Offline Installation

The ansible scripts that compose Bifrost download and install software via a number of means, which generally assumes connectivity to the internet. However, it is possible to use Bifrost without external connectivity.

If you want or need to install Bifrost without having a dependency on a connection to the internet, there are a number of steps that you will need to follow (many of which may have already been done in your environment anyway).

Those steps can be broken down into two general categories; the first being steps that need to be done in your inventory file, and the second being steps that need to be done on your target host outside of Ansible.

Ansible Specific Steps

The script scripts/ will do a git clone to create /opt/stack/ansible, if it doesn’t already exist. You can use the environment variables ANSIBLE_GIT_URL and ANSIBLE_GIT_BRANCH to override the source URL and the branch name to pull from.

Ansible uses Git submodules, which means if you are cloning from anything other than the canonical location (GitHub), you’ll need to commit a patched .gitmodules to that repo so that submodules are also cloned from an alternate location - otherwise, the submodules will still try to clone from GitHub.

Bifrost Specific Steps

As a general rule, any URL referenced by Bifrost scripts is configured in a playbook/roles/<role>/defaults/main.yml file, which means that all of those can be redirected to point to a local copy by creating a file named playbooks/host_vars/<hostname>.yml and redirecting the appropriate variables.

As an example, the yaml file’s contents may look like something like this.

ipa_kernel_upstream_url: file:///vagrant/ipa-centos8-master.kernel
ipa_ramdisk_upstream_url: file:///vagrant/ipa-centos8-master.initramfs
cirros_deploy_image_upstream_url: file:///vagrant/cirros-0.5.1-x86_64-disk.img
dib_git_url: file:///vagrant/git/diskimage-builder
ironicclient_git_url: file:///vagrant/git/python-ironicclient
ironic_git_url: file:///vagrant/git/ironic

If this list becomes out of date, it’s simple enough to find the things that need to be fixed by looking for any URLs in the playbook/roles/<role>/defaults/main.yml files, as noted above.

External Steps

Bifrost doesn’t attempt to configure apt, yum, or pip, so if you are working in an offline mode, you’ll need to make sure those work independently.

pip in particular will be sensitive; Bifrost tends to use the most recent version of python modules, so you’ll want to make sure your cache isn’t stale.