After working this issue with Quanta/VMware since July of 2014, we finally have a new working issue for the Quanta Winterfell motherboards.

What was happening: You could see everything on the SOL interface, but you could not send any key sequences (no keyboard input was being accepted).

You can grab the BIOS here. F03C3A05 Working BIOS More »

On our OCP Winterfell nodes, in CentOS 6; the 10GB Mellanox NIC’s show up as eth0 and eht1, where the 1GB management interface shows up as eth2. We are also using Brocade 10GB top-of-rack switches. So configuring LLDP was necessary for the servers to advertise themselves to the upstream switches. To do this, we use the LLDPAD package available  in the @base CentOS repo.

The next step is to create a Puppet module/mainfest to:

  1. Install the LLDPAD RPM from YUM.
  2. Start the LLDPAD service
  3. Ensure that the LLDPAD service is set to autostart at boot
  4. Configure eth0 and eth1 to broadcast their LLDP status to the upstream switches
  5. Ensure that it only runs once, not every time puppet agent runs

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Configuring Glace, Cinder and Nova for OpenStack Havana to run on GlusterFS is actually quite simple; assuming that you’ve already got GlusterFS up and running.

So lets first look at my Gluster configuration. As you can see below, I have a Gluster volume defined for Cinder, Glance and Nova.

And I have each of these filesystems mounted.

Now that I have OpenStack Cinder, Nova and Glance installed; I can then configure them to use my Gluster mounts.

Modify /etc/cinder/cinder.conf to reflect the Gluster configuration

Also make sure that /etc/cinder/shares.conf has the Gluster share listed

Then, create the images folder for Glance.

Then, modify the file permissions so that its usable.

Modify the glance configuration to reflect the Gluster mount points in /etc/glance/glance-api.conf

Restart Glance Services

Create nova folder structure

Then, modify the file permissions so that its usable.

Modify nova config in /etc/nova/nova.conf to reflect the Gluster mount points.

Restart nova

Verify OpenStack services

You should now see that Cinder has the GlusterFS mount mounted when issuing the mount command:

Note: on /var/lib/cinder/mnt/92ef2ec54fd18595ed18d8e6027a1b3d type fuse.glusterfs (rw,default_permissions,allow_other,max_read=131072

The OpenCompute systems are the the ideal hardware platform for distributed filesystems. Period. Why? Cheap servers with 10GB NIC’s and a boatload of locally attached cheap storage!

In preparation for deploying RedHat RDO on RHEL, the distributed filesystem I chose was GlusterFS. It’s simple and easy to deploy, and only takes a couple of minutes to have it up and running.

The first thing I did was configure my local 10GB interfaces for heartbeat traffic, to do that I created a sub-interface on VLAN 401 for each node. In this case I used addressing. More »