Advanced Configuration

Endpoint Network Configuration

When an OpenStack cloud is deployed, the REST API of each service is presented as a series of endpoints. These endpoints are the admin URL, the internal URL, and the external URL.

Kolla offers two options for assigning these endpoints to network addresses: - Combined - Where all three endpoints share the same IP address - Separate - Where the external URL is assigned to an IP address that is different than the IP address shared by the internal and admin URLs

The configuration parameters related to these options are: - kolla_internal_vip_address - network_interface - kolla_external_vip_address - kolla_external_vip_interface

For the combined option, set the two variables below, while allowing the other two to accept their default values. In this configuration all REST API requests, internal and external, will flow over the same network.

kolla_internal_vip_address: ""
network_interface: "eth0"

For the separate option, set these four variables. In this configuration the internal and external REST API requests can flow over separate networks.

kolla_internal_vip_address: ""
network_interface: "eth0"
kolla_external_vip_address: ""
kolla_external_vip_interface: "eth1"

Fully Qualified Domain Name Configuration

When addressing a server on the internet, it is more common to use a name, like, instead of an address like If you prefer to use names to address the endpoints in your kolla deployment use the variables:

  • kolla_internal_fqdn

  • kolla_external_fqdn


Provisions must be taken outside of kolla for these names to map to the configured IP addresses. Using a DNS server or the /etc/hosts file are two ways to create this mapping.

RabbitMQ Hostname Resolution

RabbitMQ doesn’t work with IP address, hence the IP address of api_interface should be resolvable by hostnames to make sure that all RabbitMQ Cluster hosts can resolve each others hostname beforehand.

TLS Configuration

Configuration of TLS is now covered here.

OpenStack Service Configuration in Kolla

An operator can change the location where custom config files are read from by editing /etc/kolla/globals.yml and adding the following line.

# The directory to merge custom config files the kolla's config files
node_custom_config: "/etc/kolla/config"

Kolla allows the operator to override configuration of services. Kolla will generally look for a file in /etc/kolla/config/<< config file >>, /etc/kolla/config/<< service name >>/<< config file >> or /etc/kolla/config/<< service name >>/<< hostname >>/<< config file >>, but these locations sometimes vary and you should check the config task in the appropriate Ansible role for a full list of supported locations. For example, in the case of nova.conf the following locations are supported, assuming that you have services using nova.conf running on hosts called controller-0001, controller-0002 and controller-0003:

  • /etc/kolla/config/nova.conf

  • /etc/kolla/config/nova/controller-0001/nova.conf

  • /etc/kolla/config/nova/controller-0002/nova.conf

  • /etc/kolla/config/nova/controller-0003/nova.conf

  • /etc/kolla/config/nova/nova-scheduler.conf

Using this mechanism, overrides can be configured per-project, per-project-service or per-project-service-on-specified-host.

Overriding an option is as simple as setting the option under the relevant section. For example, to set override scheduler_max_attempts in nova scheduler, the operator could create /etc/kolla/config/nova/nova-scheduler.conf with content:

scheduler_max_attempts = 100

If the operator wants to configure compute node cpu and ram allocation ratio on host myhost, the operator needs to create file /etc/kolla/config/nova/myhost/nova.conf with content:

cpu_allocation_ratio = 16.0
ram_allocation_ratio = 5.0

This method of merging configuration sections is supported for all services using Oslo Config, which includes the vast majority of OpenStack services, and in some cases for services using YAML configuration. Since the INI format is an informal standard, not all INI files can be merged in this way. In these cases Kolla supports overriding the entire config file.

Additional flexibility can be introduced by using Jinja conditionals in the config files. For example, you may create Nova cells which are homogeneous with respect to the hypervisor model. In each cell, you may wish to configure the hypervisors differently, for example the following override shows one way of setting the bandwidth_poll_interval variable as a function of the cell:

{% if 'cell0001' in group_names %}
bandwidth_poll_interval = 100
{% elif 'cell0002' in group_names %}
bandwidth_poll_interval = -1
{% else %}
bandwidth_poll_interval = 300
{% endif %}

An alternative to Jinja conditionals would be to define a variable for the bandwidth_poll_interval and set it in according to your requirements in the inventory group or host vars:

bandwidth_poll_interval = {{ bandwidth_poll_interval }}

Kolla allows the operator to override configuration globally for all services. It will look for a file called /etc/kolla/config/global.conf.

For example to modify database pool size connection for all services, the operator needs to create /etc/kolla/config/global.conf with content:

max_pool_size = 100

In case the operators want to customize policy.json file, they should create a full policy file for specific project in the same directory like above and Kolla will overwrite default policy file with it. Be aware, with some projects are keeping full policy file in source code, operators just need to copy it but with some others are defining default rules in codebase, they have to generate it.

For example to overwrite policy.json file of Neutron project, the operator needs to grab policy.json from Neutron project source code, update rules and then put it to /etc/kolla/config/neutron/policy.json.


Currently kolla-ansible only support JSON and YAML format for policy file.

The operator can make these changes after services were already deployed by using following command:

kolla-ansible reconfigure

IP Address Constrained Environments

If a development environment doesn’t have a free IP address available for VIP configuration, the host’s IP address may be used here by disabling HAProxy by adding:

enable_haproxy: "no"

Note this method is not recommended and generally not tested by the Kolla community, but included since sometimes a free IP is not available in a testing environment.

External Elasticsearch/Kibana environment

It is possible to use an external Elasticsearch/Kibana environment. To do this first disable the deployment of the central logging.

enable_central_logging: "no"

Now you can use the parameter elasticsearch_address to configure the address of the external Elasticsearch environment.

Non-default <service> port

It is sometimes required to use a different than default port for service(s) in Kolla. It is possible with setting <service>_port in globals.yml file. For example:

database_port: 3307

As <service>_port value is saved in different services’ configuration so it’s advised to make above change before deploying.

Use an external Syslog server

By default, Fluentd is used as a syslog server to collect Swift and HAProxy logs. When Fluentd is disabled or you want to use an external syslog server, You can set syslog parameters in globals.yml file. For example:

syslog_server: ""
syslog_udp_port: "514"

You can also set syslog facility names for Swift and HAProxy logs. By default, Swift and HAProxy use local0 and local1, respectively.

syslog_swift_facility: "local0"
syslog_haproxy_facility: "local1"

If Glance TLS backend is enabled (glance_enable_tls_backend), the syslog facility for the glance_tls_proxy service uses local2 by default. This can be set via syslog_glance_tls_proxy_facility.

Mount additional Docker volumes in containers

It is sometimes useful to be able to mount additional Docker volumes into one or more containers. This may be to integrate 3rd party components into OpenStack, or to provide access to site-specific data such as x.509 certificate bundles.

Additional volumes may be specified at three levels:

  • globally

  • per-service (e.g. nova)

  • per-container (e.g. nova-api)

To specify additional volumes globally for all containers, set default_extra_volumes in globals.yml. For example:

  - "/etc/foo:/etc/foo"

To specify additional volumes for all containers in a service, set <service_name>_extra_volumes in globals.yml. For example:

  - "/etc/foo:/etc/foo"

To specify additional volumes for a single container, set <container_name>_extra_volumes in globals.yml. For example:

  - "/etc/foo:/etc/foo"