|By Jonathan Gershater||
|June 10, 2012 11:00 AM EDT||
To learn more about Cloud IaaS offerings, I painlessly setup Cloudstack, from Citrix, on two (outdated and defunct) DELL Optiplex 740 desktop computers.
Each desktop is configured with 8GB of memory and the processors are VT compatible (meaning they can run virtualization technology software – a hypervisor).
At first attempt, the Cloudstack software would not recognize the internal disk drives. Thinking that my old hardware would not run cloudstack, I researched the non-descript error and decided that the installer was not able to detect the disks because of the pre-existing software installed.
Thus I proceeded as follows to create clean disks:
- I created a “live CD”, a bootable CD, with partitioning software.
- I booted each DELL from the “live CD” and deleted the partitions on the disk.
Install the Hypervisor XENSERVER on Dell 1
- IP address (10.10.1.20) and hostname (xenserver.local) ready
- Download XenServer 6.0.2
- Boot from CD
- Select a keyboard layout
- Accept the license
- Skip the disk check
- Set a root password
- Enter IP information for the network card
- Select the timezone
- Select “install XENSERVER”
After the install, output should look like:
[root@xenserver ~]# uname -a
Linux xenserver.local 184.108.40.206-0.7.1.xs220.127.116.112.170665xen #1
Install the Cloudstack Manager on Dell 2
- I created a CD of Centos6 using the minimal download
- Booted the DELL from the Centos CD and performed a basic install, ensuring that I configured a static IP address (10.10.1.19) and FQDN(cloudstack.local).
- Thus my output of “uname –a” is: Linux cloudstack.local 2.6.32-220.17.1.el6.x86_64
- I set the enforcing level of Linux to “permissive” by editing the file “vi /etc/selinux/config” and running the command root@cloudstack ~]# setenforce permissive
- Disable the firewall [root@cloudstack ~]# service iptables stop and [root@cloudstack ~]#chkconfig iptables off
8. I installed wget
root@cloudstack ~]# yum install wget
9. I updated the OS
root@cloudstack ~]#yum update
10. From the Centos shell I downloaded Cloudstack
root@cloudstack ~]wget: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cloudstack/files/CloudStack%20Acton/3.0.2/CloudStack-oss-3.0.2-1-rhel6.2.tar.gz/download
11. unzipped the download
[root@cloudstack ~]# tar xvf CloudStack-oss-3.0.2-1-rhel6.2.tar.g
12. Started the installer:
a. [root@cloudstack ~]# cd CloudStack-oss-3.0.2-1-rhel6.2
b. [root@cloudstack ~]# ./install.sh
c. Enter “M” for the Management server
d. [root@cloudstack ~]#service rpcbind start & [root@cloudstack ~]#chkconfig rpcbind on
e. [root@cloudstack ~]#service nfs start & [root@cloudstack ~]#chkconfig nfs on
13. Setup MySQL :
a. Rerun the installer: [root@cloudstack ~]# ./install.sh
b. Select “D” for database
c. [root@cloudstack ~]# vi /etc/my.cnf so that it looks like this:
binlog-format = 'ROW'
# Disabling symbolic-links is recommended to prevent assorted security risks
d. [root@cloudstack ~]# service mysqld restart
e. [root@cloudstack ~]# mysql -u root
f. Create a password:
i. mysql> SET PASSWORD = PASSWORD (‘password’);
g. Setup the databases
i. [root@cloudstack ~]# cloud-setup-databases cloud:deepsecurity@localhost --deploy-as=root:”password”
14. Setup the cloud manager
a. [root@cloudstack ~]# cloud-setup-management
15. Setup NFS sharing:
a. [root@cloudstack ~]# more /etc/exports
b. [root@cloudstack ~]# exportfs –a
c. create mountpoints
i. [root@cloudstack ~]# mkdir -p /export/primary
ii. [root@cloudstack ~]# mkdir -p /export/secondary
16. Setup the cloud template:
a. # /usr/lib64/cloud/agent/scripts/storage/secondary/cloud-install-sys-tmplt –m
b. # /export/secondary -u http://download.cloud.com/templates/acton/acton-systemvm-
c. # /usr/lib64/cloud/agent/scripts/storage/secondary/cloud-install-sys-tmplt -m /export/secondary -u http://download.cloud.com/templates/acton/acton-systemvm-02062012.vhd.bz2 -h xenserver -F
17. Login to the UI
b. Perform a basic setup
c. Set the “admin” password
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