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OpenNESS Network Edge: Controller and Edge node setup


The following set of actions must be completed to set up the Open Network Edge Services Software (OpenNESS) cluster.

  1. Fulfill the Preconditions.
  2. Become familiar with supported features and enable them if desired.
  3. Run the deployment helper script for the Ansible* playbook:



To use the playbooks, several preconditions must be fulfilled. These preconditions are described in the Q&A section below. The preconditions are:

  • CentOS* 7.6.1810 must be installed on hosts where the product is deployed. It is highly recommended to install the operating system using a minimal ISO image on nodes that will take part in deployment (obtained from inventory file). Also, do not make customizations after a fresh manual install because it might interfere with Ansible scripts and give unpredictable results during deployment.

  • Hosts for the Edge Controller (Kubernetes control plane) and Edge Nodes (Kubernetes nodes) must have proper and unique hostnames (i.e., not localhost). This hostname must be specified in /etc/hosts (refer to Setup static hostname).

  • SSH keys must be exchanged between hosts (refer to Exchanging SSH keys between hosts).

  • A proxy may need to be set (refer to Setting proxy).

  • If a private repository is used, a Github* token must be set up (refer to GitHub token).

  • Refer to the Configuring time section for how to enable Network Time Protocol (NTP) clients.

  • The Ansible inventory must be configured (refer to Configuring inventory).

Running playbooks

The Network Edge deployment and cleanup is carried out via Ansible playbooks. The playbooks are run from the Ansible host (it might be the same machine as the Edge Controller). Before running the playbooks, an inventory file inventory.ini must be configured.

The following subsections describe the playbooks in more detail.

Deployment scripts

For convenience, playbooks can be executed by running helper deployment scripts from the Ansible host. These scripts require that the Edge Controller and Edge Nodes be configured on different hosts (for deployment on a single node, refer to Single-node Network Edge cluster). This is done by configuring the Ansible playbook inventory, as described later in this document.

The command syntax for the scripts is: action_mode.sh [-f flavor] [group], i.e.,

  • deploy_ne.sh [-f flavor] [ controller | nodes ]
  • cleanup_ne.sh [-f flavor] [ controller | nodes ]

The parameter controller or nodes in each case deploys or cleans up the Edge Controller or the Edge Nodes, respectively.

For an initial installation, deploy_ne.sh controller must be run before deploy_ne.sh nodes. During the initial installation, the hosts may reboot. After reboot, the deployment script that was last run should be run again.

The cleanup_ne.sh script is used when a configuration error in the Edge Controller or Edge Nodes must be fixed. The script causes the appropriate installation to be reverted, so that the error can be fixed and deploy_ne.sh rerun. cleanup_ne.sh does not do a comprehensive cleanup (e.g., installation of DPDK or Golang will not be rolled back).

Network Edge playbooks

The network_edge.yml and network_edge_cleanup.yml files contain playbooks for Network Edge mode. Playbooks can be customized by enabling and configuring features in the group_vars/all/10-default.yml file.

Cleanup playbooks

The role of the cleanup playbook is to revert changes made by deploy playbooks. Changes are reverted by going step-by-step in reverse order and undoing the steps.

For example, when installing Docker*, the RPM repository is added and Docker is installed. When cleaning up, Docker is uninstalled and the repository is removed.

NOTE: There may be leftovers created by the installed software. For example, DPDK and Golang installations, found in /opt, are not rolled back.

Supported EPA features

Several enhanced platform capabilities and features are available in OpenNESS for Network Edge. For the full list of supported features, see Enhanced Platform Awareness Features. The documents referenced in this list provide a detailed description of the features, and step-by-step instructions for enabling them. Users should become familiar with available features before executing the deployment playbooks.

VM support for Network Edge

Support for VM deployment on OpenNESS for Network Edge is available and enabled by default. Certain configurations and prerequisites may need to be satisfied to use all VM capabilities. The user is advised to become familiar with the VM support documentation before executing the deployment playbooks. See openness-network-edge-vm-support for more information.

Application on-boarding

Refer to the network-edge-applications-onboarding document for instructions on how to deploy edge applications for OpenNESS Network Edge.

Single-node Network Edge cluster

Network Edge can be deployed on just a single machine working as a control plane & node.
To deploy Network Edge in a single-node cluster scenario, follow the steps below:

  1. Modify inventory.ini

    Rules for inventory:

    • IP address (ansible_host) for both controller and node must be the same
    • edgenode_group and controller_group groups must contain exactly one host

    Example of a valid inventory:

    controller ansible_ssh_user=root ansible_host=
    node01     ansible_ssh_user=root ansible_host=
  2. Features can be enabled in the group_vars/all/10-default.yml file by tweaking the configuration variables.
  3. Settings regarding the kernel, grub, HugePages*, and tuned can be customized in group_vars/edgenode_group/10-default.yml.

    Default settings in the single-node cluster mode are those of the Edge Node (i.e., kernel and tuned customization enabled).

  4. Single-node cluster can be deployed by running command: ./deploy_ne.sh single

Docker registry

Docker registry is a storage and distribution system for Docker Images. On the OpenNESS environment, Docker registry service is deployed as a pod on Control plane Node. Docker registry authentication enabled with self-signed certificates as well as all node and control plane nodes will have access to the Docker registry.

Deploy Docker registry

Ansible “docker_registry” roles created on openness-experience-kits. For deploying a Docker registry on Kubernetes, control plane node roles are enabled on the openness-experience-kits “network_edge.yml” file.

  role: docker_registry/controlplane
  role: docker_registry/node

The following steps are processed during the Docker registry deployment on the OpenNESS setup.

  • Generate a self-signed certificate on the Kubernetes Control plane Node.
  • Build and deploy a docker-registry pod on the Control plane Node.
  • Generate client.key and client.csr on the node
  • Authenticate client.csr for server access.
  • Share public key and client.cert on trusted Node and Ansible build host location /etc/docker/certs.d/
  • After the Docker registry deploys, the Node and Ansible host can access the private Docker registry.
  • The IP address of the Docker registry will be: “Kubernetes_Control_Plane_IP”
  • The port number of the Docker registry will be: 5000

Docker registry image push

Use the Docker tag to create an alias of the image with the fully qualified path to your Docker registry after the tag successfully pushes the image to the Docker registry.

  docker tag nginx:latest Kubernetes_Control_Plane_IP:5000/nginx:latest
  docker push Kubernetes_Control_Plane_IP:5000/nginx:latest

Now image the tag with the fully qualified path to your private registry. You can push the image to the registry using the Docker push command.

Docker registry image pull

Use the docker pull command to pull the image from Docker registry:

  docker pull Kubernetes_Control_Plane_IP:5000/nginx:latest

NOTE: should be replaced as per our docker registry IP address.

Kubernetes cluster networking plugins (Network Edge)

Kubernetes uses 3rd party networking plugins to provide cluster networking. These plugins are based on the CNI (Container Network Interface) specification.

OpenNESS Experience Kits provide several ready-to-use Ansible roles deploying CNIs. The following CNIs are currently supported:

  • kube-ovn
    • Only as primary CNI
    • CIDR:
  • flannel
    • IPAM: host-local
    • CIDR:
    • Network attachment definition: openness-flannel
  • calico
    • IPAM: host-local
    • CIDR:
    • Network attachment definition: openness-calico
  • weavenet
    • CIDR:
  • SR-IOV (cannot be used as a standalone or primary CNI - sriov setup)
  • Userspace (cannot be used as a standalone or primary CNI - Userspace CNI setup

Multiple CNIs can be requested to be set up for the cluster. To provide such functionality the Multus CNI is used.

NOTE: For a guide on how to add new a CNI role to the OpenNESS Experience Kits, refer to the OpenNESS Experience Kits guide.

Selecting cluster networking plugins (CNI)

The default CNI for OpenNESS is kube-ovn. Non-default CNIs may be configured with OpenNESS by editing the file group_vars/all/10-default.yml. To add a non-default CNI, the following edits must be carried out:

  • The CNI name is added to the kubernetes_cnis variable. The CNIs are applied in the order in which they appear in the file. By default, kube-ovn is defined. That is,

    - kubeovn
  • To add a CNI, such as SR-IOV, the kubernetes_cnis variable is edited as follows:

    - kubeovn
    - sriov
  • The Multus CNI is added by the Ansible playbook when two or more CNIs are defined in the kubernetes_cnis variable
  • The CNI’s networks (CIDR for pods, and other CIDRs used by the CNI) are added to the proxy_noproxy variable by Ansible playbooks.

Adding additional interfaces to pods

To add an additional interface from secondary CNIs, annotation is required. Below is an example pod yaml file for a scenario with kube-ovn as a primary CNI along with calico and flannel as additional CNIs. Multus* will create an interface named calico using the network attachment definition openness-calico and interface flannel using the network attachment definition openness-flannel.

NOTE: Additional annotations such as openness-calico@calico are required only if the CNI is secondary. If the CNI is primary, the interface will be added automatically by Multus*.

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
  name: cni-test-pod
    k8s.v1.cni.cncf.io/networks: openness-calico@calico, openness-flannel@flannel
  - name: cni-test-pod
    image: docker.io/centos/tools:latest
    - /sbin/init

The following is an example output of the ip a command run in a pod and after CNIs have been applied. Some lines in the command output were omitted for readability.

The following interfaces are available: calico@if142, flannel@if143, and eth0@if141 (kubeovn).

# kubectl exec -ti cni-test-pod ip a

1: lo:
    inet scope host lo

2: tunl0@NONE:
    link/ipip brd

4: calico@if142:
    inet scope global calico

6: flannel@if143:
    inet scope global flannel

140: eth0@if141:
    inet brd scope global eth0


Configuring time

To allow for correct certificate verification, OpenNESS requires system time to be synchronized among all nodes and controllers in a system.

OpenNESS provides the possibility to synchronize a machine’s time with the NTP server. To enable NTP synchronization, change ntp_enable in group_vars/all/10-default.yml:

ntp_enable: true

Servers to be used instead of default ones can be provided using the ntp_servers variable in group_vars/all/10-default.yml:

ntp_servers: ["ntp.local.server"]

Setup static hostname

The following command is used in CentOS* to set a static hostname:

hostnamectl set-hostname <host_name>

As shown in the following example, the hostname must also be defined in /etc/host:   localhost localhost.localdomain localhost4 localhost4.localdomain4 <host_name>
::1         localhost localhost.localdomain localhost6 localhost6.localdomain6 <host_name>

In addition to being a unique hostname within the cluster, the hostname must also follow Kubernetes naming conventions. For example, only lower-case alphanumeric characters “-“ or “.” start and end with an alphanumeric character. Refer to K8s naming restrictions for additional details on these conventions.

Configuring inventory

To execute playbooks, inventory.ini must be configured to specify the hosts on which the playbooks are executed.

The OpenNESS inventory contains three groups: all, controller_group, and edgenode_group.

  • all contains all the hosts (with configuration) used in any playbook.
  • controller_group contains host to be set up as a Kubernetes control plane / OpenNESS Edge Controller \

    NOTE: Because only one controller is supported, the controller_group can contain only one host.**

  • edgenode_group contains hosts to be set up as a Kubernetes nodes / OpenNESS Edge Nodes. \

    NOTE: All nodes will be joined to the control plane specified in controller_group.

In the all group, users can specify all of the hosts for usage in other groups. For example, the all group looks like:

ctrl ansible_ssh_user=root ansible_host=<host_ip_address>
node1 ansible_ssh_user=root ansible_host=<host_ip_address>
node2 ansible_ssh_user=root ansible_host=<host_ip_address>

The user can then use the specified hosts in edgenode_group and controller_group. That is,



Exchanging SSH keys between hosts

Exchanging SSH keys between hosts permits a password-less SSH connection from the host running Ansible to the hosts being set up.

In the first step, the host running Ansible (usually the Edge Controller host) must have a generated SSH key. The SSH key can be generated by executing ssh-keygen and obtaining the key from the output of the command.

The following is an example of a key generation, in which the key is placed in the default directory (/root/.ssh/id_rsa), and an empty passphrase is used.

# ssh-keygen

Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/root/.ssh/id_rsa):  <ENTER>
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):  <ENTER>
Enter same passphrase again:  <ENTER>
Your identification has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa.
Your public key has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa.pub.
The key fingerprint is:
SHA256:vlcKVU8Tj8nxdDXTW6AHdAgqaM/35s2doon76uYpNA0 root@host
The key's randomart image is:
+---[RSA 2048]----+
|          .oo.==*|
|     .   .  o=oB*|
|    o . .  ..o=.=|
|   . oE.  .  ... |
|      ooS.       |
|      ooo.  .    |
|     . ...oo     |
|      . .*o+.. . |
|       =O==.o.o  |

In the second step, the generated key must be copied to every host from the inventory, including the host on which the key was generated, if it appears in the inventory (e.g., if the playbooks are executed from the Edge Controller host, the host must also have a copy of its key). It is done by running ssh-copy-id. For example:

# ssh-copy-id root@host

/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: Source of key(s) to be installed: "/root/.ssh/id_rsa.pub"
The authenticity of host '<IP> (<IP>)' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:c7EroVdl44CaLH/IOCBu0K0/MHl8ME5ROMV0AGzs8mY.
ECDSA key fingerprint is MD5:38:c8:03:d6:5a:8e:f7:7d:bd:37:a0:f1:08:15:28:bb.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: attempting to log in with the new key(s), to filter out any that are already installed
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: 1 key(s) remain to be installed -- if you are prompted now it is to install the new keys
root@host's password:

Number of key(s) added: 1

Now, try logging into the machine, with:   "ssh 'root@host'"
and check to make sure that only the key(s) you wanted were added.

To make sure the key is copied successfully, try to SSH into the host: ssh 'root@host'. It should not ask for the password.

Setting proxy

If a proxy is required to connect to the Internet, it is configured via the following steps:

  • Edit the proxy_ variables in the group_vars/all/10-default.yml file.
  • Set the proxy_enable variable in group_vars/all/10-default.yml file to true.
  • Append the network CIDR (e.g., to the proxy_noproxy variable in group_vars/all/10-default.yml.

Sample configuration of group_vars/all/10-default.yml:

# Setup proxy on the machine - required if the Internet is accessible via proxy
proxy_enable: true
# Clear previous proxy settings
proxy_remove_old: true
# Proxy URLs to be used for HTTP, HTTPS and FTP
proxy_http: "http://proxy.example.org:3128"
proxy_https: "http://proxy.example.org:3129"
proxy_ftp: "http://proxy.example.org:3128"
# Proxy to be used by YUM (/etc/yum.conf)
proxy_yum: ""
# No proxy setting contains addresses and networks that should not be accessed using proxy (e.g., local network and Kubernetes CNI networks)
proxy_noproxy: ""

Sample definition of no_proxy environmental variable for Ansible host (to allow Ansible host to connect to other hosts):

export no_proxy="localhost,,,,"

Obtaining installation files

There are no specific restrictions on the directory into which the OpenNESS directories are cloned. When OpenNESS is built, additional directories will be installed in /opt. It is recommended to clone the project into a directory such as /home.

Setting Git

GitHub token

NOTE: Only required when cloning private repositories. Not needed when using github.com/open-ness repositories.

To clone private repositories, a GitHub token must be provided.

To generate a GitHub token, refer to GitHub help - Creating a personal access token for the command line.

To provide the token, edit the value of git_repo_token variable in group_vars/all/10-default.yml.

Customize tag/branch/sha to checkout

A specific tag, branch, or commit SHA can be checked out by setting the controller_repository_branch and the edgenode_repository_branch variables in group_vars/all/10-default.yml for Edge Nodes and Kubernetes control plane / Edge Controller, respectively.

controller_repository_branch: master
edgenode_repository_branch: master
# or
controller_repository_branch: openness-20.03
edgenode_repository_branch: openness-20.03

Installing Kubernetes dashboard

Kubernetes does not ship with a graphical interface by default, but a web-based tool called Kubernetes Dashboard can be installed with a few simple steps. The Kubernetes dashboard allows users to manage the cluster and edge applications.

The Kubernetes dashboard can only be installed with Network Edge deployments.

Follow the below steps to install the Kubernetes dashboard after OpenNESS is installed through playbooks.

  1. Deploy the dashboard using kubectl:

     kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kubernetes/dashboard/v2.0.1/aio/deploy/recommended.yaml
  2. Get all the pods in all namespaces:

     kubectl get pods -o wide --all-namespaces
  3. Create a new service account with the cluster admin:

     cat > dashboard-admin-user.yaml << EOF
     apiVersion: v1
     kind: ServiceAccount
       name: admin-user
       namespace: kubernetes-dashboard
     apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
     kind: ClusterRoleBinding
       name: admin-user
       apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
       kind: ClusterRole
       name: cluster-admin
     - kind: ServiceAccount
       name: admin-user
       namespace: kubernetes-dashboard
  4. Apply the admin user:

     kubectl apply -f dashboard-admin-user.yaml
  5. Edit kubernetes-dashboard service through the following command:

     kubectl -n kubernetes-dashboard edit service kubernetes-dashboard

    Add externalIPs to the service spec, replace <controller-ip> with the actual controller IP address:

       - <controller-ip>

    OPTIONAL: By default the dashboard is accessible at port 443, and it can be changed by editing the port value - port: <port> in the service spec.

  6. Verify that the kubernetes-dashboard service has EXTERNAL-IP assigned:

     kubectl -n kubernetes-dashboard get service kubernetes-dashboard
  7. Open the dashboard from the browser at https://<controller-ip>/. If the port was changed according to the OPTIONAL note in step 5, then use https://<controller-ip>:<port>/ instead.

    NOTE: A Firefox* browser can be an alternative to Chrome* and Internet Explorer* in case the dashboard web page is blocked due to certification a issue.

  8. Capture the bearer token using this command:

     kubectl -n kubernetes-dashboard describe secret $(kubectl -n kubernetes-dashboard get secret | grep admin-user | awk '{print $1}')

Paste the token in the browser to log in, as shown in the following diagram:

Dashboard Login

Figure - Kubernetes Dashboard Login

  1. Go to the OpenNESS Controller installation directory and edit the .env file with the dashboard link INFRASTRUCTURE_UI_URL=https://<controller-ip>:<port>/ to integrate it with the OpenNESS controller UI:

     cd /opt/edgecontroller/
     vi .env
  2. Build the OpenNESS Controller UI:

    cd /opt/edgecontroller/
    make ui-up
  3. The OpenNESS controller landing page is accessible at http://<LANDING_UI_URL>/.

    NOTE: LANDING_UI_URL can be retrieved from .env file.

Customization of kernel, grub parameters, and tuned profile

OpenNESS Experience Kits provide an easy way to customize the kernel version, grub parameters, and tuned profile. For more information, refer to the OpenNESS Experience Kits guide.