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HOL-1886-02: VMware Integrated OpenStack Deployment

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This part of the lab is presented as a Hands-on Labs Interactive Simulation. This will allow you to experience steps which are too time-consuming or resource intensive to do live in the lab environment. In this simulation, you can use the software interface as if you are interacting with a live environment.

The orange boxes show where to click, and the left and right arrow keys can also be used to move through the simulation in either direction.

We will now begin the VMware Integrated OpenStack Deployment.

  1. Click the 'VMware Integrated OpenStack' icon
  2. Click the 'Deploy OpenStack'

Select a deployment method

This will bring up the deployment wizard showing the steps to Deploy OpenStack. The first step is to select the deployment method. Since we have a pre-filled template configured as part of the OVA that was deployed, we will use that option.  

Click radio button 'Use an exported template to pre-fill configuration settings in this wizard'  

  1. Click 'Import Template'
  2. Click 'VIO-HOL 1886-02v2.json' , from the explorer window
  3. Click 'Open'
  4. Click 'Next'

Review Deployment Process


Now the template file containing information related to the vIMS and vSBC Virtual Network Functions (VNF) will be imported and the VNFs created. The VNFs created from the template include vSBC (provided by Metswitch Perimeta),  Home Subscriber System (HSS) gateway  (provided by Clearwater Homestead developed by Metaswitch), vIMS VNFs that include Proxy Call Server Control Function, Interrogating Call Server Control Function, Serving Call Server Control Function (provided by Clearwater Sprout project developed by Metaswitch).

Review the details about the deployment that has been presented to you. Note the following:

The management cluster, resource cluster (Nova cluster), datastore, networking and load balancing are all going to be configured as part of the next steps.

After reading the details, then in the rightmost corner, click on the orange rectangular box to scroll down to see the user name and password for the administrator who only has access to perform the configuration as shown below. Note: once the scroll bar goes down you can not go back up.

  1. Click the scroll bar to move down the page

Click the ‘password’ box and enter the password VMware1!

  1. Click the checkbox for 'Ignore the vCenter server certificate validation'
  2. Click ‘Next’.

Select the Management Cluster

The template validation will happen and the result of the validation is successful deployment of the “management”, “compute” and “edge” cluster as shown above

Now we are ready to deploy virtual machines (VMs) running on OpenStack infrastructure services. You are now in step-3 of the deployment. Let us start with deploying the management VMs. 

  • Click ‘Next’.

Configure Management Networking

What this does is using the information in the configuration template the information needed to configure the management network is being populated as shown.

  1. Click the scroll bar to move down the page
  2. Click ‘Next’

This will validate all the IP address, naming, port information that was provided. It will take a few seconds. You will see a validation progress slider bar in action. A successful completion of this step will result in moving to the next step.

Configure the load balancer

The host name and virtual IP are pre-filled from the configuration.  The dns name has also been pre-added to the DNS server used.

  • Click ‘Next’ to configure the load balancer. 

A sequence of validation steps takes place to ensure all management components configurations are correct. The management VMs are now created. There are two VMs shown at the edge cluster  and three in management cluster which were created as part of NSX deployment. There are three hosts deployed in management, compute and edge clusters.

This completes the step to configure the load balancer as well as the management cluster components.

Add Nova Cluster

You are now into the next step to add Nova clusters. Notice the radio button in figure below is active on ‘compute cluster’ and number of VMs is zero

  • Click ‘Next’.

Nova Cluster DataStore

As a first step in creating the Nova Cluster, the data store to use is first selected based on the information in the template. A vSAN compute cluster that was configured and connected to the three hosts has been found and selected to be used by Nova for creating VM instances.

  • Click ‘Next’

Add Glance Datastores

Now with the datastore assigned to the clusters, each VM in the clusters are rightly configured. You will notice that there are three vSAN storage instance one each assigned to compute, edge and management cluster and all are active. With the Datastore now ready to be used by the OpenStack glance service to store images, we will select vSANCompute to add a Glance datastore.

  • Click ‘next’

This will add the capability in vSANCompute and make it ready for storing images. The next step is to configure Neutron networking. To do this we make use of NSX networking.

Configure Neutron Networking

Configure the admin password:

  1. Enter VMware1! For password in the box
  2. Click  ‘Transport zone’.  , This will pop up a warning window
  3. Select 'OK' , as we have not added a trusted certificate to this environment. This will now populate the dropdown and show 'TransportZone' as shown
  4. Click  'TransportZone'.
  5. Click the scroll bar to move down the page
  6. Click ‘Next’ to continue the configuration.

Notice the Edge cluster, Virtual distributed switch, External network and virtual router appliance size. Data values you see are from the configuration template and deployment that has happened to this stage.

Note: We have not enabled HA as part of this lab, but it can be done in a real production environment.


Configure Authentication Source

The first part of configuration is to ensure the authenticated person is performing the associated action. To do this the person need to have administrative privileges to the database referenced by the OpenStack project.

  1. Enter the OpenStack Administrator password VMware1!
  2. Confirm by reentering the same password VMware1! In the Confirm Password Window. Note: You could also use a LDAP server for authentication if that is a preferred authentication method in your environment
  3. Now click ‘Next’
  4. Click ‘Next’ to configure the syslog server. This is pre-populated from the configuration json file.
  5. Click ‘Next’ as a confirmation. You have completed all of the OpenStack Deployment procedure. VMware continuously seeks feedback to improve its products and services. The next step to participate in the ‘customer experience improvement program’ has been enabled by default for you.


Ready to Complete



 This will start loading all the parameters for the setup that was provided in the previous steps and make the system ready to finish the OpenStack deployment

  1. Click vertical  bar. This will display more information on management settings. Review the settings.
  2. Click vertical  bar. Review all the settings
  3. Click 'Finish'. This will start to create the OpenStack deployment. The progress bar will show the progress and within a short time you will see completion of the deployment.


OpenStack Deployment

Upon Successful deployment of VIO all services will be activated and Status of deployment will be seen as Green

Once you review the deployment, notice the ‘Home’ icon at the Top of the vSphere Web Client.

As you can see are multiple tabs related to this deployment. Let us take a quick look at them.

  1. Click the ‘Home’ icon You will notice that the drop down menu now has a new entity added ‘VMware Integrated OpenStack’. This entity addition is a result of the successful deployment that was done during all of the previous steps in this module.
  2. Click the entity ‘VMware Integrated OpenStack’ You are now on the main OpenStack page of this deployment.
  3. Click the 'Monitor' tab. This action is capturing a lot of information from the server. It may take a few seconds.
  4. Click the scroll bar on the right  to see load balancer, Nova config.
  5. Click‘Manage’ tab.You will see the management panel with multiple tabs. The ‘Network tab has been highlighted for next operation to look at.
  6. Click ‘Networks’ tab. It shows the configured networks
  7. Next click on 'Nova Compute'.  It shows the Nova compute information and that the service status is ‘Service Ready’
  8. Click ‘Nova Storage’. It shows the vSANCompute VM is running normal as expected.
  9. Click ‘Glance Storage’. It shows the vSANCompute VM is running normal as expected.
  10. Click ‘Updates’ Notice there is a patch  available that can be applied and it has been installed.
  11. Next click on ‘Upgrades’ tab.  It shows the system is running normally and its public virtual IP is  with load version 2.5.0 with patch for 2.5.1 applied.
  12. Click the ‘IP address’ to access Horizon Dashboard

Horizon Dashboard

You will see a warning window as you are accessing a non-secure network.

  1. Click 'ADVANCED' This displays additional information that proper server authentication did not occur. This is because we did not use a security certificate in this installation.
  2. Click 'Proceed to (unsafe)'.  We will move forward with the self-signed certificate. This brings up the login window.
  3. Type user name as 'admin'  as the user name 
  4. For Password type: VMware1!
  5. Click: 'Sign in'

On successful login, you are now in the administrator console showing the overall system view.

To return to the lab, click the link in the top right corner or close this browser tab.

Congratulations!  You have now loged into the Vmware Horizon Dashboard!