For the last few weeks I have been reading a lot about OpenStack, Cloud Computing, virtualization, VMware tools and I have decided to try it. I would like to install, configure it and try it to see how it works. For the last few days I have had troubles installing it.

I want to try it install on my laptop in an appropriate way as in a server room. Now I am a little bit confused, and I would like to get some help with the network configuration and get answers for my questions.

My laptop specifications:

  CPU: Core i5, dual core 2.5Ghz with Intel virtualization technology
  RAM: 6GB
  SSD: 256GB
  One LAN adapter
  One WLAN adapter (I am not using this at all)
  OS: Windows Windows 7 64-bit

I am using VMware Workstation 9, ESXi 5.5 and vSphere, I don't use vCenter or vSphere web application.

Inside a workstation I have installed ESXi 5.5 with specification:

  RAM 2GB, 
  2 processors, 
  1 network adapter using NAT
  hostname: localhost
  IP Address:
  Network identit acquired from DHCP server

Inside ESXi I have the option "Test Management Network" where I can ping some IPs, It works.

  Ping Address #0:
  Ping Address #1:
  Ping Address #2: blank
  Resolve Hostname localhost.localdomain

I haven't made any configuration inside ESXi and for ESXi in workstation I am using NAT and enabled option "Synchronize guest time with host". With vSphere I connect to ESXi by using IP:, username and password.

Inside vSphere I have two virtual machines installing Ubuntu server 14.04, and my plan later is to install OpenStack on it.

Specifications of both virtual machines:

  CPU 1
  RAM 512 MB
  One network adapter using VM Network

The first virtual machine is a CONTROLLER node and second virtual machine is COMPUTE. CONTROLLER I want to use as controller node for OpenStack, other as a compute node. I have started with installation of OpenStack components by following the instructions from the install guide. That means I will use two nodes installation. I have come to this step: http://docs.openstack.org/icehouse/install-guide/install/apt/content/basics-networking-nova-verify.html and I have problem with pinging from CONTROLLER to COMPUTE and inversely. I can ping google.com.

I thought I will resolve this issue later and move on with the installation. In point four of this section: http://docs.openstack.org/icehouse/install-guide/install/apt/content/keystone-install.html when I type:

  su -s /bin/sh -c "keystone-manage db_sync" keystone 

I get this error:

  2014-07-18 19:30:30.682 6656 CRITICAL keystone [-] OperationError: (OperationalError) (2005, "Unknown MySQL server host 'controller' (0)") None None 

I have been googled it and found out that there is something wrong with my network configuration, which means there is something wrong with localhost which takes us back to the network problem.


cat /etc/network/interfaces

  auto lo
  iface lo inet loopback
  auto eth0
  iface eth0 inet dhcp

cat etc/hosts controller
     #controler controller
     #compute compute


cat /etc/network/interfaces

  auto lo
  iface lo inet loopback
  auto eth0
  iface eth0 inet dhcp
  auto eth1
  iface eth1 inet manual
  up ip link set dev $IFACE up
  down ip link set dev $IFACE down

cat etc/hosts compute
     #compute compute
     #controler controler

Before I begin work with installing OpenStack components and before that, solving this issue I have some questions:

  1. Is it possible on laptop to install in this way OpenStack? I know it is much easier using devstack one node installation (I have already tried it) but I would like to now how OpenStack works, what exactly is virtualization, how to launch virtual machine inside OpenStack. Don't get confused with virtual machines inside VMware and vSphere.

  2. Is it possible to have nested virtualization, so that the first virtualization is on workstation and ESXi for Ubuntu server virtual machine, and the second virtualization is inside OpenStack for providing instances with flavor settings?

  3. Can anyone help me with configuring these network problems, obviously I cannot continue with OpenStack installation. Should I use virtual switches and routing? I would like to have management network and public network so I can't inside Windows browser get horizon and launch some instances. I install LAMP on it. Because I just want to get proof of this concept.

  4. Should I configure network on both Ubuntu servers and also inside vSphere? I think I should.

  5. I do not understand IPs on ESXi "Test Management Network" used for ping tests. Because IP of ESXi is

I want to achieve something like this guy did: youtube.com/watch?v=I2gBypQaxqk. Below is a picture of my network in vSphere:

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