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How to set up devstack, a single server instance for developing OpenStack

OpenStack is an open-source cloud framework for building on-demand Infrastructure as a Service.

This tutorial in essence distills from this two-page set of instructions for setting up devstack on a single server primarily for use by developers.

Hardware
I used a DELL 1950 with 8 GB of RAM, internal hard-drives and two 1000 MB NICs.

Download and Set Up Ubuntu

  1. Download Ubuntu 11.10 from here and burn to DVD
  2. Boot the server from the DVD and start the install. I installed the BASE SYSTEM and only one optional package, the OpenSSH Server.
  3. I named my server "ubuntu-server"
  4. I configured eth0 with a static ip address of 10.202.181.21. This will be important as the HOST_IP address of devstack.
  5. Create a user named "stack".
  6. Log in as "stack"

    See next page for how to Install Devstack...

About Jonathan Gershater
Jonathan Gershater has lived and worked in Silicon Valley since 1996, primarily doing system and sales engineering specializing in: Web Applications, Identity and Security. At Red Hat, he provides Technical Marketing for Virtualization and Cloud. Prior to joining Red Hat, Jonathan worked at 3Com, Entrust (by acquisition) two startups, Sun Microsystems and Trend Micro.

(The views expressed in this blog are entirely mine and do not represent my employer - Jonathan).

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