I'm following the Ubuntu OpenStack Beginners Guide at:


I have used Ubuntu for some years, but always just accepted the standard partition set-up. I'm now following the instructions which say use Ubuntu Server, and now I am not sure how to set-up the partitions in the format asked for:

We will also be running nova-volume on this server and it is ideal to have a dedicated partition for the use of nova-volume. So, ensure that you choose manual partitioning scheme while installing Ubuntu Server and create a dedicated partition with adequate amount of space for this purpose. We have referred to this partition in the rest of the chapter as /dev/sda6. You can substitute the correct device name of this dedicated partition based on your local setup while following the instructions. Also ensure that the partition type is set as Linux LVM (8e) using fdisk either during install or immediately after installation is over. If you also plan to use a dedicated partition as Swift backend, create another partition for this purpose and follow the instructions in "Swift Installation" section below.

Would anyone be able to advice?

Also, I am assuming I am OK to use VirtualBox Images.

Finally, on the network configuration instructions:


Do I actually use the settings below, I do I have to adjust for my settings?

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet static

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It really depends on what you need. The LV 'nova-volumes' is used for volumes that can be attached to virtual machines. Like the Amazon EBS, if you plan to use only virtual machines without the need of adding/removing volumes you can keep it small (about 50-100 gb) else you need to increase the size.

Other storage paths are /var/lib/nova/instances for instances disk and /var/lib/glance/images for server images and snapshots.

About the network configuration it seems correct, depends if you have multiple machines to work with or all in one.

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