Ubuntu Server Eucalyptus Testers Needed
jono at ubuntu.com
Fri Oct 9 18:53:30 BST 2009
Koalas love eucalyptus, they spend three hours a day munching away on
the sturdy plant. Likewise, Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala loves Eucalyptus,
the *Open Source system for implementing on-premise private and hybrid
clouds using the hardware and software infrastructure that is in place,
without modification*. This allows you to run your own private cloud on
your own hardware and infrastructure. Sound interesting? It really is,
and this a rocking new feature in the new Ubuntu Server edition.
As we build to release, we could really use your help to make sure that
Karmic Koala's Eucalyptus support is rock solid. This post outlines how
you can test this functionality, and provide some valuable feedback.
### What You Will Need
You need two machines, one of which has to be capable of handling
[KVM](https://help.ubuntu.com/community/KVM). The following command will
check to see if your CPU has the correct VT extensions for running KVM
(though you might have to additionally enable VT in your BIOS):
egrep '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo
Each machine will also need 1GB of RAM and 80GB of free space.
Documentation for all this is provided
You will also need to download the latest daily Ubuntu Server ISO image
(http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-server/daily/current/) and burn it to CD.
### Performing The Tests
Testing the *Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud* support with Eucalyptus involves
three steps: setting up the *cluster*, the *nodes* and *activiating the
cloud*. Let's look at it in three easy steps:
#### The Cluster Machine
This machine will control the nodes, it does *NOT* need KVM support. You
can install it via the *Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud* task in the installer
and select *Cluster* as the type.
Step-by-step instructions are at
#### The Nodes
After you have installed a controller you are ready to add *nodes*. This
is the machine that needs the KVM support. Install it via the *Ubuntu
Enterprise Cloud* task in the installer and select *Node* as the type.
Step-by-step instructions are at
#### Activating Your Cloud
After you have got the cluster and the node all installed and ready to
go you're ready for the final steps which are available
### Testing and Filing Bugs
Each of these steps should be relatively pain free, after that you're
ready to start testing Eucalyptus.
The Eucalyptus Getting Started Guide
contains commands you may want to try. Please Note: the Getting Started
Guide is for version 1.5.2. Karmic Koala includes version 1.6, so there
are some differences involved. You can however take a look to the on
going work of the version 1.6 documentation
Bugs should be filed in Launchpad in the Ubuntu eucalyptus package. You
can see this list of bugs at
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/eucalyptus. Bugs should be
reported using the `ubuntu-bug` tool. This tool is shipped with Ubuntu
Server. To file a bug, simply type in:
This tool will send relevant debugging content to Launchpad to help
identify and resolve the bug. More details on `ubuntu-bug` can be found
== Discussion and Getting Help ==
Discussion about Eucalyptus can be posted directly to the ubuntu-devel
(https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-devel) mailing list
and you are welcome to join the server development team in the
`#ubuntu-server` IRC channel on irc.freenode.net.
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