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How to setup a Multi-node Openstack environment on ESXi?

asked 2014-11-07 05:37:57 -0500

ddlingo gravatar image

updated 2014-11-07 10:27:52 -0500

Is there a guide that will show how to create a multi-node openstack deployment on ESXi with Neutron? I would like to deploy Openstack as VMs over an ESXi cluster.

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answered 2014-11-07 07:00:59 -0500

smaffulli gravatar image

A simple google search reveals some guides, like and quite a lot of other articles on this topic. Maybe you want to ask a more precise question about what you don't understand of the exisiting documentation.

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Actually I have read that document in the link provided, but it didn't elaborate on the architecture enough for what I needed to know. I am looking for more information on deploying Openstack as VMs within an ESXi cluster. Thanks for responding SINCERELY.

ddlingo gravatar imageddlingo ( 2014-11-07 10:14:44 -0500 )edit

I took your advice and edited my post. I have found a similar posts that look promising. and

ddlingo gravatar imageddlingo ( 2014-11-07 10:36:28 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-11-07 11:13:15 -0500

dbaxps gravatar image
VMware ESX and ESXi are VMware's enterprise software Type 1 hypervisors for guest virtual servers; they run on host server hardware without an underlying operating system. So create 3 VMs  with 2 VNICs each one (Controller Node,Network Node,Compute Node) running CentOS 7 ( or Ubuntu 14.04) , all of them. Create internal VMWare networks corresponding Data Network and Management&&External Networks and assign corresponding IPs to VNICs.
Personally , I often do it with KVM Hypervisor on Fedora 20 utilizing Libvirt Networks for same purpose. Management&&External Network should be bridged by VMWare tools outside ESXi Host ( promiscuous mode ).

Now any manual for real nodes would be emulated by ESXi VMs. At this point you can consult
considering real nodes as VMs. I would choose CentOS 7 and RDO Juno Multinode Deployment via packstack

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Thanks! Great response! Unfortunately I have to use Ubuntu within ESXi based on a project that I am tasked with. I will attempt to deploy it using your method. I think the networking will be the tricky part. Especially since I am to use Neutron.

ddlingo gravatar imageddlingo ( 2014-11-07 12:40:50 -0500 )edit

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