On 03/12/2015 10:02 AM, Simone Tiraboschi wrote:
> Hi all,
> cloud-init is a powerful tool to configure from outside a cloud instance or 
> an appliance as in our scenario.
> Deploying the engine as an appliance is indeed a good way to speed up and 
> make easier the hosted-engine deployment: you don't need to install an OS on 
> the engine virtual machine and than install the engine and so on but you 
> could simply run a ready to use oVirt engine appliance. But you still need to 
> configure it and so cloud-init support within hosted-engine is a reasonable 
> way to complement it.
> Then we could also integrate it with oVirt node to let the user input the 
> required info from node TUI in order to have an almost unattended 
> hosted-engine setup on oVirt node using an engine appliance with cloud-init.
> The idea is to collect the required information interactively from 
> hosted-engine setup or from node TUI (passing them to hosted-engine setup via 
> an answer file) and pass them to the appliance via cloud-init using a 
> no-cloud datasource.
> So now the question is what do you really want to configure via cloud-init?
> It's just to define what we want in order to be more focused on user needs:
> for instance we could configure engine VM instance hostname, we could set the 
> root password, we could create other users, we could upload ssh private keys, 
> we could run a command on the first boot and so on.
> So, if you have any ideas or requirement about that it's the right time for 
> it.

Great suggestions, Simone!

The things you list cover most of what I do to the engine VM (I do all of those 
except for "configure ssh private keys"). In addition, I:

  * Add a couple of packages (e.g. zsh)
  * Configure alternate shells for some initial users (this could be "run a 
command on the first boot", as long as adding the necessary packages was done 
before that somehow, perhaps simply as a prior command)
  * Populate some specific files, e.g.:
      o Add specific ssh *public* keys into the $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys 
files for some user and root accounts
      o Replace /etc/hosts with a master copy that contains all hosts on my 

I'd like to see the "additional packages" abstracted out somehow and added 
prior to the "run a command on the first boot" step, as opposed to using "yum" 
explicitly for one of those commands, but that's somewhat of a cosmetic "nice 
to have" since obviously it can be done explicitly. It's separate conceptually, 
so would be nice to treat as such.

I'm learning Puppet at the moment, and it strikes me that what you want to do 
is pretty much the same thing that Puppet manifests are designed to do.


> thanks,
> Simone
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