Installing OpenStack Octavia LBaaS with Juju Charms in Tungsten Fabric



Tungsten Fabric Release 2005 supports Octavia as LBaaS. The deployment supports RHOSP and Juju platforms.

With Octavia as LBaaS, Tungsten Fabric is only maintaining network connectivity and is not involved in any load balancing functions.

For each OpenStack load balancer creation, Octavia launches a VM known as amphora VM. The VM starts the HAPROXY when listener is created for the load balancer in OpenStack. Whenever the load balancer gets updated in OpenStack, amphora VM updates the running HAPROXY configuration. The amphora VM is deleted on deleting the load balancer.

Tungsten Fabric provides connectivity to amphora VM interfaces. Amphora VM has two interfaces; one for management and the other for data. The management interface is used by the Octavia services for the management communication. Since, Octavia services are running in the underlay network and amphora VM is running in the overlay network, SDN gateway is needed to reach the overlay network. The data interface is used for load balancing.

Follow the procedure to install OpenStack Octavia LBaaS in Canonical deployment:

  1. Prepare Juju setup with OpenStack Train version and Octavia overlay bundle.

    Refer to Sample octavia-bundle.yaml file output.

    juju deploy --overlay=./octavia-bundle.yaml ./contrail-bundle.yaml


    Add Octavia service after deploying the main bundle on the existing cluster.

    juju deploy --overlay=./octavia-bundle.yaml --map-machines=existing ./contrail-bundle.yaml

  2. Prepare ssh key for amphora VM. Add the options in the octavia-bundle.yaml file.

    ssh-keygen -f octavia # generate the key base64 # print public key data

    Add the following options to Octavia options.

    amp-ssh-pub-key: # paste public key data here amp-ssh-key-name: octavia

  3. Generate certificates.

    rm -rf demoCA/
    mkdir -p demoCA/newcerts
    touch demoCA/index.txt
    touch demoCA/index.txt.attr
    openssl genrsa -passout pass:foobar -des3 -out issuing_ca_key.pem 2048
    openssl req -x509 -passin pass:foobar -new -nodes -key issuing_ca_key.pem \
        -config /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf \
        -subj "/C=US/ST=Somestate/O=Org/" \
        -days 30 \
        -out issuing_ca.pem
    openssl genrsa -passout pass:foobar -des3 -out controller_ca_key.pem 2048
    openssl req -x509 -passin pass:foobar -new -nodes \
            -key controller_ca_key.pem \
        -config /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf \
        -subj "/C=US/ST=Somestate/O=Org/" \
        -days 30 \
        -out controller_ca.pem
    openssl req \
        -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout controller_key.pem \
        -subj "/C=US/ST=Somestate/O=Org/" \
        -out controller.csr
    openssl ca -passin pass:foobar -config /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf \
        -cert controller_ca.pem -keyfile controller_ca_key.pem \
        -create_serial -batch \
        -in controller.csr -days 30 -out controller_cert.pem
    cat controller_cert.pem controller_key.pem > controller_cert_bundle.pem
    juju config octavia \
        lb-mgmt-issuing-cacert="$(base64 controller_ca.pem)" \
        lb-mgmt-issuing-ca-private-key="$(base64 controller_ca_key.pem)" \
        lb-mgmt-issuing-ca-key-passphrase=foobar \
        lb-mgmt-controller-cacert="$(base64 controller_ca.pem)" \
        lb-mgmt-controller-cert="$(base64 controller_cert_bundle.pem)"

    Make sure all the units are in active or blocked state.

  4. Configure vault service.

    1. SSH into the machine where vault service is installed.

      juju ssh vault/0

    2. Export vault address and run init.

      export VAULT_ADDR='http://localhost:8200'/snap/bin/vault operator init -key-shares=5 -key-threshold=3

      It will print 5 unseal keys and initial root token.

    3. Call unseal command by using any three of the five printed unseal keys.

      /snap/bin/vault operator unseal Key1/snap/bin/vault operator unseal Key2/snap/bin/vault operator unseal Key3

    4. Export initial root token.

      export VAULT_TOKEN="..."

    5. Create user token.

      /snap/bin/vault token create -ttl=10m

    6. Exit from vault’s machine and initialize vault’s charm with the user token.

      juju run-action --wait vault/leader authorize-charm token=”...”

  5. Create amphora image.

    juju run-action --wait octavia-diskimage-retrofit/leader retrofit-image

    For more details, refer to

  6. Install python-openstackclient and python-octaviaclient and create management network for Octavia.

    You must create these objects in services project.

    project=$(openstack project list --domain service_domain | awk '/services/{print $2}')openstack network create octavia --tag charm-octavia --project $projectopenstack subnet create --subnet-range 172.x.0.0/24 --network octavia --tag charm-octavia octavia# security group for octaviaopenstack security group create octavia --tag charm-octavia --project $projectopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv4 --protocol icmp octaviaopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv6 --protocol icmp octaviaopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv4 --protocol tcp --dst-port 22:22 octaviaopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv6 --protocol tcp --dst-port 22:22 octaviaopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv6 --protocol tcp --dst-port 9443:9443 octaviaopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv4 --protocol tcp --dst-port 9443:9443 octavia # security group for octavia-healthopenstack security group create octavia-health --tag charm-octavia-health --project $projectopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv4 --protocol icmp octavia-healthopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv6 --protocol icmp octavia-healthopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv4 --protocol udp --dst-port 5555:5555 octavia-healthopenstack security group rule create --ingress --ethertype IPv6 --protocol udp --dst-port 5555:5555 octavia-health

  7. The management network created in step 6 is in overlay network and Octavia services are running in the underlay network. Verify network connectivity between overlay and underlay network via SDN gateway.

  8. Configure Octavia with the created network.

    juju run-action --wait octavia/leader configure-resources

    Make sure the juju cluster is functional and all units have active status.

If you want to run amphora instances on DPDK computes, you have to create your own flavor with the required options and set the ID to configuration of Octavia charm via custom-amp-flavor-id option before call configure-resources.
Set the required options to created flavor with name charm-octavia by charm

openstack flavor set  charm-octavia  --property hw:mem_page_size=any

Here is an example for creating and testing load balancer:


  • You must have connectivity between Octavia controller and amphora instances,

  • You must have OpenStack services into LXD containers.

  • You must have separate interfaces for control plane and data plane.

  1. Create private network.

    openstack network create privateopenstack subnet create private --network private --subnet-range --allocation-poolstart=,end= --gateway none

  2. Create security group.

    openstack security group create allow_allopenstack security group rule create --ingress --protocol any --prefix '' allow_all

  3. Check available flavors and images. You can create them, if needed.

    openstack flavor listopenstack image list

  4. Create two servers for load balancer.

    openstack server create --flavor test_flavor --image cirros --security-group allow_all --network private cirros1openstack server create --flavor test_flavor --image cirros --security-group allow_all --network private cirros2

  5. Create additional server to test load balancer.

    openstack server create --flavor test_flavor --image cirros --security-group allow_all --network private cirros-test

  6. Check status and IP addresses.

    openstack server list --long

  7. Create simple HTTP server on every cirros. Login on both the cirros instances and run following commands:

    MYIP=$(ifconfig eth0|grep 'inet addr'|awk -F: '{print $2}'| awk '{print $1}') while true; do echo -e "HTTP/1.0 200 OK\r\n\r\nWelcome to $MYIP" | sudo nc -l -p 80 ; done&

  8. Create load balancer

    openstack loadbalancer create --name lb1 --vip-subnet-id private

    Make sure provisioning_status is Active.

    openstack loadbalancer show lb1

  9. Setup load balancer

    openstack loadbalancer listener create --protocol HTTP --protocol-port 80 --name listener1 lb1openstack loadbalancer show lb1  # Wait for the provisioning_status to be ACTIVE.openstack loadbalancer pool create --lb-algorithm ROUND_ROBIN --listener listener1 --protocol HTTP --name pool1openstack loadbalancer healthmonitor create --delay 5 --timeout 2 --max-retries 1 --type HTTP pool1openstack loadbalancer member create --subnet-id private --address --protocol-port 80 pool1openstack loadbalancer member create --subnet-id private --address --protocol-port 80 pool1 IP addresses and belong to VMs created with test http server in step 7.

  10. Check the status of load balancer.

    openstack loadbalancer show lb1  # Wait for the provisioning_status to be ACTIVE. openstack loadbalancer pool listopenstack loadbalancer pool show pool1openstack loadbalancer member list pool1openstack loadbalancer listener list

  11. Login to load balancer client and verify if round robin works.

    ubuntu@comp-1:~$ ssh cirros@169.x.0.9The authenticity of host '169.x.0.9 (169.x.0.9)' can't be established.RSA key fingerprint is SHA256:jv0qgZkorxxxxxxxmykOSVQV3fFl0.Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yesWarning: Permanently added '169.x.0.9' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.cirros@169.x.0.9's password:$ curl to$ curl to$ curl to$ curl to$ curl to$ curl to

Sample octavia-bundle.yaml file

# Loadbalancer (LBAASv2) with Octavia - requires Rocky or later
    charm: cs:barbican
    num_units: 1
      openstack-origin: cloud:bionic-train
    - lxd:4
    charm: cs:barbican-vault-12
    series: bionic
    charm: cs:~apavlov-e/octavia
    num_units: 1
      openstack-origin: cloud:bionic-train
      create-mgmt-network: false
    - lxd:4
    charm: cs:octavia-dashboard
    charm: cs:vault
    num_units: 1
    - lxd:4
    charm: cs:glance-simplestreams-sync
    num_units: 1
      source: ppa:simplestreams-dev/trunk
      use_swift: false
    - lxd:4
    charm: cs:octavia-diskimage-retrofit
      amp-image-tag: 'octavia-amphora'
      retrofit-uca-pocket: train
- - mysql:shared-db
  - octavia:shared-db
- - mysql:shared-db
  - barbican:shared-db
- - mysql:shared-db
  - vault:shared-db
- - keystone:identity-service
  - octavia:identity-service
- - keystone:identity-service
  - barbican:identity-service
- - rabbitmq-server:amqp
  - octavia:amqp
- - rabbitmq-server:amqp
  - barbican:amqp
- - neutron-api:neutron-load-balancer
  - octavia:neutron-api
- - openstack-dashboard:dashboard-plugin
  - octavia-dashboard:dashboard
- - barbican-vault:secrets
  - barbican:secrets
- - vault:secrets
  - barbican-vault:secrets-storage
- - glance-simplestreams-sync:juju-info
  - octavia-diskimage-retrofit:juju-info
- - keystone:identity-service
  - glance-simplestreams-sync:identity-service
- - rabbitmq-server:amqp
  - glance-simplestreams-sync:amqp
- - keystone:identity-credentials
  - octavia-diskimage-retrofit:identity-credentials
- - contrail-openstack
  - octavia