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[OpenStack Beginner’s Guide for Ubuntu 11.04] – Instance Management

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Instance management

An instance is a virtual machine provisioned by OpenStack on one of the nova-compute servers. When you launch an instance, a series of steps are triggered on various components of the OpenStack. During the life cycles of an instance, it moves through various stages as shown in the diagram below:

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[OpenStack Beginner’s Guide for Ubuntu 11.04] – Image Management

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Image management

There are several pre-built images for OpenStack available from  various sources. You can download such images and use them to get familiar with OpenStack. You can refer to  http://docs.openstack.org/cactus/openstack-compute/admin/content/starting-images.html for details on using such images.

For any production deployment,  you may like to have the ability to bundle custom images, with a custom set of applications or configuration. This chapter will guide you through the process of creating Linux images of Debian and Redhat based distributions from scratch. We have also covered an approach to bundling Windows images. Read the rest of this entry »

[OpenStack Beginner’s Guide for Ubuntu 11.04] – Installation and Configuration

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Installation and configuration

The following section describes how to set up a minimal cloud infrastructure based on OpenStack using 3 machines. These machines are referred to in this and subsequent chapters as Server1 and Server2 and Client1. Server1 runs all the 7 components of Nova as well as Glance and OpenStack dashboard. Server2 runs only nova-compute. Since OpenStack components follow a shared-nothing policy, each component or any group of components can be installed any server.
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OpenStack Beginner’s Guide for Ubuntu 11.04, Natty Narhwal

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Canonical has recently joined OpenStack consortium and has started working actively on adding OpenStack support in Ubuntu. Encouraged by the way users of UEC received our “Eucalyptus Beginner’s Guide, UEC Edition”, we have started working on the book “OpenStack Beginner’s Guide for Ubuntu 11.04, Natty Narhwal” and hope to release all the chapters of the book soon here as articles followed by a pdf version of the book.

  1. Introduction to OpenStack and its components
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Image Management
  4. Instance Management
  5. Storage Management
  6. Network Management
  7. Role Based Access Control
  8. Security
  9. OpenStack Commands