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Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1. About this Release

This release of Red Hat OpenStack Platform is based on the OpenStack "Queens" release. It includes additional features, known issues, and resolved issues specific to Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

Only changes specific to Red Hat OpenStack Platform are included in this document. The release notes for the OpenStack "Queens" release itself are available at the following location: https://releases.openstack.org/queens/index.html.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform uses components from other Red Hat products. See the following links for specific information pertaining to the support of these components:

https://access.redhat.com/site/support/policy/updates/openstack/platform/

To evaluate Red Hat OpenStack Platform, sign up at:

http://www.redhat.com/openstack/.

Note

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add-On is available for Red Hat OpenStack Platform use cases. See the following URL for more details on the add-on: http://www.redhat.com/products/enterprise-linux-add-ons/high-availability/. See the following URL for details on the package versions to use in combination with Red Hat OpenStack Platform: https://access.redhat.com/site/solutions/509783

1.2. Requirements

Red Hat OpenStack Platform supports only the most recent release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

The Red Hat OpenStack Platform dashboard (horizon) is a web-based interface that allows you to manage OpenStack resources and services. The dashboard for this release supports the latest stable versions of the following web browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Firefox ESR
  • Internet Explorer 11 and later (with Compatibility Mode disabled)

    Note

    You can use Internet Explorer 11 to display the dashboard but expect a degradation of some functionalities because the browser is no longer maintained.

1.3. Deployment Limits

For a list of deployment limits for Red Hat OpenStack Platform, see Deployment Limits for Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

1.4. Database Size Management

For recommended practices on maintaining the size of the MariaDB databases in your Red Hat OpenStack Platform environment, see Database Size Management for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

1.5. Certified Drivers and Plug-ins

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

1.6. Certified Guest Operating Systems

For a list of the certified guest operating systems in Red Hat OpenStack Platform, see Certified Guest Operating Systems in Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

1.7. Bare Metal Provisioning Supported Operating Systems

For a list of the supported guest operating systems that can be installed on bare metal nodes in Red Hat OpenStack Platform through Bare Metal Provisioning (ironic), see Supported Operating Systems Deployable With Bare Metal Provisioning (ironic).

1.8. Hypervisor Support

Red Hat OpenStack Platform is only supported for use with the libvirt driver (using KVM as the hypervisor on Compute nodes).

Ironic has been fully supported since the release of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 7 (Kilo). Ironic allows you to provision bare-metal machines using common technologies (such as PXE boot and IPMI) to cover a wide range of hardware while supporting pluggable drivers to allow the addition of vendor-specific functionality.

Red Hat does not provide support for other Compute virtualization drivers such as the deprecated VMware "direct-to-ESX" hypervisor, and non-KVM libvirt hypervisors.

1.9. Content Delivery Network (CDN) Repositories

This section describes the repository settings required to deploy Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13.

You can install Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 through the Content Delivery Network (CDN). To do so, configure subscription-manager to use the correct repositories.

Run the following command to enable a CDN repository:

#subscription-manager repos --enable=[reponame]

Run the following command to disable a CDN repository:

#subscription-manager repos --disable=[reponame]

Table 1.1. Required Repositories (x86_64)

Repository NameRepository Label

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server (RPMS)

rhel-7-server-rpms

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server - RH Common (RPMs)

rhel-7-server-rh-common-rpms

Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability (for RHEL 7 Server)

rhel-ha-for-rhel-7-server-rpms

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 for RHEL 7 (RPMs)

rhel-7-server-openstack-13-rpms

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server - Extras (RPMs)

rhel-7-server-extras-rpms

Table 1.2. Optional Repositories (x86_64)

Repository NameRepository Label

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server - Optional

rhel-7-server-optional-rpms

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 Operational Tools for RHEL 7 (RPMs)

rhel-7-server-openstack-13-optools-rpms

Table 1.3. Required Repositories (ppc64le)

Repository NameRepository Label

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Power, little endian

rhel-7-for-power-le-rpms

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 for RHEL 7 (RPMs)

rhel-7-server-openstack-13-for-power-le-rpms

Repositories to Disable

The following table outlines the repositories you must disable to ensure Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 functions correctly.

Table 1.4. Repositories to Disable

Repository NameRepository Label

Red Hat CloudForms Management Engine

"cf-me-*"

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

"rhel-7-server-rhev*"

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server - Extended Update Support

"*-eus-rpms"

Warning

Some packages in the Red Hat OpenStack Platform software repositories conflict with packages provided by the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) software repositories. The use of Red Hat OpenStack Platform on systems with the EPEL software repositories enabled is unsupported.

1.10. Product Support

Available resources include:

Customer Portal

The Red Hat Customer Portal offers a wide range of resources to help guide you through planning, deploying, and maintaining your OpenStack deployment. Facilities available via the Customer Portal include:

  • Knowledge base articles and solutions.
  • Technical briefs.
  • Product documentation.
  • Support case management.

Access the Customer Portal at https://access.redhat.com/.

Mailing Lists

Red Hat provides these public mailing lists that are relevant to OpenStack users:

  • The rhsa-announce mailing list provides notification of the release of security fixes for all Red Hat products, including Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

Subscribe at https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/rhsa-announce.

1.11. Unsupported Features

The following features are not supported in Red Hat OpenStack Platform:

  • Custom policies, which includes modification of policy.json files either manually or through any *Policies heat parameters. Do not modify the default policies unless the documentation contains explicit instructions to do so.

If you require support for any of these features, please contact the Red Hat Customer Experience and Engagement team to obtain a support exception.