Preparing Ubuntu Platform9 Cloud

This document describes how to get an Ubuntu Linux physical server ready before you can add it to a Platform9 OpenStack private cloud. Platform9 currently supports Ubuntu 16.04.

Step 1 - Install Ubuntu Operating System

Make sure that your server is configured appropriately with access to storage and physical networking. Download and install Ubuntu 16.04 on your physical server. You can download Ubuntu distributions from here:

Ubuntu Cloud Archive (UCA) gives users the ability to install newer releases of libvirt and qemu-kvm packages. Refer for details.

For enabling the Cloud Archive on Ubuntu 16.04 hosts:

sudo add-apt-repository cloud-archive:queens

It’s usually a good practice to get your system up to date with regard to the latest patches and updates.

sudo apt-get update

Step 2 - Ensure Virtualization is Enabled

Ensure that virtualization is enabled for your server by checking your server’s BIOS settings. If disabled, enable virtualization for the server to be able to act as a hypervisor within Platform9 Managed OpenStack.

Step 3 - Ensure the System Clock is Synchronized

Your host will fail to authenticate with Platform9 services if its date time settings are incorrect. Type ‘date’ to verify that the current date and time are correct. If they aren’t, then one possible fix is to enable the network time protocol daemon service:

sudo apt-get install ntp
service ntp start

That’s it! At this point your Ubuntu server is ready to be prepared with rest of storage and networking pre-requisites to be added to Platform9 Managed OpenStack.</p>