It’s been some time since I wrote about IBM Cloud Private 2.1, although I’ve been heavily using it in my lab.
Improvements from version 1.2 to 2.1 were massive. We have also noticed the changes in the OpenEBS user community, according to our surveys usage of ICP increased dramatically. The Community Edition of the ICP 3.1 came out three weeks ago. CE container images were released with a slight delay of two weeks after the after the enterprise version came out. And I believe that it deserves an updated blog to talk about the steadily advancing developer experience (and my favorite new features).
In this blog, I will provide step-by-step instructions on how to configure a Kubernetes-based managed private cloud using ICP. I will also highlight the top improvements since the last version that makes me excited.
Quick note: Developers who use only public cloud ask me this question frequently, “Why would you need a private cloud, and maintain it, everything on the public cloud is much easier?”. Well, you are probably not the one paying the cloud bill, right? For various tests, (some running IO intensive workloads) and learning experiments, I maintain 4 clusters (IBM Cloud Private, Rancher, Red Hat OpenShift and one installed with kubeadm) – each 3-5 nodes. That’s 16-20 nodes, exactly $1,069.05/month – I learned it all the hard way. True that education is expensive, but running the same on a few cheap servers adds only ~$135/month to my electric bill – soon will be almost free thanks to these nice solar panels 😉
When it’s not enough I also use StackPointCloud to deploy temporary clusters on AWS or GKE, etc, but I never keep them overnight unless I have to.
On-premise turnkey solutions that allow you to create Kubernetes clusters on your internal, secure, cloud network with only a few commands like IBM Cloud Private makes our lives really easy.
Now, let’s take a look at the requirements.
Minimum requirements for a multi-node community edition cluster:
- Boot node: 1x 1+ core(s) >= 2.4 GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, >=100 GB disk space
- Master node: 1x 8+ cores >= 2.4 GHz CPU, 16+GB RAM, >=200 GB disk space
- Proxy node: 1 or more 2+ cores >= 2.4 GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, >=150 GB disk space
- Worker node: 1 or more 1+ cores >= 2.4 GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, >=150 GB disk space
Since I’m using the Community Edition this time, I will be using single master and multiple workers configuration.
How to install IBM Cloud Private-CE 3.1
If you are already using the older version of the ICP you can skip the cluster preparation steps and jump to the “Install IBM Cloud Private-CE 3.1” section after uninstalling the older version as described under “Uninstalling an older version of the IBM Cloud Private” section.
We need a few things installed before we get up and running with ICP 3.1. First, I’ll configure my Ubuntu servers and share SSH keys, so the master node can access all my other nodes. Then I’ll install Docker and after that ICP. From there, ICP will take care of my Kubernetes cluster installation.
Install the base O/S – Ubuntu (30-45mins)
- Download your preferred version of Ubuntu. I use Ubuntu Server 16.04.3 LTS.
- Install Ubuntu on all servers with default options. I used user/nopassword as username/password for simplicity.
- Log in to your Ubuntu host via terminal.
- Edit the
/etc/network/interfacesfile, assign a static IP and set a hostname.
- Edit the
/etc/hostsfile, add your nodes to the list, and make sure you can ping them by the hostname:cat /etc/hosts
- For my setup, this is how
hostsfile looks like:$ cat /etc/hosts
# 127.0.1.1 icp3101# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
#::1 localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
- Ping nodes by hostname to make sure all are accesible
$fping icp21032 icp21033 icp21034 icp21035
icp21032 is alive
icp21033 is alive
icp21034 is alive
icp21035 is alive
- On your Ubuntu host, install the SSH server:
sudo apt-get install openssh-server
Now, you should be able to access your servers using SSH. Check the status by running:$ sudo service ssh status
● ssh.service - OpenBSD Secure Shell server
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/ssh.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Mon 2018-10-08 07:16:37 PDT; 8h ago
Main PID: 1160 (sshd)
└─1160 /usr/sbin/sshd -D
- Install open-iscsi and curl if it’s not already installed:
sudo apt install curl open-iscsi
- Repeat steps 3-9 on all servers.
Now, you need to share SSH keys among all nodes:
- Log in to your first node, which will be the boot node (ubuntu36), as root.
- Generate an SSH key:
ssh-keygen -b 4096 -t rsa -f ~/.ssh/master.id_rsa -N ""
- Add the SSH key to the list of authorized keys:
cat ~/.ssh/master.id_rsa.pub | sudo tee -a ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
- From the boot node, add the SSH public key to other nodes in the cluster:
ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/master.id_rsa.pub root;
- Repeat for all nodes.
- Log in to the other nodes and restart the SSH service:
sudo systemctl restart sshd
- Now the boot node can connect through SSH to all other nodes without the password.
Install Docker CE (5mins)
To get the latest supported version of Docker, install it from the official Docker repository.
- On your Ubuntu nodes, update the apt package index, run the following commands:
sudo apt-get update
- Make sure below packages are installed:
sudo apt-get install \
- Add Docker’s GPG key:
curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
- Add the repository:
sudo add-apt-repository \
"deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu \
$(lsb_release -cs) \
- Update the apt package index:
sudo apt-get update
- Check the available versions:
apt-cache madison docker-ce
- Install Docker CE 188.8.131.52:
sudo apt-get install docker-ce=18.03.1~ce-0~ubuntu
- Make sure it’s up and running after installation is complete:
$ sudo systemctl status docker
● docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Mon 2018-10-08 07:17:42 PDT; 8h ago
Main PID: 1165 (dockerd)
CPU: 55min 10.946s
Install IBM Cloud Private-CE 3.1 (60-75 mins)
- Pull the IBM Cloud Private-CE container images:
sudo docker pull ibmcom/icp-inception:3.1.0
- Create an installation folder for configuration files and extract the sample config file:
mkdir /opt/ibm-cloud-private-ce-3.1.0; \
sudo docker run -e LICENSE=accept \
-v "$(pwd)":/data ibmcom/icp-inception:3.1.0 cp -r cluster /data
- Previous command creates the cluster directory under
/opt/ibm-cloud-private-ce-3.1.0with the following files:
config.yaml, hosts, and
ssh_key. Before deploying ICP, these files need to be modified.
- Replace the
ssh_keyfile with the private SSH key you have created earlier.sudo cp ~/.ssh/master.id_rsa /opt/cluster/ssh_key
- Add the IP address of all your nodes to the
hostsfile in the
/opt/ibm-cloud-private-ce-3.1.0/clusterdirectory. If you plan to run serious workloads, I recommend separating master and worker Kubernetes nodes. Since Community Edition supports single master node only, my config file looks like this:$ cat /opt/ibm-cloud-private-ce-3.1.0/cluster/hosts
- Finally, deploy the environment. Change directory to the cluster folder with the
config.yamlfile and deploy your ICP environment:sudo docker run --net=host -t -e LICENSE=accept \
-v "$(pwd)":/installer/cluster ibmcom/icp-inception:3.1.0 install
- Note: I tried to deploy 3.1 on my old VMs (where ICP v184.108.40.206 used to run) and my first attempt failed due to increased resource requirements compared to the previous version. If your deployment times-out while waiting for cloudant and you an error similar to below:
TASK [addon : Waiting for cloudant to start] ******************************************
FAILED - RETRYING: TASK: addon :
Waiting for cloudant to start (13 retries left).
FAILED - RETRYING: TASK: addon :
Waiting for cloudant to start
Double check your hw resources and and run the installer with verbose options to see more details:docker run -e LICENSE=accept --net=host \
-t -v "$(pwd)":/installer/cluster \
ibmcom/icp-inception:3.1.0 install -vvv | tee -a install_log.txt
I ended up increased memory from 8GB to 16GB and disk capacity to 200GB (from 150GB) and all worked well after that.
- After a succesful install you should see a message similar to the below:
PLAY RECAP *********************************************************************
10.10.0.161 : ok=173 changed=94 unreachable=0 failed=0
10.10.0.162 : ok=113 changed=55 unreachable=0 failed=0
10.10.0.163 : ok=108 changed=51 unreachable=0 failed=0
10.10.0.164 : ok=108 changed=50 unreachable=0 failed=0
10.10.0.165 : ok=108 changed=49 unreachable=0 failed=0
localhost : ok=265 changed=161 unreachable=0 failed=0POST DEPLOY MESSAGE ************************************************************The Dashboard URL: https://10.10.0.161:8443, default username/password is admin/adminPlaybook run took 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes, 54 seconds
- One thing i have noticed is that installation completed much faster than the previous version. ICP got smarter and only pulling images that are required for the roles, also seems like taking advantage of the local image registries. My 5 node installation time dropped from 95 minutes to 53 minutes.
- If your deployment is successful, you should be able to access your ICP login screen by visiting
https://MASTERNODEIP:8443(Default username/password is admin/admin).
Uninstalling an older version of the IBM Cloud Private
IBM documentation is very clear with upgrade steps described here. It is unfortunate that upgrade is only supported from the 220.127.116.11 release since I had problems installing that version I kept my cluster at 18.104.22.168 and later clean install was the online way to go for me.
I have uninstalled the existing version with the comment below:
Also removed all stopped containers:
I will go over the configuration of other optional features in my next blog post as I get more familiar with the platform.
- Introduction to IBM Cloud Private #2 – What’s new in 3.1 – quick comparison vs 2.1
- Introduction to IBM Cloud Private #3 – Catalog Applications
- Introduction to IBM Cloud Private #4 – How to deploy workloads on OpenEBS
- Introduction to IBM Cloud Private #5 – Monitoring IBM Cloud Private with Prometheus
- Introduction to IBM Cloud Private #6 – Use of metrics for monitoring utilization
- Introduction to IBM Cloud Private #7 – Contributing to the Community Charts
Above are some of the content I believe that it would be useful. If you like to see anything not covered here feel free to comment here on my blog or contact me via Twitter @muratkarslioglu.
To be continued…
Also published on Medium.