OpenStack Training

Private Cloud Administration

Learn about OpenStack from Instructors with Real World Expertise.

A 4 day intermediate course covering the fundamentals of the OpenStack open source IAAS (Infrastructure As A Service) cloud solution.

OpenStack Training Overview:

This 4 day OpenStack Training covers the general administration of the OpenStack open source IAAS (Infrastructure As A Service) cloud solution, used for creating private and public clouds. After a short cloud and OpenStack primer it presents the architecture of OpenStack and introduce its base components in details such as the Horizon GUI dashboard and the CLI, the Keystone identity system, the Nova compute service, the Neutron network service and software defined networking, the Glance image service, the Cinder block storage service, the Ceilometer metering solution, the Heat orchestration services and the Swift object store. Besides in-depth theoretical coverage students also do hands-on exercises with all studied OpenStack components in their own lab system.

Target Audience:

  • Developers
  • Sys.Admins and Dev.Ops wanting to obtain an initial knowledge about the OpenStack open source cloud system

Structure: 50% theory 50% hands on lab exercises

Prerequisites: Basic Linux sysadmin, networking as well as virtualisation knowledge

Duration: 4 days

Course Outline:



  • Overview
  • Core Projects
    • Nova
    • Neutron
    • Glance, Cinder
    • Ceilometer
    • Heat
    • Swift
  • OpenStack Architecture
  • Virtual Machine Provisioning Walk-Through


  • Understanding the Classroom Environment
  • Perform Initial Health Check
  • Test Instance Creation

Controller Node


  • Overview Horizon and OpenStack
  • Keystone Architecture
    • User Management
    • Keystone CLI Overview
  • OpenStack Messaging and Queues
    • Message Queue Configuration
  • Image Management (Glance)
    • Glance CLI Overview
    • Creation of Custom Images
  • OpenStack Storage (Cinder)
    • Cinder CLI Overview
    • Managing Volumes


  • Create and Manage Users, Roles, Tenants, Quotas
  • Create and Manage Images
  • Create and Manage Volumes
  • Check Messaging

Compute Node


  • Linux Virtualisation Basics
    • Hypervisors, KVM, Linux bridges
  • VM Placement
  • VM Provisioning In-Depth
  • Instance Management
    • Nova CLI Overview
    • Boot/Terminate Instance
    • Attach Volume to Instance


  • Configure Flat Networking
  • Create and Manage VM Instances
  • Configure VM Metadata

Network Node


  • Networking in OpenStack
  • OpenStack Networking Concepts
    • Nova-Network vs. Neutron
    • Neutron Architecture and Plugins
    • OpenVSwitch Concepts
    • Neutron Agents
  • Network Management
    • Neutron CLI Overview
    • Manage Networks
    • Manage Subnets
    • Manage Routers
    • Manage Ports
    • Manage Floating IPs


  • Create Routers, Networks, Subnets
  • Associate Floating IPs
  • Troubleshoot Neutron Networking



  • Ceilometer Background and Usecases
  • Ceilometer Architecture
  • Ceilometer Meters and Pipelines
  • Ceilometer Deployment


  • Working with Ceilometer



  • Heat Overview
  • Architecture
    • AWS CloudFormation Template Format
    • Heat Services
      • Heat-API
      • Heat-CFN-API
      • Heat-Engine
  • Configuring Heat
    • Configuring Images for use with Heat
    • Creating a Stack


  • Creating a Stack

Object Store (Swift)


  • Swift Overview
  • Swift Architecture
    • Accounts, Containers, Objects, Rings
    • Nodes Types : Auth, Proxy, Storage
    • Partitions, Zones, Replication
  • Using Swift
    • Accounts
    • Creating and Managing Objects
    • Object Server Management
    • Container Server Management
    • Account Server Management
    • Proxy Server Management
    • Ring Management
    • Large Objects



  • Online Installation

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