Building JEOS images for use with Heat

Building JEOS images for use with Heat

Heat’s full functionality can only be used when launching cloud images that have the heat-cfntools package installed. This document describes some options for creating a heat-cfntools enabled image for yourself.

Building an image with diskimage-builder

diskimage-builder is a tool for customizing cloud images. tripleo-image-elements is a collection of diskimage-builder elements related to the TripleO project. It includes an element for heat-cfntools which can be used to create heat-enabled images.

Install the tool (preferably in a virtualenv) and fetch the elements:

pip install git+https://opendev.org/openstack/diskimage-builder
git clone https://opendev.org/openstack/tripleo-image-elements

To create a heat-cfntools enabled image with the current release of Fedora x86_64:

export ELEMENTS_PATH=tripleo-image-elements/elements
disk-image-create vm fedora heat-cfntools -a amd64 -o fedora-heat-cfntools

The image may then be pushed to glance, e.g:

source ~/.openstack/keystonerc
openstack image create fedora-heat-cfntools --public --disk-format qcow2 --container-format bare < fedora-heat-cfntools.qcow2

To create a heat-cfntools enabled image with the current release of Ubuntu i386:

export ELEMENTS_PATH=tripleo-image-elements/elements
disk-image-create vm ubuntu heat-cfntools -a i386 -o ubuntu-heat-cfntools

If you are creating your own images you should consider creating golden images which contain all the packages required for the stacks that you launch. You can do this by writing your own diskimage-builder elements and invoking those elements in the call to disk-image-create.

This means that the resulting heat templates only need to modify configuration files. This will speed stack launch time and reduce the risk of a transient package download failure causing the stack launch to fail.

To create an image that contains hooks needed for SoftwareConfig and SoftwareDeployment, you can follow the steps below to build a fedora based image:

pip install git+https://opendev.org/openstack/diskimage-builder
git clone https://opendev.org/openstack/tripleo-image-elements
git clone https://opendev.org/openstack/heat-agents
export ELEMENTS_PATH=tripleo-image-elements/elements:heat-agents
disk-image-create vm \
    fedora selinux-permissive \
    heat-config \
    os-collect-config \
    os-refresh-config \
    os-apply-config \
    heat-config-cfn-init \
    heat-config-puppet \
    heat-config-script \
    -o fedora-software-config.qcow2

The image may then be pushed to glance, e.g:

source ~/.openstack/keystonerc
openstack image create fedora-software-config --public --disk-format=qcow2 --container-format=bare < fedora-software-config.qcow2
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