Thanks for being part of the RDO community!

July was a busy month, and we have a lot to tell you about. If you want to keep up with what’s going on with RDO in the coming month, the best way is to follow the RDO forum, at http://bit.ly/13YEwCe, or to follow us on Twitter at @rdocommunity

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OSCon and Flock

In July, we were at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon, as part of the OpenStack pavilion. Thanks to those of you who stopped by to talk with us.

There was a lot of great OpenStack content at OSCon, and our own Dave Neary led the 'OpenStack Distro Smackdown' session (http://bit.ly/15FwwfK ).

We also attended the OpenStack third birthday party, where we got to celebrate this great journey we're on. One of the (many) things that makes Open Source so cool is the ability to collaborate with our competitors to make the world a better place, and OpenStack is a great example of that. A big thank you and congratulations to the entire OpenStack family.

If you missed OSCon, come to Flock (http://flocktofedora.org/ ), August 9-12 (this weekend!) in Charleston, South Carolina. Flock is a gathering of Fedora developers, and we'll be there talking with some of the people who make RDO happen. On Saturday, Kashyap Chamarthy will be leading the OpenStack Test event, in which participants will set up and test the latest OpenStack packages on Fedora. (Details at http://bit.ly/15KJGFV )

If you're attending, or hosting, any OpenStack meetups, we'd love to hear about them and help you get the word out. Drop us a note on the RDO forum, or send us a tweet.

Videos

In the last few weeks, we've put a vew videos on YouTube, showing some simple tasks with OpenStack and RDO. We started with a demo of TryStack.org, the site where you can take OpenStack for a test run without having to set it up yourself. (http://bit.ly/15FIhD0 ). And, more recently, we published the video we put together for OSCon, showing an installation of OpenStack using RDO, all the way through spinning up a virtual machine and ssh'ing into it. (http://bit.ly/13YQ20f )

In the coming weeks and months, we'll be publishing more of these, showing you how to do various other tasks with OpenStack. You'll find those in our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWYIPZ4lm4P3_pzZ9Hx9awg

Networking with RDO

We've had a lot of discussion in the RDO forum about networking over the last month. With Neutron support coming to RDO, but not quite mature yet, some people are having trouble getting networking running.

To address this difficulty, we've added a networking resource in the wiki (http://rdoproject.org/Networking ) where we can share what works, and what doesn't, to help you get things running smoothly.

Also, we've updated the QuickStart instructions (http://rdoproject.org/Quickstart ) to disable Neutron (formerly known as Quantum) networking, so that you can have a better first-time experience when installing RDO.

Remember that you can also generate an answer file, using the '–gen-answer-file=ANSWER_FILE' argument, edit that file to set your preferences, and then run packstack using this file as input, using the '–answer-file=ANSWER_FILE' argument.

Using Ceph for Block Storage

There's been a lot of interest lately around Ceph (http://ceph.com/ ), the distributed object store and filesystem, and using it with OpenStack. Our friends at Inktank were kind enough to add some documentation to the RDO wiki about using Ceph for block storage with RDO - http://bit.ly/13K3m9G This is a detailed, step-by-step how-to, showing the entire process of installing RDO, configuring Ceph, and getting the two to talk to each other.

Troubleshooting

Because RDO tracks the latest releases of OpenStack, and because of the inevitable variation in deployment platforms, you may encounter some problems during deployment. (The Red Hat Entperprise Linux OpenStack Platform, which trails upstream by a few months, is more thoroughly hardened and tested.)

As you're working through these problems, you may wish to have a look at the troubleshooting page on our wiki - http://rdoproject.org/Troubleshooting - where we're trying to document common scenarios that people are encountering, and tips for solving these problems.

We welcome your participation in this process. If you find the solution to some problem, please write it up so that everyone can benefit.

Other sources

We recently came across this writeup of using RDO to deploy a multi-node OpenStack cloud: http://www.cloudbase.it/rdo-multi-node/ . It's a very deep dive into how everything fits together, as well as hands-on configuration tips and examples. This is part one of a promised series, so we encourage you to check back there.

If you come across helpful articles that you think will benefit the entire community, please post them to the RDO forum, or send them directly to me at rbowen@redhat.com

In closing …

Thanks again for being part of the RDO community. We'd love to hear how we can do better. Let us know on the forum (http://rdoproject.org/forum/ ), or on Twitter (@rdocommunity), or just drop us email at rbowen@redhat.com or on the RDO mailing list (http://red.ht/12XFRiy )

Until next month …

Rich and Dave, for the RDO community