Bare-metal Cluster Setup

Anaconda for cluster management can be used to manage pre-existing clusters, such as bare-metal machines, collections of virtual machines (Vagrant, Docker, etc.), or previously instantiated cloud instances. These types of installations are collectively referred to as bare-metal installations.

Additional bare-metal cluster requirements:

  • Client machine:
    • Passwordless SSH access to all cluster nodes
  • Cluster Nodes:
    • Matching user account/credentials on all nodes with passwordless sudo enabled

Provisioning instructions

1. Provider Setup

A sample providers file is included with a new installation of Anaconda for cluster management and is located within the ~/.acluster/providers.yaml file on the client machine. You can edit the contents of this file to reflect the settings for your bare metal provider.

An example ~/.acluster/providers.yaml file with a provider named bare_metal is shown below:

  cloud_provider: none
  private_key: ~/.ssh/my-private-key

Refer to the Provider settings page for more details about provider settings.

2. Profile Setup

Create a file on the client machine located at ~/.acluster/profiles.d/profile_name.yaml that defines the following information:

name: profile_name
provider: bare_metal
node_id: bare_metal
node_type: bare_metal
user: ubuntu
num_nodes: 4

# Optional for Anaconda Server
# (note that the ports might be different in your configuration)
anaconda_url: http://[your-anaconda-server-ip]:9000/
  - http://[your-anaconda-server-ip]:8080/conda/anaconda-cluster
  - http://[your-anaconda-server-ip]:8080/conda/anaconda
  - defaults

The example profile shown above is named profile_name and is configured for a 4-node bare-metal cluster.

Refer to the Profile settings page for more details about profile settings.

3. Configure Cluster

Use the following command to configure a bare-metal cluster with the specified profile:

$ acluster create demo_cluster --profile profile_name

Note: Replace demo_cluster with the name of your cluster, and profile_name with the name of your profile.

After this command is executed, the bare-metal cluster will be configured, and you will see updates as the tasks and initialization steps are completed.

A typical bare-metal cluster configuration takes a few minutes, and has output similar to the following:

$ acluster create demo_cluster --profile profile_name
Creating cluster
Number of existing nodes: 0
Number of requested nodes: 4
Licensed nodes: 16
License is valid for the current number of nodes.
INFO: Creating new cluster "demo_cluster" with profile "profile_name"
INFO: Creating 4 instances
INFO: Successfully created instances
INFO: Cluster info: {'ips': ['', '',
      '', ''], 'user': 'ubuntu',
      'name': u'demo_cluster'}
Saving cluster file
Cluster "demo_cluster": 4 nodes
Number of existing nodes: 4
Number of requested nodes: 0
Licensed nodes: 16
License is valid for the current number of nodes.
Checking ssh connection
INFO: Checking SSH connection
Checking sudo
Bootstraping conda
INFO: Installing miniconda
INFO: Anaconda URL:
INFO: Checking conda installation
INFO: Checking conda installation
Bootstraping salt
INFO: Setting up Salt master and Minions
INFO: Creating conda env for salt
INFO: Installing salt
Starting salt
INFO: Flushing iptables rules
INFO: Setting SELinux to permissive
INFO: Starting salt-master daemon
INFO: Starting salt-minion daemon
Checking salt connection
Uploading formulas
INFO: Uploading formulas to head
INFO: Uploading profile
Setting Roles
INFO: Settings grains/roles
Syncing formulas

The cluster is now ready for use.

View the Troubleshooting FAQ if you encounter errors while creating a cluster.