Question: How to deploy CloudMan in OpenStack?
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4.3 years ago by
bananasplit189210 wrote:

Is it possible to get CloudMan installed in a private OpenStack cloud? In several places it's mentioned that its possible, but I have not had much luck trying to do it.

Google has directed me to, and I tried it, but it seems to have lots of problems, notably it attempts to fetch files from webservers that don't exist. is available but it is a highly customized solution and I tried following from there but I got stuck trying to follow it, in particular attempting to find documentation on the configuration settings used in userdata-default.yaml

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4.3 years ago by
Enis Afgan690
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Enis Afgan690 wrote:

Improved documentation is on the todo list but even so, it's a fairly complex process that will take time and understanding of the overall process. So, in addition to what John has said, I can recommend reading this paper for the overall architectural concepts:

There's also this document as unofficial (and very unpolished, possibly out of date) deployment procedure that may be of help.

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jmchilton1.1k wrote:

I should let someone actively working on CloudMan respond instead - but since I did spend a lot of time on this problem a while ago and I definitely shared your frustration - I will give you my entirely dated and unofficial answer.

Is it REALLY possible? It is certainly possible - I believe several institutions have gotten CloudMan up and running on OpenStack. For instance, runs on an OpenStack instance at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (or at least it did when I worked there last fall). But that said - there wasn't much documentation available when I started that and the effort took a couple months and I landed up doing a lot of novel development to get it working. On the other hand - I did try to document things as a result and I had a pretty particular set of requirements (like not having volumes/cider available) that made it more difficult.

So possible? Yes. I still think it is an uphill battle though, if you stick with it I would expect to spend a lot of time looking at source code and figuring out processes that work for you. The lack of documentation is frustrating - but it stems in part from the fact that the process is constantly evolving even for AWS deployments.

More specifically, this work - - was largely super-ceded by my work on a CloudBioLinux Deployer ( I was definitely using the deployer to deploy fresh instances of CloudMan to OpenStack on a weekly basis for a while - but they were pretty specialized not the generic instructions for AWS found in To compound that lack of documentation, CloudMan and CloudBioLinux have evolved a lot since then so even what remains probably doesn't work.

You mentioned no documentation for userdata-default.yaml - that can be found in part here

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