These are the notes on how the Mirantis Fuel Vagrant Box was built. For details on the install, go to the previous post.

HashiCorp's Packer is a cool tool. Take any ISO, and in a few hours, you can transform the ISO into a Vagrant Box.

After running through the entire install of Mirantis Fuel manually using libvirt's virt-manager, and screen capturing the output using gtk-recordmydesktop, it was determined that the following files were relevant to the Vagrant Box creation.

  - isolinux/isolinux.cfg
  - ks.cfg

isolinux/isolinux.cfg defined what the kernel boot commands are by default. packer was configured to delete this as it hard codes the IP address of the eth0 interface. It has some undesirable effects during the Vagrant Box build process. Packer was configured to amend the boot command variables, so the final boot command was the output shown below. All Fuel setup menu interactivity was disabled as well by setting the showmenu option to no.

vmlinuz initrd=initrd.img hostname=fuel.domain.tld showmenu=no admin_interface=eth1 dhcp_interface=eth0 text ks=

The HTTPIP and HTTPPort config is Packer magic. When packer executes it creates a temporary HTTP server that the QEMU VM can access to get to its kickstart config in the http directory of the packer build repo.

ks.cfg, the kickstart file, was amended to add a Vagrant Box user, delete the code that configures what Fuel calls the admin_interface.

The centos-6 packer build script was used as the starting point for the mirantis Fuel packer build script.

When all was configured, the following packer command was executed, and on a Intel I5, 4 GB server, it took about 30 minutes to build the Vagrant Box.

The final box image for Mirantis-7 Fuel Vagrant Box was about 4.7GB. Packer does some compression and removal of unnecessary packages.

The linuxsimba packer template repo contains an example Vagrantfile to use to setup the Mirantis OpenStack setup.

This Vagrantfile hard codes the eth0 MAC address of the openstack nodes. This is because Mirantis Fuel assumes, correctly, that the PXE MAC for a particular server should not change. So as one creates and destroys the openstack nodes using vagrant destroy/up, Mirantis Fuel will not get confused and think its a new server.

The Vagrant Box does not have the docker containers needed for Fuel to work. The script to generate the docker containers is run as a Vagrantfile provision script during a vagrant up run.

The Vagrant Box therefore, is relatively small in size, and easier to distribute than one that is loaded with all the Fuel docker containers. The box size is about 4.7GB.

Not sure if the Vagrant Box can be posted on this site. I am going to ask Mirantis if that is okay.