This document provides instructions for installing and configuring Bare Metal Provisioning (ironic) as an OpenStack service in the overcloud, and using the service to provision and manage physical machines for end users. Configuring this service allows users to launch instances on physical machines in the same way that they launch virtual machine instances.
The Bare Metal Provisioning 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 Bare Metal Provisioning, see Director Installation and Usage.
This document describes how to manually install Bare Metal Provisioning on an already deployed overcloud. This manual procedure differs from how Bare Metal Provisioning is integrated into later versions of Red Hat OpenStack Platform director. Attempting to upgrade an overcloud that has undergone this process is unsupported and the results are undefined. This document should be treated as a guide to preview what is integrated into later versions of Red Hat OpenStack Platform director.