Prepare a Ubuntu Server For Platform9 Managed OpenStack

This document describes how to get an Ubuntu Linux physical server ready before you can add it to a Platform9 OpenStack private cloud. Platform9 currently supports Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04.

Step 1 – Install Ubuntu Operating System

Make sure that your server is configured appropriately with access to storage and physical networking.

Download and install Ubuntu 12.04 (or Ubuntu 14.04) on your physical server. You can download Ubuntu distributions from here:

Note: We recommend installing the minimal Ubuntu operating system. Platform9 agents are prepared to pull in any required package dependencies and get them installed on your server to prepare it to be part of OpenStack. This includes any libvirt/KVM package dependencies.

It’s usually a good practice to get your system up to date with regard to the latest patches and updates.

sudo apt-get update

Step 2 – Ensure Virtualization is Enabled

Ensure that virtualization is enabled for your server by checking your server’s BIOS settings. If disabled, enable virtualization for the server to be able to act as a hypervisor within Platform9 Managed OpenStack.

Step 3 – Ensure the System Clock is Synchronized

Your host will fail to authenticate with Platform 9 services if its date / time settings are incorrect. Type ‘date’ to verify that the current date and time are correct. If they aren’t, then one possible fix is to enable the network time protocol daemon service:

sudo apt-get install ntp
service ntp start

That’s it! At this point your Ubuntu server is ready to be prepared with rest of storage and networking pre-requisites to be added to Platform9 Managed OpenStack.

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