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Microstack Demo

These are instructions for setting up the demo that originally ran at the Denver Open Infrastructure Summit in April of 2019. We'll set up a working kubernetes cloud on top of microstack, demonstrating how to deploy a workload on top of our cloud.

System Requirements

This Demo must be run on a machine with the following specs:

  • 16GB or more of RAM
  • ~ 100G of free hard disk space
  • A quad core or better cpu
  • Virtualization extensions enabled on the cpu
  • Ubuntu 16.04 or higher.

Example machines:

  • A laptop running Ubuntu 19.04, with 32GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a quad core i7 processor.
  • A kvm instance running on the above laptop with 16GB of RAM, Ubuntu 18.04 installed, a 120G hard drive, and 4 cpus.

Machine Setup

First, you'll need to install some dependencies on your machine.

Obviously, we'll need to install microstack. We'll also install the juju and kubectl snaps, which will give us tools to deploy and manage kubernetes, respectively.

sudo snap install --classic --beta microstack
sudo snap install --classic juju
sudo snap install --classic kubectl

To make sure that you can use the snaps we've installed, add /snap/bin to your path

export PATH=/snap/bin:$PATH


sudo vim /etc/environment

Add /snap/bin to the beginning of your path, and save the file, then:

source /etc/environment

Performance Considerations

Openstack runs a lot of processes, and opens a lot of network connections. You may want to tweak your system networking and virtualization defaults to accommodate this:

echo fs.inotify.max_queued_events=1048576 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf
echo fs.inotify.max_user_instances=1048576 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf
echo fs.inotify.max_user_watches=1048576 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf
echo vm.max_map_count=262144 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf
echo vm.swappiness=1 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf
sudo sysctl -p

Initialize MicroStack

At this point, you have all the OpenStack bits on disk, and the services are running. But they still have to be configured to talk to each other. Plus, you need a root password and other niceties. Run the init script to set all of that up:

microstack.init --auto

(Note that you may leave --auto out at present. The init script will be interactive in the very near future, however, and if you are scripting, you'll want to leave that auto in!)

Optional Microstack Config

By default, microstack will use Cloudflare's as a DNS. If you're in a network restricted environment, or simply want to use a different DNS, you'll need to edit the config manually:

sudo vim /var/snap/microstack/common/etc/neutron/dhcp_agent.ini

Add the following text to dhcp_agent.ini:

interface_driver = openvswitch
dhcp_driver = neutron.agent.linux.dhcp.Dnsmasq
enable_isolated_metadata = True
dnsmasq_dns_servers = <your dns>

You'll need to restart the microstack services if you've made this change:

sudo systemctl restart snap.microstack.*

Verify Your Cloud

Create a test instance in your cloud.

microstack.launch test

This will launch a machine using the built-in cirros image, and also do some other nice things like setting up security groups. Once the machine is setup, verify that you can ping it, then tear it down.

ping 10.20.20.<N>
microstack.openstack server delete test

Bootstrap Juju

Fetch an Ubuntu Image

The cirros images is great for quickly testing out our cloud's functionality, but for this demo, we'll want to add a more full featured ubuntu image. Go ahead and download it from the cloud images repository:

mkdir images
curl --output images/bionic-server-cloudimg-amd64.img

Now, add the image to your cloud:

microstack.openstack image create --file images/bionic-server-cloudimg-amd64.img --public --container-format=bare --disk-format=qcow2 bionic

Take note of the image id. Add it to your shell environment as IMAGE (you'll need it later):

export IMAGE=<image id>

Tell juju how to find your cloud.

Run juju add-cloud microstack

Answer the questions as follows:

cloud type: openstack
cert path: none
auth type: userpass
region: microstack
region endpoint:
add another region?: N

You'll need to load microstack credentials. You can temporarily drop into the microstack snap's shell environment to make this easy.

snap run --shell microstack.launch
juju autoload-credentials

Configure simplestreams

In order to function, juju needs to know how to find metadata for the images in your microstack cloud. Here's how to set that up.

mkdir simplestreams
juju metadata generate-image -d ~/simplestreams -i $IMAGE -s bionic -r microstack -u

(If you don't still have an IMAGE variable in your env, you can find your image id by running microstack.openstack image list)

Setup a juju controller flavor

microstack.openstack flavor create juju-controller --ram 2048 --disk 20 --vcpus 1

Run Juju Bootstrap scripts

You're ready to bootstrap juju!

juju bootstrap --debug --config network=test --config external-network=external --config use-floating-ip=true --bootstrap-series=bionic --bootstrap-constraints instance-type=juju-controller --metadata-source $HOME/simplestreams/ microstack microstack

Upload simplestreams data

You'll need to upload your simplestreams data to the juju controller.

tar cvzf simplestreams.tar.gz simplestreams
juju switch controller
juju scp simplestreams.tar.gz 0:
juju ssh 0 -- tar xvzf simplestreams.tar.gz

Make a juju model

Drop the following text into a file called model-config.yaml:

use-floating-ip: true
image-metadata-url: /home/ubuntu/simplestreams/images
network: test
external-network: external

Now add the model:

juju add-model k8s --config model-config.yaml

Deploy kubernetes

Create a bundle.yaml

Drop the following text into a file called bundle.yaml:

description: A minimal two-machine Kubernetes cluster, appropriate for development.

series: bionic
    constraints: instance-type=m1.small
    series: bionic
    constraints: instance-type=m1.small
    series: bionic
    constraints: instance-type=m1.small
    series: bionic

      gui-x: '450'
      gui-y: '550'
    charm: cs:~containers/easyrsa
    num_units: 1
    - '2'
      gui-x: '800'
      gui-y: '550'
    charm: cs:~containers/etcd
    num_units: 1
    - '0'
      gui-x: '450'
      gui-y: '750'
    charm: cs:~containers/flannel
      gui-x: '800'
      gui-y: '850'
    charm: cs:~containers/kubernetes-master
    constraints: cores=2 mem=4G root-disk=16G
    expose: true
    num_units: 1
      channel: 1.10/stable
    - '0'
      gui-x: '100'
      gui-y: '850'
    charm: cs:~containers/kubernetes-worker
    constraints: cores=4 mem=4G root-disk=16G
    expose: true
    num_units: 1
      channel: 1.10/stable
    - '1'

- - kubernetes-master:kube-api-endpoint
  - kubernetes-worker:kube-api-endpoint
- - kubernetes-master:kube-control
  - kubernetes-worker:kube-control
- - kubernetes-master:certificates
  - easyrsa:client
- - kubernetes-master:etcd
  - etcd:db
- - kubernetes-worker:certificates
  - easyrsa:client
- - etcd:certificates
  - easyrsa:client
- - flannel:etcd
  - etcd:db
- - flannel:cni
  - kubernetes-master:cni
- - flannel:cni
  - kubernetes-worker:cni

Deploy the bundle

juju deploy bundle.yaml

Watch progress with:

watch --color 'juju status --color'

Once all the applications are green, you can proceed to using your new k8s cloud!

Using Kubernetes

Setup your kubeconfig

mkdir ~/.kube
juju scp kubernetes-master/0:config ~/.kube/config
export KUBECONFIG=$HOME/.kube/config

Verify that your Kubernetes Cloud is Accessible

kubectl cluster-info

Run a project!

The canonical distribution of kubernetes has a microbot demo built in. To run it, do the following:

juju config kubernetes-worker ingress=true
juju run-action kubernetes-worker/0 microbot replicas=2
juju show-action-output <id> # Where id is in the output of the above

The show action command should give you a url that looks something like:

Try visiting that url in a browser, or simply fetching it with wget (you can also get the url by running kubectl get ingress):


You can inspect your running app with

kubectl get pods
kubectl get services,endpoints

To clean up, run:

juju run-action kubernetes-worker/0 microbot delete=true

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