Recently I started working more than usual on OpenShift. I’ve contributed to the minishift project and also spoke about OpenShift at a local meetup. But now we’re planning to move to microservices architecture based on OpenShift.

I use CentOS’s DevCloud infrastructure to setup test instances. And it is on the same infra that I brought up my first real OpenShift cluster deployed using openshift-ansible. I used this hosts file along with the playbook available under byo directory for OpenShift 3.6.1. It’s a 2-node cluster where one system behaves as master and other as a node.

Installation Link to heading

For a smooth installation and setup, I had to ensure a few things like:

  • Install NetworkManager and firewalld on both the nodes.

  • Start NetworkManager and firewalld manually on both the nodes. To get this working, I had to set SELinux to permissive. I didn’t dig much into this but I think with proper context, I could have got it working in Enforcing mode as well.

  • Ensure that /var partition has about 40 GB of free space. I think the requirement is 15 GB on master and 40 GB on node. But I ensured 60 GB of space for /var on both nodes.

  • Modify /etc/hosts file on both nodes so that they are able to access each other by their hostnames.

  • Install the RPM python-rhsm-ceritificates so that Ansible can pull an image from

After finishing these steps, perform the installation:

$ ansible-playbook openshift-ansible/playbooks/byo/config.yml

I did it off the release-3.6 branch.

Post-install setup Link to heading

Add a new user Link to heading

Having used simple OpenShift cluster in past, it was a bit of struggle this time to get into the OpenShift console. minishift does this very nicely so that end user doesn’t have to bother.

It also took me some time to add a user to the cluster. I probably couldn’t find my way around the huge OpenShift documentation.

We just need to execute below as system:admin user:

$ oc create user dharmit --full-name="Dharmit Shah"
$ htpasswd /etc/origin/master/htpasswd dharmit

# and if you want the user to have cluster-admin privileges
$ oadm policy add-cluster-role-to-user cluster-admin dharmit

This user can now login to the OpenShift web console using the credentials you’ve just set. It took me really long to get up to this step!

Deploying an image to OpenShift cluster Link to heading

Now I wanted to run a simple beanstalkd image on OpenShift cluster. All I did was use to build an image and pull it. After successfully logging in and navigating to the project page, OpenShift shows you an option at the top called “Add to Project”. I chose “Deploy Image” option from this and gave the image name to be deployed.

OpenShift automatically created a DeploymentConfig and created a service based on the metadata of the image. It also provides the name of the service. This name can be used by other objects in the same project to access beanstalkd seamlessly!

Still learning Link to heading

I’m still learning OpenShift through the docs. The Persistent Volumes concept has been interesting! I’m working on creating an architecture wherein various workers can run in tandem as containers and read/write things to a remote NFS server configured as a PV.

There’s lot to learn and do before we can achieve a microservices based architecture. I’ll try to keep this space udpated. 😉