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OpenStack Virtual Baremetal on a Public Cloud

Background

At long last, OVB has reached the goal we set for it way back when it was more idea than reality. The plan was to come up with a system where we could test baremetal deployment against OpenStack instances in an arbitrary cloud. That would allow something like TripleO CI to scale, for all practical purposes, infinitely. For years this wasn't possible because OVB required some configuration and/or hacks that were not appropriate for production clouds, which limited it to use in specific CI-oriented clouds. Theoretically it has been possible to use OVB on normal clouds for a couple of years now, but in practice public clouds were either running OpenStack versions that were too old or didn't expose the necessary features. Fortunately, this is no longer true.

Zuul Status Page Production-Ready Configuration

About a year ago I got fed up with all the dynamic Zuul status pages (like this one). They're extremely heavyweight pages that make my browser grind almost constantly and there's no way to disable the auto-refresh while you're looking through the list. At least not that I found, and when I asked on openstack-dev the responses agreed.

So I wrote my own.

Ansible Tower with TripleO

I was asked to look into integrating Ansible Tower with TripleO a while back. It actually wasn't that difficult to do, but I've finally gotten around to recording a demo video showing how. In this post I will also provide a brief overview of how I installed Ansible Tower.

OpenStack Virtual Baremetal Usability Improvements

If you've looked at the OVB repo or docs recently you may notice that there have been some significant changes. This is a good news-good news situation: the changes are backwards compatible and if you use the new configuration method it's much easier to deploy with some of the more advanced options in OVB.

Creating OpenStack Client Instances in Python

So you're writing a Python application and you want to talk to an OpenStack service. Or maybe even multiple services. A quick Google turns up something like python-novaclient, which provides a way to create an instance of a Nova client in Python. Great! We're done here, right? Not so fast, my friend.

TripleO Network Isolation Template Generator Update

Just a quick update on the TripleO Network Isolation Template Generator. A few new features have been added recently that may be of interest.

Writing TripleO Specs

I was recently copied on an email from a team with a lot of new contributors to TripleO that was wondering if there was any sort of tips or guidelines for writing specs. My initial reaction was "The spec templates tell you how to write them." Then I realized that if you haven't ever written a spec before you may not know that. So, with that said, here are some of my thoughts on spec writing:

Disclaimer: These are my thoughts and opinions only. This is not endorsed by TripleO or anyone else in the OpenStack community. I'm just writing it in the hopes that it will be helpful.

New Features and Better Documentation for OVB

Just a quick note about the latest OVB news. First is that the docs are no longer one big flat README file. This should make them much more consumable. The shiny new docs are being published at Read The Docs.

You may also note that there are some new bits in these docs. Some of these (like QuintupleO deployments) are not really new but were previously undocumented. Others (heterogeneous deployments) are actually pretty new. There are more details about both in the docs. As always, let me know if you have any feedback.

Git and Gerrit Demo Video Series

I've been meaning to do something like this for about 3 years and finally got around to it. It's a video series in which I go over a number of common Git and Gerrit activities for doing OpenStack development. As I mention in the intro, this isn't intended to be Baby's First Git/OpenStack Tutorial (although I do go over some pretty basic stuff) because there are other resources for that. What it is intended to cover is the stuff I periodically see questions about from other OpenStack developers. I'm hoping it will be helpful for new and even more experienced developers.

Undercloud Testing in a Standalone VM

There are times where it can be handy to test an undercloud install in a standalone VM. For example, if you're working on installing a new service, or upgrading the undercloud, many times you can make progress in a lighter weight single VM environment. Obviously the undercloud won't be usable for anything if it's not part of a full virt environment, but you can at least check that a service is running at the end of the install and do some basic sanity checks.

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