I had a question about moving barclamps between solutions. Since Victor just changed the barclamp build to create a tar for each barclamp (with the debs/rpms), I thought it was the perfect time to explain the new feature.
You can find the barclamps on the Crowbar ISO under “/dell/barclamps” and you can install the TAR onto a Crowbar system using “./barclamp_install foo.tar.gz” where foo is the name of your barclamp.
Here’s a video of how to find and install barclamp tars:
Note: while you can install OpenStack into a Hadoop system, that combination is NOT tested. We only test OpenStack on Ubuntu 10.10 and Hadoop on RHEL 5.7. Community help in expanding support is always welcome!
Since some of you cannot make it to the show and see the demo in person, we’ve captured it as a video for your enjoyment. The OpenStack deployment is available in our open source distribution. We are currently in QA for the overall solution so expect additional refinement as we progress towards our next OpenStack solution release.
REMINDER: Dell Hardware is NOT required to use Crowbar for OpenStack. The open source version has everything you need – the BIOS and RAID barclamps are optional (but handy).
These Crowbar videos are the first two in a series of how to setup and use your own local Crowbar dev environment (here’s more info & the ISO). I used VMware Workstation, but any virtual hosts that support Ubuntu 10.10 will work fine. We use ESX, KVM and Xen for testing too.
Creating this environment is the basis for learning Crowbar, experimenting with OpenStack and creating your own barclamps. It’s also a handy way to play with Opscode Chef since it includes a stand alone Chef server.
Some items from the install video that I want to re-emphasize:
The admin server REQUIRES >1 GB of RAM (more is better)
All other nodes REQUIRE > 512 MB of RAM (more depending on what you install)
At least TWO NICS are required.
You must disable DHCP on the virtual network because Crowbar has a DHCP server and they will conflict.
The login for the Crowbar admin server is openstack/openstack. You must “sudo -i” before you run the install script.