Multi Node OpenStack ‘Newton’ Installation Steps on CentOS 7

Good News for Openstack lovers, latest version OpenStack ‘Newton’ has been released on 6th Oct 2016, this is the 14th release of openstack (open source cloud software). Below are the new features that have been noticed in this release :

  • Enhanced Scalability : It offers scale-up/scale-down capabilities in Nova, Horizon, and Swift.
  • Introduction of Magnum : It provides the container orchestration tools via docker Swarm, Kubernetes and Mesos
  • Improvement in bare metal provisioning and it adds multi-tenant networking and integration with magnum.

In this article we are going to install OpenStack ‘Newton’ on three nodes running on CentOS 7 using packstack script. Below is the details of my setup,

  • Node1 = (
  • Node2= (
  • Node3 = (

Note: I am assuming Minimal CentOS 7 is installed and hostname is also set as per above specification in all the nodes.

Step:1 Update the Servers using yum command

Update the controller, compute and network node using below yum command and reboot them. Run the below command on all the nodes.

~]# yum update -y ; reboot

Edit the Hosts file on each server and set the below entries in case you don’t your local DNS server. controller compute network

Step:2 Stop and disable firewalld & NetworkManager Service

Execute the beneath commands one after the another to stop and disable firewalld and NetworkManager Service on all nodes.

~]# systemctl stop firewalld
~]# systemctl disable firewalld
~]# systemctl stop NetworkManager
~]# systemctl disable NetworkManager

Disable SELinux using below command

~]# setenforce 0 ; sed -i 's/=enforcing/=disabled/g' /etc/sysconfig/selinux

Step:3 Configure passwordless ssh from controller to compute and network node.

Execute the below commands from controller node to configure passwordless ssh from controller to network and compute node.

[root@controller ~]# ssh-keygen
[root@controller ~]# ssh-copy-id

[root@controller ~]# ssh-copy-id

Verify whether  passwordless ssh is working from Controller node or not.

[root@controller ~]# ssh
Last login: Sat Oct 8 08:26:46 2016 from
[root@compute ~]#
[[root@controller ~]# ssh
Last login: Sat Oct 8 08:27:27 2016 from
[root@network ~]#

Step:4 Set OpenStack Newton Repository and install packstack utility.

Run the below command on controller node to set CentOS 7 Openstack Newton repository.

[root@controller ~]# yum install centos-release-openstack-newton -y
[root@controller ~]# yum update -y

Install Packstack utility on controller node using following yum command

[root@controller ~]# yum install openstack-packstack -y

Step:5 Generate and update Openstack answer file

Execute below packstack command on controller node to generate answer file

[root@controller ~]# packstack --gen-answer-file=/root/newton-answer.txt
[root@controller ~]#

Update the answer file as per your architecture. In my case i have updated the following entries in my newton-answer.txt file.

[root@controller ~]# vi /root/newton-answer.txt

Step:6 Start the newton openstack installation using packstack

Run the beneath command from the controller node to start the openstack installation

[root@controller ~]# packstack --answer-file=/root/newton-answer.txt

Once the Installation is Completed Successfully , we will get below message.


Step:7 Login to Newton Horizon Dashboard

When the installation is completed successfully then Dashboard URL is provided on the Screen as shown in above screenshot. So in my case Dashboard url is “” , Use the user name as admin and the password which we specify in the answer file under the “CONFIG_KEYSTONE_ADMIN_PW” parameter.



Step:8 Do the network Configuration on Network Node

When the openstack installation is completed bridge (br-ex) interface will be created on network node. Add interface (enp0s3 or ethx) in bride br-ex as a port and assign the ip address of enp0s3 or ethx to br-ex . To accomplish this do the below mentioned steps on the network node.

[root@network ~]# cd /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/

[root@network network-scripts]# cp ifcfg-enp0s3 ifcfg-br-ex

[root@network network-scripts]# vi ifcfg-enp0s3

Save & exit the file

[root@network network-scripts]# vi ifcfg-br-ex

Save &exit the file

Restart the network Service to take the above changes into the effect.

[root@network network-scripts]# systemctl restart network
[root@network network-scripts]#

Now Verify whether the IP address of enp0s3 is assigned to br-ex using ifconfig command


Also verify whether a port has been added in OVS bridge interface br-ex using ovs-vsctl command.

[root@network network-scripts]# ovs-vsctl show


That’s all Basic installation of Openstack Newton is completed Now. Next step is create projects, users, network and flavors and upload cloud images and then start launching the VM instances using cloud images.

10 Responses

  1. grenzya says:

    Hey thanks for the tutorial, I’ve finished all the installation with more compute nodes. I’ve finished network and image creation too. I’ve launched instances successfully. But something was wrong with the network. I created public and private router for instances and connect them together with a router. I’ve checked the router, I found that port status on my router gateway-to public was down. I was using dhcp from my local router to this openstack router so I disabled dhcp for public-subnet.I found this status on my public network; VIF Type binding failed. How to solve this problem? Thank you

  2. TJ says:

    Can anyone help with below error while installing …

    Testing if puppet apply is finished: [ \ ]

    • Robetus says:

      What kind of hardware are you on? This step can sometimes to take up to 30 minutes to complete and the only time I’ve had an error is when I’ve tried to install packstack on less than sufficient hardware or a small kvm instance. Whenever I used an adequate it completes every time.

  3. Robetus says:

    Do you have a tutorial for how to add a compute node to this installation?

    • You can add new compute nodes to the existing openstack installation, for that you need to update your answer file. Add the IP address or hostname of the new node to parameter "CONFIG_COMPUTE_HOSTS" Then configure "EXCLUDE_SERVERS" with the ip of all other nodes which are already installed.This will make sure that when you rerun packstack it will touch only the new compute node and no system in the "EXCLUDE_SERVERS" will be touched.

  4. pie says:

    Could you show me the Next step is create projects, users, network and flavors and upload cloud images and then start launching the VM instances using cloud images.
    Thank so much!

  5. Deepak says:

    Hello Pradeep,

    I have configured packstack to install Fwaas, Lbaas and Vpnaas. The installation fails at ‘Applying 192.168.x.x_network.pp’ with the following error:
    ERROR : Error appeared during Puppet run: 192.168.x.x_network.pp
    Error: Could not find dependent Service[neutron-server] for Class[Neutron::Services::Vpnaas] at /var/tmp/packstack/58e591da9c4f444abc69ee8e53dc65c1/modules/packstack/manifests/neutron/vpnaas.pp:10

    I verified that neutron-server is running in the controller node after the installation failed. Retried the installation but in vain.
    Kindly help.

  6. PJB says:

    Hi Pradeep,
    Thanks for the article.
    My set-up requirements are different. I have few questions:
    1) How to modify the answer-key file to separate the management network to that from the overlay tunnel network. I don’t care about the VM external(internet) connectivity network.?
    2) How to add new compute nodes to the existing multi-node set-up?

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