OpenStack Nova – installation and overview

In this post, we will look into Nova, the cloud fabric component of OpenStack. We will see how Nova is installed and go briefly through the individual components and Nova services. Overview Before getting into the installation process, let us briefly discuss the various components of Nova on the controller and compute nodes. First, there … Continue reading OpenStack Nova – installation and overview

OpenStack supporting services – Glance and Placement

Apart from Keystone, Glance and Placement are two additional infrastructure services that are part of every OpenStack installation. While Glance is responsible for storing and maintaining disk images, Placement (formerly part of Nova) is keeping track of resources and allocation in a cluster. Glance installation Before we get into the actual installation process, let us … Continue reading OpenStack supporting services – Glance and Placement

Openstack Keystone – installation and overview

Today we will dive into OpenStack Keystone, the part of OpenStack that provides services like management of users, roles and projects, authentication and a service catalog to the other OpenStack components. We will first install Keystone and then take a closer look at each of these areas. Installing Keystone As in the previous lab, I … Continue reading Openstack Keystone – installation and overview

Understanding TLS certificates with Ansible and NGINX – part II

In the first part of this short series, we have seen how Ansible can be used to easily generate self-signed certificates. Today, we will turn to more complicated set-ups and learn how to act as a CA, build chains of certificates and create client-certificates. Creating CA and intermediate CA certificates Having looked at the creation … Continue reading Understanding TLS certificates with Ansible and NGINX – part II

Understanding TLS certificates with NGINX and Ansible – part I

If you read technical posts like this one, chances are that you have already had some exposure to TLS certificates, for instance because you have deployed a service that uses TLS and needed to create and deploy certificates for the servers and potentially for clients. Dealing with certificates can be a challenge, and a sound … Continue reading Understanding TLS certificates with NGINX and Ansible – part I

Setting up our OpenStack playground

In this post, we will describe the setup of our Lab environment and install the basic infrastructure services that OpenStack uses. Environment setup In a real world setup, OpenStack runs on a collection of physical servers on which the virtual machines provided by the cloud run. Now most of us will probably not have a … Continue reading Setting up our OpenStack playground

Virtual networking labs – virtual Ethernet networks with VLAN tags

In the previous posts, we have mainly been looking at virtual networking within one single physical hosts. This is nice, but to build cloud environments, we need to establish virtual networks across several physical hosts. In this post, we will start to look into technologies that make this possible and learn how VLAN tagging supports … Continue reading Virtual networking labs – virtual Ethernet networks with VLAN tags