HP Helion OpenStack® CE 1.4 Installation Notes – Day 1 (Rough work)

HP Helion OpenStack® CE 1.4 Installation Notes

Some really basic stuff here just in case anyone is not familiar with getting the binaries onto the system etc..

1. Get the latest installation documentation here -> https://docs.hpcloud.com/helion/community/

2. Download and install a supported base OS from here -> http://www.ubuntu.com/download

3. Register and download the latest Helion OS CC edition from here -> http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/cloud/hphelion-openstack-community.html

4. Use WinSCP (http://winscp.net/eng/download.php) to copy the downloaded Helion OS file to the Ubuntu Seed Server created in step 2 above [ I find WinSCP handy for transferring files between Linux and Windows systems]

Installation Prerequisites

5. Install the following packages on the seed server –

sudo apt-get install -y libvirt-bin openvswitch-switch python-libvirt qemu-system-x86

6. Restart libvirt packages

sudo /etc/init.d/libvirt-bin restart

Obtain a public key

7. Login as root

sudo su –

8. Check if .ssh/id_rsa exists

ls -al ~root/.ssh/

[Note : Different to what is in the installation documentation ]

9. Create one if it does not exist by issuing the following command leaving the passphrase blank

ssh-keygen -t rsa

[Note : Different to what is in the installation documentation ]

[ Note : In the example above file already existed so first time use would be slightly different]

10. Again, check if .ssh/id_rsa exists

ls -al ~root/.ssh/ [Note : Different to what is in the installation documentation ]

Verify & Unpack the installation file

11. Log into the seed vm as root

$ sudo su –

12. The MD5 checksum for version 1.4 should be : e397c2795359d959376e9f3b2fe276e4

$ md5sum /tmp/Helion_Openstack_Community_V1.4.tar.gz

13. Create a work directory and extract the helion install package there

mkdir work

cd work

tar -zxvf /tmp/Helion_Openstack_Community_V1.4.tar.gz


Set DNS servers

14. Edit the overcloud_neutron_dhcp_agent.json file located in the installation media (tripleo/hp_passthrough/overcloud_neutron_dhcp_agent.json) to include the following line replacing with your DNS server details.


15. Copy the overcloud_neutron_dhcp_agent.json file to a new file named undercloud_neutron_dhcp_agent.json to configure the same forwarders for the undercloud.

cp tripleo/hp_passthrough/overcloud_neutron_dhcp_agent.json tripleo/hp_passthrough/undercloud_neutron_dhcp_agent.json

Start the Installation

16. Start the installation using the following command

HP_VM_MODE=y bash -x ~root/work/tripleo/tripleo-incubator/scripts/hp_ced_host_manager.sh –create seed

16. FAILURE ……

+ echo ‘Mon Nov 3 14:37:55 GMT 2014 — Watch for seed VM configure signal.’

Mon Nov 3 14:37:55 GMT 2014 — Watch for seed VM configure signal.

+ timeout 600 sh -c ‘printf “HTTP/1.0 200 OKrnrnrn” |

nc -l 27410 | grep -q seedImageID’

error: Failed to start domain seed

error: internal error: process exited while connecting to monitor: qemu: at most 2047 MB RAM can be simulated


17. Go to the troubleshooting documentation located here https://docs.hpcloud.com/helion/community/troubleshooting/

18. How embarrassing … a quick google indicates a potential 32 bit issue…in my rush to spin up an Ubuntu 14.04 server I somehow managed to download one of the 32 bit binaries..doh!!! That’s what I get for attempting to multi-task whilst installing Helion OpenStack.

Update 01/12/14: See post for work around.

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