Speaking at the Vault 2017

For your information, I'll be talking about Ceph and storage management with openATTIC on Wednesday, March 22th at 12:00 EST (19:00 UTC) at the Vault 2017.

Vault brings together the leading developers and users in file systems and storage in the Linux kernel and related projects to forge a path to continued innovation and education.

This presentation will give an overview and update about what has happend in the last year of the development of openATTIC, what has changed since the project has been acquired by SUSE and where we are heading to. A general introduction to openATTIC as well as an outline about new features and impovements to openATTIC with regard to the traditional storage using NFS, CIFS, Samba, iSCSI or FC and distributed storage management and monitoring using Ceph.

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I look forward to see you there!

Deprecating support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty

Now with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial" being available since quite some time, we intend to slowly drop Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" as a supported platform.

This will allow us to reduce the amount of testing required on our end and also makes it possible to remove support for some "legacy" technologies like SysV init (all other supported distributions are based on systemd now), which will help to simplify the code base.

If you still use openATTIC on Ubuntu Trusty, please consider upgrading your operating system to Ubuntu's latest LTS support in the near future.

If you have any troubles with upgrading openATTIC just contact us.

Create a Ceph Cluster with DeepSea

How to setup a ceph cluster with DeepSea on top of SUSE Leap VMs.

  1. Install three VMs and configure "/etc/hosts" -> easiest way to do is to add all nodes in "/etc/hosts" on all VMs. Make sure FQDN are set, too

  2. Install "salt-master" on one VM "zypper in salt-master". Enable the service: "systemctl enable salt-master"

  3. Install "salt-minion" on ALL VMs "zypper in salt-minion". Enable the service: "systemctl enable salt-minion"

  4. Configure "/etc/salt/minion" on all systems to point to the right master and restart minions "systemctl restart salt-minion"

  5. Accept keys on the salt-master "salt-key -A -y"

  6. Install the build tools on the salt-master VM "zypper in git make"

  7. Clone the DeepSea repo "git clone https://github.com/SUSE/DeepSea.git" on the salt-master VM

  8. Inside the DeepSea folder run "make install"

  9. On the salt master run "systemctl restart salt-master"

  10. Run "chown -R salt /srv/pillar/*"

  11. Run "salt-run state.orch ceph.stage.0" or "salt-run state.orch ceph.stage.prep"

  12. Run "salt-run state.orch ceph.stage.1" or "salt-run state.orch ceph.stage.discovery"

  13. Create "/srv/pillar/ceph/proposals/policy.cfg" and run "chown salt:salt /srv/pillar/ceph/proposals/policy.cfg". Example:

    # Cluster assignment
    # Hardware Profile
    # Common configuration
    # Role assignment
  14. Run "salt-run state.orch ceph.stage.2" or "salt-run state.orch ceph.stage.configure"

  15. Run "DEV_ENV=true salt-run state.orch ceph.stage.3" or "DEV_ENV=true salt-run state.orch ceph.stage.deploy" -> "DEV_ENV is only needed if you have <=3 VMs"

  16. You should change the pg(p)_num to get rid of the "to few pgs per osd" error "ceph osd pool set rbd pg_num 120" and "ceph osd pool set rbd pgp_num 120"

You now should have an up and running cluster.

Now you could add the openATTIC OBS (openSUSE Build Service) repo and install openATTIC and the openattic-deployment package

  1. Add the needed Repo from OBS "zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/filesystems:/openATTIC/openSUSE_Leap_42.2/filesystems:openATTIC.repo"
  2. Install openATTIC "zypper in openattic openattic-module-ceph-deployment" -> you have to break dependencies because deepsea isn't shipped with leap by default
  3. Run "chmod 655 /etc/ceph/ceph.*"
  4. Run "openattic install"

You're done :)

Update 2017-04-07

  • Fixed some typos and added some more steps to do.