Tacker in Kolla

Tacker in Kolla

“Tacker is an OpenStack service for NFV Orchestration with a general purpose VNF Manager to deploy and operate Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and Network Services on an NFV Platform. It is based on ETSI MANO Architectural Framework.” For more details about Tacker, see OpenStack Tacker Documentation.

Overview

As of the Pike release, tacker requires the following services to be enabled to operate correctly.

  • Core compute stack (nova, neutron, glance, etc)
  • Heat
  • Mistral + Redis
  • Barbican (Required only for multinode)

Optionally tacker supports the following services and features.

  • Aodh
  • Ceilometer
  • Networking-sfc
  • Opendaylight

Compatibility

Tacker is supported by the following distros and install_types.

  • Centos, Redhat and Oraclelinux.
    • Source and binary images.
  • Debian and Ubuntu.
    • Only source images.

Preparation and Deployment

By default tacker and required services are disabled in the group_vars/all.yml file. In order to enable them, you need to edit the file /etc/kolla/globals.yml and set the following variables:

Note

Heat is enabled by default, ensure it is not disabled.

enable_tacker: "yes"
enable_barbican: "yes"
enable_mistral: "yes"
enable_redis: "yes"

Warning

Barbican is required in multinode deployments to share VIM fernet_keys. If not enabled, only one tacker-server host will have the keys on it and any request made to a different tacker-server will fail with a similar error as No such file or directory /etc/tacker/vim/fernet_keys

Deploy tacker and related services.

$ kolla-ansible deploy

Verification

Generate the credentials file.

$ kolla-ansible post-deploy

Source credentials file.

$ . /etc/kolla/admin-openrc.sh

Create base neutron networks and glance images.

$ sh tools/init-runonce

Note

init-runonce file is located in $PYTHON_PATH/kolla-ansible folder in kolla-ansible installation from pip.

In kolla-ansible git repository a tacker demo is present in kolla-ansible/contrib/demos/tacker/ that will create a very basic VNF from a cirros image in demo-net network.

Install python-tackerclient.

Note

Barbican, heat and mistral python clients are in tacker’s requirements and will be installed as dependency.

$ pip install python-tackerclient

Execute deploy-tacker-demo script to initialize the VNF creation.

$ sh deploy-tacker-demo

Tacker demo script will create sample VNF Descriptor (VNFD) file, then register a default VIM, create a tacker VNFD and finally deploy a VNF from the previously created VNFD.

After a few minutes, the tacker VNF is ACTIVE with a cirros instance running in nova and with its corresponding heat stack CREATION_COMPLETE.

Verify tacker VNF status is ACTIVE.

$ tacker vnf-list

+--------------------------------------+------------------+-----------------------+--------+--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| id                                   | name             | mgmt_url              | status | vim_id                               | vnfd_id                              |
+--------------------------------------+------------------+-----------------------+--------+--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| c52fcf99-101d-427b-8a2d-c9ef54af8b1d | kolla-sample-vnf | {"VDU1": "10.0.0.10"} | ACTIVE | eb3aa497-192c-4557-a9d7-1dff6874a8e6 | 27e8ea98-f1ff-4a40-a45c-e829e53b3c41 |
+--------------------------------------+------------------+-----------------------+--------+--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+

Verify nova instance status is ACTIVE.

$ openstack server list

+--------------------------------------+-------------------------------------------------------+--------+--------------------+--------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| ID                                   | Name                                                  | Status | Networks           | Image  | Flavor                                                                                                                |
+--------------------------------------+-------------------------------------------------------+--------+--------------------+--------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| d2d59eeb-8526-4826-8f1b-c50b571395e2 | ta-cf99-101d-427b-8a2d-c9ef54af8b1d-VDU1-fchiv6saay7p | ACTIVE | demo-net=10.0.0.10 | cirros | tacker.vnfm.infra_drivers.openstack.openstack_OpenStack-c52fcf99-101d-427b-8a2d-c9ef54af8b1d-VDU1_flavor-yl4bzskwxdkn |
+--------------------------------------+-------------------------------------------------------+--------+--------------------+--------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Verify Heat stack status is CREATE_COMPLETE.

$ openstack stack list

+--------------------------------------+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------------------------------+-----------------+----------------------+--------------+
| ID                                   | Stack Name                                                                                   | Project                          | Stack Status    | Creation Time        | Updated Time |
+--------------------------------------+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------------------------------+-----------------+----------------------+--------------+
| 289a6686-70f6-4db7-aa10-ed169fe547a6 | tacker.vnfm.infra_drivers.openstack.openstack_OpenStack-c52fcf99-101d-427b-8a2d-c9ef54af8b1d | 1243948e59054aab83dbf2803e109b3f | CREATE_COMPLETE | 2017-08-23T09:49:50Z | None         |
+--------------------------------------+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------------------------------+-----------------+----------------------+--------------+

After the correct functionality of tacker is verified, tacker demo can be cleaned up executing cleanup-tacker script.

$ sh cleanup-tacker
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