Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1. About this Release

This release of Red Hat OpenStack Platform is based on the OpenStack "Train" 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 "Train" release itself are available at the following location: https://releases.openstack.org/train/index.html.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform uses components from other Red Hat products. For specific information pertaining to the support of these components, see 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. For more details about the add-on, see http://www.redhat.com/products/enterprise-linux-add-ons/high-availability/. For details about the package versions to use in combination with Red Hat OpenStack Platform, see https://access.redhat.com/site/solutions/509783.

1.2. Requirements

This version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform runs on the most recent fully supported release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2.

The Red Hat OpenStack Platform dashboard 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
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Mozilla 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. Product Certification Catalog

For a list of the Red Hat Official Product Certification Catalog, see Product Certification Catalog.

1.8. Bare Metal Provisioning Operating Systems

For a list of the 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).

1.9. Hypervisor Support

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

This release of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform runs with Bare Metal Provisioning.

Bare Metal Provisioning has been fully supported since the release of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 7 (Kilo). Bare Metal Provisioning allows you to provision bare-metal machines using common technologies (such as PXE 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 or non-KVM libvirt hypervisors.

1.10. Content Delivery Network (CDN) Repositories

This section describes the repositories required to deploy Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.1.

You can install Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.1 through the Content Delivery Network (CDN) using subscription-manager. For more information, see Preparing the undercloud.

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.

1.10.1. Undercloud repositories

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.1 runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2. As a result, you must lock the content from these repositories to the respective Red Hat Enterprise Linux version.

Note

If you synchronize repositories with Red Hat Satellite, you can enable specific versions of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux repositories. However, the repository remains the same despite the version you choose. For example, you can enable the 8.2 version of the BaseOS repository, but the repository name is still rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-eus-rpms despite the specific version you choose.

Warning

Any repositories outside the ones specified here are not supported. Unless recommended, do not enable any other products or repositories outside the ones listed in the following tables or else you might encounter package dependency issues. Do not enable Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL).

Core repositories

The following table lists core repositories for installing the undercloud.

NameRepositoryDescription of requirement

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - BaseOS (RPMs) Extended Update Support (EUS)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-eus-rpms

Base operating system repository for x86_64 systems.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - AppStream (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-eus-rpms

Contains Red Hat OpenStack Platform dependencies.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - High Availability (RPMs) Extended Update Support (EUS)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-highavailability-eus-rpms

High availability tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Used for Controller node high availability.

Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.9 for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

ansible-2.9-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Ansible Engine for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Used to provide the latest version of Ansible.

Advanced Virtualization for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

advanced-virt-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Provides virtualization packages for OpenStack Platform.

Red Hat Satellite Tools for RHEL 8 Server RPMs x86_64

satellite-tools-6.5-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Tools for managing hosts with Red Hat Satellite 6.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.1 for RHEL 8 (RPMs)

openstack-16.1-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Core Red Hat OpenStack Platform repository, which contains packages for Red Hat OpenStack Platform director.

Red Hat Fast Datapath for RHEL 8 (RPMS)

fast-datapath-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Provides Open vSwitch (OVS) packages for OpenStack Platform.

Ceph repositories

The following table lists Ceph Storage related repositories for the undercloud.

NameRepositoryDescription of Requirement

Red Hat Ceph Storage Tools 4 for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

rhceph-4-tools-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Provides tools for nodes to communicate with the Ceph Storage cluster. The undercloud requires the ceph-ansible package from this repository if you plan to use Ceph Storage in your overcloud.

IBM POWER repositories

The following table contains a list of repositories for Red Hat Openstack Platform on POWER PC architecture. Use these repositories in place of equivalents in the Core repositories.

NameRepositoryDescription of requirement

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Power, little endian - BaseOS (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-ppc64le-baseos-rpms

Base operating system repository for ppc64le systems.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for IBM Power, little endian - AppStream (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-ppc64le-appstream-rpms

Contains Red Hat OpenStack Platform dependencies.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for IBM Power, little endian - High Availability (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-ppc64le-highavailability-rpms

High availability tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Used for Controller node high availability.

Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.8 for RHEL 8 IBM Power, little endian (RPMs)

ansible-2.8-for-rhel-8-ppc64le-rpms

Ansible Engine for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Provides the latest version of Ansible.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.1 for RHEL 8 (RPMs)

openstack-16.1-for-rhel-8-ppc64le-rpms

Core Red Hat OpenStack Platform repository for ppc64le systems.

1.10.2. Overcloud repositories

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.1 runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2. As a result, you must lock the content from these repositories to the respective Red Hat Enterprise Linux version.

Note

If you synchronize repositories with Red Hat Satellite, you can enable specific versions of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux repositories. However, the repository remains the same despite the version you choose. For example, you can enable the 8.2 version of the BaseOS repository, but the repository name is still rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-eus-rpms despite the specific version you choose.

Warning

Any repositories outside the ones specified here are not supported. Unless recommended, do not enable any other products or repositories outside the ones listed in the following tables or else you might encounter package dependency issues. Do not enable Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL).

Core repositories

The following table lists core repositories for installing the overcloud.

NameRepositoryDescription of requirement

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - BaseOS (RPMs) Extended Update Support (EUS)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-eus-rpms

Base operating system repository for x86_64 systems.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - AppStream (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-eus-rpms

Contains Red Hat OpenStack Platform dependencies.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - High Availability (RPMs) Extended Update Support (EUS)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-highavailability-eus-rpms

High availability tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.9 for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

ansible-2.9-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Ansible Engine for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Used to provide the latest version of Ansible.

Advanced Virtualization for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

advanced-virt-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Provides virtualization packages for OpenStack Platform.

Red Hat Satellite Tools for RHEL 8 Server RPMs x86_64

satellite-tools-6.5-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Tools for managing hosts with Red Hat Satellite 6.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.1 for RHEL 8 (RPMs)

openstack-16.1-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Core Red Hat OpenStack Platform repository.

Red Hat Fast Datapath for RHEL 8 (RPMS)

fast-datapath-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Provides Open vSwitch (OVS) packages for OpenStack Platform.

Red Hat Ceph Storage Tools 4 for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

rhceph-4-tools-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Tools for Red Hat Ceph Storage 4 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

Ceph repositories

The following table lists Ceph Storage related repositories for the overcloud.

NameRepositoryDescription of Requirement

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - BaseOS (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-rpms

Base operating system repository for x86_64 systems.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - AppStream (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-rpms

Contains Red Hat OpenStack Platform dependencies.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - High Availability (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-highavailability-rpms

High availability tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.9 for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

ansible-2.9-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Ansible Engine for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Used to provide the latest version of Ansible.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.1 Director Deployment Tools for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

openstack-16.1-deployment-tools-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Packages to help director configure Ceph Storage nodes.

Red Hat Ceph Storage OSD 4 for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

rhceph-4-osd-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

(For Ceph Storage Nodes) Repository for Ceph Storage Object Storage daemon. Installed on Ceph Storage nodes.

Red Hat Ceph Storage MON 4 for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

rhceph-4-mon-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

(For Ceph Storage Nodes) Repository for Ceph Storage Monitor daemon. Installed on Controller nodes in OpenStack environments using Ceph Storage nodes.

Red Hat Ceph Storage Tools 4 for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs)

rhceph-4-tools-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms

Provides tools for nodes to communicate with the Ceph Storage cluster. This repository should be enabled for all nodes when deploying an overcloud with a Ceph Storage cluster.

Real Time repositories

The following table lists repositories for Real Time Compute (RTC) functionality.

NameRepositoryDescription of requirement

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - Real Time (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-rt-rpms

Repository for Real Time KVM (RT-KVM). Contains packages to enable the real time kernel. Enable this repository for all Compute nodes targeted for RT-KVM. NOTE: You need a separate subscription to a Red Hat OpenStack Platform for Real Time SKU to access this repository.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - Real Time for NFV (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-x86_64-nfv-rpms

Repository for Real Time KVM (RT-KVM) for NFV. Contains packages to enable the real time kernel. Enable this repository for all NFV Compute nodes targeted for RT-KVM. NOTE: You need a separate subscription to a Red Hat OpenStack Platform for Real Time SKU to access this repository.

IBM POWER repositories

The following table lists repositories for Openstack Platform on POWER PC architecture. Use these repositories in place of equivalents in the Core repositories.

NameRepositoryDescription of requirement

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Power, little endian - BaseOS (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-ppc64le-baseos-rpms

Base operating system repository for ppc64le systems.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for IBM Power, little endian - AppStream (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-ppc64le-appstream-rpms

Contains Red Hat OpenStack Platform dependencies.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for IBM Power, little endian - High Availability (RPMs)

rhel-8-for-ppc64le-highavailability-rpms

High availability tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Used for Controller node high availability.

Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.8 for RHEL 8 IBM Power, little endian (RPMs)

ansible-2.8-for-rhel-8-ppc64le-rpms

Ansible Engine for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Used to provide the latest version of Ansible.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.1 for RHEL 8 (RPMs)

openstack-16.1-for-rhel-8-ppc64le-rpms

Core Red Hat OpenStack Platform repository for ppc64le systems.

1.11. 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 Red Hat OpenStack Platform deployment. Facilities available via the Customer Portal include:

  • Product documentation
  • Knowledge base articles and solutions
  • Technical briefs
  • 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 Red Hat OpenStack Platform 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.