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Title       : 	Ansible - Create OpenStack servers with Ansible 2.0 and the os_server module and a dynamic inventory
Author      : 	Remy van Elst
Date        : 	10-09-2016
URL         : 	https://raymii.org/s/tutorials/Ansible_-_create_OpenStack_servers_with_os_server.html
Format      : 	Markdown/HTML
---
I regularly deploy clusters and single servers on OpenStack with Ansible.
However, Ansible 2.0 comes with new OpenStack modules my playbooks still used
the old ones. I reserved some time to convert these playbooks to the new modules
and ansible 2. This article shows a very simple example, it creates three
servers in OpenStack and adds them to different hostgroups based on variables.
For example, to create one loadbalancer and two appservers and run specific
playbooks on those hosts based on their role.
Since Ansible 2 the OpenStack modules are renewed. The old `nova_*` modules are
replaced by the `os_server` modules. Ansible 2 also changed some deperecated
stuff regarding `yaml` parsing and variable concatination. Therefore some of my
old playbooks were not working anymore and I had to figure out how to get it
working with the new versions.
I've written about [Ansible before][1], click that link to get all the articles
about Ansible.
![ansible][2]

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I [found][4] documentation on the new modules but that just created a single
instance. I need to spawn multiple instances and add those to specific
hostgroups based on variables, so this guide wasn't complete enough for me.
This is my folder structure:
    
    
    $ tree -I "*.git"
    .
    |-- ansible.cfg
    |-- group_vars
    |   `-- all.yml
    |-- roles
    |   |-- haproxy
    |   |   |-- handlers
    |   |   |   `-- main.yml
    |   |   |-- tasks
    |   |   |   `-- main.yml
    |   |   |-- templates
    |   |   |   `-- haproxy.cfg.j2
    |   |   `-- vars
    |   |       `-- main.yml
    |   `-- create_instances
    |       |-- tasks
    |       |   `-- main.yml
    |       `-- vars
    |           `-- main.yml
    `-- site.yml
    
`site.yml` is the main playbook and `create-instances` and `appservers` are the
specific roles. [Create][5] the folder structure if you're starting from zero.
On the local host you need the OpenStack tools and some python modules
installed. The [os_server][6] page lists all the requirements. You also need an
`openstackrc` file with credentials in your environment:
    
    
    $ cat openstackrc
    export OS_AUTH_URL="https://identity.stack.cloudvps.com/v2.0"
    export OS_USERNAME="username"
    export OS_PASSWORD="password"
    export OS_TENANT_ID="UUID"
    export OS_TENANT_NAME="UUID"
    
Source it before running the playbooks:
    
    
    source openstackrc
    
### Main playbook
The `site.yml` playbook first runs on `locahost` and creates the OpenStack
instances. It also adds them to the specific hostgroups. Those hostgroups are
only available when you run this playbook.
Then it starts a new `play` (if that is how you call multiple runs) to the first
newly created hostgroup (loadbalancers) and you can add a new `play` to run on
the appservers as well.
    
    
    ---
    - name: create instances
      hosts: localhost
      roles:
        - { role: create_instances }
    
    
    - name: deploy haproxy
      hosts: loadbalancers
      user: root
      roles:
        - { role:  haproxy }
        - { role:  keepalived }
    
### Instance creation playbook
The first playbook, `roles/create-instances/tasks/main.yml` runs on localhost
and creates the OpenStack instances:
    
    
        ---
        - name: launch instances
          os_server:
            name: "{{ prefix }}-{{ item.name }}"
            state: present
            key_name: "{{ item.key }}"
            availability_zone: "{{ item.availability_zone }}"
            nics: "{{ item.nics }}"
            image: "{{ item.image }}"
            flavor: "{{ item.flavor }}"
          with_items: "{{ servers }}"
          register: "os_hosts"
    
    
        - name: add hosts to inventory
          add_host:
            name: "{{ item['openstack']['human_id'] }}"
            groups: "{{ item['item']['meta']['group'] }}"
            ansible_host: "{{ item.openstack.accessIPv4 }}"
          with_items: "{{ os_hosts.results }}"
    
Based on the name we defined and the group we gave it also is adds the hosts to
a new hostgroup. That hostgroup is only active within this playbook run.
The parameters we used to create the instances are also available in the
`result` of that action. It's a `dict`, so you can access all three the servers
we created. That is were we get the `group` value from.
If you're using a `jumphost` and other machines with private IP's you need to
use a different `ansible_ssh_host`, but you can achieve that by adding extra
data to the variables. The `debug` module is your friend here.
If the instances are already created, it will not create them again but it will
add then to the hostgroup again.
The variables required for this playbook are the following (`roles/create-
instances/vars/main.yml`):
    
    
    ---
    prefix: demo
    servers:
      - name: lb1
        image: CloudVPS Ubuntu 16.04
        flavor: Standard 2
        key: SSH-Key
        nics: "net-id=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"
        availability_zone: NL1
        meta: 
          group: loadbalancers
      - name: app1
        image: CloudVPS Ubuntu 16.04
        flavor: Standard 2
        key: SSH-Key
        nics: "net-id=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"
        availability_zone: NL1
        meta: 
          group: appservers
      - name: app2
        image: CloudVPS Ubuntu 16.04
        flavor: Standard 2
        key: SSH-Key
        nics: "net-id=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"
        availability_zone: NL2
        meta: 
          group: appservers
    
The `prefix` is used in the servername and can be used to create different
pseudo-groups in the same tenant/project. I do recommend to create different
projects/tenants per environment (accept/staging etc) instead of prefixes, since
you can then manage the rights more fine grained.
### Role specific playbooks
The role specific playbooks are just regular playbook roles you would run. For
the guide you can use an example play which just does a ping
(`roles/ping/tasks/main.yml`):
    
    
    ---
    - name: ping instances
      ping:
    
The full play then results in:
    
    
        $ ansible-playbook site.yml 
    
         [WARNING]: provided hosts list is empty, only localhost is available
    
        PLAY [create instances] ********************************************************
    
        TASK [setup] *******************************************************************
        ok: [localhost]
    
        TASK [create_instances : launch instances]
        ************************************* changed: [localhost] =>
        (item={u'name': u'lb1', u'availability_zone': u'NL1', u'nics':
        u'net-id=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000', u'image': u'CloudVPS
        Ubuntu 16.04', u'meta': {u'group': u'loadbalancers'}, u'key':
        u'SSH-Key', u'flavor': u'Standard 2'}) changed: [localhost] =>
        (item={u'name': u'app1', u'availability_zone': u'NL1', u'nics':
        u'net-id=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000', u'image': u'CloudVPS
        Ubuntu 16.04', u'meta': {u'group': u'appservers'}, u'key': u'SSH-Key',
        u'flavor': u'Standard 2'}) changed: [localhost] => (item={u'name':
        u'app2', u'availability_zone': u'NL1', u'nics':
        u'net-id=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000', u'image': u'CloudVPS
        Ubuntu 16.04', u'meta': {u'group': u'appservers'}, u'key': u'SSH-Key',
        u'flavor': u'Standard 2'})
    
        TASK [create_instances : add hosts to inventory]
        ******************************* changed: [localhost] =>
        (item={u'changed': True, '_ansible_no_log': False,
        '_ansible_item_result': True, u'server':  [...] # a lot of json
        u'volumes': [], u'metadata': {}, u'human_id': u'demo-app2'}, u'id':
        u'eff00345-977f-4c72-4684-4aa22d1dfc9f'})
    
        PLAY [ping instances] **********************************************************
    
        TASK [setup] *******************************************************************
        ok: [demo-app1]
        ok: [demo-app2]
    
        TASK [common : ping instances] *************************************************
        ok: [demo-app1]
        ok: [demo-app2]
    
        PLAY RECAP *********************************************************************
        demo-app1            : ok=2    changed=0    unreachable=0    failed=0   
        demo-app2            : ok=2    changed=0    unreachable=0    failed=0   
        localhost            : ok=3    changed=2    unreachable=0    failed=0   
    
   [1]: https://raymii.org/s/tags/ansible.html
   [2]: https://raymii.org/s/inc/img/ansible_meme.jpg
   [3]: https://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=7435ae6b8212
   [4]: http://blog.oddbit.com/2015/10/26/ansible-20-new-openstack-modules/
   [5]: https://raymii.org/s/snippets/Ansible_-_create_playbooks_and_role_file_and_folder_structure.html
   [6]: https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/os_server_module.html
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