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 Generic approach for share provisioning

The Shared File Systems service can be configured to use nova VMs and cinder volumes. There are two modules that handle them in the Shared File Systems service:

  • service_instance module creates VMs in nova with predefined image called service image. This module can be used by any driver for provisioning of service VMs to be able to separate share resources among tenants.

  • 'generic' module operates with cinder volumes and VMs created by service_instance module, then creates shared filesystems based on volumes attached to VMs.

 Network configurations

Each driver can handle networking in its own way, see:

One of two possible configurations can be chosen for share provisioning

using service_instance module:

- Service VM has one net interface from net that is connected to public router.

For successful creation of share, user network should be connected to public router too.

- Service VM has two net interfaces, first one connected to service network,

second one connected directly to user's network.

 Requirements for service image

  • Linux based distro

  • NFS server

  • Samba server >=3.2.0, that can be configured by data stored in registry

  • SSH server

  • Two net interfaces configured to DHCP (see network approaches)

  • 'exportfs' and 'net conf' libraries used for share actions

  • Following files will be used, so if their paths differ one needs to create at

    least symlinks for them:

    • /etc/exports (permanent file with NFS exports)

    • /var/lib/nfs/etab (temporary file with NFS exports used by 'exportfs')

    • /etc/fstab (permanent file with mounted filesystems)

    • /etc/mtab (temporary file with mounted filesystems used by 'mount')

 Supported shared filesystems

  • NFS (access by IP)

  • CIFS (access by IP)

 Known restrictions

  • One of nova's configurations only allows 26 shares per server. This limit comes from the maximum number of virtual PCI interfaces that are used for block device attaching. There are 28 virtual PCI interfaces, in this configuration, two of them are used for server needs and other 26 are used for attaching block devices that are used for shares.

  • Juno version works only with neutron. Each share should be created with neutron-net and neutron-subnet IDs provided via share-network entity.

  • Juno version handles security group, flavor, image, keypair for nova VM and also creates service networks, but does not use availability zones for nova VMs and volume types for cinder block devices.

  • Juno version does not use security services data provided with share-network. These data will be just ignored.

  • Liberty version adds a share extend capability. Share access will be briefly interrupted during an extend operation.

  • Liberty version adds a share shrink capability, but this capability is not effective because generic driver shrinks only filesystem size and doesn't shrink the size of cinder volume.

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