (glance) manages images and image metadata.
  • OpenStack Networking (neutron) provides DHCP and network configuration.
  • OpenStack Object Storage (swift) is used by certain drivers to expose temporary URLs to images.

The Bare Metal service uses iPXE to provision physical machines. The following diagram outlines how the OpenStack services interact during the provisioning process when a user launches a new machine with the default drivers.

The PXE Provisioning Process

Chapter 2. Planning for Bare Metal Provisioning

This chapter outlines the requirements for setting up the Bare Metal service, including installation assumptions, hardware requirements, and networking requirements.

2.1. Installation Assumptions

This guide assumes you have installed the director on the undercloud node, and are ready to install the Bare Metal service along with the rest of the overcloud. For more information on installing the director, see Installing the Undercloud.

Note

The Bare Metal service in the overcloud is designed for a trusted tenant environment, as the bare metal nodes have direct access the control plane network of your OpenStack installation. If you implement a custom composable network for Ironic services in the overcloud, users do not need to access the control plane.

2.2. Hardware Requirements

Overcloud Requirements

The hardware requirements for an overcloud with the Bare Metal service are the same as for the standard overcloud. For more information, see Overcloud Requirements in the Director Installation and Usage guide.

Bare Metal Machine Requirements

The hardware requirements for bare metal machines that will be provisioned vary depending on the operating system you are installing. For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, see the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Installation Guide. For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, see the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Installation Guide.

All bare metal machines to be provisioned require the following:

  • A NIC to connect to the bare metal network.
  • A power management interface (for example, IPMI) connected to a network reachable from the ironic-conductor service. By default, ironic-conductor runs on all of the controller nodes, unless you are using composable roles and running ironic-conductor elsewhere.
  • PXE boot on the bare metal network. Disable PXE boot on all other NICs in the deployment.

2.3. Networking requirements

The bare metal network:

This is a private network that the Bare Metal service uses for:

  • The provisioning and management of bare metal machines on the overcloud.
  • Cleaning bare metal nodes before and between deployments.
  • Tenant access to the bare metal nodes.

The bare metal network provides DHCP and PXE boot functions to discover bare metal systems. This network must use a native VLAN on a trunked interface so that the Bare Metal service can serve PXE boot and DHCP requests.

You can configure the bare metal network in two ways:

  • Use a flat bare metal network for Ironic Conductor services. This network must route to the Ironic services on the control plane. If you define an isolated bare metal network, the bare metal notes cannot PXE boot.
  • Use a custom composable network to implement Ironic services in the overcloud.
Note

The Bare Metal service in the overcloud is designed for a trusted tenant environment, as the bare metal nodes have direct access to the control plane network of your OpenStack installation. If you implement a custom composable network for Ironic services in the overcloud, users do not need to access the control plane.

Network tagging:

  • The control plane network (the director’s provisioning network) is always untagged.
  • The bare metal network must be untagged for provisioning, and must also have access to the Ironic API.
  • Other networks may be tagged.

Overcloud controllers:

The controller nodes with the Bare Metal service must have access to the bare metal network.

Bare metal nodes:

The NIC which the bare metal node is configured to PXE-boot from must have access to the bare metal network.

2.3.1. The Default Bare Metal Network

In this architecture, the bare metal network is separated from the control plane network. The bare metal network is a flat network that also acts as the tenant network.

  • The bare metal network is created by the OpenStack operator. This network requires a route to the director’s provisioning network.
  • Ironic users have access to the public OpenStack APIs, and to the bare metal network. Since the bare metal network is routed to the director’s provisioning network, users also have indirect access to the control plane.
  • Ironic uses the bare metal network for node cleaning.

Default bare metal network architecture diagram

Default bare metal network architecture diagram

2.3.2. The Custom Composable Network

In this architecture, the bare metal network is a custom composable network that does not have access to the control plane. Creating this network may be preferable if you want to limit access to the control plane.

  • The custom composable bare metal network is created by the OpenStack operator.
  • Ironic users have access to the public OpenStack APIs, and to the custom composable bare metal network.
  • Ironic uses the custom composable bare metal network for node cleaning.

Chapter 3. Deploying an Overcloud with the Bare Metal Service

For full details about overcloud deployment with the director, see Director Installation and Usage. This chapter only covers deployment steps specific to ironic.

3.1. Creating the Ironic template

Use an environment file to deploy the overcloud with the Bare Metal service enabled. A template is located on the director node at /usr/share/openstack-tripleo-heat-templates/environments/services-docker/ironic.yaml.

Filling in the template

Additional configuration can be specified either in the provided template or in an additional yaml file, for example ~/templates/ironic.yaml.

  • For a hybrid deployment with both bare metal and virtual instances, you must add AggregateInstanceExtraSpecsFilter to the list of NovaSchedulerDefaultFilters. If you have not set NovaSchedulerDefaultFilters anywhere, you can do so in ironic.yaml. For an example, see Section 3.3, “Example Templates”.

    Note

    If you are using SR-IOV, NovaSchedulerDefaultFilters is already set in tripleo-heat-templates/environments/neutron-sriov.yaml. Append AggregateInstanceExtraSpecsFilter to this list.

  • The type of cleaning that occurs before and between deployments is set by IronicCleaningDiskErase. By default, this is set to ‘full’ by puppet/services/ironic-conductor.yaml. Setting this to ‘metadata’ can substantially speed up the process, as it only cleans the partition table, however, since the deployment will be less secure in a multi-tenant environment, you should only do this in a trusted tenant environment.
  • You can add drivers with the IronicEnabledDrivers parameter. By default, pxe_ipmitool, pxe_drac and pxe_ilo are enabled.

For a full list of configuration parameters, see Bare Metal in the Overcloud Parameters guide.

3.2. Network Configuration

If you use the default flat bare metal network, you must create a bridge br-baremetal for ironic to use. You can specify this in an additional template:

~/templates/network-environment.yaml

parameter_defaults:
  NeutronBridgeMappings: datacentre:br-ex,baremetal:br-baremetal
  NeutronFlatNetworks: datacentre,baremetal

You can either configure this bridge in the provisioning network (control plane) of the controllers, so you can reuse this network as the bare metal network, or add a dedicated network. The configuration requirements are the same, however the bare metal network cannot be VLAN-tagged, as it is used for provisioning.

~/templates/nic-configs/controller.yaml

network_config:
    -
      type: ovs_bridge
          name: br-baremetal
          use_dhcp: false
          members:
            -
              type: interface
              name: eth1
Note

The Bare Metal service in the overcloud is designed for a trusted tenant environment, as the bare metal nodes have direct access to the control plane network of your OpenStack installation.

3.2.1. Configuring a Custom Provisioning Network

The default flat provisioning network can introduce security concerns in a customer environment as a tenant can interfere with the undercloud network. To prevent this risk, you can configure a custom composable bare metal provisioning network for ironic services that does not have access to the control plane:

  1. Configure the shell to access Identity as the administrative user:

    $ source ~/overcloudrc
  2. Copy the network_data.yaml file:

    (undercloud) [stack@host01 ~]$ cp /usr/share/openstack-tripleo-heat-templates/network_data.yaml .
  3. Edit the new network_data.yaml file and add a new network for Overcloud provisioning:

    # custom network for Overcloud provisioning
    - name: OcProvisioning
    name_lower: oc_provisioning
    vip: true
    vlan: 205
    ip_subnet: '172.23.3.0/24'
    allocation_pools: [{'start': '172.23.3.10', 'end': '172.23.3.200'}]
  4. Update the network_environments.yaml and nic-configs/controller.yaml files to use the new network.

    1. In the network_environments.yaml file, add Vlan and remap Ironic networks:

      ServiceNetMap:
         IronicApiNetwork: oc_provisioning
         IronicNetwork: oc_provisioning
    2. In the nic-configs/controller.yaml file, add an interface and necessary parameters:

      $network_config:
           - type: vlan
               vlan_id:
                 get_param: OcProvisioningNetworkVlanID
               addresses:
               - ip_netmask:
                   get_param: OcProvisioningIpSubnet
  5. Copy the roles_data.yaml file:

    (undercloud) [stack@host01 ~]$ cp /usr/share/openstack-tripleo-heat-templates/roles_data.yaml .
  6. Edit the new roles_data.yaml and add the new network for the controller:

      networks:
       ...
        - OcProvisioning
  7. Include the new network_data.yaml and roles_data.yaml files in the deploy command:

    -n /home/stack/network_data.yaml \
    -r /home/stack/roles_data.yaml \

3.3. Example Templates

The following is an example template file. This file may not meet the requirements of your environment. Before using this example, make sure it does not interfere with any existing configuration in your environment.

~/templates/ironic.yaml

parameter_defaults:

    NovaSchedulerDefaultFilters:
        - RetryFilter
        - AggregateInstanceExtraSpecsFilter
        - AvailabilityZoneFilter
        - RamFilter
        - DiskFilter
        - ComputeFilter
        - ComputeCapabilitiesFilter
        - ImagePropertiesFilter

    IronicCleaningDiskErase: metadata

In this example:

  • The AggregateInstanceExtraSpecsFilter allows both virtual and bare metal instances, for a hybrid deployment.
  • Disk cleaning that is done before and between deployments only erases the partition table (metadata).

3.4. Deploying the Overcloud

To enable the Bare Metal service, include your ironic environment files with -e when deploying or redeploying the overcloud, along with the rest of your overcloud configuration.

For example:

$ openstack overcloud deploy \
  --templates \
  -e ~/templates/node-info.yaml \
  -e /usr/share/openstack-tripleo-heat-templates/environments/network-isolation.yaml \
  -e ~/templates/network-environment.yaml \
  -e /usr/share/openstack-tripleo-heat-templates/environments/services/ironic.yaml \
  -e ~/templates/ironic.yaml \

For more information about deploying the overcloud, see Creating the Overcloud with the CLI Tools and Including Environment Files in Overcloud Creation.

3.5. Testing the Bare Metal Service

You can use the OpenStack Integration Test Suite to validate your Red Hat OpenStack deployment. For more information, see the OpenStack Integration Test Suite Guide.

Additional Ways to Verify the Bare Metal Service:

  1. Set up the shell to access Identity as the administrative user:

    $ source ~/overcloudrc
  2. Check that the nova-compute service is running on the controller nodes:

    $ openstack compute service list -c Binary -c Host -c Status
  3. If you have changed the default ironic drivers, make sure the required drivers are enabled:

    $ openstack baremetal driver list
  4. Ensure that the ironic endpoints are listed:

    $ openstack catalog list

Chapter 4. Configuring for the Bare Metal Service After Deployment

This section describes the steps necessary to configure your overcloud after deployment.

4.1. Configuring OpenStack Networking

Configure OpenStack Networking to communicate with the Bare Metal service for DHCP, PXE boot, and other requirements. You can configure the bare metal network in two ways:

  • Use a flat bare metal network for Ironic Conductor services. This network must route to the Ironic services on the control plane network.
  • Use a custom composable network to implement Ironic services in the overcloud.

Follow the procedures in this section to configure OpenStack Networking for a single flat network for provisioning onto bare metal, or to configure a new composable network that does not rely on an unused isolated network or a flat network. The configuration uses the ML2 plug-in and the Open vSwitch agent.

Perform all steps in the following procedure on the server that hosts the OpenStack Networking service, while logged in as the root user.

4.1.1. Configuring OpenStack Networking to Communicate with the Bare Metal Service on a flat Bare Metal Network

  1. Configure the shell to access Identity as the administrative user:

    $ source ~/overcloudrc
  2. Create the flat network over which to provision bare metal instances:

    $ openstack network create \
      --provider-network-type flat \
      --provider-physical-network baremetal \
      --share NETWORK_NAME

    Replace NETWORK_NAME with a name for this network. The name of the physical network over which the virtual network is implemented, (in this case baremetal), was set earlier in ~/templates/network-environment.yaml, with the parameter NeutronBridgeMappings.

  3. Create the subnet on the flat network:

    $ openstack subnet create \
      --network NETWORK_NAME \
      --subnet-range NETWORK_CIDR \
      --ip-version 4 \
      --gateway GATEWAY_IP \
      --allocation-pool start=START_IP,end=END_IP \
      --dhcp SUBNET_NAME

    Replace the following values:

    • Replace SUBNET_NAME with a name for the subnet.
    • Replace NETWORK_NAME with the name of the provisioning network you created in the previous step.
    • Replace NETWORK_CIDR with the Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) representation of the block of IP addresses the subnet represents. The block of IP addresses specified by the range started by START_IP and ended by END_IP must fall within the block of IP addresses specified by NETWORK_CIDR.
    • Replace GATEWAY_IP with the IP address or host name of the router interface that will act as the gateway for the new subnet. This address must be within the block of IP addresses specified by NETWORK_CIDR, but outside of the block of IP addresses specified by the range started by START_IP and ended by END_IP.
    • Replace START_IP with the IP address that denotes the start of the range of IP addresses within the new subnet from which floating IP addresses will be allocated.
    • Replace END_IP with the IP address that denotes the end of the range of IP addresses within the new subnet from which floating IP addresses will be allocated.
  4. Create a router for the network and subnet to ensure that the OpenStack Networking Service serves metadata requests:

    $ openstack router create ROUTER_NAME

    Replace ROUTER_NAME with a name for the router.

  5. Attach the network to the new router:

    $ openstack router add network ROUTER_NAME NETWORK

    Replace ROUTER_NAME with the name of your router, and replace NETWORK with the ID or name of the network that you created previously.

  6. Attach the subnet to the new router:

    $ openstack router add subnet ROUTER_NAME BAREMETAL_SUBNET

    Replace ROUTER_NAME with the name of your router and BAREMETAL_SUBNET with the ID or name of the subnet that you created previously. This allows the metadata requests from cloud-init to be served and the node configured.

4.1.2. Configuring OpenStack Networking to Communicate with the Bare Metal Service on a Custom Composable Bare Metal Network

  1. Create a vlan network with a VlanID that matches the OcProvisioning network that you create during deployment. Name the new network provisioning to match the default name of the cleaning network.

    (overcloud) [stack@host01 ~]$ openstack network create \
      --share \
      --provider-network-type vlan \
      --provider-physical-network datacentre \
      --provider-segment 205 provisioning

    If the name of the overcloud network is not provisioning, log onto the controller and run the following commands to rename and restart the network:

    heat-admin@overcloud-controller-0 ~]$ sudo vi /var/lib/config-data/puppet-generated/ironic/etc/ironic/ironic.conf
    heat-admin@overcloud-controller-0 ~]$ sudo docker restart ironic_conductor

4.2. Configuring Node Cleaning

By default, the Bare Metal service is set to use a network named provisioning for node cleaning. However, network names are not unique in OpenStack Networking, so it is possible for a tenant to create a network with the same name, causing a conflict with the Bare Metal service. Therefore, it is recommended to use the network UUID instead.

  1. Configure cleaning by providing the provider network UUID on the controller running the Bare Metal Service:

    ~/templates/ironic.yaml

    parameter_defaults:
        IronicCleaningNetwork: UUID

    Replace UUID with the UUID of the bare metal network created in the previous steps.

    You can find the UUID using openstack network show:

    openstack network show NETWORK_NAME -f value -c id
    Note

    This configuration must be done after the initial overcloud deployment, because the UUID for the network isn’t available beforehand.

  2. Apply the changes by redeploying the overcloud with the openstack overcloud deploy command as described in Section 3.4, “Deploying the Overcloud”.
  3. Uncomment the following line and replace <None> with the UUID of the bare metal network:

    cleaning_network = <None>
  4. Restart the Bare Metal service:

    # systemctl restart openstack-ironic-conductor.service

Redeploying the overcloud with openstack overcloud deploy will revert any manual changes, so make sure you have added the cleaning configuration to ~/templates/ironic.yaml (described in the previous step) before the next time you use openstack overcloud deploy.

4.2.1. Manual Node Cleaning

To manually initiate node cleaning, the node must be in the manageable state.

Node cleaning has two modes:

Metadata only clean - Removes partitions from all disks on a given node. This is a faster clean cycle, but less secure since it only erases partition tables. Only use this mode on trusted tenant environments.

Full clean - Removes all data from all disks, using either ATA secure erase or by shredding. This can take several hours to complete.

To initiate a metadata clean:

$ openstack baremetal node clean _UUID_ \
    --clean-steps '[{"interface": "deploy", "step": "erase_devices_metadata"}]'

To initiate a full clean:

$ openstack baremetal node clean _UUID_ \
    --clean-steps '[{"interface": "deploy", "step": "erase_devices"}]'

Replace UUID with the UUID of the node you would like cleaned.

After a successful cleaning, the node state returns to manageable. If the state is clean failed, check the last_error field for the cause of failure.

4.3. Creating the Bare Metal Flavor

You need to create a flavor to use as a part of the deployment. The specifications (memory, CPU, and disk) of this flavor must be equal to or less than what your bare metal node provides.

  1. Set up the shell to access Identity as the administrative user:

    $ source ~/overcloudrc
  2. List existing flavors:

    $ openstack flavor list
  3. Create a new flavor for the Bare Metal service:

    $ openstack flavor create \
      --id auto --ram RAM \
      --vcpus VCPU --disk DISK \
      --property baremetal=true \
      --public baremetal

    Replace RAM with the amount of memory, VCPU with the number of vCPUs and DISK with the disk storage value. The property baremetal is used to distinguish bare metal from virtual instances.

  4. Verify that the new flavor is created with the respective values:

    $ openstack flavor list

4.4. Creating the Bare Metal Images

The deployment requires two sets of images:

  • The deploy image is used by the Bare Metal service to boot the bare metal node and copy a user image onto the bare metal node. The deploy image consists of the kernel image and the ramdisk image.
  • The user image is the image deployed onto the bare metal node. The user image also has a kernel image and ramdisk image, but additionally, the user image contains a main image. The main image is either a root partition, or a whole-disk image.

    • A whole-disk image is an image that contains the partition table and boot loader. The Bare Metal service does not control the subsequent reboot of a node deployed with a whole-disk image as the node supports localboot.
    • A root partition image only contains the root partition of the operating system. If using a root partition, after the deploy image is loaded into the Image service, you can set the deploy image as the node’s boot image in the node’s properties. A subsequent reboot of the node uses netboot to pull down the user image.

The examples in this section use a root partition image to provision bare metal nodes.

4.4.1. Preparing the Deploy Images

You do not have to create the deploy image as it was already used when the overcloud was deployed by the undercloud. The deploy image consists of two images - the kernel image and the ramdisk image as follows:

ironic-python-agent.kernel
ironic-python-agent.initramfs

These images are often in the home directory, unless you have deleted them, or unpacked them elsewhere. If they are not in the home directory, and you still have the rhosp-director-images-ipa package installed, these images will be in the /usr/share/rhosp-director-images/ironic-python-agent*.tar file.

Extract the images and upload them to the Image service:

$ openstack image create \
  --container-format aki \
  --disk-format aki \
  --public \
  --file ./ironic-python-agent.kernel bm-deploy-kernel
$ openstack image create \
  --container-format ari \
  --disk-format ari \
  --public \
  --file ./ironic-python-agent.initramfs bm-deploy-ramdisk

4.4.2. Preparing the User Image

The final image that you need is the user image that will be deployed on the bare metal node. User images also have a kernel and ramdisk, along with a main image. To download and install these packages, you must first configure whole disk image environment variables to suit your requirements.

4.4.2.1. Disk Image Environment Variables

As a part of the disk image building process, the director requires a base image and registration details to obtain packages for the new overcloud image. You define these aspects using Linux environment variables.

Note

The image building process temporarily registers the image with a Red Hat subscription and unregisters the system once the image building process completes.

To build a disk image, set Linux environment variables that suit your environment and requirements:

DIB_LOCAL_IMAGE
Sets the local image to use as your basis.
REG_ACTIVATION_KEY
Use an activation key instead as part of the registration process.
REG_AUTO_ATTACH
Defines whether or not to automatically attach the most compatible subscription.
REG_BASE_URL
The base URL of the content delivery server to pull packages. The default Customer Portal Subscription Management process uses https://cdn.redhat.com. If using a Red Hat Satellite 6 server, this parameter should use the base URL of your Satellite server.
REG_ENVIRONMENT
Registers to an environment within an organization.
REG_METHOD
Sets the method of registration. Use portal to register a system to the Red Hat Customer Portal. Use satellite to register a system with Red Hat Satellite 6.
REG_ORG
The organization to register the images.
REG_POOL_ID
The pool ID of the product subscription information.
REG_PASSWORD
Gives the password for the user account registering the image.
REG_REPOS
A string of repository names separated with commas (no spaces). Each repository in this string is enabled through subscription-manager.
REG_SAT_URL
The base URL of the Satellite server to register Overcloud nodes. Use the Satellite’s HTTP URL and not the HTTPS URL for this parameter. For example, use http://satellite.example.com and not https://satellite.example.com.
REG_SERVER_URL
Gives the hostname of the subscription service to use. The default is for the Red Hat Customer Portal at subscription.rhn.redhat.com. If using a Red Hat Satellite 6 server, this parameter should use the hostname of your Satellite server.
REG_USER
Gives the user name for the account registering the image.

4.4.3. Installing the User Image

  1. Download the Red Hat Enterprise Linux KVM guest image from the Customer Portal (requires login).
  2. Define DIB_LOCAL_IMAGE as the downloaded image:

    $ export DIB_LOCAL_IMAGE=rhel-server-7.4-x86_64-kvm.qcow2
  3. Set your registration information. If you use Red Hat Customer Portal, you must configure the following information:

    $ export REG_USER='USER_NAME'
    $ export REG_PASSWORD='PASSWORD'
    $ export REG_AUTO_ATTACH=true
    $ export REG_METHOD=portal
    $ export https_proxy='IP_address:port' (if applicable)
    $ export http_proxy='IP_address:port' (if applicable)

    If you use Red Hat Satellite, you must configure the following information:

    $ export REG_USER='USER_NAME'
    $ export REG_PASSWORD='PASSWORD'
    $ export REG_SAT_URL='<SATELLITE URL>'
    $ export REG_ORG='<SATELLITE ORG>'
    $ export REG_ENV='<SATELLITE ENV>'
    $ export REG_METHOD=<METHOD>

    If you have any offline repositories, you can define DIB_YUM_REPO_CONF as local repository configuration:

    $ export DIB_YUM_REPO_CONF=<path-to-local-repository-config-file>
  4. Create the user images using the diskimage-builder tool:

    $ disk-image-create rhel7 baremetal -o rhel-image

    This extracts the kernel as rhel-image.vmlinuz and initial ramdisk as rhel-image.initrd.

  5. Upload the images to the Image service:

    $ KERNEL_ID=$(openstack image create \
      --file rhel-image.vmlinuz --public \
      --container-format aki --disk-format aki \
      -f value -c id rhel-image.vmlinuz)
    $ RAMDISK_ID=$(openstack image create \
      --file rhel-image.initrd --public \
      --container-format ari --disk-format ari \
      -f value -c id rhel-image.initrd)
    $ openstack image create \
      --file rhel-image.qcow2   --public \
      --container-format bare \
      --disk-format qcow2 \
      --property kernel_id=$KERNEL_ID \
      --property ramdisk_id=$RAMDISK_ID \
      rhel-image

4.5. Adding Physical Machines as Bare Metal Nodes

There are two methods to enroll a bare metal node:

  1. Prepare an inventory file with the node details, import the file into the Bare Metal service, then make the nodes available.
  2. Register a physical machine as a bare metal node, then manually add its hardware details and create ports for each of its Ethernet MAC addresses. These steps can be performed on any node which has your overcloudrc file.

Both methods are detailed in this section.

After enrolling the physical machines, Compute is not immediately notified of new resources, because Compute’s resource tracker synchronizes periodically. Changes will be visible after the next periodic task is run. This value, scheduler_driver_task_period, can be updated in /etc/nova/nova.conf. The default period is 60 seconds.

4.5.1. Enrolling a Bare Metal Node With an Inventory File

  1. Create a file overcloud-nodes.yaml, including the node details. Multiple nodes can be enrolled with one file.

    nodes:
        - name: node0
          driver: pxe_ipmitool
          driver_info:
            ipmi_address: <IPMI_IP>
            ipmi_username: <USER>
            ipmi_password: <PASSWORD>
          properties:
            cpus: <CPU_COUNT>
            cpu_arch: <CPU_ARCHITECTURE>
            memory_mb: <MEMORY>
            local_gb: <ROOT_DISK>
            root_device:
                serial: <SERIAL>
          ports:
            - address: <PXE_NIC_MAC>

    Replace the following values:

    • <IPMI_IP> with the address of the Bare Metal controller.
    • <USER> with your username.
    • <PASSWORD> with your password.
    • <CPU_COUNT> with the number of CPUs.
    • <CPU_ARCHITECTURE> with the type of architecture of the CPUs.
    • <MEMORY> with the amount of memory in MiB.
    • <ROOT_DISK> with the size of the root disk in GiB.
    • <MAC_ADDRESS> with the MAC address of the NIC used to PXE boot.

      You only need to include root_device if the machine has multiple disks. Replace <SERIAL> with the serial number of the disk you would like used for deployment.

  2. Set up the shell to use Identity as the administrative user:

    $ source ~/overcloudrc
  3. Import the inventory file into ironic:

    $ openstack baremetal create overcloud-nodes.yaml
  4. The nodes are now in the enroll state.
  5. Specify the deploy kernel and deploy ramdisk on each node:

    $ openstack baremetal node set NODE_UUID \
      --driver-info deploy_kernel=KERNEL_UUID \
      --driver-info deploy_ramdisk=INITRAMFS_UUID

    Replace the following values:

    • Replace NODE_UUID with the unique identifier for the node. Alternatively, use the node’s logical name.
    • Replace KERNEL_UUID with the unique identifier for the kernel deploy image that was uploaded to the Image service. Find this value with:

      $ openstack image show bm-deploy-kernel -f value -c id
    • Replace INITRAMFS_UUID with the unique identifier for the ramdisk image that was uploaded to the Image service. Find this value with:

      $ openstack image show bm-deploy-ramdisk -f value -c id
  6. Set the node’s provisioning state to available:

    $ openstack baremetal node manage _NODE_UUID_
    $ openstack baremetal node provide _NODE_UUID_

    The bare metal service cleans the node if you enabled node cleaning,

  7. Check that the nodes were successfully enrolled:

    $ openstack baremetal node list

    There may be a delay between enrolling a node and its state being shown.

4.5.2. Enrolling a Bare Metal Node Manually

  1. Set up the shell to use Identity as the administrative user:

    $ source ~/overcloudrc
  2. Add a new node:

    $ openstack baremetal node create --driver pxe_impitool --name NAME

    To create a node you must specify the driver name. This example uses pxe_impitool. To use a different driver, you must enable it by setting the IronicEnabledDrivers parameter. For more information on supported drivers, see Appendix A, Bare Metal Drivers.

    Important

    Note the unique identifier for the node.

  3. Update the node driver information to allow the Bare Metal service to manage the node:

    $ openstack baremetal node set NODE_UUID \
      --driver_info PROPERTY=VALUE \
      --driver_info PROPERTY=VALUE

    Replace the following values:

    • Replace NODE_UUID with the unique identifier for the node. Alternatively, use the node’s logical name.
    • Replace PROPERTY with a required property returned by the ironic driver-properties command.
    • Replace VALUE with a valid value for that property.
  4. Specify the deploy kernel and deploy ramdisk for the node driver:

    $ openstack baremetal node set NODE_UUID \
      --driver-info deploy_kernel=KERNEL_UUID \
      --driver-info deploy_ramdisk=INITRAMFS_UUID

    Replace the following values:

    • Replace NODE_UUID with the unique identifier for the node. Alternatively, use the node’s logical name.
    • Replace KERNEL_UUID with the unique identifier for the .kernel image that was uploaded to the Image service.
    • Replace INITRAMFS_UUID with the unique identifier for the .initramfs image that was uploaded to the Image service.
  5. Update the node’s properties to match the hardware specifications on the node:

    $ openstack baremetal node set NODE_UUID \
      --property cpus=CPU \
      --property memory_mb=RAM_MB \
      --property local_gb=DISK_GB \
      --property cpu_arch=ARCH

    Replace the following values:

    • Replace NODE_UUID with the unique identifier for the node. Alternatively, use the node’s logical name.
    • Replace CPU with the number of CPUs.
    • Replace RAM_MB with the RAM (in MB).
    • Replace DISK_GB with the disk size (in GB).
    • Replace ARCH with the architecture type.
  6. OPTIONAL: Configure the node to reboot after initial deployment from a local boot loader installed on the node’s disk, instead of using PXE from ironic-conductor. The local boot capability must also be set on the flavor used to provision the node. To enable local boot, the image used to deploy the node must contain grub2. Configure local boot:

    $ openstack baremetal node set NODE_UUID \
      --property capabilities="boot_option:local"

    Replace NODE_UUID with the unique identifier for the node. Alternatively, use the node’s logical name.

  7. Inform the Bare Metal service of the node’s network card by creating a port with the MAC address of the NIC on the provisioning network:

    $ openstack baremetal port create --node NODE_UUID MAC_ADDRESS

    Replace NODE_UUID with the unique identifier for the node. Replace MAC_ADDRESS with the MAC address of the NIC used to PXE boot.

  8. If you have multiple disks, set the root device hints. This informs the deploy ramdisk which disk it should use for deployment.

    $ openstack baremetal node set NODE_UUID \
      --property root_device={"PROPERTY": "VALUE"}

    Replace with the following values:

    • Replace NODE_UUID with the unique identifier for the node. Alternatively, use the node’s logical name.
    • Replace PROPERTY and VALUE with details about the disk you want used for deployment, for example root_device='{"size": 128}'

      The following properties are supported:

      • model (String): Device identifier.
      • vendor (String): Device vendor.
      • serial (String): Disk serial number.
      • hctl (String): Host:Channel:Target:Lun for SCSI.
      • size (Integer): Size of the device in GB.
      • wwn (String): Unique storage identifier.
      • wwn_with_extension (String): Unique storage identifier with the vendor extension appended.
      • wwn_vendor_extension (String): Unique vendor storage identifier.
      • rotational (Boolean): True for a rotational device (HDD), otherwise false (SSD).
      • name (String): The name of the device, for example: /dev/sdb1 Only use this for devices with persistent names.

        Note

        If you specify more than one property, the device must match all of those properties.

  9. Validate the node’s setup:

    $ openstack baremetal node validate NODE_UUID
    +------------+--------+---------------------------------------------+
    | Interface  | Result | Reason                                      |
    +------------+--------+---------------------------------------------+
    | boot       | False  | Cannot validate image information for node  |
    |            |        | a02178db-1550-4244-a2b7-d7035c743a9b        |
    |            |        | because one or more parameters are missing  |
    |            |        | from its instance_info. Missing are:        |
    |            |        | ['ramdisk', 'kernel', 'image_source']       |
    | console    | None   | not supported                               |
    | deploy     | False  | Cannot validate image information for node  |
    |            |        | a02178db-1550-4244-a2b7-d7035c743a9b        |
    |            |        | because one or more parameters are missing  |
    |            |        | from its instance_info. Missing are:        |
    |            |        | ['ramdisk', 'kernel', 'image_source']       |
    | inspect    | None   | not supported                               |
    | management | True   |                                             |
    | network    | True   |                                             |
    | power      | True   |                                             |
    | raid       | True   |                                             |
    | storage    | True   |                                             |
    +------------+--------+---------------------------------------------+

    Replace NODE_UUID with the unique identifier for the node. Alternatively, use the node’s logical name. The output of the command above should report either True or None for each interface. Interfaces marked None are those that you have not configured, or those that are not supported for your driver.

    Note

    Interfaces may fail validation due to missing 'ramdisk', 'kernel', and 'image_source' parameters. This result is fine, because the Compute service populates those missing parameters at the beginning of the deployment process.

4.6. Using Host Aggregates to Separate Physical and Virtual Machine Provisioning

OpenStack Compute uses host aggregates to partition availability zones, and group together nodes with specific shared properties. When an instance is provisioned, Compute’s scheduler compares properties on the flavor with the properties assigned to host aggregates, and ensures that the instance is provisioned in the correct aggregate and on the correct host: either on a physical machine or as a virtual machine.

The procedure below describes how to do the following:

  • Add the property baremetal to your flavors, setting it to either true or false.
  • Create separate host aggregates for bare metal hosts and compute nodes with a matching baremetal property. Nodes grouped into an aggregate inherit this property.

Creating a Host Aggregate

  1. Set the baremetal property to true on the baremetal flavor.

    $ openstack flavor set baremetal --property baremetal=true
  2. Set the baremetal property to false on the flavors used for virtual instances.

    $ openstack flavor set FLAVOR_NAME --property baremetal=false
  3. Create a host aggregate called baremetal-hosts:

    $ openstack aggregate create --property baremetal=true baremetal-hosts
  4. Add each controller node to the baremetal-hosts aggregate:

    $ openstack aggregate add host baremetal-hosts HOSTNAME
    Note

    If you have created a composable role with the NovaIronic service, add all the nodes with this service to the baremetal-hosts aggregate. By default, only the controller nodes have the NovaIronic service.

  5. Create a host aggregate called virtual-hosts:

    $ openstack aggregate create --property baremetal=false virtual-hosts
  6. Add each compute node to the virtual-hosts aggregate:

    $ openstack aggregate add host virtual-hosts HOSTNAME
  7. If you did not add the following Compute filter scheduler when deploying the overcloud, add it now to the existing list under scheduler_default_filters in /etc/nova/nova.conf:

    AggregateInstanceExtraSpecsFilter

Chapter 5. Administering Bare Metal Nodes

This chapter describes how to provision a physical machine on an enrolled bare metal node. Instances can be launched either from the command line or from the OpenStack dashboard.

5.1. Launching an Instance Using the Command Line Interface

Use the openstack command line interface to deploy a bare metal instance.

Deploying an Instance on the Command Line

  1. Set up the shell to access Identity as the administrative user:

    $ source ~/overcloudrc
  2. Deploy the instance:

    $ openstack server create \
      --nic net-id=NETWORK_UUID \
      --flavor baremetal \
      --image IMAGE_UUID \
      INSTANCE_NAME

    Replace the following values:

    • Replace NETWORK_UUID with the unique identifier for the network that was created for use with the Bare Metal service.
    • Replace IMAGE_UUID with the unique identifier for the disk image that was uploaded to the Image service.
    • Replace INSTANCE_NAME with a name for the bare metal instance.

    To assign the instance to a security group, include --security-group SECURITY_GROUP, replacing SECURITY_GROUP with the name of the security group. Repeat this option to add the instance to multiple groups. For more information on security group management, see the Users and Identity Management Guide.

  3. Check the status of the instance:

    $ openstack server list --name INSTANCE_NAME

5.2. Launch an Instance Using the Dashboard

Use the dashboard graphical user interface to deploy a bare metal instance.

Deploying an Instance in the Dashboard

  1. Log in to the dashboard at http[s]://DASHBOARD_IP/dashboard.
  2. Click Project > Compute > Instances
  3. Click Launch Instance.

    • In the Details tab, specify the Instance Name and select 1 for Count.
    • In the Source tab, select an Image from Select Boot Source, then click the + (plus) symbol to select an operating system disk image. The chosen image will move to Allocated.
    • In the Flavor tab, select baremetal.
    • In the Networks tab, use the + (plus) and - (minus) buttons to move required networks from Available to Allocated. Ensure that the shared network created for the Bare Metal service is selected here.
    • If you would like to assign the instance to a security group, in the Security Groups tab, use the arrow to move the group to Allocated.
  4. Click Launch Instance.

5.3. Configure Port Groups in the Bare Metal Provisioning Service

Note

Port group functionality for bare metal nodes is available in this release as a Technology Preview, and therefore is not fully supported by Red Hat. It should only be used for testing, and should not be deployed in a production environment. For more information about Technology Preview features, see Scope of Coverage Details.

Port groups (bonds) provide a method to aggregate multiple network interfaces into a single ‘bonded’ interface. Port group configuration always takes precedence over an individual port configuration.

If a port group has a physical network, then all the ports in that port group should have the same physical network. The Bare Metal Provisioning service supports configuration of port groups in the instances using configdrive.

Note

Bare Metal Provisioning service API version 1.26 supports port group configuration.

5.3.1. Configure the Switches

To configure port groups in a Bare Metal Provisioning deployment, you need to configure them on the switches manually. You need to make sure that the mode and properties on the switch correspond to the mode and properties on the bare metal side as the naming can vary on the switch.

Note

You cannot use port groups for provisioning and cleaning if you need to boot a deployment using iPXE.

Port group fallback allows all the ports in a port group to fallback to individual switch ports when a connection fails. Based on whether a switch supports port group fallback or not, you can use the ``--support-standalone-ports` and ``--unsupport-standalone-ports` options.

5.3.2. Configure Port Groups in the Bare Metal Provisioning Service

  1. Create a port group by specifying the node to which it belongs, its name, address, mode, properties and whether or not it supports fallback to standalone ports.

    # openstack baremetal port group create --node NODE_UUID --name NAME --address MAC_ADDRESS --mode MODE  --property miimon=100 --property xmit_hash_policy="layer2+3" --support-standalone-ports

    You can also update a port group using the openstack baremetal port group set command.

    If you do not specify an address, the deployed instance’s port group address will be the same as the OpenStack Networking port. The port group will not be configured if the neutron port is not attached.

    During interface attachment, port groups have a higher priority than the ports, so they will be used first. Currently, it is not possible to specify whether a port group or a port is desired in an interface attachment request. Port groups that do not have any ports will be ignored.

    Note

    Port groups have to be configured manually in standalone mode either in the image or by generating the configdrive and adding it to the node’s instance_info. Make sure you have cloud-init version 0.7.7 or later for the port group configuration to work.

  2. Associate a port with a port group:

    • During port creation:

      # openstack baremetal port create --node NODE_UUID --address MAC_ADDRESS --port-group test
    • During port update:

      # openstack baremetal port set PORT_UUID --port-group PORT_GROUP_UUID
  3. Boot an instance by providing an image that has cloud-init or supports bonding.

    To check if the port group has been set up properly, run the following command:

    # cat /proc/net/bonding/bondX

    Here, X is a number autogenerated by cloud-init for each configured port group, starting with a 0 and incremented by one for each configured port group.

5.4. Determining the Host to IP Address Mapping

You can use the following commands to determine which IP addresses are assigned to which host and also to which bare metal node.

This feature allows you to know the host to IP mapping from the undercloud without needing to access the hosts directly.

(undercloud) [stack@host01 ~]$ openstack stack output show overcloud HostsEntry --max-width 80

+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+
| Field        | Value                                                         |
+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+
| description  | The content that should be appended to your /etc/hosts if you |
|              | want to get                                                   |
|              | hostname-based access to the deployed nodes (useful for       |
|              | testing without                                               |
|              | setting up a DNS).                                            |
|              |                                                               |
| output_key   | HostsEntry                                                    |
| output_value | 172.17.0.10 overcloud-controller-0.localdomain overcloud-     |
|              | controller-0                                                  |
|              | 10.8.145.18 overcloud-controller-0.external.localdomain       |
|              | overcloud-controller-0.external                               |
|              | 172.17.0.10 overcloud-controller-0.internalapi.localdomain    |
|              | overcloud-controller-0.internalapi                            |
|              | 172.18.0.15 overcloud-controller-0.storage.localdomain        |
|              | overcloud-controller-0.storage                                |
|              | 172.21.2.12 overcloud-controller-0.storagemgmt.localdomain    |
|              | overcloud-controller-0.storagemgmt                            |
|              | 172.16.0.15 overcloud-controller-0.tenant.localdomain         |
|              | overcloud-controller-0.tenant                                 |
|              | 10.8.146.13 overcloud-controller-0.management.localdomain     |
|              | overcloud-controller-0.management                             |
|              | 10.8.146.13 overcloud-controller-0.ctlplane.localdomain       |
|              | overcloud-controller-0.ctlplane                               |
|              |                                                               |
|              | 172.17.0.21 overcloud-compute-0.localdomain overcloud-        |
|              | compute-0                                                     |
|              | 10.8.146.12 overcloud-compute-0.external.localdomain          |
|              | overcloud-compute-0.external                                  |
|              | 172.17.0.21 overcloud-compute-0.internalapi.localdomain       |
|              | overcloud-compute-0.internalapi                               |
|              | 172.18.0.20 overcloud-compute-0.storage.localdomain           |
|              | overcloud-compute-0.storage                                   |
|              | 10.8.146.12 overcloud-compute-0.storagemgmt.localdomain       |
|              | overcloud-compute-0.storagemgmt                               |
|              | 172.16.0.16 overcloud-compute-0.tenant.localdomain overcloud- |
|              | compute-0.tenant                                              |
|              | 10.8.146.12 overcloud-compute-0.management.localdomain        |
|              | overcloud-compute-0.management                                |
|              | 10.8.146.12 overcloud-compute-0.ctlplane.localdomain          |
|              | overcloud-compute-0.ctlplane                                  |
|              |                                                               |
|              |                                                               |
|              |                                                               |
|              |                                                               |
|              | 10.8.145.16  overcloud.localdomain                            |
|              | 10.8.146.7  overcloud.ctlplane.localdomain                    |
|              | 172.17.0.19  overcloud.internalapi.localdomain                |
|              | 172.18.0.19  overcloud.storage.localdomain                    |
|              | 172.21.2.16  overcloud.storagemgmt.localdomain                |
+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+

To filter a particular host:

(undercloud) [stack@host01 ~]$ openstack stack output show overcloud HostsEntry -c output_value -f value | grep overcloud-controller-0

172.17.0.12 overcloud-controller-0.localdomain overcloud-controller-0
10.8.145.18 overcloud-controller-0.external.localdomain overcloud-controller-0.external
172.17.0.12 overcloud-controller-0.internalapi.localdomain overcloud-controller-0.internalapi
172.18.0.12 overcloud-controller-0.storage.localdomain overcloud-controller-0.storage
172.21.2.13 overcloud-controller-0.storagemgmt.localdomain overcloud-controller-0.storagemgmt
172.16.0.19 overcloud-controller-0.tenant.localdomain overcloud-controller-0.tenant
10.8.146.13 overcloud-controller-0.management.localdomain overcloud-controller-0.management
10.8.146.13 overcloud-controller-0.ctlplane.localdomain overcloud-controller-0.ctlplane

To map the hosts to bare metal nodes:

(undercloud) [stack@host01 ~]$ openstack baremetal node list --fields uuid name instance_info -f json
[
  {
    "UUID": "c0d2568e-1825-4d34-96ec-f08bbf0ba7ae",
    "Instance Info": {
      "root_gb": "40",
      "display_name": "overcloud-compute-0",
      "image_source": "24a33990-e65a-4235-9620-9243bcff67a2",
      "capabilities": "{\"boot_option\": \"local\"}",
      "memory_mb": "4096",
      "vcpus": "1",
      "local_gb": "557",
      "configdrive": "******",
      "swap_mb": "0",
      "nova_host_id": "host01.lab.local"
    },
    "Name": "host2"
  },
  {
    "UUID": "8c3faec8-bc05-401c-8956-99c40cdea97d",
    "Instance Info": {
      "root_gb": "40",
      "display_name": "overcloud-controller-0",
      "image_source": "24a33990-e65a-4235-9620-9243bcff67a2",
      "capabilities": "{\"boot_option\": \"local\"}",
      "memory_mb": "4096",
      "vcpus": "1",
      "local_gb": "557",
      "configdrive": "******",
      "swap_mb": "0",
      "nova_host_id": "host01.lab.local"
    },
    "Name": "host3"
  }
]

5.5. Attaching and Detaching a Virtual Network Interface

The Bare Metal Provisioning service has an API to manage the mapping between virtual network interfaces, for example, the ones used in the OpenStack Networking service and the physical interfaces (NICs). These interfaces are configurable for each Bare Metal Provisioning node, allowing you to set the virtual network interface (VIF) to physical network interface (PIF) mapping logic using the openstack baremetal node vif* commands.

The following example procedure describes the steps to attach and detach VIFs.

  1. List the VIF IDs currently connected to the bare metal node:

    $ openstack baremetal node vif list baremetal-0
    +--------------------------------------+
    | ID                                   |
    +--------------------------------------+
    | 4475bc5a-6f6e-466d-bcb6-6c2dce0fba16 |
    +--------------------------------------+
  2. After the VIF is attached, the Bare Metal service updates the virtual port in the OpenStack Networking service with the actual MAC address of the physical port.

    This can be checked using the following command:

    $ openstack port show 4475bc5a-6f6e-466d-bcb6-6c2dce0fba16 -c mac_address -c fixed_ips
    +-------------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Field       | Value                                                                       |
    +-------------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
    | fixed_ips   | ip_address='192.168.24.9', subnet_id='1d11c677-5946-4733-87c3-23a9e06077aa' |
    | mac_address | 00:2d:28:2f:8d:95                                                           |
    +-------------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
  3. Create a new port on the network where you have created the baremetal-0 node:

    $ openstack port create --network baremetal --fixed-ip ip-address=192.168.24.24 baremetal-0-extra
  4. Remove a port from the instance:

    $ openstack server remove port overcloud-baremetal-0 4475bc5a-6f6e-466d-bcb6-6c2dce0fba16
  5. Check that the IP address no longer exists on the list:

    $ openstack server list
  6. Check if there are VIFs attached to the node:

    $ openstack baremetal node vif list baremetal-0
    $ openstack port list
  7. Add the newly created port:

    $ openstack server add port overcloud-baremetal-0 baremetal-0-extra
  8. Verify the new IP address shows the new port:

    $ openstack server list
    +--------------------------------------+-------------------------+--------+------------------------+----------------+---------+
    | ID                                   | Name                    | Status | Networks               | Image          | Flavor  |
    +--------------------------------------+-------------------------+--------+------------------------+----------------+---------+
    | 53095a64-1646-4dd1-bbf3-b51cbcc38789 | overcloud-controller-2  | ACTIVE | ctlplane=192.168.24.7  | overcloud-full | control |
    | 3a1bc89c-5d0d-44c7-a569-f2a3b4c73d65 | overcloud-controller-0  | ACTIVE | ctlplane=192.168.24.8  | overcloud-full | control |
    | 6b01531a-f55d-40e9-b3a2-6d02be0b915b | overcloud-controller-1  | ACTIVE | ctlplane=192.168.24.16 | overcloud-full | control |
    | c61cc52b-cc48-4903-a971-073c60f53091 | overcloud-novacompute-0overcloud-baremetal-0 | ACTIVE | ctlplane=192.168.24.24 | overcloud-full | compute |
    +--------------------------------------+-------------------------+--------+------------------------+----------------+---------+
  9. Check if the VIF ID is the UUID of the new port:

    $ openstack baremetal node vif list baremetal-0
    +--------------------------------------+
    | ID                                   |
    +--------------------------------------+
    | 6181c089-7e33-4f1c-b8fe-2523ff431ffc |
    +--------------------------------------+
  10. Check if the OpenStack Networking port MAC address is updated and matches one of the Bare Metal service ports:

    $ openstack port show 6181c089-7e33-4f1c-b8fe-2523ff431ffc -c mac_address -c fixed_ips
    +-------------+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Field       | Value                                                                        |
    +-------------+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
    | fixed_ips   | ip_address='192.168.24.24', subnet_id='1d11c677-5946-4733-87c3-23a9e06077aa' |
    | mac_address | 00:2d:28:2f:8d:95                                                            |
    +-------------+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
  11. Reboot the bare metal node so it recognizes the new IP address:

    $ openstack server reboot overcloud-baremetal-0

    After detaching or attaching interfaces, the bare metal OS should remove, add, or modify the network interfaces that have changed. When you replace a port, a DHCP request obtains the new IP address, but this may take some time since the old DHCP lease is still valid. The simplest way to initiate these changes immediately is to reboot the bare metal host.

5.6. Configuring Notifications for the Bare Metal Service

You can configure the bare metal service to display notifications for different events that occur within the service. These notifications can be used by external services for billing purposes, monitoring a data store, and so on. This section describes how to enable these notifications.

To enable notifications for the baremetal service, you need to set the following options in your ironic.conf configuration file.

  • The notification_level option in the [DEFAULT] section determines the minimum priority level for which notifications are sent. The values for this option can be set to debug, info, warning, error, or critical. If the option is set to warning, all notifications with priority level warning, error, or critical are sent, but not notifications with priority level debug or info. If this option is not set, no notifications will be sent. The priority level of each available notification is documented below.
  • The transport_url option in the [oslo_messaging_notifications] section determines the message bus used when sending notifications. If this is not set, the default transport used for RPC is used.

All notifications are emitted on the ironic_versioned_notifications topic in the message bus. Generally, each type of message that traverses the message bus is associated with a topic describing what the message is about.

Note

The notifications can be lost and there is no guarantee that a notification will make it across the message bus to the end user.

Chapter 6. Use Bare Metal Nodes as Instances

This use case allows you to deploy an instance that uses a bare metal node as the underlying hardware. Sahara performs two internal tasks when creating a big data cluster:

  1. Heat is used to create the instances, including the required network.
  2. When the instances are ready (openstack server list will be ACTIVE), sahara connects to each node and applies the configuration for the specified big data plugin. This can include installing additional software, spawning services, and other tasks, until the big data instance is ready.

6.1. Prerequisites

  • Use the default parameters when deploying Bare Metal Provisioning (ironic) and Data Processing (sahara) on the overcloud.
  • All the bare metal nodes must be grouped under a predefined flavor (referred as below as the baremetal_flavor).
  • Mixed configurations combining virtual and bare metal nodes have not been tested, and may not be supported.

Typically, virtual instances are usually connected to a private project network and then accessible through a floating IP pool on a public network). However, an issue could arise if the bare metal machines managed by ironic are accessible only through a single network. As a result, the sahara cluster should be configured to not use a floating IP address pool, but to only use that network. This issue is not limited to bare metal nodes, and could also arise when sahara is used with virtual machines only.

6.2. Generate the Images

You may need to generate new images for the bare metal nodes using sahara-image-elements (including the additional baremetal switch). If doing so, you must also generate the kernel and initrd images. However, you may not need to generate the bare metal images at all, as the images typically generated by sahara-image-elements do work as full-disk images. The bare metal images may be needed for the MapR plugin, because the flavor requires an ephemeral disk and that further requires a partition image. There is currently a known issue for the generation script that prevents the creation of bare metal images. This is expected to be resolved in a future update.

Once the images are generated, you will need to upload them to glance, and then register them in sahara.

6.3. Create the Cluster

In this example, the CDH plugin is used to demonstrate a testing scenario:

  1. Create a typical set of CDH node group templates and cluster templates. However, for this use case you will need to specify the new baremetal_flavor, and you might not require a floating IP address pool. For example, you might allocate:

    • 1x manager
    • 1x master-core
    • 1x master-additional
    • 1x worker-nm-dn
  2. Enable dfs_replication by setting it to 1.
  3. Set the flavor to baremetal_flavor.
  4. Create a cluster: The resulting cluster should initialize successfully, and the instances you deploy should use the bare metal nodes.

Chapter 7. ML2 networking-ansible

This section contains information on the networking-ansible ML2 driver in OpenStack Networking (neutron), integration with OpenStack Bare Metal (ironic), and instructions on enabling and configuring this driver on an overcloud.

7.1. Modular Layer 2 (ML2) networking-ansible

OpenStack Networking (neutron) contains networking-ansible, which is an ML2 driver that uses Ansible Engine Networking to manage network switches. This driver also integrates with OpenStack Bare Metal (ironic) to configure VLANs on switch ports for the bare metal guests. This means that the overcloud deployment process triggers the networking-ansible driver to configure any bare metal guests that use a VLAN neutron network and their respective the physical switch.

The current networking-ansible driver includes the following functionality:

  • Define a VLAN on the switch when creating a network in OpenStack
  • Assign a VLAN to an access port on the switch when creating or updating a port in OpenStack
  • Remove a VLAN from an access port on the switch when deleting a port in OpenStack

7.2. Networking requirements for networking-ansible

The following list outlines the networking requirements to enable networking-ansible functionality.

  • A network switch with Ansible Network Automation support. Red Hat currently only supports the use of Juniper Networks (junos ) switches.
  • The network switch also requires an SSH user so that Ansible Network Automation can interact with the device. This user requires certain permissions on the switch:

    • Access mode
    • Assign a VLAN to a port
    • Create VLANs

    For security purposes, do not provide the SSH user with administrator access to the switch.

  • If managing VLAN manually, prepare the VLANs you intend the switch to use, which involves creating the VLANs for the respective switch ports. This requirement is based on the manage_vlans option when enabling the networking-ansible functionality.
  • The network switch ports reserved for bare metal guests initially require configuration to connect to the dedicated network for introspection. Beyond this, these ports require no additional configuration.

7.3. Openstack Bare Metal (ironic) requirements for networking-ansible

The networking-ansible driver integrates with the Openstack Bare Metal (ironic) service. To ensure successful integration, deploy the ironic service to your overcloud with the following recommendations:

  • The overcloud requires a provisioning network. Use one of the following options:

    • A bridged network for Ironic services.
    • A custom composable network for Ironic services.

    For more examples of configuring the provisioning network, see Chapter 3, Deploying an Overcloud with the Bare Metal Service.

  • The overcloud requires a tenant network for the bare metal systems to use after the provisioning process. The examples in this guide use the default baremetal network mapped to a bridge named br-baremetal. This network also requires a range of VLAN IDs. The following Heat parameters set these values to suit examples in this guide:

    parameter_defaults:
      NeutronNetworkVLANRanges: baremetal:1200:1299
      NeutronFlatNetworks: datacentre,baremetal
      NeutronBridgeMappings: datacentre:br-ex,baremetal:br-baremetal

For more information on deploying OpenStack Bare Metal (ironic), see Chapter 3, Deploying an Overcloud with the Bare Metal Service.

7.4. Enabling networking-ansible ML2 functionality

This procedure contains information on how to enable the networking-ansible ML2 driver in your overcloud. This involves adding two environment files to your deployment:

/usr/share/openstack-tripleo-heat-templates/environments/neutron-ml2-ansible.yaml
This file enables the networking-ansible driver and sets the network type to vlan. This file already exists in the core Heat template collection.
/home/stack/templates/ml2-ansible-hosts.yaml
This file contains details about your switches. You create this file manually.

Procedure

  1. Create the /home/stack/templates/ml2-ansible-hosts.yaml and add the following initial content:

    parameter_defaults:
      ML2HostConfigs:
  2. Include a dict definition in the ML2HostConfigs parameter for each switch in your environment. Each dict key is the name of the switch and defines a specific ansible:[switchname] section in your OpenStack Networking (neutron) ML2 configuration. The dict value for each switch contains the switch details. For example, to configure three switches, add three switch keys to the ML2HostConfigs parameter:

    parameter_defaults:
      ML2HostConfigs:
        switch1:
          [SWITCH DETAILS]
        switch2:
          [SWITCH DETAILS]
        switch3:
          [SWITCH DETAILS]
  3. Include the following key value pairs for each switch dict:

    ansible_network_os
    (Required) The operating system of the switch. Red Hat currently only supports junos.
    ansible_host
    (Required) The IP or hostname of the switch.
    ansible_user
    (Required) The user that Ansible uses to access the switch.
    ansible_ssh_pass
    (Required) The SSH password that Ansible uses to access the switch.
    mac
    Chassis MAC ID of the network device. Used to map the link layer discovery protocol (LLDP) MAC address value to the switch name defined in the ML2HostConfigs configuration.
    manage_vlans
    A Boolean variable to define whether OpenStack Networking (neutron) controls the creation and deletion of VLANs on the physical device. This functionality causes the switch to create and delete VLANs with IDs respective to their Neutron networks. If you have predefined these VLANs on the switch and do not require Neutron to create or delete VLANs on the switch, set this parameter to false. The default value is true.
  4. The following example shows how to map these values to their respective keys in a full ML2HostConfigs parameter:

    parameter_defaults:
      ML2HostConfigs:
        switch1:
          ansible_network_os: junos
          ansible_host: 10.0.0.1
          ansible_user: ansible
          ansible_ssh_pass: "p@55w0rd!"
          mac: 01:23:45:67:89:AB
          manage_vlans: false
  5. Save the /home/stack/templates/ml2-ansible-hosts.yaml file.
  6. When running the overcloud deployment command, include the /usr/share/openstack-tripleo-heat-templates/environments/neutron-ml2-ansible.yaml and /home/stack/templates/ml2-ansible-hosts.yaml files with the -e option:

    $ openstack overcloud deploy --templates \
      ...
      -e /usr/share/openstack-tripleo-heat-templates/environments/neutron-ml2-ansible.yaml \
      -e /home/stack/templates/ml2-ansible-hosts.yaml \
      ...

The director enables the driver as a part of the OpenStack Networking (neutron) API on the neutron_api container.

7.5. Configuring networks for networking-ansible

After deploying the overcloud with bare metal provisioning and the networking-ansible driver enabled, create the following networks for your bare metal nodes:

Provisioning network
Bare metal systems use this network for their initial creation.
Tenant network
Bare metal systems switch to this network after provisioning and use this network for internal communication.

Procedure

  1. Create the provisioning network and subnet. This depends on the type of provisioning network you are using. See Chapter 4, Configuring for the Bare Metal Service After Deployment for information on configuring the provisioning network.
  2. Create a tenant network and subnet:

    $ openstack network create --provider-network-type vlan --provider-physical-network baremetal tenant-net
    $ openstack subnet create --network tenant-net --subnet-range 192.168.3.0/24 --allocation-pool start=192.168.3.10,end=192.168.3.20 tenant-subnet

    Ensure that you set the --provider-network-type option to vlan to ensure networking-ansible functionality.

7.6. Configuring ports for bare metal guests

Bare metal guests require port information to connect to the switch. To accomplish this, set the OpenStack Networking (neutron) port configuration. Use this method if your overcloud does not include bare metal introspection functionality.

Procedure

  1. Create a port for the bare metal node. Use the following example command as a basis to create the port:

    $ openstack baremetal port create [NODE NIC MAC] --node [NODE UUID] \
        --local-link-connection port_id=[SWICH PORT ID] \
        --local-link-connection switch_info=[SWITCH NAME] \
        --local-link-connection switch_id=[SWITCH MAC]

    Replace the following values in brackets with your own environment details:

    [NODE NIC MAC]
    The MAC address of the NIC connected to the switch.
    --node [NODE UUID]
    The UUID of the node that uses the new port.
    --local-link-connection port_id=[SWITCH PORT ID]
    The port ID on the switch connecting to the bare metal node.
    --local-link-connection switch_info=[SWITCH NAME]
    The name of the switch connecting to the bare metal node. The switch name must match the respective switch name you defined in the ML2HostConfigs parameter.
    --local-link-connection switch_id=[SWITCH MAC]
    The MAC address of the switch. This must match the respective mac value from the switch configuration from the ML2HostConfigs parameter. This is an alternative option to using switch_info.

7.7. Testing networking-ansible ML2 functions

After the networking-ansible configuration for the bare metal node is complete, test the functionality to ensure it works. This involves creating a bare metal workload.

Prerequisites

  • An overcloud with OpenStack Baremetal (ironic) services.
  • An enabled networking-ansible ML2 driver.
  • The ML2HostConfigs parameter contains switch access details.
  • A registered bare metal node.

    1. Configuration of the respective bare metal port used for the node connection on the switch.
  • A VLAN-based provisioning network defined in OpenStack Networking (neutron) for initial provisioning.
  • A VLAN-based tenant network defined in OpenStack Networking (neutron) for internal communication.

Procedure

  1. Create the bare metal system:

    openstack server create --flavor baremetal --image overcloud-full --key default --network tenant-net test1

    The overcloud initially creates the bare metal system on the provisioning network. When the creation completes, the networking-ansible driver changes the port configuration on the switch so that the bare metal system uses the tenant network.

Chapter 8. Troubleshooting the Bare Metal Service

The following sections contain information and steps that may be useful for diagnosing issues in a setup with the Bare Metal service enabled.

8.1. PXE Boot Errors

Permission Denied Errors

If you are getting a permission denied error on the console of your Bare Metal service node, make sure you have applied the appropriate SELinux context to the /httpboot and /tftpboot directories as follows:

# semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_content_t "/httpboot(/.*)?"
# restorecon -r -v /httpboot
# semanage fcontext -a -t tftpdir_t "/tftpboot(/.*)?"
# restorecon -r -v /tftpboot

Boot Process Freezes at /pxelinux.cfg/XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX

On the console of your node, if it looks like you are getting an IP address and then the process stops as shown below:

PXE Process Freezes During Boot

This indicates that you might be using the wrong PXE boot template in your ironic.conf file.

$ grep ^pxe_config_template ironic.conf
pxe_config_template=$pybasedir/drivers/modules/ipxe_config.template

The default template is pxe_config.template, so it is easy to miss the i to turn this into ipxe_config.template.

8.2. Login Errors After the Bare Metal Node Boots

When you try to log in at the login prompt on the console of the node with the root password that you set in the configurations steps, but are not able to, it indicates you are not booted in to the deployed image. You are probably stuck in the deploy-kernel/deploy-ramdisk image and the system has yet to get the correct image.

To fix this issue, verify the PXE Boot Configuration file in the /httpboot/pxelinux.cfg/MAC_ADDRESS on the Compute or Bare Metal service node and ensure that all the IP addresses listed in this file correspond to IP addresses on the Bare Metal network.

Note

The only network the Bare Metal service node knows about is the Bare Metal network. If one of the endpoints is not on the network, the endpoint will not be able to reach the Bare Metal service node as a part of the boot process.

For example, the kernel line in your file is as follows:

kernel http://192.168.200.2:8088/5a6cdbe3-2c90-4a90-b3c6-85b449b30512/deploy_kernel selinux=0 disk=cciss/c0d0,sda,hda,vda iscsi_target_iqn=iqn.2008-10.org.openstack:5a6cdbe3-2c90-4a90-b3c6-85b449b30512 deployment_id=5a6cdbe3-2c90-4a90-b3c6-85b449b30512 deployment_key=VWDYDVVEFCQJNOSTO9R67HKUXUGP77CK ironic_api_url=http://192.168.200.2:6385 troubleshoot=0 text nofb nomodeset vga=normal boot_option=netboot ip=${ip}:${next-server}:${gateway}:${netmask} BOOTIF=${mac}  ipa-api-url=http://192.168.200.2:6385 ipa-driver-name=pxe_ipmitool boot_mode=bios initrd=deploy_ramdisk coreos.configdrive=0 || goto deploy
Value in the above example kernel lineCorresponding information

http://192.168.200.2:8088

Parameter http_url in /etc/ironic/ironic.conf file. This IP address must be on the Bare Metal network.

5a6cdbe3-2c90-4a90-b3c6-85b449b30512

UUID of the baremetal node in ironic node-list.

deploy_kernel

This is the deploy kernel image in the Image service that is copied down as /httpboot/<NODE_UUID>/deploy_kernel.

http://192.168.200.2:6385

Parameter api_url in /etc/ironic/ironic.conf file. This IP address must be on the Bare Metal network.

pxe_impitool

The IPMI Driver in use by the Bare Metal service for this node.

deploy_ramdisk

This is the deploy ramdisk image in the Image service that is copied down as /httpboot/<NODE_UUID>/deploy_ramdisk.

If a value does not correspond between the /httpboot/pxelinux.cfg/MAC_ADDRESS and the ironic.conf file:

  1. Update the value in the ironic.conf file
  2. Restart the Bare Metal service
  3. Re-deploy the Bare Metal instance

8.3. The Bare Metal Service Is Not Getting the Right Hostname

If the Bare Metal service is not getting the right hostname, it means that cloud-init is failing. To fix this, connect the Bare Metal subnet to a router in the OpenStack Networking service. The requests to the meta-data agent should now be routed correctly.

8.4. Invalid OpenStack Identity Service Credentials When Executing Bare Metal Service Commands

If you are having trouble authenticating to the Identity service, check the identity_uri parameter in the ironic.conf file and make sure you remove the /v2.0 from the keystone AdminURL. For example, identity_uri should be set to http://IP:PORT.

8.5. Hardware Enrollment

Issues with enrolled hardware can be caused by incorrect node registration details. Ensure that property names and values have been entered correctly. Incorrect or mistyped property names will be successfully added to the node’s details, but will be ignored.

Update a node’s details. This example updates the amount of memory the node is registered to use to 2 GB:

$ openstack baremetal node set --property memory_mb=2048 NODE_UUID

8.6. No Valid Host Errors

If the Compute scheduler cannot find a suitable Bare Metal node on which to boot an instance, a NoValidHost error can be seen in /var/log/nova/nova-conductor.log or immediately upon launch failure in the dashboard. This is usually caused by a mismatch between the resources Compute expects and the resources the Bare Metal node provides.

  1. Check the hypervisor resources that are available:

    $ openstack hypervisor stats show

    The resources reported here should match the resources that the Bare Metal nodes provide.

  2. Check that Compute recognizes the Bare Metal nodes as hypervisors:

    $ openstack hypervisor list

    The nodes, identified by UUID, should appear in the list.

  3. Check the details for a Bare Metal node:

    $ openstack baremetal node list
    $ openstack baremetal node show NODE_UUID

    Verify that the node’s details match those reported by Compute.

  4. Check that the selected flavor does not exceed the available resources of the Bare Metal nodes:

    $ openstack flavor show FLAVOR_NAME
  5. Check the output of openstack baremetal node list to ensure that Bare Metal nodes are not in maintenance mode. Remove maintenance mode if necessary:

    $ openstack baremetal node maintenance unset NODE_UUID
  6. Check the output of openstack baremetal node list to ensure that Bare Metal nodes are in an available state. Move the node to available if necessary:

    $ openstack baremetal node provide NODE_UUID

Appendix A. Bare Metal Drivers

A bare metal node can be configured to use one of the drivers enabled in the Bare Metal service. Each driver is made up of a provisioning method and a power management type. Some drivers require additional configuration. Each driver described in this section uses PXE for provisioning; drivers are listed by their power management type.

You can add drivers with the IronicEnabledDrivers parameter in your ironic.yaml file. By default, pxe_ipmitool, pxe_drac and pxe_ilo are enabled.

For the full list of supported plug-ins and drivers, see Component, Plug-In, and Driver Support in Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

A.1. Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI)

IPMI is an interface that provides out-of-band remote management features, including power management and server monitoring. To use this power management type, all Bare Metal service nodes require an IPMI that is connected to the shared Bare Metal network. Enable the pxe_ipmitool driver, and set the following information in the node’s driver_info:

  • ipmi_address - The IP address of the IPMI NIC.
  • ipmi_username - The IPMI user name.
  • ipmi_password - The IPMI password.

A.2. Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC)

DRAC is an interface that provides out-of-band remote management features, including power management and server monitoring. To use this power management type, all Bare Metal service nodes require a DRAC that is connected to the shared Bare Metal network. Enable the pxe_drac driver, and set the following information in the node’s driver_info:

  • drac_address - The IP address of the DRAC NIC.
  • drac_username - The DRAC user name.
  • drac_password - The DRAC password.

A.3. Integrated Remote Management Controller (iRMC)

iRMC from Fujitsu is an interface that provides out-of-band remote management features including power management and server monitoring. To use this power management type on a Bare Metal service node, the node requires an iRMC interface that is connected to the shared Bare Metal network. Enable the pxe_irmc driver, and set the following information in the node’s driver_info:

  • irmc_address - The IP address of the iRMC interface NIC.
  • irmc_username - The iRMC user name.
  • irmc_password - The iRMC password.

To use IPMI to set the boot mode or SCCI to get sensor data, you must complete the following additional steps:

  1. Enable the sensor method in ironic.conf:

    $ openstack-config --set /etc/ironic/ironic.conf \
       irmc sensor_method METHOD

    Replace METHOD with scci or ipmitool.

  2. If you enabled SCCI, install the python-scciclient package:

    # yum install python-scciclient
  3. Restart the Bare Metal conductor service:

    # systemctl restart openstack-ironic-conductor.service
Note

To use the iRMC driver, iRMC S4 or higher is required.

A.4. Integrated Lights-Out (iLO)

iLO from Hewlett-Packard is an interface that provides out-of-band remote management features including power management and server monitoring. To use this power management type, all Bare Metal nodes require an iLO interface that is connected to the shared Bare Metal network. Enable the pxe_ilo driver, and set the following information in the node’s driver_info:

  • ilo_address - The IP address of the iLO interface NIC.
  • ilo_username - The iLO user name.
  • ilo_password - The iLO password.

You must also install the python-proliantutils package and restart the Bare Metal conductor service:

# yum install python-proliantutils
# systemctl restart openstack-ironic-conductor.service

A.5. SSH and Virsh

Note

The pxe_ssh driver has been deprecated in favor of VirtualBMC, which uses the pxe_ipmitool driver.

The Bare Metal service can access a host that is running libvirt and use virtual machines as nodes. Virsh controls the power management of the nodes.

Important

The SSH driver is for testing and evaluation purposes only. It is not recommended for Red Hat OpenStack Platform enterprise environments.

To use this power management type, the Bare Metal service must have SSH access to an account with full access to the libvirt environment on the host where the virtual nodes will be set up. Enable the pxe_ssh driver, and set the following information in the node’s driver_info:

  • ssh_virt_type - Set this option to virsh.
  • ssh_address - The IP address of the virsh host.
  • ssh_username - The SSH user name.
  • ssh_key_contents - The contents of the SSH private key on the Bare Metal conductor node. The matching public key must be copied to the virsh host.

[[id=VirtualBMC]] === VirtualBMC

VirtualBMC is a utility which can create a virtual baseboard management controller (BMC). A virtual BMC allows you to control virtual machines with the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) protocol, just like a physical machine.

Important

VirtualBMC is for testing and evaluation purposes only. It is not recommended for Red Hat OpenStack Platform enterprise environments.

  1. On the hypervisor hosting the virtual machines, install VirtualBMC:

    # yum install python-virtualbmc
  2. Create a BMC for each virtual machine:

    $ vbmc add DOMAIN --port PORT_NUMBER --username USERNAME --password PASSWORD
  3. Start the virtual BMCs:

    $ vbmc start DOMAIN

    The virtual BMCs do not start automatically, so if you reboot the host machine, remember to start the virtual BMCs again.

A.5.1. Migrating from pxe_ssh to VirtualBMC

If you have an existing virtual overcloud using the pxe_ssh driver, it is possible to migrate to pxe_impitool using Virtual BMC.

  1. Install python-virtualbmc and create BMCs for each virtual machine by following the steps above.
  2. Make sure pxe_impitool is enabled (it is enabled by default). If it is not enabled, include it in your ironic.yaml file and run the openstack overcloud deploy command again to apply the changes.

    parameter_defaults:
      IronicEnabledDrivers:
          - pxe_ipmitool
          - pxe_drac
          - pxe_ilo
  3. Update the driver and driver properties on each node:

    $ openstack baremetal node set NODE \
        --driver pxe_ipmitool \
        --driver-info ipmi_address=IP_ADDRESS \
        --driver-info ipmi_port=PORT \
        --driver-info ipmi_username="USERNAME" \
        --driver-info ipmi_password="PASSWORD"
    • Replace NODE with the name or UUID of the node.
    • Replace IP_ADDRESS with the IP address of the virtual host.
    • Replace PORT with the Virtual BMC port.
  4. Validate that the node has updated correctly:

    $ openstack baremetal node validate NODE | grep power
    • Replace NODE with the name or UUID of the node.

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