1. Introduction

1.1. Provisioning Overview

Provisioning is a process that starts with a bare physical or virtual machine and ends with a fully configured, ready-to-use operating system. Using Foreman, you can define and automate fine-grained provisioning for a large number of hosts.

There are many provisioning methods. For example, you can use Foreman server’s integrated Smart Proxy or an external Smart Proxy server to provision bare metal hosts using both PXE based and non-PXE based methods. You can also provision cloud instances from specific providers through their APIs. These provisioning methods are part of the Foreman application life cycle to create, manage, and update hosts.

Foreman has different methods for provisioning hosts:

Bare Metal Provisioning

Foreman provisions bare metal hosts primarily through PXE boot and MAC address identification. You can create host entries and specify the MAC address of the physical host to provision. You can also boot blank hosts to use Foreman’s discovery service, which creates a pool of ready-to-provision hosts. You can also boot and provision hosts through PXE-less methods.

Cloud Providers

Foreman connects to private and public cloud providers to provision instances of hosts from images that are stored with the Cloud environment. This also includes selecting which hardware profile or flavor to use.

Virtualization Infrastructure

Foreman connects to virtualization infrastructure services such as oVirt and VMware to provision virtual machines from virtual image templates or using the same PXE-based boot methods as bare metal providers.

1.2. Provisioning Workflow

The provisioning process follows a basic PXE workflow:

  1. You create a host and select a domain and subnet. Foreman requests an available IP address from the DHCP Smart Proxy server that is associated with the subnet or from the PostgreSQL database in Foreman. Foreman loads this IP address into the IP address field in the Create Host window. When you complete all the options for the new host, submit the new host request.

  2. Depending on the configuration specifications of the host and its domain and subnet, Foreman creates the following settings:

    • A DHCP record on the Smart Proxy server that is associated with the subnet.

    • A forward DNS record on the Smart Proxy server that is associated with the domain.

    • A reverse DNS record on the DNS Smart Proxy server that is associated with the subnet.

    • PXELinux, Grub, Grub2, and iPXE configuration files for the host in the TFTP Smart Proxy server that is associated with the subnet.

    • A Puppet certificate on the associated Puppet server.

    • A realm on the associated identity server.

  3. The new host requests a DHCP reservation from the DHCP server.

  4. The DHCP server responds to the reservation request and returns TFTP next-server and filename options.

  5. The host requests the boot loader and menu from the TFTP server according to the PXELoader setting.

  6. A boot loader is returned over TFTP.

  7. The boot loader fetches configuration for the host through its provisioning interface MAC address.

  8. The boot loader fetches the operating system installer kernel, init RAM disk, and boot parameters.

  9. The installer requests the provisioning template from Foreman.

  10. Foreman renders the provision template and returns the result to the host.

  11. The installer performs installation of the operating system.

    • When Katello plugin is installed, the installer registers the host to Foreman using Red Hat Subscription Manager.

    • When Katello plugin is installed, management tools such as katello-agent and puppet are installed.

    • The installer notifies Foreman of a successful build in the postinstall script.

  12. The PXE configuration files revert to a local boot template.

  13. The host reboots.

  14. The new host requests a DHCP reservation from the DHCP server.

  15. The DHCP server responds to the reservation request and returns TFTP next-server and filename options.

  16. The host requests the bootloader and menu from the TFTP server according to the PXELoader setting.

  17. A boot loader is returned over TFTP.

  18. The boot loader fetches the configuration for the host through its provision interface MAC address.

  19. The boot loader initiates boot from the local drive.

  20. If you configured the host to use any Puppet classes, the host configures itself using the modules.

This workflow differs depending on custom options. For example:

Discovery

If you use the discovery service, Foreman automatically detects the MAC address of the new host and restarts the host after you submit a request. Note that TCP port 8443 must be reachable by the Smart Proxy to which the host is attached for Foreman to restart the host.

PXE-less Provisioning

After you submit a new host request, you must boot the specific host with the boot disk that you download from Foreman and transfer using a USB port of the host.

Compute Resources

Foreman creates the virtual machine and retrieves the MAC address and stores the MAC address in Foreman. If you use image-based provisioning, the host does not follow the standard PXE boot and operating system installation. The compute resource creates a copy of the image for the host to use. Depending on image settings in Foreman, seed data can be passed in for initial configuration, for example using cloud-init. Foreman can connect using SSH to the host and execute a template to finish the customization.

2. Configuring Provisioning Resources

2.1. Provisioning Contexts

A provisioning context is the combination of an organization and location that you specify for Foreman components. The organization and location that a component belongs to sets the ownership and access for that component.

Organizations divide Foreman components into logical groups based on ownership, purpose, content, security level, and other divisions. You can create and manage multiple organizations through Foreman and assign components to each individual organization. This ensures the Foreman server provisions hosts within a certain organization and only uses components that are assigned to that organization. For more information about organizations, see Managing Organizations in the Content Management Guide.

Locations function similar to organizations. The difference is that locations are based on physical or geographical setting. Users can nest locations in a hierarchy. For more information about locations, see Managing Locations in the Content Management Guide.

2.2. Setting the Provisioning Context

When you set a provisioning context, you define which organization and location to use for provisioning hosts.

The organization and location menus are located in the menu bar, on the upper left of the Foreman web UI. If you have not selected an organization and location to use, the menu displays: Any Organization and Any Location.

Procedure
  1. Click Any Organization and select the organization.

  2. Click Any Location and select the location to use.

Each user can set their default provisioning context in their account settings. Click the user name in the upper right of the Foreman web UI and select My account to edit your user account settings.

For CLI Users
  • When using the CLI, include either --organization or --organization-label and --location or --location-id as an option. For example:

    # hammer host list --organization "Default_Organization" --location "Default_Location"

    This command outputs hosts allocated for the Default_Organization and Default_Location.

2.3. Creating Operating Systems

An operating system is a collection of resources that define how Foreman server installs a base operating system on a host. Operating system entries combine previously defined resources, such as installation media, partition tables, provisioning templates, and others.

Importing operating systems from Red Hat’s CDN creates new entries on the Hosts > Operating Systems page. Importing operating systems from Red Hat’s CDN is only possible when Katello is installed.

You can also add custom operating systems using the following procedure:

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Operating systems and click New Operating system.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name to represent the operating system entry.

  3. In the Major field, enter the number that corresponds to the major version of the operating system.

  4. In the Minor field, enter the number that corresponds to the minor version of the operating system.

  5. In the Description field, enter a description of the operating system.

  6. From the Family list, select the operating system’s family.

  7. From the Root Password Hash list, select the encoding method for the root password.

  8. From the Architectures list, select the architectures that the operating system uses.

  9. Click the Partition table tab and select the possible partition tables that apply to this operating system.

  10. Click the Installation Media tab and enter the information for the installation media source. For more information, see or more information, see Adding Installation Media to Foreman.

  11. Click the Templates tab and select a PXELinux template, a Provisioning template, and a Finish template for your operating system to use. You can select other templates, for example an iPXE template, if you plan to use iPXE for provisioning.

  12. Click Submit to save your provisioning template.

For CLI Users
  • Create the operating system using the hammer os create command:

    # hammer os create --name "MyOS" \
    --description "My_custom_operating_system" \
    --major 7 --minor 3 --family "Redhat" --architectures "x86_64" \
    --partition-tables "My_Partition" --media "Red_Hat" \
    --provisioning-templates "My_Provisioning_Template"

2.4. Updating the Details of Multiple Operating Systems

Use this procedure to update the details of multiple operating systems. This example shows you how to assign each operating system a partition table called Kickstart default, a configuration template called Kickstart default PXELinux, and a provisioning template called Kickstart Default.

Procedure
  1. On Foreman server, run the following Bash script:

    PARTID=$(hammer --csv partition-table list | grep "Kickstart default," | cut -d, -f1)
    PXEID=$(hammer --csv template list --per-page=1000 | grep "Kickstart default PXELinux" | cut -d, -f1)
    SATID=$(hammer --csv template list --per-page=1000 | grep "provision" | grep ",Kickstart default" | cut -d, -f1)
    
    for i in $(hammer --no-headers --csv os list | awk -F, {'print $1'})
    do
       hammer partition-table add-operatingsystem --id="${PARTID}" --operatingsystem-id="${i}"
       hammer template add-operatingsystem --id="${PXEID}" --operatingsystem-id="${i}"
       hammer os set-default-template --id="${i}" --config-template-id=${PXEID}
       hammer os add-config-template --id="${i}" --config-template-id=${SATID}
       hammer os set-default-template --id="${i}" --config-template-id=${SATID}
    done
  2. Display information about the updated operating system to verify that the operating system is updated correctly:

    # hammer os info --id 1

2.5. Creating Architectures

An architecture in Foreman represents a logical grouping of hosts and operating systems. Architectures are created by Foreman automatically when hosts check in with Puppet. Basic i386 and x86_64 architectures are already preset in Foreman.

Use this procedure to create an architecture in Foreman.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Architectures and click Create Architecture.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the architecture.

  3. From the Operating Systems list, select an operating system. If none are available, you can create and assign them under Hosts > Operating Systems.

  4. Click Submit.

For CLI Users
  • Enter the hammer architecture create command to create an architecture. Specify its name and operating systems that include this architecture:

    # hammer architecture create --name "Architecture_Name" \
    --operatingsystems "os"

2.6. Creating Hardware Models

Use this procedure to create a hardware model in Foreman so that you can specify which hardware model a host uses.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Hardware Models and click Create Model.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the hardware model.

  3. Optionally, in the Hardware Model and Vendor Class fields, you can enter corresponding information for your system.

  4. In the Info field, enter a description of the hardware model.

  5. Click Submit to save your hardware model.

For CLI Users
  • Create a hardware model using the hammer model create command. The only required parameter is --name. Optionally, enter the hardware model with the --hardware-model option, a vendor class with the --vendor-class option, and a description with the --info option:

    # hammer model create --name "model_name" --info "description" \
    --hardware-model "hardware_model" --vendor-class "vendor_class"

2.7. Using a Synced Kickstart Repository for a Host’s Operating System

The following feature is provided by the Katello plug-in.

Foreman contains a set of synchronized kickstart repositories that you use to install the provisioned host’s operating system. For more information about adding repositories, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

Use this procedure to set up a kickstart repository.

Procedure
  1. Add the synchronized kickstart repository that you want to use to the existing Content View, or create a new Content View and add the kickstart repository.

    For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, ensure that you add both Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - AppStream Kickstart x86_64 8 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - BaseOS Kickstart x86_64 8 repositories.

  2. Publish a new version of the Content View where the kickstart repository is added and promote it to a required lifecycle environment. For more information, see Managing Content Views in the Content Management Guide.

  3. When you create a host, in the Operating System tab, for Media Selection, select the Synced Content check box.

To view the kickstart tree, enter the following command:

# hammer medium list --organization "your_organization"

2.8. Adding Installation Media to Foreman

Installation media are sources of packages that Foreman server uses to install a base operating system on a machine from an external repository. When you install the Katello plug-in, you can download packages from a Pulp mirror. In this case, installation media are ignored.

Installation media must be in the format of an operating system installation tree, and must be accessible to the machine hosting the installer through an HTTP URL. You can view installation media by navigating to Hosts > Installation Media menu.

By default, Foreman includes installation media for some official Linux distributions. Note that some of those installation media are targeted for a specific version of an operating system. For example CentOS mirror (7.x) must be used for CentOS 7 or earlier, and CentOS mirror (8.x) must be used for CentOS 8 or later.

If you want to improve download performance when using installation media to install operating systems on multiple host, you must modify the installation medium’s Path to point to the closest mirror or a local copy.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Installation Media and click Create Medium.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name to represent the installation media entry.

  3. In the Path enter the URL or NFS share that contains the installation tree. You can use following variables in the path to represent multiple different system architectures and versions:

    • $arch - The system architecture.

    • $version - The operating system version.

    • $major - The operating system major version.

    • $minor - The operating system minor version.

      Example HTTP path:

      http://download.example.com/centos/$version/Server/$arch/os/

      Example NFS path:

      nfs://download.example.com:/centos/$version/Server/$arch/os/

      Synchronized content on Smart Proxy servers always uses an HTTP path. Smart Proxy server managed content does not support NFS paths.

  4. From the Operating system family list, select the distribution or family of the installation medium. For example, CentOS and Fedora are in the Red Hat family.

  5. Click the Organizations and Locations tabs, to change the provisioning context. Foreman server adds the installation medium to the set provisioning context.

  6. Click Submit to save your installation medium.

For CLI Users
  • Create the installation medium using the hammer medium create command:

    # hammer medium create --name "CustomOS" --os-family "Redhat" \
    --path 'http://download.example.com/centos/$version/Server/$arch/os/' \
    --organizations "My_Organization" --locations "My_Location"

2.9. Creating Partition Tables

A partition table is a type of template that defines the way Foreman server configures the disks available on a new host. A Partition table uses the same ERB syntax as provisioning templates. Foreman contains a set of default partition tables to use, including a Kickstart default. You can also edit partition table entries to configure the preferred partitioning scheme, or create a partition table entry and add it to the operating system entry.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Partition Tables and click Create Partition Table.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the partition table.

  3. Select the Default check box if you want to set the template to automatically associate with new organizations or locations.

  4. Select the Snippet check box if you want to identify the template as a reusable snippet for other partition tables.

  5. From the Operating System Family list, select the distribution or family of the partitioning layout. For example, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Fedora are in the Red Hat family.

  6. In the Template editor field, enter the layout for the disk partition. For example:

    zerombr
    clearpart --all --initlabel
    autopart

    You can also use the Template file browser to upload a template file.

    The format of the layout must match that for the intended operating system. For example, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 requires a layout that matches a kickstart file.

  7. In the Audit Comment field, add a summary of changes to the partition layout.

  8. Click the Organizations and Locations tabs to add any other provisioning contexts that you want to associate with the partition table. Foreman adds the partition table to the current provisioning context.

  9. Click Submit to save your partition table.

For CLI Users
  1. Before you create a partition table with the CLI, create a plain text file that contains the partition layout. This example uses the ~/my-partition file.

  2. Create the installation medium using the hammer partition-table create command:

    # hammer partition-table create --name "My Partition" --snippet false \
    --os-family Redhat --file ~/my-partition --organizations "My_Organization" \
    --locations "My_Location"

2.10. Provisioning Templates

A provisioning template defines the way Foreman server installs an operating system on a host.

Foreman includes many template examples. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning templates to view them. You can create a template or clone a template and edit the clone. For help with templates, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning templates > Create Template > Help.

Templates accept the Embedded Ruby (ERB) syntax. For more information, see Template Writing Reference in Managing Hosts.

You can download provisioning templates. Before you can download the template, you must create a debug certificate. For more information, see Creating an Organization Debug Certificate in the Content Management Guide.

You can synchronize templates between Foreman server and a Git repository or a local directory. For more information, see Synchronizing Templates Repositories in the Managing Hosts guide.

To view the history of changes applied to a template, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning templates, select one of the templates, and click History. Click Revert to override the content with the previous version. You can also revert to an earlier change. Click Show Diff to see information about a specific change:

  • The Template Diff tab displays changes in the body of a provisioning template.

  • The Details tab displays changes in the template description.

  • The History tab displays the user who made a change to the template and date of the change.

2.11. Types of Provisioning Templates

There are various types of provisioning templates:

Provision

The main template for the provisioning process. For example, a kickstart template. For more information about kickstart template syntax, see the Kickstart Syntax Reference in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Installation Guide.

PXELinux, PXEGrub, PXEGrub2

PXE-based templates that deploy to the template Smart Proxy associated with a subnet to ensure that the host uses the installer with the correct kernel options. For BIOS provisioning, select PXELinux template. For UEFI provisioning, select PXEGrub2.

Finish

Post-configuration scripts to execute using an SSH connection when the main provisioning process completes. You can use Finishing templates only for imaged-based provisioning in virtual or cloud environments that do not support user_data. Do not confuse an image with a foreman discovery ISO, which is sometimes called a Foreman discovery image. An image in this context is an install image in a virtualized environment for easy deployment.

When a finish script successfully exits with the return code 0, Foreman treats the code as a success and the host exits the build mode. Note that there are a few finish scripts with a build mode that uses a call back HTTP call. These scripts are not used for image-based provisioning, but for post configuration of operating-system installations such as Debian, Ubuntu, and BSD.

user_data

Post-configuration scripts for providers that accept custom data, also known as seed data. You can use the user_data template to provision virtual machines in cloud or virtualised environments only. This template does not require Foreman to be able to reach the host; the cloud or virtualization platform is responsible for delivering the data to the image.

Ensure that the image that you want to provision has the software to read the data installed and set to start during boot. For example, cloud-init, which expects YAML input, or ignition, which expects JSON input.

cloud_init

Some environments, such as VMWare, either do not support custom data or have their own data format that limits what can be done during customization. In this case, you can configure a cloud-init client with the foreman plug-in, which attempts to download the template directly from Foreman over HTTP or HTTPS. This technique can be used in any environment, preferably virtualized.

Ensure that you meet the following requirements to use the cloud_init template:

  • Ensure that the image that you want to provision has the software to read the data installed and set to start during boot.

  • A provisioned host is able to reach Foreman from the IP address that matches the host’s provisioning interface IP.

    Note that cloud-init does not work behind NAT.

Bootdisk

Templates for PXE-less boot methods.

Kernel Execution (kexec)

Kernel execution templates for PXE-less boot methods.

Script

An arbitrary script not used by default but useful for custom tasks.

ZTP

Zero Touch Provisioning templates.

POAP

PowerOn Auto Provisioning templates.

iPXE

Templates for iPXE or gPXE environments to use instead of PXELinux.

2.12. Creating Provisioning Templates

A provisioning template defines the way Foreman server installs an operating system on a host. Use this procedure to create a new provisioning template.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning Templates and click Create Template.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the provisioning template.

  3. Fill in the rest of the fields as required. The Help tab provides information about the template syntax and details the available functions, variables, and methods that can be called on different types of objects within the template.

For CLI Users
  1. Before you create a template with the CLI, create a plain text file that contains the template. This example uses the ~/my-template file.

  2. Create the template using the hammer template create command and specify the type with the --type option:

    # hammer template create --name "My Provisioning Template" \
    --file ~/my-template --type provision --organizations "My_Organization" \
    --locations "My_Location"

2.13. Cloning Provisioning Templates

A provisioning template defines the way Foreman server installs an operating system on a host. Use this procedure to clone a template and add your updates to the clone.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning Templates and search for the template that you want to use.

  2. Click Clone to duplicate the template.

  3. In the Name field, enter a name for the provisioning template.

  4. Select the Default check box to set the template to associate automatically with new organizations or locations.

  5. In the Template editor field, enter the body of the provisioning template. You can also use the Template file browser to upload a template file.

  6. In the Audit Comment field, enter a summary of changes to the provisioning template for auditing purposes.

  7. Click the Type tab and if your template is a snippet, select the Snippet check box. A snippet is not a standalone provisioning template, but a part of a provisioning template that can be inserted into other provisioning templates.

  8. From the Type list, select the type of the template. For example, Provisioning template.

  9. Click the Association tab and from the Applicable Operating Systems list, select the names of the operating systems that you want to associate with the provisioning template.

  10. Optionally, click Add combination and select a host group from the Host Group list or an environment from the Environment list to associate provisioning template with the host groups and environments.

  11. Click the Organizations and Locations tabs to add any additional contexts to the template.

  12. Click Submit to save your provisioning template.

2.14. Creating Compute Profiles

You can use compute profiles to predefine virtual machine hardware details such as CPUs, memory, and storage. A default installation of Foreman contains three predefined profiles:

  • 1-Small

  • 2-Medium

  • 3-Large

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Profiles and click Create Compute Profile.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the profile.

  3. Click Submit. A new window opens with the name of the compute profile.

  4. In the new window, click the name of each compute resource and edit the attributes you want to set for this compute profile.

For CLI Users

The compute profile CLI commands are not yet implemented in Foreman 6.7.

2.15. Setting a Default Encrypted Root Password for Hosts

If you do not want to set a plain text default root password for the hosts that you provision, you can use a default encrypted password.

Procedure
  1. Generate an encrypted password:

    # python -c 'import crypt,getpass;pw=getpass.getpass(); print(crypt.crypt(pw)) if (pw==getpass.getpass("Confirm: ")) else exit()'
  2. Copy the password for later use.

  3. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Administer > Settings.

  4. On the Settings page, select the Provisioning tab.

  5. In the Name column, navigate to Root password, and click Click to edit.

  6. Paste the encrypted password, and click Save.

2.16. Using noVNC to Access Virtual Machines

You can use your browser to access the VNC console of VMs created by Foreman.

Foreman supports using noVNC on the following virtualization platforms:

  • VMware

  • Libvirt

  • oVirt

Prerequisites
  • You must have a virtual machine created by Foreman.

  • For existing virtual machines, ensure that the Display type in the Compute Resource settings is VNC.

  • You must import the Katello root CA certificate into your Foreman server. Adding a security exception in the browser is not enough for using noVNC. For more information, see the Installing the Katello Root CA Certificate section in the Administering Foreman guide.

Procedure
  1. On the VM host system, configure the firewall to allow VNC service on ports 5900 to 5930:

    • On operating systems with the iptables command:

      # iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5900:5930 -j ACCEPT
      # service iptables save
    • On operating systems with the firewalld service:

      # firewall-cmd --add-port=5900-5930/tcp
      # firewall-cmd --add-port=5900-5930/tcp --permanent

      If you do not use firewall-cmd to configure the Linux firewall, implement using the command of your choice.

  2. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and select the name of a compute resource.

  3. In the Virtual Machines tab, select the name of a VM host. Ensure the machine is powered on and then select Console.

3. Configuring Networking

Each provisioning type requires some network configuration. Use this chapter to configure network services in your integrated Smart Proxy on Foreman server.

New hosts must have access to your Smart Proxy server. Smart Proxy server can be either your integrated Smart Proxy on Foreman server or an external Smart Proxy server. You might want to provision hosts from an external Smart Proxy server when the hosts are on isolated networks and cannot connect to Foreman server directly, or when the content is synchronized with the Smart Proxy server. Provisioning using the external Smart Proxy server can save on network bandwidth.

Configuring Smart Proxy server has two basic requirements:

  1. Configuring network services. This includes:

    • Content delivery services

    • Network services (DHCP, DNS, and TFTP)

    • Puppet configuration

  2. Defining network resource data in Foreman server to help configure network interfaces on new hosts.

The following instructions have similar applications to configuring standalone Smart Proxies managing a specific network. To configure Foreman to use external DHCP, DNS, and TFTP services, see Configuring External Services in Installing Foreman server.

3.1. Network Resources

Foreman contains networking resources that you must set up and configure to create a host. Foreman includes the following networking resources:

Domain

You must assign every host that is managed by Foreman to a domain. Using the domain, Foreman can manage A, AAAA, and PTR records. Even if you do not want Foreman to manage your DNS servers, you still must create and associate at least one domain. Domains are included in the naming conventions Foreman hosts, for example, a host with the name test123 in the example.com domain has the fully qualified domain name test123.example.com.

Subnet

You must assign every host managed by Foreman to a subnet. Using subnets, Foreman can then manage IPv4 reservations. If there are no reservation integrations, you still must create and associate at least one subnet. When you manage a subnet in Foreman, you cannot create DHCP records for that subnet outside of Foreman. In Foreman, you can use IP Address Management (IPAM) to manage IP addresses with one of the following options:

  • DHCP: DHCP Smart Proxy manages the assignment of IP addresses by finding the next available IP address starting from the first address of the range and skipping all addresses that are reserved. Before assigning an IP address, Smart Proxy sends an ICMP and TCP pings to check whether the IP address is in use. Note that if a host is powered off, or has a firewall configured to disable connections, Foreman makes a false assumption that the IP address is available. This check does not work for hosts that are turned off, therefore, the DHCP option can only be used with subnets that Foreman controls and that do not have any hosts created externally.

    The Smart Proxy DHCP module retains the offered IP addresses for a short period of time to prevent collisions during concurrent access, so some IP addresses in the IP range might remain temporarily unused.

  • Internal DB: Foreman finds the next available IP address from the Subnet range by excluding all IP addresses from the Foreman database in sequence. The primary source of data is the database, not DHCP reservations. This IPAM is not safe when multiple hosts are being created in parallel; in that case, use DHCP or Random DB IPAM instead.

  • Random DB: Foreman finds the next available IP address from the Subnet range by excluding all IP addresses from the Foreman database randomly. The primary source of data is the database, not DHCP reservations. This IPAM is safe to use with concurrent host creation as IP addresses are returned in random order, minimizing the chance of a conflict.

  • EUI-64: Extended Unique Identifier (EUI) 64bit IPv6 address generation, as per RFC2373, is obtained through the 48-bit MAC address.

  • External IPAM: Delegates IPAM to an external system through Smart Proxy feature. Foreman currently does not ship with any external IPAM implementations, but several plug-ins are in development.

  • None: IP address for each host must be entered manually.

    Options DHCP, Internal DB and Random DB can lead to DHCP conflicts on subnets with records created externally. These subnets must be under exclusive Foreman control.

    For more information about adding a subnet, see Adding a Subnet to Foreman server.

DHCP Ranges

You can define the same DHCP range in Foreman server for both discovered and provisioned systems, but use a separate range for each service within the same subnet.

3.2. Foreman and DHCP Options

Foreman manages DHCP reservations through a DHCP Smart Proxy. Foreman also sets the next-server and filename DHCP options.

The next-server option

The next-server option provides the IP address of the TFTP server to boot from. This option is not set by default and must be set for each TFTP Smart Proxy. You can use the foreman-installer command with the --foreman-proxy-tftp-servername option to set the TFTP server in the /etc/foreman-proxy/settings.d/tftp.yml file:

# foreman-installer --foreman-proxy-tftp-servername 1.2.3.4

Each TFTP Smart Proxy then reports this setting through the API and Foreman can retrieve the configuration information when it creates the DHCP record.

When the PXE loader is set to none, Foreman does not populate the next-server option into the DHCP record.

If the next-server option remains undefined, Foreman uses reverse DNS search to find a TFTP server address to assign, but you might encounter the following problems:

  • DNS timeouts during provisioning

  • Querying of incorrect DNS server. For example, authoritative rather than caching

  • Errors about incorrect IP address for the TFTP server. For example, PTR record was invalid

If you encounter these problems, check the DNS setup on both Foreman and Smart Proxy, specifically the PTR record resolution.

The filename option

The filename option contains the full path to the file that downloads and executes during provisioning. The PXE loader that you select for the host or host group defines which filename option to use. When the PXE loader is set to none, Foreman does not populate the filename option into the DHCP record. Depending on the PXE loader option, the filename changes as follows:

PXE loader option filename entry Notes

PXELinux BIOS

pxelinux.0

PXELinux UEFI

pxelinux.efi

iPXE Chain BIOS

undionly.kpxe

PXEGrub2 UEFI

grub2/grubx64.efi

x64 can differ depending on architecture

iPXE UEFI HTTP

http://smartproxy.example.com:8000/httpboot/ipxe-x64.efi

Requires the httpboot feature and renders the filename as a full URL where smartproxy.example.com is a known host name of Smart Proxy in Foreman.

Grub2 UEFI HTTP

http://smartproxy.example.com:8000/httpboot/grub2/grubx64.efi

Requires the httpboot feature and renders the filename as a full URL where smartproxy.example.com is a known host name of Smart Proxy in Foreman.

3.3. Troubleshooting DHCP Problems in Foreman

Foreman can manage an ISC DHCP server on internal or external DHCP Smart Proxy. Foreman can list, create, and delete DHCP reservations and leases. However, there are a number of problems that you might encounter on occasions.

PXE loader option change

When the PXE loader option is changed for an existing host, this causes a DHCP conflict. The only workaround is to overwrite the DHCP entry.

This is a known issue. Until Issue 27877 is fixed, the only workaround is to overwrite the DHCP entry.

Incorrect permissions on DHCP files

An operating system update can update the dhcpd package. This causes the permissions of important directories and files to reset so that the DHCP Smart Proxy cannot read the required information.

For more information, see ERF12-6899 - Unable to set DHCP entry.

Changing the DHCP Smart Proxy entry

Foreman manages DHCP records only for hosts that are assigned to subnets with a DHCP Smart Proxy set. If you create a host and then clear or change the DHCP Smart Proxy, when you attempt to delete the host, the action fails.

If you create a host without setting the DHCP Smart Proxy and then try to set the DHCP Smart Proxy, this causes DHCP conflicts.

Deleted hosts entries in the dhcpd.leases file

Any changes to a DHCP lease are appended to the end of the dhcpd.leases file. Because entries are appended to the file, it is possible that two or more entries of the same lease can exist in the dhcpd.leases file at the same time. When there are two or more entries of the same lease, the last entry in the file takes precedence. Group, subgroup and host declarations in the lease file are processed in the same manner. If a lease is deleted, { deleted; } is appended to the declaration.

3.4. Prerequisites for Image Based Provisioning

Post-Boot Configuration Method

Images that use the finish post-boot configuration scripts require a managed DHCP server, such as Foreman’s integrated Smart Proxy or an external Smart Proxy. The host must be created with a subnet associated with a DHCP Smart Proxy, and the IP address of the host must be a valid IP address from the DHCP range.

It is possible to use an external DHCP service, but IP addresses must be entered manually. The SSH credentials corresponding to the configuration in the image must be configured in Foreman to enable the post-boot configuration to be made.

Check following items when troubleshooting a virtual machine booted from an image that depends on post-configuration scripts:

  • The host has a subnet assigned in Foreman server.

  • The subnet has a DHCP Smart Proxy assigned in Foreman server.

  • The host has a valid IP address assigned in Foreman server.

  • The IP address acquired by the virtual machine using DHCP matches the address configured in Foreman server.

  • The virtual machine created from an image responds to SSH requests.

  • The virtual machine created from an image authorizes the user and password, over SSH, which is associated with the image being deployed.

  • Foreman server has access to the virtual machine via SSH keys. This is required for the virtual machine to receive post-configuration scripts from Foreman server.

Pre-Boot Initialization Configuration Method

Images that use the cloud-init scripts require a DHCP server to avoid having to include the IP address in the image. A managed DHCP Smart Proxy is preferred. The image must have the cloud-init service configured to start when the system boots and fetch a script or configuration data to use in completing the configuration.

Check the following items when troubleshooting a virtual machine booted from an image that depends on initialization scripts included in the image:

  • There is a DHCP server on the subnet.

  • The virtual machine has the cloud-init service installed and enabled.

3.5. Configuring Network Services

Some provisioning methods use Smart Proxy server services. For example, a network might require the Smart Proxy server to act as a DHCP server. A network can also use PXE boot services to install the operating system on new hosts. This requires configuring the Smart Proxy server to use the main PXE boot services: DHCP, DNS, and TFTP.

Use the foreman-installer command with the options to configure these services on the Foreman server.

Note
While performing a Katello deployment, to configure these services on an external Smart Proxy server, run foreman-installer --scenario foreman-proxy-content.

Foreman server uses eth0 for external communication, such as connecting to Red Hat’s CDN.

Procedure

To configure network services on Foreman’s integrated Smart Proxy, complete the following steps:

  1. Enter the foreman-installer command to configure the required network services:

    # foreman-installer --foreman-proxy-dhcp true \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp-managed true \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp-gateway "192.168.140.1" \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp-interface "eth1" \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp-nameservers "192.168.140.2" \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp-range "192.168.140.10 192.168.140.110" \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp-server "192.168.140.2" \
    --foreman-proxy-dns true \
    --foreman-proxy-dns-managed true \
    --foreman-proxy-dns-forwarders "8.8.8.8; 8.8.4.4" \
    --foreman-proxy-dns-interface "eth1" \
    --foreman-proxy-dns-reverse "140.168.192.in-addr.arpa" \
    --foreman-proxy-dns-server "127.0.0.1" \
    --foreman-proxy-dns-zone "example.com" \
    --foreman-proxy-tftp true \
    --foreman-proxy-tftp-managed true
  2. Find the Smart Proxy server that you configure:

    # hammer proxy list
  3. Refresh features of the Smart Proxy server to view the changes:

    # hammer proxy refresh-features --name "foreman.example.com"
  4. Verify the services configured on the Smart Proxy server:

    # hammer proxy info --name "foreman.example.com"

3.5.1. DHCP, DNS, and TFTP Options for Network Configuration

DHCP Options
--foreman-proxy-dhcp

Enables the DHCP service. You can set this option to true or false.

--foreman-proxy-dhcp-managed

Enables Foreman to manage the DHCP service. You can set this option to true or false.

--foreman-proxy-dhcp-gateway

The DHCP pool gateway. Set this to the address of the external gateway for hosts on your private network.

--foreman-proxy-dhcp-interface

Sets the interface for the DHCP service to listen for requests. Set this to eth1.

--foreman-proxy-dhcp-nameservers

Sets the addresses of the nameservers provided to clients through DHCP. Set this to the address for Foreman server on eth1.

--foreman-proxy-dhcp-range

A space-separated DHCP pool range for Discovered and Unmanaged services.

--foreman-proxy-dhcp-server

Sets the address of the DHCP server to manage.

DNS Options
--foreman-proxy-dns

Enables DNS service. You can set this option to true or false.

--foreman-proxy-dns-managed

Enables Foreman to manage the DNS service. You can set this option to true or false.

--foreman-proxy-dns-forwarders

Sets the DNS forwarders. Set this to your DNS servers.

--foreman-proxy-dns-interface

Sets the interface to listen for DNS requests. Set this to eth1.

--foreman-proxy-dns-reverse

The DNS reverse zone name.

--foreman-proxy-dns-server

Sets the address of the DNS server to manage.

--foreman-proxy-dns-zone

Sets the DNS zone name.

TFTP Options
--foreman-proxy-tftp

Enables TFTP service. You can set this option to true or false.

--foreman-proxy-tftp-managed

Enables Foreman to manage the TFTP service. You can set this option to true or false.

--foreman-proxy-tftp-servername

Sets the TFTP server to use. Ensure that you use Smart Proxy’s IP address.

Run foreman-installer --help to view more options related to DHCP, DNS, TFTP, and other Foreman Smart Proxy services

3.5.2. Using TFTP Services through NAT

You can use Foreman TFTP services through NAT. To do this, on all NAT routers or firewalls, you must enable a TFTP service on UDP port 69 and enable the TFTP state tracking feature. For more information, see the documentation for your NAT device.

Using NAT on Linux with firewalld:

Use the following command to allow TFTP service on UDP port 69, load the kernel TFTP state tracking module, and make the changes persistent:

# firewall-cmd --add-service=tftp && firewall-cmd --runtime-to-permanent
For a NAT running on linux with iptables command:
  1. Configure the firewall to allow TFTP service UDP on port 69.

    # iptables -A OUTPUT -i eth0 -p udp --sport 69 -m state \
    --state ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
    # service iptables save
  2. Load the ip_conntrack_tftp kernel TFTP state module. In the /etc/sysconfig/iptables-config file, locate IPTABLES_MODULES and add ip_conntrack_tftp as follows:

    IPTABLES_MODULES="ip_conntrack_tftp"

3.6. Adding a Domain to Foreman server

Foreman server defines domain names for each host on the network. Foreman server must have information about the domain and the Smart Proxy server responsible for domain name assignment.

Checking for Existing Domains

Foreman server might already have the relevant domain created as part of Foreman server installation. Switch the context to Any Organization and Any Location then check the domain list to see if it exists.

DNS Server Configuration Considerations

During the DNS record creation, Foreman performs conflict DNS lookups to verify that the host name is not in active use. This check runs against one of the following DNS servers:

  • The system-wide resolver if Adminster > Settings > Query local nameservers is set to true.

  • The nameservers that are defined in the subnet associated with the host.

  • The authoritative NS-Records that are queried from the SOA from the domain name associated with the host.

If you experience timeouts during DNS conflict resolution, check the following settings:

  • The subnet nameservers must be reachable from Foreman server.

  • The domain name must have a Start of Authority (SOA) record available from Foreman server.

  • The system resolver in the `/etc/resolv.conf`file must have a valid and working configuration.

Procedure

To add a domain to Foreman, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Domains and click Create Domain.

  2. In the DNS Domain field, enter the full DNS domain name.

  3. In the Fullname field, enter the plain text name of the domain.

  4. Click the Parameters tab and configure any domain level parameters to apply to hosts attached to this domain. For example, user defined Boolean or string parameters to use in templates.

  5. Click Add Parameter and fill in the Name and Value fields.

  6. Click the Locations tab, and add the location where the domain resides.

  7. Click the Organizations tab, and add the organization that the domain belongs to.

  8. Click Submit to save the changes.

For CLI Users

Use the hammer domain create command to create a domain:

# hammer domain create --name "domain_name.com" \
--description "My example domain" --dns-id 1 \
--locations "My_Location" --organizations "My_Organization"

In this example, the --dns-id option uses 1, which is the ID of your integrated Smart Proxy on Foreman server.

3.7. Adding a Subnet to Foreman server

You must add information for each of your subnets to Foreman server because Foreman configures interfaces for new hosts. To configure interfaces, Foreman server must have all the information about the network that connects these interfaces.

Procedure

To add a subnet to Foreman server, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Subnets, and in the Subnets window, click Create Subnet.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the subnet.

  3. In the Description field, enter a description for the subnet.

  4. In the Network address field, enter the network address for the subnet.

  5. In the Network prefix field, enter the network prefix for the subnet.

  6. In the Network mask field, enter the network mask for the subnet.

  7. In the Gateway address field, enter the external gateway for the subnet.

  8. In the Primary DNS server field, enter a primary DNS for the subnet.

  9. In the Secondary DNS server, enter a secondary DNS for the subnet.

  10. From the IPAM list, select the method that you want to use for IP address management (IPAM). For more information about IPAM, see Network Resources.

  11. Enter the information for the IPAM method that you select.

  12. If you use the remote execution plugin, click the Remote Execution tab and select the Smart Proxy that controls the remote execution.

  13. Click the Domains tab and select the domains that apply to this subnet.

  14. Click the Smart Proxies tab and select the Smart Proxy that applies to each service in the subnet, including DHCP, TFTP, and reverse DNS services.

  15. Click the Parameters tab and configure any subnet level parameters to apply to hosts attached to this subnet. For example, user defined Boolean or string parameters to use in templates.

  16. Click the Locations tab and select the locations that use this Smart Proxy.

  17. Click the Organizations tab and select the organizations that use this Smart Proxy.

  18. Click Submit to save the subnet information.

For CLI Users

Create the subnet with the following command:

# hammer subnet create --name "My_Network" \
--description "your_description" \
--network "192.168.140.0" --mask "255.255.255.0" \
--gateway "192.168.140.1" --dns-primary "192.168.140.2" \
--dns-secondary "8.8.8.8" --ipam "DHCP" \
--from "192.168.140.111" --to "192.168.140.250" --boot-mode "DHCP" \
--domains "example.com" --dhcp-id 1 --dns-id 1 --tftp-id 1 \
--locations "My_Location" --organizations "My_Organization"
Note
In this example, the --dhcp-id, --dns-id, and --tftp-id options use 1, which is the ID of the integrated Smart Proxy in Foreman server.

4. Using Infoblox as DHCP and DNS Providers

You can use Smart Proxy server to connect to your Infoblox application to create and manage DHCP and DNS records, and to reserve IP addresses.

4.1. Limitations

All DHCP and DNS records can be managed only in a single Network or DNS view, After you install the Infoblox modules on Smart Proxy and set up the view using the foreman-installer command, you cannot edit the view.

Smart Proxy server communicates with a single Infoblox node using the standard HTTPS web API. If you want to configure clustering and High Availability, make the configurations in Infoblox.

Hosting PXE-related files using Infoblox’s TFTP functionality is not supported. You must use Smart Proxy as a TFTP server for PXE provisioning. For more information, see Configuring Networking.

Foreman IPAM feature cannot be integrated with Infoblox.

4.2. Prerequisites

You must have Infoblox account credentials to manage DHCP and DNS entries in Foreman.

Ensure that you have Infoblox administration roles with the names: DHCP Admin and DNS Admin.

The administration roles must have permissions or belong to an admin group that permits the accounts to perform tasks through the Infoblox API.

4.3. Installing the Infoblox CA Certificate on Smart Proxy server

You must install Infoblox HTTPS CA certificate on the base system for all Smart Proxies that you want to integrate with Infoblox applications.

You can download the certificate from the Infoblox web UI, or you can use the following OpenSSL commands to download the certificate:

# update-ca-trust enable
# openssl s_client -showcerts -connect infoblox.example.com:443 </dev/null | \
openssl x509 -text >/etc/pki/ca-trust/source/anchors/infoblox.crt
# update-ca-trust extract
  • The infoblox.example.com entry must match the host name for the Infoblox application in the X509 certificate.

To test the CA certificate, use a CURL query:

# curl -u admin:password https://infoblox.example.com/wapi/v2.0/network

Example positive response:

[
    {
        "_ref": "network/ZG5zLm5ldHdvcmskMTkyLjE2OC4yMDIuMC8yNC8w:infoblox.example.com/24/default",
        "network": "192.168.202.0/24",
        "network_view": "default"
    }
]

4.4. Installing the DHCP Infoblox module

Use this procedure to install the DHCP Infoblox module on Smart Proxy. Note that you cannot manage records in separate views.

You can also install DHCP and DNS Infoblox modules simultaneously by combining this procedure and Installing the DNS Infoblox Module

DHCP Infoblox Record Type Considerations

Use only the --foreman-proxy-plugin-dhcp-infoblox-record-type fixedaddress option to configure the DHCP and DNS modules.

Configuring both DHCP and DNS Infoblox modules with the host record type setting causes DNS conflicts and is not supported. If you install the Infoblox module on Smart Proxy server with the --foreman-proxy-plugin-dhcp-infoblox-record-type option set to host, you must unset both DNS Smart Proxy and Reverse DNS Smart Proxy options because Infoblox does the DNS management itself. You cannot use the host option without creating conflicts and, for example, being unable to rename hosts in Foreman.

Procedure

To install the Infoblox module for DHCP, complete the following steps:

  1. On Smart Proxy, enter the following command:

    # foreman-installer --enable-foreman-proxy-plugin-dhcp-infoblox \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp true \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp-managed false \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp-provider infoblox \
    --foreman-proxy-plugin-dhcp-infoblox-record-type fixedaddress \
    --foreman-proxy-dhcp-server infoblox.example.com \
    --foreman-proxy-plugin-dhcp-infoblox-username admin \
    --foreman-proxy-plugin-dhcp-infoblox-password infoblox \
    --foreman-proxy-plugin-dhcp-infoblox-network-view default \
    --foreman-proxy-plugin-dhcp-infoblox-dns-view default
  2. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Smart Proxies and select the Smart Proxy with the Infoblox DHCP module and click Refresh.

  3. Ensure that the dhcp features are listed.

  4. For all domains managed through Infoblox, ensure that the DNS Smart Proxy is set for that domain. To verify, in the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Domains, and inspect the settings of each domain.

  5. For all subnets managed through Infoblox, ensure that DHCP Smart Proxy and Reverse DNS Smart Proxy is set. To verify, in the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Subnets, and inspect the settings of each subnet.

4.5. Installing the DNS Infoblox Module

Use this procedure to install the DNS Infoblox module on Smart Proxy. You can also install DHCP and DNS Infoblox modules simultaneously by combining this procedure and Installing the DHCP Infoblox module.

DNS records are managed only in the default DNS view, it’s not possible to specify which DNS view to use.

To install the DNS Infoblox module, complete the following steps:

  1. On Smart Proxy, enter the following command to configure the Infoblox module:

    # foreman-installer --enable-foreman-proxy-plugin-dns-infoblox \
    --foreman-proxy-dns true \
    --foreman-proxy-dns-managed false \
    --foreman-proxy-dns-provider infoblox \
    --foreman-proxy-plugin-dns-infoblox-dns-server infoblox.example.com \
    --foreman-proxy-plugin-dns-infoblox-username admin \
    --foreman-proxy-plugin-dns-infoblox-password infoblox \
    --foreman-proxy-plugin-dns-infoblox-dns-view default

    Optionally, you can change the value of the --foreman-proxy-plugin-dns-infoblox-dns-view option to specify a DNS Infoblox view other than the default view.

  2. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Smart Proxies and select the Smart Proxy with the Infoblox DNS module and click Refresh.

  3. Ensure that the dns features are listed.

5. Configuring iPXE to Reduce Provisioning Times

You can use Foreman to configure PXELinux to chainboot iPXE and boot using the HTTP protocol if you have the following restrictions that prevent you from using PXE:

  • A network with unmanaged DHCP servers.

  • A PXE service that is blacklisted on your network or restricted by a firewall.

  • An unreliable TFTP UDP-based protocol because of, for example, a low-bandwidth network.

iPXE Workflow Overview

The provisioning process using iPXE follows this workflow:

  • A discovered host boots over PXE.

  • The host loads either ipxe.efi or undionly.0.

  • The host initializes again on the network using DHCP.

  • The DHCP server detects the iPXE firmware and returns the iPXE template URL with the bootstrap flag.

  • The host requests iPXE template. Foreman does not recognize the host, and because the bootstrap flag is set, the host receives the iPXE intermediate script template that ships with Foreman.

  • The host runs the intermediate iPXE script and downloads the discovery image.

  • The host starts the discovery operating system and performs a discovery request.

  • The host is scheduled for provisioning and restarts.

  • The host boots over PXE.

  • The previous workflow repeats, but Foreman recognizes the host’s remote IP address and instead of the intermediate template, the host receives a regular iPXE template.

  • The host reads the iPXE configuration and boots the installer.

  • From this point, the installation follows a regular PXE installation workflow.

Note that the workflow uses the discovery process, which is optional. To set up the discovery service, see Setting up the Discovery Service for iPXE.

With Foreman, you can set up hosts to download either the ipxe.efi or undionly.kpxe over TFTP. When the file downloads, all communication continues using HTTP. Foreman uses the iPXE provisioning script either to load an operating system installer or the next entry in the boot order.

There are three methods of using iPXE with Foreman:

  1. Chainbooting virtual machines using hypervisors that use iPXE as primary firmware.

  2. Using PXELinux through TFTP to chainload iPXE directly on bare metal hosts.

  3. Using PXELinux through UNDI, which uses HTTP to transfer the kernel and the initial RAM disk on bare-metal hosts.

Security Information

The iPXE binary in Red Hat Enterprise Linux is built without some security features. For this reason, you can use HTTP, and cannot use HTTPs. All security-related features of iPXE in Red Hat Enterprise Linux are not supported. For more information, see Red Hat Enterprise Linux HTTPS support in iPXE.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, ensure that the following conditions are met:

  • A host exists on Foreman to use.

  • The MAC address of the provisioning interface matches the host configuration.

  • The provisioning interface of the host has a valid DHCP reservation.

  • The NIC is capable of PXE booting. For more information, see http://ipxe.org/appnote/hardware_drivers.

  • The NIC is compatible with iPXE.

5.1. Setting up the Discovery Service for iPXE

  1. On Smart Proxy server, install the Foreman discovery service:

  2. On Smart Proxy server, enable the httpboot service:

    # foreman-installer --foreman-proxy-httpboot true
  3. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Administer > Settings, and click the Provisioning tab.

  4. Locate the Default PXE global template entry row and in the Value column, change the value to discovery.

5.2. Chainbooting virtual machines

Some virtualization hypervisors use iPXE as primary firmware for PXE booting. Because of this, you can chainboot without TFTP and PXELinux.

Chainbooting virtual machine workflow

Using virtualization hypervisors removes the need for TFTP and PXELinux. It has the following workflow:

  1. Virtual machine starts

  2. iPXE retrieves the network credentials using DHCP

  3. iPXE retrieves the HTTP address using DHCP

  4. iPXE chainloads the iPXE template from the template Smart Proxy

  5. iPXE loads the kernel and initial RAM disk of the installer

If you want to use the discovery service with iPXE, see Setting up the Discovery Service for iPXE.

Ensure that the hypervisor that you want to use supports iPXE. The following virtualization hypervisors support iPXE:

  • libvirt

  • oVirt

  • RHEV

Configuring Foreman server to use iPXE

You can use the default template to configure iPXE booting for hosts. If you want to change the default values in the template, clone the template and edit the clone.

Procedure
  1. Copy a boot file to the TFTP directory on your Foreman server:

    • For EFI systems, copy the ipxe.efi file:

      # cp /usr/share/ipxe/ipxe.efi /var/lib/tftpboot/
    • For BIOS systems, copy the undionly.kpxe file:

      # cp /usr/share/ipxe/undionly.kpxe /var/lib/tftpboot/undionly.0
  2. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning Templates, enter Kickstart default iPXE and click Search.

  3. Optional: If you want to change the template, click Clone, enter a unique name, and click Submit.

  4. Click the name of the template you want to use.

  5. If you clone the template, you can make changes you require on the Template tab.

  6. Click the Association tab, and select the operating systems that your host uses.

  7. Click the Locations tab, and add the location where the host resides.

  8. Click the Organizations tab, and add the organization that the host belongs to.

  9. Click Submit to save the changes.

  10. Navigate to Hosts > Operating systems and select the operating system of your host.

  11. Click the Templates tab.

  12. From the iPXE Template list, select the template you want to use.

  13. Click Submit to save the changes.

  14. Navigate to Hosts > All Hosts.

  15. In the Hosts page, select the host that you want to use.

  16. Select the Templates tab.

  17. From the iPXE template list, select Review to verify that the Kickstart default iPXE template is the correct template.

  18. To use the iPXE bootstrapping feature for Foreman, configure the dhcpd.conf file as follows:

    if exists user-class and option user-class = "iPXE" {
      filename "http://foreman.example.com/unattended/iPXE?bootstrap=1";
    } elsif option architecture = 00:06 {
      filename "ipxe.efi";
    } elsif option architecture = 00:07 {
      filename "ipxe.efi";
    } elsif option architecture = 00:09 {
      filename "ipxe.efi";
    } else {
      filename "undionly.0";
    }

    If you use an isolated network, use a Smart Proxy server URL with TCP port 8000, instead of the URL of Foreman server.

    Note
    Use http://foreman.example.com/unattended/iPXE?bootstrap=1 when Smart Proxy HTTP endpoint is disabled (installer option --foreman-proxy-http false). Template Smart Proxy plug-in has the default value 8000 when enabled and can be changed with --foreman-proxy-http-port installer option. In that case, use http://smartproxy.example.com:8000. You must update the /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf file after every upgrade.

5.3. Chainbooting Foreman server to use iPXE directly

Use this procedure to set up iPXE to use a built-in driver for network communication or UNDI interface. There are separate procedures to configure Foreman server and Smart Proxy to use iPXE.

You can use this procedure only with bare metal hosts.

Chainbooting iPXE directly or with UNDI workflow
  1. Host powers on

  2. PXE driver retrieves the network credentials using DHCP

  3. PXE driver retrieves the PXELinux firmware pxelinux.0 using TFTP

  4. PXELinux searches for the configuration file on the TFTP server

  5. PXELinux chainloads iPXE ipxe.lkrn or undionly-ipxe.0

  6. iPXE retrieves the network credentials using DHCP again

  7. iPXE retrieves HTTP address using DHCP

  8. iPXE chainloads the iPXE template from the template Smart Proxy

  9. iPXE loads the kernel and initial RAM disk of the installer

If you want to use the discovery service with iPXE, see Setting up the Discovery Service for iPXE.

Configuring Foreman Server to use iPXE

You can use the default template to configure iPXE booting for hosts. If you want to change the default values in the template, clone the template and edit the clone.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning Templates, enter PXELinux chain iPXE or, for BIOS systems, enter PXELinux chain iPXE UNDI, and click Search.

  2. Optional: If you want to change the template, click Clone, enter a unique name, and click Submit.

  3. Click the name of the template you want to use.

  4. If you clone the template, you can make changes you require on the Template tab.

  5. Click the Association tab, and select the operating systems that your host uses.

  6. Click the Locations tab, and add the location where the host resides.

  7. Click the Organizations tab, and add the organization that the host belongs to.

  8. Click Submit to save the changes.

  9. In the Provisioning Templates page, enter Kickstart default iPXE into the search field and click Search.

  10. Optional: If you want to change the template, click Clone, enter a unique name, and click Submit.

  11. Click the name of the template you want to use.

  12. If you clone the template, you can make changes you require on the Template tab.

  13. Click the Association tab, and associate the template with the operating system that your host uses.

  14. Click the Locations tab, and add the location where the host resides.

  15. Click the Organizations tab, and add the organization that the host belongs to.

  16. Click Submit to save the changes.

  17. Navigate to Hosts > Operating systems and select the operating system of your host.

  18. Click the Templates tab.

  19. From the PXELinux template list, select the template you want to use.

  20. From the iPXE template list, select the template you want to use.

  21. Click Submit to save the changes.

  22. Navigate to Hosts > All Hosts, and select the host you want to use.

  23. Select the Templates tab, and from the PXELinux template list, select Review to verify the template is the correct template.

  24. From the iPXE template list, select Review to verify the template is the correct template. If there is no PXELinux entry, or you cannot find the new template, navigate to Hosts > All Hosts, and on your host, click Edit. Click the Operating system tab and click the Provisioning Template Resolve button to refresh the list of templates.

  25. To use the iPXE bootstrapping feature for Foreman, configure the dhcpd.conf file as follows:

    if exists user-class and option user-class = "iPXE" {
      filename "http://foreman.example.com/unattended/iPXE?bootstrap=1";
    } elsif option architecture = 00:06 {
      filename "ipxe.efi";
    } elsif option architecture = 00:07 {
      filename "ipxe.efi";
    } elsif option architecture = 00:09 {
      filename "ipxe.efi";
    } else {
      filename "undionly.0";
    }

    If you use an isolated network, use a Smart Proxy server URL with TCP port 8000, instead of the URL of Foreman server.

    Note
    For http://foreman.example.com/unattended/iPXE, you can also use a Foreman Smart Proxy http://smartproxy.example.com:8000/unattended/iPXE. You must update the /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf file after every upgrade.

5.4. Chainbooting Foreman Smart Proxy to use iPXE directly

You must perform this procedure on all Smart Proxies.

Procedure
  1. Install the ipxe-bootimgs RPM package:

    # yum install ipxe-bootimgs
  2. On Debian/Ubuntu, install the ipxe .deb package:

    # apt-get install ipxe
  3. Copy the iPXE firmware to the TFTP server’s root directory. Do not use symbolic links because TFTP runs in the chroot environment.

    • For EFI systems, copy the ipxe.efi file:

      # cp /usr/share/ipxe/ipxe.lkrn /var/lib/tftpboot/
    • For BIOS systems, copy the undionly.kpxe file:

      # cp /usr/share/ipxe/undionly.kpxe /var/lib/tftpboot/undionly-ipxe.0
  4. On systems with SELinux, correct the file contexts:

    # restorecon -RvF /var/lib/tftpboot/

6. Provisioning Bare Metal Hosts

There are four main ways to provision bare metal instances with Foreman 6.7:

Unattended Provisioning

New hosts are identified by a MAC address and Foreman server provisions the host using a PXE boot process.

Unattended Provisioning with Discovery

New hosts use PXE boot to load the Foreman Discovery service. This service identifies hardware information about the host and lists it as an available host to provision. For more information, see Configuring the Discovery Service.

PXE-less Provisioning

New hosts are provisioned with a boot disk or PXE-less discovery image that Foreman server generates.

PXE-less Provisioning with Discovery

New hosts use an ISO boot disk that loads the Foreman Discovery service. This service identifies hardware information about the host and lists it as an available host to provision. For more information, see Implementing PXE-less Discovery.

Note
Discovery workflows are only available when the Discovery plug-in is installed. For more information, see Configuring the Discovery Service.
BIOS and UEFI Support

With Foreman, you can perform both BIOS and UEFI based PXE provisioning.

Both BIOS and UEFI interfaces work as interpreters between the computer’s operating system and firmware, initializing the hardware components and starting the operating system at boot time.

In Foreman provisioning, the PXE loader option defines the DHCP filename option to use during provisioning. For BIOS systems, use the PXELinux BIOS option to enable a provisioned node to download the pxelinux.0 file over TFTP. For UEFI systems, use the PXEGrub2 UEFI option to enable a TFTP client to download grub2/grubx64.efi file.

For BIOS provisioning, you must associate a PXELinux template with the operating system.

For UEFI provisioning, you must associate a PXEGrub2 template with the operating system.

If you associate both PXELinux and PXEGrub2 templates, Foreman can deploy configuration files for both on a TFTP server, so that you can switch between PXE loaders easily.

6.1. Prerequisites for Bare Metal Provisioning

The requirements for bare metal provisioning include:

  • A Smart Proxy server managing the network for bare metal hosts. For unattended provisioning and discovery-based provisioning, Foreman server requires PXE server settings.

    For more information about networking requirements, see Configuring Networking.

    For more information about the Discovery service, Configuring the Discovery Service.

  • A bare metal host or a blank VM.

  • The installation media for the operating systems that you want to use to provision hosts. If the Katello plug-in is installed, you can use synchronized content repositories for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

  • If the Katello plug-in is installed, an activation key for host registration. For more information, see Creating An Activation Key in the Content Management guide.

For information about the security token for unattended and PXE-less provisioning, see Configuring the Security Token Validity Duration.

6.2. Configuring the Security Token Validity Duration

When performing unattended and PXE-less provisioning, as a security measure, Foreman automatically generates a unique token and adds this token to the OS installer recipe URL in the PXE configuration file (PXELinux, Grub2).

By default, the token is valid for 360 minutes. When you provision a host, ensure that you reboot the host within this time frame. If the token expires, it is no longer valid and you receive a 404 error and the operating system installer download fails.

To adjust the token’s duration of validity, in the Foreman web UI, navigate to Administer > Settings, and click the Provisioning tab. Find the Token duration option, and click the edit icon and edit the duration, or enter 0 to disable token generation.

If token generation is disabled, an attacker can spoof client IP address and download OS installer recipe from Foreman server, including the encrypted root password.

6.3. Creating Hosts with Unattended Provisioning

Unattended provisioning is the simplest form of host provisioning. You enter the host details on Foreman server and boot your host. Foreman server automatically manages the PXE configuration, organizes networking services, and provides the operating system and configuration for the host.

This method of provisioning hosts uses minimal interaction during the process.

Procedure

To create a host with unattended provisioning, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Create Host.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the host.

  3. Click the Organization and Location tabs and change the context to match your requirements.

  4. From the Host Group list, select a host group that you want to use to populate the form.

  5. Click the Interface tab, and on the host’s interface, click Edit.

  6. Verify that the fields are populated with values. Note in particular:

    • The Name from the Host tab becomes the DNS name.

    • Foreman server automatically assigns an IP address for the new host.

  7. In the MAC address field, enter a MAC address for the host. This ensures the identification of the host during the PXE boot process.

  8. Ensure that Foreman server automatically selects the Managed, Primary, and Provision options for the first interface on the host. If not, select them.

  9. In the MAC address field, enter a MAC address of the host’s provisioning interface. This ensures the identification of the host during the PXE boot process.

  10. Click OK to save. To add another interface, click Add Interface. You can select only one interface for Provision and Primary.

  11. Click the Operating System tab, and verify that all fields contain values. Confirm each aspect of the operating system.

  12. Optional: Click Resolve in Provisioning template to check the new host can identify the right provisioning templates to use.

    For more information about associating provisioning templates, see Provisioning Templates.

  13. If you use the Katello plugin, click the Parameters tab, and ensure that a parameter exists that provides an activation key. If not, add an activation key.

  14. Click Submit to save the host details.

    For more information about network interfaces, see Adding network interfaces.

This creates the host entry and the relevant provisioning settings. This also includes creating the necessary directories and files for PXE booting the bare metal host. If you start the physical host and set its boot mode to PXE, the host detects the DHCP service of Foreman server’s integrated Smart Proxy and starts installing the operating system from its Kickstart tree.

If you use the Katello plug-in, when the installation completes, the host also registers to Foreman server using the activation key and installs the necessary configuration and management tools from the https://yum.theforeman.org/client/2.0/ repository.

For CLI Users

Create the host with the hammer host create command.

# hammer host create --name "My_Unattended_Host" --organization "My_Organization" \
--location "My_Location" --hostgroup "My_Host_Group" --mac "aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa" \
--build true --enabled true --managed true

Ensure the network interface options are set using the hammer host interface update command.

# hammer host interface update --host "test1" --managed true \
--primary true --provision true

6.4. Creating Hosts with PXE-less Provisioning

Some hardware does not provide a PXE boot interface. In Foreman, you can provision a host without PXE boot. This is also known as PXE-less provisioning and involves generating a boot ISO that hosts can use. Using this ISO, the host can connect to Foreman server, boot the installation media, and install the operating system.

Foreman also provides a PXE-less discovery service that operates without PXE-based services, such as DHCP and TFTP. For more information, see Implementing PXE-less Discovery.

Boot ISO Types

There are four types of boot ISOs:

Host image

A boot ISO for the specific host. This image contains only the boot files that are necessary to access the installation media on Foreman server. The user defines the subnet data in Foreman and the image is created with static networking.

Full host image

A boot ISO that contains the kernel and initial RAM disk image for the specific host. This image is useful if the host fails to chainload correctly. The provisioning template still downloads from Foreman server.

Generic image

A boot ISO that is not associated with a specific host. The ISO sends the host’s MAC address to Foreman server, which matches it against the host entry. The image does not store IP address details, and requires access to a DHCP server on the network to bootstrap. This image is also available from the /bootdisk/disks/generic URL on your Foreman server, for example, https://foreman.example.com/bootdisk/disks/generic.

Subnet image

A boot ISO that is similar to the generic image but is configured with the address of a Smart Proxy server. This image is generic to all hosts with a provisioning NIC on the same subnet.

Host image and Full host image contain provisioning tokens, therefore the generated image has limited lifespan. For more information about configuring security tokens, read Configuring the Security Token Validity Duration.

Note
The Full host image is based on SYSLINUX and works with most hardware. When using a Host image, Generic image, or Subnet image, see http://ipxe.org/appnote/hardware_drivers for a list of hardware drivers expected to work with an iPXE-based boot disk.
Procedure

To create a host with PXE-less provisioning, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Create Host.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name that you want to become the provisioned system’s host name.

  3. Click the Organization and Location tabs and change the context to match your requirements.

  4. From the Host Group list, select a host group that you want to use to populate the form.

  5. Click the Interface tab, and on the host’s interface, click Edit.

  6. Verify that the fields are populated with values. Note in particular:

    • The Name from the Host tab becomes the DNS name.

    • Foreman server automatically assigns an IP address for the new host.

  7. In the MAC address field, enter a MAC address for the host.

  8. Ensure that Foreman server automatically selects the Managed, Primary, and Provision options for the first interface on the host. If not, select them.

  9. Click the Operating System tab, and verify that all fields contain values. Confirm each aspect of the operating system.

  10. Click Resolve in Provisioning template to check the new host can identify the right provisioning templates to use.

    For more information about associating provisioning templates, see Provisioning Templates.

  11. Click Submit to save the host details.

This creates a host entry and the host details page appears.

The options on the upper-right of the window are the Boot disk menu. From this menu, one of the following images is available for download: Host image, Full host image, Generic image, and Subnet image.

For CLI Users

Create the host with the hammer host create command.

# hammer host create --name "My_Bare_Metal" --organization "My_Organization" \
--location "My_Location" --hostgroup "My_Host_Group" --mac "aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa" \
--build true --enabled true --managed true

Ensure that your network interface options are set using the hammer host interface update command.

# hammer host interface update --host "test3" --managed true \
--primary true --provision true

Download the boot disk from Foreman server with the hammer bootdisk host command:

  • For Host image:

    # hammer bootdisk host --host test3.example.com
  • For Full host image:

    # hammer bootdisk host --host test3.example.com --full true
  • For Generic image:

    # hammer bootdisk generic
  • For Subnet image:

    # hammer bootdisk subnet --subnet subnetName

This creates a boot ISO for your host to use.

Write the ISO to a USB storage device using the dd utility or livecd-tools if required.

When you start the physical host and boot from the ISO or the USB storage device, the host connects to Foreman server and starts installing operating system from its kickstart tree.

6.5. Deploying SSH Keys during Provisioning

Use this procedure to deploy SSH keys added to a user during provisioning. For information on adding SSH keys to a user, see Adding SSH Keys to a User in Administering Foreman.

Procedure

To deploy SSH keys during provisioning, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning Templates.

  2. Create a provisioning template, or clone and edit an existing template. For more information, see Creating Provisioning Templates.

  3. In the template, click the Template tab.

  4. In the Template editor field, add the create_users snippet to the %post section:

    <%= snippet('create_users') %>
  5. Select the Default check box.

  6. Click the Association tab.

  7. From the Application Operating Systems list, select an operating system.

  8. Click Submit to save the provisioning template.

  9. Create a host that is associated with the provisioning template or rebuild a host using the OS associated with the modified template. For more information, see Creating a Host in the Managing Hosts guide.

    The SSH keys of the Owned by user are added automatically when the create_users snippet is executed during the provisioning process. You can set Owned by to an individual user or a user group. If you set Owned by to a user group, the SSH keys of all users in the user group are added automatically.

7. Configuring the Discovery Service

Foreman can detect hosts on a network that are not in your Foreman inventory. These hosts boot the discovery image that performs hardware detection and relays this information back to Foreman server. This method creates a list of ready-to-provision hosts in Foreman server without needing to enter the MAC address of each host.

When you boot a blank bare-metal host, the boot menu has two options: local and discovery. If you select discovery to boot the Discovery image, after a few minutes, the Discovery image completes booting and a status screen is displayed.

The Discovery service is enabled by default on Foreman server. However, the default setting of the global templates is to boot from the local hard drive. To change the default setting, in the Foreman web UI, navigate to Administer > Settings, and click the Provisioning tab. Locate the Default PXE global template entry row, and in the Value column, enter discovery.

The graphics in this section are Red Hat illustrations. Non-Red Hat illustrations are welcome. If you want to contribute alternative images, raise a pull request in the Foreman Documentation GitHub page. Note that in Red Hat terminology, "Satellite" refers to Foreman and "Capsule" refers to Smart Proxy.

PXE mode

To use Foreman server to provide the Discovery image, install the following RPM packages:

  • tfm-rubygem-foreman_discovery

  • rubygem-smart_proxy_discovery

The tfm-rubygem-foreman_discovery package contains the Foreman plug-in to handle discovered nodes, connections, and necessary database structures, and API.

The rubygem-smart_proxy_discovery package configures Smart Proxy server, such as the integrated Smart Proxy of Foreman server, to act as a proxy for the Discovery service.

You can use the foreman-installer tool to install the packages and the Discovery image.

When the installation completes, you can view the new menu option by navigating to Hosts > Discovered Hosts.

7.1. Installing the Discovery Service

Complete the following procedure to enable the Discovery service on Smart Proxy server.

Procedure
  1. Enter the following commands on Smart Proxy server:

    # foreman-installer \
      --enable-foreman-proxy-plugin-discovery \
      --foreman-proxy-plugin-discovery-install-images=true \
      --foreman-proxy-plugin-discovery-source-url=http://downloads.theforeman.org/discovery/releases/3.5/
  2. Restart the foreman-maintain services:

    # foreman-maintain service restart
  3. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Smart Proxy.

  4. Click the Smart Proxy server and select Refresh from the Actions list. Locate Discovery in the list of features to confirm the Discovery service is now running.

Subnets

All subnets with discoverable hosts require an appropriate Smart Proxy server selected to provide the Discovery service.

To check this, navigate to Infrastructure > Smart Proxies and verify if the Smart Proxy server that you want to use lists the Discovery feature. If not, click Refresh features.

In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Subnets, select a subnet, click the Smart Proxies tab, and select the Discovery Proxy that you want to use. Perform this for each subnet that you want to use.

7.2. The Provisioning Template PXELinux Discovery Snippet

For BIOS provisioning, the PXELinux global default template in the Hosts > Provisioning Templates window contains the snippet pxelinux_discovery. The snippet has the following lines:

LABEL discovery
  MENU LABEL Foreman Discovery Image
  KERNEL boot/fdi-image/vmlinuz0
  APPEND initrd=boot/fdi-image/initrd0.img rootflags=loop root=live:/fdi.iso rootfstype=auto ro rd.live.image acpi=force rd.luks=0 rd.md=0 rd.dm=0 rd.lvm=0 rd.bootif=0 rd.neednet=0 nomodeset proxy.url=<%= foreman_server_url %> proxy.type=foreman
  IPAPPEND 2

The KERNEL and APPEND options boot the Discovery image and ramdisk. The APPEND option contains a proxy.url parameter, with the foreman_server_url macro as its argument. This macro resolves to the full URL of Foreman server.

For UEFI provisioning, the PXEgrub2 global default template in the Hosts > Provisioning Templates window contains the snippet pxegrub2_discovery:

menuentry 'Foreman Discovery Image' --id discovery {
  linuxefi boot/fdi-image/vmlinuz0 rootflags=loop root=live:/fdi.iso rootfstype=auto ro rd.live.image acpi=force rd.luks=0 rd.md=0 rd.dm=0 rd.lvm=0 rd.bootif=0 rd.neednet=0 nomodeset proxy.url=<%= foreman_server_url %> proxy.type=foreman BOOTIF=01-$mac
  initrdefi boot/fdi-image/initrd0.img
}

To use Smart Proxy to proxy the discovery steps, edit /var/lib/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default or /var/lib/tftpboot/grub2/grub.cfg and change the URL to the Smart Proxy server FQDN you want to use.

The global template is available on Foreman server and all Smart Proxies that have the TFTP feature enabled.

7.3. Automatic Contexts for Discovered Hosts

Foreman server assigns an organization and location to discovered hosts according to the following sequence of rules:

  1. If a discovered host uses a subnet defined in Foreman, the host uses the first organization and location associated with the subnet.

  2. If the discovery_organization or discovery_location fact values are set, the discovered host uses these fact values as an organization and location. To set these fact values, navigate to Administer > Settings > Discovered, and add these facts to the Default organization and Default location fields. Ensure that the discovered host’s subnet also belongs to the organization and location set by the fact, otherwise Foreman refuses to set it for security reasons.

  3. If none of the previous conditions exists, Foreman assigns the first Organization and Location ordered by name.

You can change the organization or location using the bulk actions menu of the Discovered hosts page. Select the discovered hosts to modify and select Assign Organization or Assign Location from the Select Action menu.

Note that the foreman_organization and foreman_location facts are no longer valid values for assigning context for discovered hosts. You still can use these facts to configure the host for Puppet runs. To do this, navigate to Administer > Settings > Puppet section and add the foreman_organization and foreman_location facts to the Default organization and Default location fields.

7.4. Discovery Templates and Snippets Settings

To use the Discovery service, you must configure provisioning settings to set Discovery as the default service and set the templates that you want to use.

Setting Discovery Service as Default

For both BIOS and UEFI, to set the Discovery service as the default service that boots for hosts that are not present in your current Foreman inventory, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Administer > Settings and click the Provisioning tab.

  2. For the Default PXE global template entry, in the Value column, enter discovery.

To use a template, in the Foreman web UI, navigate to Administer > Settings and click the Provisioning tab and set the templates that you want to use.

Customizing Templates and Snippets

Templates and snippets are locked to prevent changes. If you want to edit a template or snippet, clone it, save it with a unique name, and then edit the clone.

When you change the template or a snippet it includes, the changes must be propagated to Foreman server’s default PXE template.

In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning Templates and click Build PXE Default.

This refreshes the default PXE template on Foreman server.

Additional Settings
The proxy.url argument

During the Foreman installation process, if you use the default option --enable-foreman-plugin-discovery, you can edit the proxy.url argument in the template to set the URL of Smart Proxy server that provides the discovery service. You can change the proxy.url argument to the IP address or FQDN of another provisioning Smart Proxy that you want to use, but ensure that you append the port number, for example, 9090. If you use an alternative port number with the --foreman-proxy-ssl-port option during Foreman installation, you must add that port number. You can also edit the proxy.url argument to use a Foreman IP address or FQDN so that the discovered hosts communicate directly with Foreman server.

The proxy.type argument

If you use a Smart Proxy server FQDN for the proxy.url argument, ensure that you set the proxy.type argument to proxy. If you use a Foreman FQDN, update the proxy.type argument to foreman.

proxy.url=https://smartproxy.example.com:8443 proxy.type=proxy
Note
For katello scenario deployment, use port 9090.
Rendering the Smart Proxy's Host Name

Foreman deploys the same template to all TFTP Smart Proxies and there is no variable or macro available to render the Smart Proxy’s host name. The hard-coded proxy.url does not not work with two or more TFTP Smart Proxies. As a workaround, every time you click Build PXE Defaults, edit the configuration file in the TFTP directory using SSH, or use a common DNS alias for appropriate subnets.

Tagged VLAN Provisioning

If you want to use tagged VLAN provisioning, and you want the discovery service to send a discovery request, add the following information to the KERNEL option in the discovery template:

fdi.vlan.primary=example_VLAN_ID

7.5. Creating Hosts from Discovered Hosts

Provisioning discovered hosts follows a provisioning process that is similar to PXE provisioning. The main difference is that instead of manually entering the host’s MAC address, you can select the host to provision from the list of discovered hosts.

Procedure

To create a host from a discovered host, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Discovered host. Select the host you want to use and click Provision to the right of the list.

  2. Select from one of the two following options:

    • To provision a host from a host group, select a host group, organization, and location, and then click Create Host.

    • To provision a host with further customization, click Customize Host and enter the additional details you want to specify for the new host.

  3. Verify that the fields are populated with values. Note in particular:

    • The Name from the Host tab becomes the DNS name.

    • Foreman server automatically assigns an IP address for the new host.

    • Foreman server automatically populates the MAC address from the Discovery results.

  4. Ensure that Foreman server automatically selects the Managed, Primary, and Provision options for the first interface on the host. If not, select them.

  5. Click the Operating System tab, and verify that all fields contain values. Confirm each aspect of the operating system.

  6. Click Resolve in Provisioning template to check the new host can identify the right provisioning templates to use. The host must resolve to the following provisioning templates:

    • kexec Template: Discovery Red Hat kexec

    • provision Template: Foreman Kickstart Default

      For more information about associating provisioning templates, see Provisioning Templates.

  7. Click Submit to save the host details.

When the host provisioning is complete, the discovered host becomes a content host. To view the host, navigate to Hosts > Content Hosts.

For CLI Users
  1. Identify the discovered host to use for provisioning:

    # hammer discovery list
  2. Select a host and provision it using a host group. Set a new host name with the --new-name option:

    # hammer discovery provision --name "host_name" \
    --new-name "new_host_name" --organization "My_Organization" \
    --location "My_Location" --hostgroup "My_Host_Group" --build true \
    --enabled true --managed true

    This removes the host from the discovered host listing and creates a host entry with the provisioning settings. The Discovery image automatically resets the host so that it can boot to PXE. The host detects the DHCP service on Foreman server’s integrated Smart Proxy and starts installing the operating system. The rest of the process is identical to normal PXE workflow described in Creating Hosts with Unattended Provisioning.

7.6. Creating Discovery Rules

As a method of automating the provisioning process for discovered hosts, Foreman provides a feature to create discovery rules. These rules define how discovered hosts automatically provision themselves, based on the assigned host group. For example, you can automatically provision hosts with a high CPU count as hypervisors. Likewise, you can provision hosts with large hard disks as storage servers.

NIC Considerations

Auto provisioning does not currently allow configuring NICs; all systems are being provisioned with the NIC configuration that was detected during discovery. However, you can set the NIC in the OS installer recipe scriplet, using a script, or using configuration management at a later stage.

Procedure

To create a rule, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Configure > Discovery rules, and select Create Rule.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the rule.

  3. In the Search field, enter the rules to determine whether to provision a host. This field provides suggestions for values you enter and allows operators for multiple rules. For example: cpu_count > 8.

  4. From the Host Group list, select the host group to use as a template for this host.

  5. In the Hostname field, enter the pattern to determine host names for multiple hosts. This uses the same ERB syntax that provisioning templates use. The host name can use the @host attribute for host-specific values and the rand function for a random number. For more information about provisioning templates, see Provisioning Templates.

    • myhost-<%= rand(99999) %>

    • abc-<%= @host.facts['bios_vendor'] %>-<%= rand(99999) %>

    • xyz-<%= @host.hostgroup.name %>

    • srv-<%= @host.discovery_rule.name %>

    • server-<%= @host.ip.gsub('.','-') + '-' + @host.hostgroup.subnet.name %>

      When creating host name patterns, ensure that the resulting host names are unique, do not start with numbers, and do not contain underscores or dots. A good approach is to use unique information provided by Facter, such as the MAC address, BIOS, or serial ID.

  6. In the Hosts limit field, enter the maximum number of hosts that you can provision with the rule. Enter 0 for unlimited.

  7. In the Priority field, enter a number to set the precedence the rule has over other rules. Rules with lower values have a higher priority.

  8. From the Enabled list, select whether you want to enable the rule.

  9. To set a different provisioning context for the rule, click the Organizations and Locations tabs and select the contexts you want to use.

  10. Click Submit to save your rule.

  11. Navigate to Hosts > Discovered Host and select one of the following two options:

    • From the Discovered hosts list on the right, select Auto-Provision to automatically provisions a single host.

    • On the upper right of the window, click Auto-Provision All to automatically provisions all hosts.

For CLI Users

Create the rule with the hammer discovery-rule create command:

# hammer discovery-rule create --name "Hypervisor" \
--search "cpu_count  > 8" --hostgroup "My_Host_Group" \
--hostname "hypervisor-<%= rand(99999) %>" \
--hosts-limit 5 --priority 5 --enabled true

Automatically provision a host with the hammer discovery auto-provision command:

# hammer discovery auto-provision --name "macabcdef123456"

7.7. Implementing PXE-less Discovery

Foreman provides a PXE-less Discovery service that operates without the need for PXE-based services (DHCP and TFTP). You accomplish this using Foreman server’s Discovery image. Once a discovered node is scheduled for installation, it uses kexec command to reload Linux kernel with OS installer without rebooting the node.

Known Issues

The console might freeze during the process. On some hardware, you might experience graphical hardware problems.

PXEless mode

If you have not yet installed the Discovery service or image, see Building a Discovery Image.

Attended Use
  1. Copy this media to either a CD, DVD, or a USB stick. For example, to copy to a USB stick at /dev/sdb:

    # dd bs=4M \
    if=/usr/share/foreman-discovery-image/foreman-discovery-image-3.4.4-5.iso \
    of=/dev/sdb
  2. Insert the Discovery boot media into a bare metal host, start the host, and boot from the media. The Discovery Image displays an option for either Manual network setup or Discovery with DHCP:

    If you select Manual network setup, the Discovery image requests a set of network options. This includes the primary network interface that connects to Foreman server. This Discovery image also asks for network interface configuration options, such as an IPv4 Address, IPv4 Gateway, and an IPv4 DNS server.

  3. After entering these details, select Next.

  4. If you select Discovery with DHCP, the Discovery image requests only the primary network interface that connects to Foreman server. It attempts to automatically configure the network interface using a DHCP server, such as one that a Smart Proxy server provides.

  5. After the primary interface configuration, the Discovery image requests the Server URL, which is the URL of Foreman server or Smart Proxy server offering the Discovery service. For example, to use the integrated Smart Proxy on Foreman server, use the following URL:

    https://foreman.example.com:8443
  6. Set the Connection type to Proxy, then select Next.

  7. Optional: The Discovery image also provides a set of fields to input Custom facts for the Facter tool to relay back to Foreman server. These are entered in a name-value format. Provide any custom facts you require and select Confirm to continue.

Foreman reports a successful communication with Foreman server’s Discovery service. Navigate to Hosts > Discovered Hosts and view the newly discovered host.

For more information about provisioning discovered hosts, see Creating Hosts from Discovered Hosts.

7.8. Building a Discovery Image

The Discovery image is a minimal operating system that is PXE-booted on hosts to acquire initial hardware information and to check in with Foreman. Discovered hosts keep running the Discovery image until they are rebooted into Anaconda, which then initiates the provisioning process.

The operating system image is based on Cent OS.

Use this procedure to build a Foreman discovery image or rebuild an image if you change configuration files.

Do not use this procedure on your production Foreman or Smart Proxy. Use either a dedicated environment or copy the synchronized repositories and a kickstart file to a separate server.

Prerequisites
  1. Install the livecd-tools package:

    # yum install livecd-tools
Procedure

To build the Foreman discovery image, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the /usr/share/foreman-discovery-image/foreman-discovery-image.ks file for editing:

    # vim /usr/share/foreman-discovery-image/foreman-discovery-image.ks
  2. Replace the repo lines in the kickstart file with the repository URLs:

    repo --name=centos --mirrorlist=http://mirrorlist.centos.org/?release=7&arch=$basearch&repo=os
    repo --name=centos-updates --mirrorlist=http://mirrorlist.centos.org/?release=7&arch=$basearch&repo=updates
    repo --name=epel7 --mirrorlist=https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=epel-7&arch=$basearch
    repo --name=centos-sclo-rh --mirrorlist=http://mirrorlist.centos.org/?release=7&arch=x86_64&repo=sclo-rh
    repo --name=foreman-rails-el7 --baseurl=https://yum.theforeman.org/rails/foreman-nightly/el7/$basearch/
    repo --name=foreman-el7 --baseurl=http://yum.theforeman.org/nightly/el7/$basearch/
    repo --name=foreman-plugins-el7 --baseurl=http://yum.theforeman.org/plugins/nightly/el7/$basearch/
  3. Run the livecd-creator tool:

    # livecd-creator --title="Discovery-Image" \
    --compression-type=xz \
    --cache=var/cache/build-fdi \
    --config /usr/share/foreman-discovery-image/foreman-discovery-image.ks \
    --fslabel fdi \
    --tmpdir /var/tmp

    If you change fdi in the --fslabel option, you must also change the root label on the kernel command line when loading the image. fdi or the alternative name is appended to the .iso file that is created as part of this procedure. The PXE Discovery tool uses this name when converting from .iso to PXE.

    Use /var/tmp because this process requires close to 3GB of space and /tmp might have problems if the system is low on swap space.

  4. Verify that your fdi.iso file is created:

    # ls *.iso -h

When you create the .iso file, you can boot the .iso file over a network or locally. Complete one of the following procedures.

To boot the iso file over a network:
  1. To extract the initial ramdisk and kernel files from the .iso file over a network, enter the following command:

    # discovery-iso-to-pxe fdi.iso
  2. Create a directory to store your boot files:

    # mkdir /var/lib/tftpboot/boot/myimage
  3. Copy the initrd0.img and vmlinuz0 files to your new directory.

  4. Edit the KERNEL and APPEND entries in the /var/lib/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg file to add the information about your own initial ramdisk and kernel files.

To boot the iso file locally:

If you want to create a hybrid .iso file for booting locally, complete the following steps:

  1. To convert the .iso file to an .iso hybrid file for PXE provisioning, enter the following command:

    # isohybrid --partok fdi.iso

    If you have grub2 packages installed, you can also use the following command to install a grub2 bootloader:

    # isohybrid --partok --uefi fdi.iso
  2. To add md5 checksum to the .iso file so it can pass installation media validation tests in Foreman, enter the following command:

    # implantisomd5 fdi.iso

7.9. Unattended Use, Customization, and Image Remastering

You can create a customized Discovery ISO to automate the image configuration process after booting. The Discovery image uses a Linux kernel for the operating system, which passes kernel parameters to configure the discovery service. These kernel parameters include the following entries:

proxy.url

The URL of the Smart Proxy server providing the Discovery service.

proxy.type

The proxy type. This is usually set to proxy to connect to Smart Proxy server. This parameter also supports a legacy foreman option, where communication goes directly to Foreman server instead of a Smart Proxy server.

fdi.pxmac

The MAC address of the primary interface in the format of AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF. This is the interface you aim to use for communicating with Smart Proxy server. In automated mode, the first NIC (using network identifiers in alphabetical order) with a link is used. In semi-automated mode, a screen appears and requests you to select the correct interface.

fdi.pxip, fdi.pxgw, fdi.pxdns

Manually configures IP address (fdi.pxip), the gateway (fdi.pxgw), and the DNS (fdi.pxdns) for the primary network interface. If your omit these parameters, the image uses DHCP to configure the network interface.

fdi.pxfactname1, fdi.pxfactname2 …​ fdi.pxfactnameN

Use to specify custom fact names.

fdi.pxfactvalue1, fdi.pxfactvalue2 …​ fdi.pxfactvalueN

The values for each custom fact. Each value corresponds to a fact name. For example, fdi.pxfactvalue1 sets the value for the fact named with fdi.pxfactname1.

fdi.pxauto

To set automatic or semi-automatic mode. If set to 0, the image uses semi-automatic mode, which allows you to confirm your choices through a set of dialog options. If set to 1, the image uses automatic mode and proceeds without any confirmation.

Using the discovery-remaster Tool to Remaster an OS Image

Foreman server provides the discovery-remaster tool. This tool remasters the image to include these kernel parameters. To remaster the image, run the discovery-remaster tool. For example:

# discovery-remaster ~/iso/foreman-discovery-image-3.4.4-5.iso \
"fdi.pxip=192.168.140.20/24 fdi.pxgw=192.168.140.1 \
fdi.pxdns=192.168.140.2 proxy.url=https://foreman.example.com:8443 \
proxy.type=proxy fdi.pxfactname1=customhostname fdi.pxfactvalue1=myhost fdi.pxmac=52:54:00:be:8e:8c fdi.pxauto=1"

Copy this media to either a CD, DVD, or a USB stick. For example, to copy to a USB stick at /dev/sdb:

# dd bs=4M \
if=/usr/share/foreman-discovery-image/foreman-discovery-image-3.4.4-5.iso \
of=/dev/sdb

Insert the Discovery boot media into a bare metal host, start the host, and boot from the media.

For more information about provisioning discovered hosts, see Creating Hosts from Discovered Hosts.

7.10. Extending the Discovery Image

You can extend the Foreman Discovery image with custom facts, software, or device drivers. You can also provide a compressed archive file containing extra code for the image to use.

Procedure
  1. Create the following directory structure:

    .
    ├── autostart.d
    │   └── 01_zip.sh
    ├── bin
    │   └── ntpdate
    ├── facts
    │   └── test.rb
    └── lib
        ├── libcrypto.so.1.0.0
        └── ruby
            └── test.rb
    • The autostart.d directory contains scripts that are executed in POSIX order by the image when it starts, but before the host is registered to Foreman.

    • The bin directory is added to the $PATH variable; you can place binary files in this directory and use them in the autostart scripts.

    • The facts directory is added to the FACTERLIB variable so that custom facts can be configured and sent to Foreman.

    • The lib directory is added to the LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable and lib/ruby is added to the RUBYLIB variable, so that binary files in /bin can be executed correctly.

  2. After creating the directory structure, create a .zip file archive with the following command:

    zip -r my_extension.zip .
  3. To inform the Discovery image of the extensions it must use, place your zip files on your TFTP server with the Discovery image, and then update the APPEND line of the PXELinux template with the fdi.zips option where the paths are relative to the TFTP root. For example, if you have two archives at $TFTP/zip1.zip and $TFTP/boot/zip2.zip, use the following syntax:

    fdi.zips=zip1.zip,boot/zip2.zip

You can append new directives and options to the existing environment variables (PATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, RUBYLIB and FACTERLIB). If you want to specify the path explicitly in your scripts, the .zip file contents are extracted to the /opt/extension directory on the image.

You can create multiple .zip files but be aware that they are extracted to the same location on the Discovery image. Files extracted from in later .zip files overwrite earlier versions if they have the same file name.

7.11. Troubleshooting Discovery

If a machine is not listed in the Foreman web UI in Hosts > Discovered Hosts, inspect the following configuration areas to help isolate the error:

  • Navigate to Hosts > Provisioning Templates and redeploy the default PXELinux template using the Build PXE Default button.

  • Verify the pxelinux.cfg/default configuration file on the TFTP Smart Proxy.

  • Ensure adequate network connectivity between hosts, Smart Proxy server, and Foreman server.

  • Check the PXELinux template in use and determine the PXE discovery snippet it includes. Snippets are named as follows: pxelinux_discovery, pxegrub_discovery, or pxegrub2_discovery. Verify the proxy.url and proxy.type options in the PXE discovery snippet.

  • Ensure that DNS is working correctly for the discovered nodes, or use an IP address in the proxy.url option in the PXE discovery snippet included in the PXELinux template you are using.

  • Ensure that the DHCP server is delivering IP addresses to the booted image correctly.

  • Ensure the discovered host or virtual machine has at least 1200 MB of memory. Less memory can lead to various random kernel panic errors because the image is extracted in-memory.

For gathering important system facts, use the discovery-debug command. It prints out system logs, network configuration, list of facts, and other information on the standard output. The typical use case is to redirect this output and copy it with the scp command for further investigation.

The first virtual console on the discovered host is reserved for systemd logs. Particularly useful system logs are tagged as follows:

  • discover-host — initial facts upload

  • foreman-discovery — facts refresh, reboot remote commands

  • nm-prepare — boot script which pre-configures NetworkManager

  • NetworkManager — networking information

Use TTY2 or higher to log in to a discovered host. The root account and SSH access are disabled by default, but you can enable SSH and set the root password using the following kernel command-line options in the Default PXELinux template on the APPEND line:

fdi.ssh=1 fdi.rootpw=My_Password

8. Using a lorax-composer Image for Provisioning

In Foreman, you can integrate with Cockpit to perform actions and monitor your hosts. Using Cockpit, you can access lorax-composer and build images that you can then upload to Foreman and use this image to provision hosts.

For more information about integrating Cockpit with Foreman, see Cockpit integration.

Prerequisites
  1. Use scp or rsync to copy the image using SSH to the base operating system of Foreman.

  2. If you use the Katello plug-in, on Foreman, create a custom product, add a custom file repository to this product, and upload the image to the repository. For more information, see Importing Individual ISO Images and Files in the Content Management Guide.

Procedure

To use the lorax-composer image with Anaconda Kickstart in Foreman, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Configure > Host Groups, and select the host group that you want to use.

  2. Click the Parameters tab, and then click Add Parameter.

  3. In the Name field, enter kickstart_liveimg.

  4. From the Type list, select string.

  5. In the Value field, enter the absolute path or a relative path in the following format custom/product/repository/image_name that points to the exact location where you store the image.

  6. Click Submit to save your changes.

You can use this image for bare metal provisioning and provisioning using a compute resource.

For more information about bare metal provisioning, see Provisioning Bare Metal Hosts. For more information about provisioning with different compute resources, see the relevant chapter for the compute resource that you want to use.

9. Provisioning Virtual Machines on KVM (libvirt)

Kernel-based Virtual Machines (KVMs) use an open source virtualization daemon and API called libvirt running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Foreman can connect to the libvirt API on a KVM server, provision hosts on the hypervisor, and control certain virtualization functions.

You can use KVM provisioning to create hosts over a network connection or from an existing image.

Prerequisites
  • The installation media for the operating systems that you want to use to provision hosts. If the Katello plug-in is installed, you can use synchronized content repositories for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

  • If the Katello plug-in is installed, an activation key for host registration. For more information, see Creating An Activation Key in the Content Management guide.

  • A Smart Proxy server managing a network on the KVM server. Ensure no other DHCP services run on this network to avoid conflicts with the Smart Proxy server. For more information about network service configuration for Smart Proxy servers, see Configuring Networking.

  • A server running KVM virtualization tools (libvirt daemon).

  • A virtual network running on the libvirt server. Only NAT and isolated virtual networks can be managed through Foreman.

  • An existing virtual machine image if you want to use image-based provisioning. Ensure that this image exists in a storage pool on the KVM host. The default storage pool is usually located in /var/lib/libvirt/images. Only directory pool storage types can be managed through Foreman.

  • Optional: The examples in these procedures use the root user for KVM. If you want to use a non-root user on the KVM server, you must add the user to the libvirt group on the KVM server:

    useradd -a -G libvirt non_root_user
  • A Foreman user account with the following roles:

  • A custom role in Foreman with the following permissions:

    • view_compute_resources

    • destroy_compute_resources_vms

    • power_compute_resources_vms

    • create_compute_resources_vms

    • view_compute_resources_vms

    • view_locations

    • view_subnets

      For more information about creating roles, see Creating a Role in the Administering Foreman guide. For more information about adding permissions to a role, see Adding Permissions to a Role in the Administering Foreman guide.

9.1. Configuring Foreman server for KVM Connections

Before adding the KVM connection, create an SSH key pair for the foreman user to ensure a secure connection between Foreman server and KVM.

Procedure
  1. On Foreman server, switch to the foreman user:

    # su foreman -s /bin/bash
  2. Generate the key pair:

    $ ssh-keygen
  3. Copy the public key to the KVM server:

    $ ssh-copy-id root@kvm.example.com
  4. Exit the bash shell for the foreman user:

    $ exit
  5. Install the libvirt-client package:

    # yum install libvirt-client
  6. Use the following command to test the connection to the KVM server:

    # su foreman -s /bin/bash -c 'virsh -c qemu+ssh://root@kvm.example.com/system list'

9.2. Adding a KVM Connection to Foreman server

Use this procedure to add KVM as a compute resource in Foreman.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click Create Compute Resource.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the new compute resource.

  3. From the Provider list, select Libvirt

  4. In the Description field, enter a description for the compute resource.

  5. In the URL field, enter the connection URL to the KVM server. For example:

     qemu+ssh://root@kvm.example.com/system
  6. From the Display type list, select either VNC or Spice.

  7. Optional: To secure console access for new hosts with a randomly generated password, select the Set a randomly generated password on the display connection check box. You can retrieve the password for the VNC console to access the guest virtual machine console from the output of the following command executed on the KVM server:

    # virsh edit your_VM_name
    <graphics type='vnc' port='-1' autoport='yes' listen='0.0.0.0' passwd='your_randomly_generated_password'>

    The password is randomly generated every time the console for the virtual machine is opened, for example, with virt-manager.

  8. Click Test Connection to ensure that Foreman server connects to the KVM server without fault.

  9. Verify that the Locations and Organizations tabs are automatically set to your current context. If you want, add additional contexts to these tabs.

  10. Click Submit to save the KVM connection.

For CLI Users
  • To create a compute resource, enter the hammer compute-resource create command:

    # hammer compute-resource create --name "My_KVM_Server" \
    --provider "Libvirt" --description "KVM server at kvm.example.com" \
    --url "qemu+ssh://root@kvm.example.com/system" --locations "New York" \
    --organizations "My_Organization"

9.3. Adding KVM Images to Foreman server

To create hosts using image-based provisioning, you must add information about the image, such as access details and the image location, to your Foreman server.

Note that you can manage only directory pool storage types through Foreman.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click the name of the KVM connection.

  2. Click Create Image.

  3. In the Name field, enter a name for the image.

  4. From the Operating System list, select the image’s base operating system.

  5. From the Architecture list, select the operating system architecture.

  6. In the Username field, enter the SSH user name for image access. This is normally the root user.

  7. In the Password field, enter the SSH password for image access.

  8. In the Image path field, enter the full path that points to the image on the KVM server. For example:

     /var/lib/libvirt/images/TestImage.qcow2
  9. Optional: Select the User Data check box if the image supports user data input, such as cloud-init data.

  10. Click Submit to save the image details.

For CLI Users
  • Create the image with the hammer compute-resource image create command. Use the --uuid field to store the full path of the image location on the KVM server.

    # hammer compute-resource image create \
    --name "KVM Image" \
    --compute-resource "My_KVM_Server"
    --operatingsystem "RedHat version" \
    --architecture "x86_64" \
    --username root \
    --user-data false \
    --uuid "/var/lib/libvirt/images/KVMimage.qcow2" \

9.4. Adding KVM Details to a Compute Profile

Use this procedure to add KVM hardware settings to a compute profile. When you create a host on KVM using this compute profile, these settings are automatically populated.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Profiles.

  2. In the Compute Profiles window, click the name of an existing compute profile, or click Create Compute Profile, enter a Name, and click Submit.

  3. Click the name of the KVM compute resource.

  4. In the CPUs field, enter the number of CPUs to allocate to the new host.

  5. In the Memory field, enter the amount of memory to allocate to the new host.

  6. From the Image list, select the image to use if performing image-based provisioning.

  7. From the Network Interfaces list, select the network parameters for the host’s network interface. You can create multiple network interfaces. However, at least one interface must point to a Smart Proxy-managed network.

  8. In the Storage area, enter the storage parameters for the host. You can create multiple volumes for the host.

  9. Click Submit to save the settings to the compute profile.

For CLI Users
  1. To create a compute profile, enter the following command:

    # hammer compute-profile create --name "Libvirt CP"
  2. To add the values for the compute profile, enter the following command:

    # hammer compute-profile values create --compute-profile "Libvirt CP" \
    --compute-resource "My_KVM_Server" \
    --interface "compute_type=network,compute_model=virtio,compute_network=examplenetwork" \
    --volume "pool_name=default,capacity=20G,format_type=qcow2" \
    --compute-attributes "cpus=1,memory=1073741824"

9.5. Creating Hosts on KVM

In Foreman, you can use KVM provisioning to create hosts over a network connection or from an existing image:

  • If you want to create a host over a network connection, the new host must be able to access either the Foreman server’s integrated Smart Proxy or an external Smart Proxy server on a KVM virtual network, so that the host has access to PXE provisioning services. This new host entry triggers the KVM server to create and start a virtual machine. If the virtual machine detects the defined Smart Proxy server through the virtual network, the virtual machine boots to PXE and begins to install the chosen operating system.

  • If you want to create a host with an existing image, the new host entry triggers the KVM server to create the virtual machine using a pre-existing image as a basis for the new volume.

DHCP Conflicts

For network-based provisioning, if you use a virtual network on the KVM server for provisioning, select a network that does not provide DHCP assignments. This causes DHCP conflicts with Foreman server when booting new hosts.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Create Host.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the host.

  3. Click the Organization and Location tabs to ensure that the provisioning context is automatically set to the current context.

  4. From the Host Group list, select the host group that you want to use to populate the form.

  5. From the Deploy on list, select the KVM connection.

  6. From the Compute Profile list, select a profile to use to automatically populate virtual machine settings.

  7. Click the Interface tab and click Edit on the host’s interface.

  8. Verify that the fields are automatically populated, particularly the following items:

    • The Name from the Host tab becomes the DNS name.

    • Foreman server automatically assigns an IP address for the new host.

    • The MAC address field is blank. The KVM server assigns a MAC address to the host.

    • The Managed, Primary, and Provision options are automatically selected for the first interface on the host. If not, select them.

    • The KVM-specific fields are populated with settings from your compute profile. Modify these settings if required.

  9. Click the Operating System tab, and confirm that all fields automatically contain values.

  10. Select the Provisioning Method that you want to use:

    • For network-based provisioning, click Network Based.

    • For image-based provisioning, click Image Based.

  11. Click Resolve in Provisioning templates to check the new host can identify the right provisioning templates to use.

  12. Click the Virtual Machine tab and confirm that these settings are populated with details from the host group and compute profile. Modify these settings to suit your needs.

  13. If you use the Katello plugin, click the Parameters tab, and ensure that a parameter exists that provides an activation key. If not, add an activation key.

  14. Click Submit to save the host entry.

For CLI Users
  • To use network-based provisioning, create the host with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method build. Replace the values in the following example with the appropriate values for your environment.

    # hammer host create \
    --name "kvm-host1" \
    --organization "My_Organization" \
    --location "New York" \
    --hostgroup "Base" \
    --compute-resource "My_KVM_Server" \
    --provision-method build \
    --build true \
    --enabled true \
    --managed true \
    --interface "managed=true,primary=true,provision=true,compute_type=network,compute_network=examplenetwork" \
    --compute-attributes="cpus=1,memory=1073741824" \
    --volume="pool_name=default,capacity=20G,format_type=qcow2" \
    --root-password "password"
  • To use image-based provisioning, create the host with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method image. Replace the values in the following example with the appropriate values for your environment.

    # hammer host create \
    --name "kvm-host2" \
    --organization "My_Organization" \
    --location "New York" \
    --hostgroup "Base" \
    --compute-resource "My_KVM_Server" \
    --provision-method image \
    --image "KVM Image" \
    --enabled true \
    --managed true \
    --interface "managed=true,primary=true,provision=true,compute_type=network,compute_network=examplenetwork" \
    --compute-attributes="cpus=1,memory=1073741824" \
    --volume="pool_name=default,capacity=20G,format_type=qcow2"

For more information about additional host creation parameters for this compute resource, enter the hammer host create --help command.

10. Provisioning Virtual Machines on oVirt

oVirt is an enterprise-grade server and desktop virtualization platform. In Foreman, you can manage virtualization functions through oVirt’s REST API. This includes creating virtual machines and controlling their power states.

You can use oVirt provisioning to create virtual machines over a network connection or from an existing image.

You can use cloud-init to configure the virtual machines that you provision. Using cloud-init avoids any special configuration on the network, such as a managed DHCP and TFTP, to finish the installation of the virtual machine. This method does not require Foreman to connect to the provisioned virtual machine using SSH to run the finish script.

Prerequisites
  • The installation media for the operating systems that you want to use to provision hosts. If the Katello plug-in is installed, you can use synchronized content repositories for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

  • If the Katello plug-in is installed, an activation key for host registration. For more information, see Creating An Activation Key in the Content Management guide.

  • A Smart Proxy server managing a logical network on the oVirt environment. Ensure no other DHCP services run on this network to avoid conflicts with the Smart Proxy server. For more information, see Configuring Networking.

  • An existing template, other than the blank template, if you want to use image-based provisioning. For more information about creating templates for virtual machines, see Templates in the oVirt documentation.

  • An administration-like user on oVirt for communication with Foreman server. Do not use the admin@internal user for this communication. Instead, create a new oVirt user with the following permissions:

    • System > Configure System > Login Permissions

    • Network > Configure vNIC Profile > Create

    • Network > Configure vNIC Profile > Edit Properties

    • Network > Configure vNIC Profile > Delete

    • Network > Configure vNIC Profile > Assign vNIC Profile to VM

    • Network > Configure vNIC Profile > Assign vNIC Profile to Template

    • Template > Provisioning Operations > Import/Export

    • VM > Provisioning Operations > Create

    • VM > Provisioning Operations > Delete

    • VM > Provisioning Operations > Import/Export

    • VM > Provisioning Operations > Edit Storage

    • Disk > Provisioning Operations > Create

    • Disk > Disk Profile > Attach Disk Profile

      For more information about how to create a user and add permissions in oVirt, see Users and Roles in the oVirt documentation.

Procedure Overview
  1. Adding the oVirt Connection to Foreman server.

  2. Optional: Preparing Cloud-init Images in oVirt. Use this procedure if you want to use cloud-init to configure an image-based virtual machine.

  3. Optional: Adding oVirt Images to Foreman server. Use this procedure if you want to use image-based provisioning.

  4. Optional: Preparing a Cloud-init Template. Use this procedure if you want to use cloud-init to configure an image-based virtual machine.

  5. Adding oVirt Details to a Compute Profile.

  6. Creating Hosts on oVirt.

10.1. Adding the oVirt Connection to Foreman server

Use this procedure to add oVirt as a compute resource in Foreman.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click Create Compute Resource.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the new compute resource.

  3. From the Provider list, select oVirt.

  4. In the Description field, enter a description for the compute resource.

  5. In the URL field, enter the connection URL for the oVirt Engine’s API in the following form: https://ovirt.example.com/ovirt-engine/api/v3.

  6. Optionally, select the Use APIv4 check box to evaluate the new oVirt Engine API.

  7. In the User field, enter the name of a user with permissions to access oVirt Engine’s resources.

  8. In the Password field, enter the password of the user.

  9. Click Load Datacenters to populate the Datacenter list with data centers from your oVirt environment.

  10. From the Datacenter list, select a data center.

  11. From the Quota ID list, select a quota to limit resources available to Foreman.

  12. In the X509 Certification Authorities field, enter the certificate authority for SSL/TLS access. Alternatively, if you leave the field blank, a self-signed certificate is generated on the first API request by the server.

  13. Click the Locations tab and select the location you want to use.

  14. Click the Organizations tab and select the organization you want to use.

  15. Click Submit to save the compute resource.

For CLI Users
  • Enter the hammer compute-resource create command with Ovirt for --provider and the name of the data center you want to use for --datacenter.

    # hammer compute-resource create \
    --name "My_oVirt" --provider "Ovirt" \
    --description "oVirt server at ovirt.example.com" \
    --url "https://ovirt.example.com/ovirt-engine/api" \
    --use-v4 "false" --user "Foreman_User" \
    --password "My_Password" \
    --locations "New York" --organizations "My_Organization" \
    --datacenter "My_Datacenter"

    Optionally, to evaluate the new oVirt Engine API, change false to true for the --use-v4 option.

10.2. Preparing Cloud-init Images in oVirt

To use cloud-init during provisioning, you must prepare an image with cloud-init installed in oVirt, and then import the image to Foreman to use for provisioning.

Procedure
  1. In oVirt, create a virtual machine to use for image-based provisioning in Foreman.

  2. On the virtual machine, install cloud-init:

    yum install cloud-init
  3. To the /etc/cloud/cloud.cfg file, add the following information:

    datasource_list: ["NoCloud", "ConfigDrive"]
  4. In oVirt, create an image from this virtual machine.

When you add this image to Foreman, ensure that you select the User Data check box.

10.3. Adding oVirt Images to Foreman server

To create hosts using image-based provisioning, you must add information about the image, such as access details and the image location, to your Foreman server.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click the name of the oVirt connection.

  2. Click Create Image.

  3. In the Name field, enter a name for the image.

  4. From the Operating System list, select the image’s base operating system.

  5. From the Architecture list, select the operating system architecture.

  6. In the Username field, enter the SSH user name for image access. This is normally the root user.

  7. In the Password field, enter the SSH password for image access.

  8. From the Image list, select an image from the oVirt compute resource.

  9. Optional: Select the User Data check box if the image supports user data input, such as cloud-init data.

  10. Click Submit to save the image details.

For CLI Users
  • Create the image with the hammer compute-resource image create command. Use the --uuid option to store the template UUID on the oVirt server.

    # hammer compute-resource image create \
    --name "oVirt_Image" \
    --compute-resource "My_oVirt"
    --operatingsystem "RedHat version" \
    --architecture "x86_64" \
    --username root \
    --uuid "9788910c-4030-4ae0-bad7-603375dd72b1" \

10.4. Preparing a Cloud-init Template

Prerequisites
  • You must enable the remote execution plug-in to use a 'cloud-init' template.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning Templates, and click Create Template.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the template.

  3. In the Editor field, enter the following template details:

    <%#
    kind: user_data
    name: Cloud-init
    -%>
    #cloud-config
    hostname: <%= @host.shortname %>
    
    <%# Allow user to specify additional SSH key as host paramter -%>
    <% if @host.params['sshkey'].present? || @host.params['remote_execution_ssh_keys'].present? -%>
    ssh_authorized_keys:
    <% if @host.params['sshkey'].present? -%>
      - <%= @host.params['sshkey'] %>
    <% end -%>
    <% if @host.params['remote_execution_ssh_keys'].present? -%>
    <% @host.params['remote_execution_ssh_keys'].each do |key| -%>
      - <%= key %>
    <% end -%>
    <% end -%>
    <% end -%>
    runcmd:
      - |
        #!/bin/bash
    <%= indent 4 do
        snippet 'subscription_manager_registration'
    end %>
    <% if @host.info['parameters']['realm'] && @host.realm && @host.realm.realm_type == 'Red Hat Identity Management' -%>
      <%= indent 4 do
        snippet 'idm_register'
      end %>
    <% end -%>
    <% unless @host.operatingsystem.atomic? -%>
        # update all the base packages from the updates repository
        yum -t -y -e 0 update
    <% end -%>
    <%
        # safemode renderer does not support unary negation
        non_atomic = @host.operatingsystem.atomic? ? false : true
        pm_set = @host.puppetmaster.empty? ? false : true
        puppet_enabled = non_atomic && (pm_set || @host.params['force-puppet'])
    %>
    <% if puppet_enabled %>
        yum install -y puppet
        cat > /etc/puppet/puppet.conf << EOF
      <%= indent 4 do
        snippet 'puppet.conf'
      end %>
        EOF
        # Setup puppet to run on system reboot
        /sbin/chkconfig --level 345 puppet on
    
        /usr/bin/puppet agent --config /etc/puppet/puppet.conf --onetime --tags no_such_tag <%= @host.puppetmaster.blank? ? '' : "--server #{@host.puppetmaster}" %> --no-daemonize
        /sbin/service puppet start
    <% end -%>
    phone_home:
     url: <%= foreman_url('built') %>
     post: []
     tries: 10pp
  4. Click the Type tab and from the Type list, select User data template.

  5. Click the Association tab, and from the Applicable Operating Systems list, select the operating system that you want associate with the template.

  6. Click the Locations tab, and from the Locations list, select the location that you want to associate with the template.

  7. Click the Organizations tab, and from the Organization list, select the organization that you want to associate with the template.

  8. Click Submit.

  9. Navigate to Hosts > Operating Systems, and select the operating system you want to associate with the template.

  10. Click the Templates tab, and from the User data template list, select the name of the new template.

  11. Click Submit.

10.5. Adding oVirt Details to a Compute Profile

Use this procedure to add oVirt hardware settings to a compute profile. When you create a host on KVM using this compute profile, these settings are automatically populated.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Profiles.

  2. In the Compute Profiles window, click the name of an existing compute profile, or click Create Compute Profile, enter a Name, and click Submit.

  3. Click the name of the oVirt compute resource.

  4. From the Cluster list, select the target host cluster in the oVirt environment.

  5. From the Template list, select the oVirt template to use for the Cores and Memory settings.

  6. In the Cores field, enter the number of CPU cores to allocate to the new host.

  7. In the Memory field, enter the amount of memory to allocate to the new host.

  8. From the Image list, select image to use for image-based provisioning.

  9. In the Network Interfaces area, enter the network parameters for the host’s network interface. You can create multiple network interfaces. However, at least one interface must point to a Smart Proxy-managed network. For each network interface, enter the following details:

    1. In the Name field, enter the name of the network interface.

    2. From the Network list, select The logical network that you want to use.

  10. In the Storage area, enter the storage parameters for the host. You can create multiple volumes for the host. For each volume, enter the following details:

    1. In the Size (GB) enter the size, in GB, for the new volume.

    2. From the Storage domain list, select the storage domain for the volume.

    3. From the Preallocate disk, select either thin provisioning or preallocation of the full disk.

    4. From the Bootable list, select whether you want a bootable or non-bootable volume.

  11. Click Submit to save the compute profile.

For CLI Users
  1. To create a compute profile, enter the following command:

    # hammer compute-profile create --name "oVirt CP"
  2. To set the values for the compute profile, enter the following command:

    # hammer compute-profile values create --compute-profile "oVirt CP" \
    --compute-resource "My_oVirt" \
    --interface "compute_interface=Interface_Type,compute_name=eth0,compute_network=satnetwork" \
    --volume "size_gb=20G,storage_domain=Data,bootable=true" \
    --compute-attributes "cluster=Default,cores=1,memory=1073741824,start=true""

10.6. Creating Hosts on oVirt

In Foreman, you can use oVirt provisioning to create hosts over a network connection or from an existing image:

  • If you want to create a host over a network connection, the new host must be able to access either the Foreman server’s integrated Smart Proxy or an external Smart Proxy server on a oVirt virtual network, so that the host has access to PXE provisioning services. This new host entry triggers the oVirt server to create and start a virtual machine. If the virtual machine detects the defined Smart Proxy server through the virtual network, the virtual machine boots to PXE and begins to install the chosen operating system.

  • If you want to create a host with an existing image, the new host entry triggers the oVirt server to create the virtual machine using a pre-existing image as a basis for the new volume.

DHCP Conflicts

For network-based provisioning, if you use a virtual network on the oVirt server for provisioning, select a network that does not provide DHCP assignments. This causes DHCP conflicts with Foreman server when booting new hosts.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Create Host.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the host.

  3. Click the Organization and Location tabs to ensure that the provisioning context is automatically set to the current context.

  4. From the Host Group list, select the host group that you want to use to populate the form.

  5. From the Deploy on list, select the oVirt connection.

  6. From the Compute Profile list, select a profile to use to automatically populate virtual machine settings.

  7. Click the Interface tab and click Edit on the host’s interface.

  8. Verify that the fields are automatically populated, particularly the following items:

    • The Name from the Host tab becomes the DNS name.

    • Foreman server automatically assigns an IP address for the new host.

    • The MAC address field is blank. The oVirt server assigns a MAC address to the host.

    • The Managed, Primary, and Provision options are automatically selected for the first interface on the host. If not, select them.

    • The oVirt-specific fields are populated with settings from your compute profile. Modify these settings if required.

  9. Click the Operating System tab, and confirm that all fields automatically contain values.

  10. Select the Provisioning Method that you want to use:

    • For network-based provisioning, click Network Based.

    • For image-based provisioning, click Image Based.

  11. Click Resolve in Provisioning templates to check the new host can identify the right provisioning templates to use.

  12. Click the Virtual Machine tab and confirm that these settings are populated with details from the host group and compute profile. Modify these settings to suit your needs.

  13. If you use the Katello plugin, click the Parameters tab, and ensure that a parameter exists that provides an activation key. If not, add an activation key.

  14. Click Submit to save the host entry.

For CLI Users
  • To use network-based provisioning, create the host with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method build. Replace the values in the following example with the appropriate values for your environment.

    # hammer host create \
    --name "oVirt-vm1" \
    --organization "My_Organization" \
    --location "New York" \
    --hostgroup "Base" \
    --compute-resource "My_oVirt" \
    --provision-method build \
    --build true \
    --enabled true \
    --managed true \
    --interface "managed=true,primary=true,provision=true,compute_name=eth0,compute_network=satnetwork" \
    --compute-attributes="cluster=Default,cores=1,memory=1073741824,start=true" \
    --volume="size_gb=20G,storage_domain=Data,bootable=true"
  • To use image-based provisioning, create the host with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method image. Replace the values in the following example with the appropriate values for your environment.

    # hammer host create \
    --name "oVirt-vm2" \
    --organization "My_Organization" \
    --location "New York" \
    --hostgroup "Base" \
    --compute-resource "My_oVirt" \
    --provision-method image \
    --image "oVirt_Image" \
    --enabled true \
    --managed true \
    --interface "managed=true,primary=true,provision=true,compute_name=eth0,compute_network=satnetwork" \
    --compute-attributes="cluster=Default,cores=1,memory=1073741824,start=true" \
    --volume="size_gb=20G,storage_domain=Data,bootable=true"

For more information about additional host creation parameters for this compute resource, enter the hammer host create --help command.

11. Provisioning Virtual Machines in VMware vSphere

VMware vSphere is an enterprise-level virtualization platform from VMware. Foreman can interact with the vSphere platform, including creating new virtual machines and controlling their power management states.

11.1. Prerequisites for VMware vSphere Provisioning

The requirements for VMware vSphere provisioning include:

  • A Smart Proxy server managing a network on the vSphere environment. Ensure no other DHCP services run on this network to avoid conflicts with the Smart Proxy server. For more information, see Configuring Networking.

  • An existing VMware template if you want to use image-based provisioning.

  • The installation media for the operating systems that you want to use to provision hosts. If the Katello plug-in is installed, you can use synchronized content repositories for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

  • If the Katello plug-in is installed, an activation key for host registration. For more information, see Creating An Activation Key in the Content Management guide.

11.2. Creating a VMware vSphere User

The VMware vSphere server requires an administration-like user for Foreman server communication. For security reasons, do not use the administrator user for such communication. Instead, create a user with the following permissions:

For VMware vCenter Server version 6.7, set the following permissions:

  • All Privileges → Datastore → Allocate Space, Browse datastore, Update Virtual Machine files, Low level file operations

  • All Privileges → Network → Assign Network

  • All Privileges → Resource → Assign virtual machine to resource pool

  • All Privileges → Virtual Machine → Change Config (All)

  • All Privileges → Virtual Machine → Interaction (All)

  • All Privileges → Virtual Machine → Edit Inventory (All)

  • All Privileges → Virtual Machine → Provisioning (All)

For VMware vCenter Server version 6.5, set the following permissions:

  • All Privileges → Datastore → Allocate Space, Browse datastore, Update Virtual Machine files, Low level file operations

  • All Privileges → Network → Assign Network

  • All Privileges → Resource → Assign virtual machine to resource pool

  • All Privileges → Virtual Machine → Configuration (All)

  • All Privileges → Virtual Machine → Interaction (All)

  • All Privileges → Virtual Machine → Inventory (All)

  • All Privileges → Virtual Machine → Provisioning (All)

11.3. Adding a VMware vSphere Connection to Foreman server

Use this procedure to add a VMware vSphere connection in Foreman server’s compute resources.

Ensure that the host and network-based firewalls are configured to allow Foreman to vCenter communication on TCP port 443. Verify that Foreman is able to resolve the host name of vCenter and vCenter is able to resolve Foreman server’s host name.

Procedure

To add a connection, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources, and in the Compute Resources window, click Create Compute Resource.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the resource.

  3. From the Provider list, select VMware.

  4. In the Description field, enter a description for the resource.

  5. In the VCenter/Server field, enter the IP address or host name of the vCenter server.

  6. In the User field, enter the user name with permission to access the vCenter’s resources.

  7. In the Password field, enter the password for the user.

  8. Click Load Datacenters to populate the list of data centers from your VMware vSphere environment.

  9. From the Datacenter list, select a specific data center to manage from this list.

  10. In the Fingerprint field, ensure that this field is populated with the fingerprint from the data center.

  11. From the Display Type list, select a console type, for example, VNC or VMRC. Note that VNC consoles are unsupported on VMware ESXi 6.5 and later.

  12. Optional: In the VNC Console Passwords field, select the Set a randomly generated password on the display connection check box to secure console access for new hosts with a randomly generated password. You can retrieve the password for the VNC console to access guest virtual machine console from the libvirtd host from the output of the following command:

    # virsh edit your_VM_name
    <graphics type='vnc' port='-1' autoport='yes' listen='0.0.0.0' passwd='your_randomly_generated_password'>

    The password randomly generates every time the console for the virtual machine opens, for example, with virt-manager.

  13. From the Enable Caching list, you can select whether to enable caching of compute resources. For more information, see Caching of Compute Resources.

  14. Click the Locations and Organizations tabs and verify that the values are automatically set to your current context. You can also add additional contexts.

  15. Click Submit to save the connection.

For CLI Users

Create the connection with the hammer compute-resource create command. Select Vmware as the --provider and set the instance UUID of the data center as the --uuid:

# hammer compute-resource create --name "My_vSphere" \
--provider "Vmware" \
--description "vSphere server at vsphere.example.com" \
--server "vsphere.example.com" --user "My_User" \
--password "My_Password" --locations "My_Location" --organizations "My_Organization" \
--datacenter "My_Datacenter"

11.4. Adding VMware vSphere Images to Foreman server

VMware vSphere uses templates as images for creating new virtual machines. If using image-based provisioning to create new hosts, you need to add VMware template details to your Foreman server. This includes access details and the template name.

Procedure

To add an image, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and in the Compute Resources window, click the VMware vSphere connection.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the image.

  3. From the Operatingsystem list, select the image’s base operating system.

  4. From the Architecture list, select the operating system architecture.

  5. In the User field, enter the SSH user name for image access. This is normally the root user.

  6. In the Password field, enter the SSH password for image access.

  7. From the User data list, select whether you want the images to support user data input, such as cloud-init data.

  8. In the Image field, enter the relative path and name of the template on the vSphere environment. Do not include the data center in the relative path.

  9. Click Submit to save the image details.

For CLI Users

Create the image with the hammer compute-resource image create command. Use the --uuid field to store the relative template path on the vSphere environment.

# hammer compute-resource image create --name "Test_vSphere_Image" \
--operatingsystem "RedHat 7.2" --architecture "x86_64" \
--username root --uuid "Templates/RHEL72" \
--compute-resource "My_vSphere"

11.5. Adding VMware vSphere Details to a Compute Profile

You can predefine certain hardware settings for virtual machines on VMware vSphere. You achieve this through adding these hardware settings to a compute profile.

Procedure

To add VMware vSphere details to a compute profile, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Profiles and, in the Compute Profiles window, click the name of the compute profile, and then click the vSphere connection.

  2. In the CPUs field, enter the number of CPUs to allocate to the new host.

  3. In the Cores per socket field, enter the number of cores to allocate to each CPU.

  4. In the Memory field, enter the amount of memory to allocate to the new host.

  5. In the Cluster field, enter the name of the target host cluster on the VMware environment.

  6. From the Resource pool list, select an available resource allocations for the host.

  7. In the Folder field, enter the folder to organize the host.

  8. From the Guest OS list, select the operating system you want to use in VMware vSphere.

  9. From the SCSI controller list, select the disk access method for the host.

  10. From the Virtual H/W version list, select the underlying VMware hardware abstraction to use for virtual machines.

  11. You can select the Memory hot add or CPU hot add check boxes if you want to add more resources while the virtual machine is powered.

  12. From the Image list, select the image to use if performing image-based provisioning.

  13. From the Network Interfaces list, select the network parameters for the host’s network interface. You can create multiple network interfaces. However, at least one interface must point to a Smart Proxy-managed network.

  14. Select the Eager zero check box if you want to use eager zero thick provisioning. If unchecked, the disk uses lazy zero thick provisioning.

  15. Click Submit to save the compute profile.

For CLI Users
  1. To create the compute profile, enter the following command:

    # hammer compute-profile create --name "VMWare CP"
  2. To add the values for the compute profile, enter the following command:

    # hammer compute-profile values create --compute-profile "VMWare CP" \
    --compute-resource "My_vSphere" \
    --interface "compute_type=VirtualE1000,compute_network=mynetwork \
    --volume "size_gb=20G,datastore=Data,name=myharddisk,thin=true" \
    --compute-attributes "cpus=1,corespersocket=2,memory_mb=1024,cluster=MyCluster,path=MyVMs,start=true"

11.6. Creating Hosts on a VMware vSphere Server

The VMware vSphere provisioning process provides the option to create hosts over a network connection or using an existing image.

For network-based provisioning, you must create a host to access either Foreman server’s integrated Smart Proxy or an external Smart Proxy server on a VMware vSphere virtual network, so that the host has access to PXE provisioning services. The new host entry triggers the VMware vSphere server to create the virtual machine. If the virtual machine detects the defined Smart Proxy server through the virtual network, the virtual machine boots to PXE and begins to install the chosen operating system.

DHCP Conflicts

If you use a virtual network on the VMware vSphere server for provisioning, ensure that you select a virtual network that does not provide DHCP assignments. This causes DHCP conflicts with Foreman server when booting new hosts.

For image-based provisioning, use the pre-existing image as a basis for the new volume.

Procedure

To create a host for a VMware vSphere server, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Create Host.

  2. In the Name field, enter the name that you want to become the provisioned system’s host name.

  3. Click the Organization and Location tabs to ensure that the provisioning context is automatically set to the current context.

  4. From the Host Group list, select the host group that you want to use to populate the form.

  5. From the Deploy on list, select the VMware vSphere connection.

  6. From the Compute Profile list, select a profile to use to automatically populate virtual machine-based settings.

  7. Click the Interface tab and click Edit on the host’s interface.

  8. Verify that the fields are automatically populated with values. Note in particular:

    • The Name from the Host tab becomes the DNS name.

    • The Foreman server automatically assigns an IP address for the new host.

  9. Ensure that the MAC address field is blank. The VMware vSphere server assigns one to the host.

  10. Verify that the Managed, Primary, and Provision options are automatically selected for the first interface on the host. If not, select them.

  11. In the interface window, review the VMware vSphere-specific fields that are populated with settings from our compute profile. Modify these settings to suit your needs.

  12. Click the Operating System tab, and confirm that all fields automatically contain values.

  13. Select the Provisioning Method that you want:

    • For network-based provisioning, click Network Based.

    • For image-based provisioning, click Image Based.

    • If the foreman_bootdisk plug-in is installed, and you want to use boot-disk provisioning, click Boot disk based.

  14. Click Resolve in Provisioning templates to check the new host can identify the right provisioning templates to use.

  15. Click the Virtual Machine tab and confirm that these settings are populated with details from the host group and compute profile. Modify these settings to suit your requirements.

  16. If you use the Katello plugin, click the Parameters tab and ensure that a parameter exists that provides an activation key. If not, add an activation key.

  17. Click Submit to save the host entry.

For CLI Users

Create the host from a network with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method build to use network-based provisioning.

# hammer host create --name "vmware-test1" --organization "My_Organization" \
--location "New York" --hostgroup "Base" \
--compute-resource "My_vSphere" --provision-method build \
--build true --enabled true --managed true \
--interface "managed=true,primary=true,provision=true,compute_type=VirtualE1000,compute_network=mynetwork" \
--compute-attributes="cpus=1,corespersocket=2,memory_mb=1024,cluster=MyCluster,path=MyVMs,start=true" \
--volume="size_gb=20G,datastore=Data,name=myharddisk,thin=true"

For more information about additional host creation parameters for this compute resource, enter the hammer host create --help command.

For CLI Users

Create the host from an image with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method image to use image-based provisioning.

# hammer host create --name "vmware-test2" --organization "My_Organization" \
--location "New York" --hostgroup "Base" \
--compute-resource "My_VMware" --provision-method image \
--image "Test VMware Image" --enabled true --managed true \
--interface "managed=true,primary=true,provision=true,compute_type=VirtualE1000,compute_network=mynetwork" \
--compute-attributes="cpus=1,corespersocket=2,memory_mb=1024,cluster=MyCluster,path=MyVMs,start=true" \
--volume="size_gb=20G,datastore=Data,name=myharddisk,thin=true"

For more information about additional host creation parameters for this compute resource, enter the hammer host create --help command.

11.7. Using the VMware vSphere Cloud-init and Userdata Templates for Provisioning

You can use VMware with the Cloud-init and Userdata templates to insert user data into the new virtual machine, to make further VMware customization, and to enable the VMware-hosted virtual machine to call back to Foreman.

You can use the same procedures to set up a VMware compute resource within Foreman, with a few modifications to the work flow.

VMware cloud-init Provisioning Overview

When you set up the compute resource and images for VMware provisioning in Foreman, the following sequence of provisioning events occur:

  • The user provisions one or more virtual machines using the Foreman web UI, API, or hammer

  • Foreman calls the VMware vCenter to clone the virtual machine template

  • Foreman userdata provisioning template adds customized identity information

  • When provisioning completes, the Cloud-init provisioning template instructs the virtual machine to call back to Smart Proxy when cloud-init runs

  • VMware vCenter clones the template to the virtual machine

  • VMware vCenter applies customization for the virtual machine’s identity, including the host name, IP, and DNS

  • The virtual machine builds, cloud-init is invoked and calls back Foreman on port 80, which then redirects to 443

Port and Firewall Requirements

Because of the cloud-init service, the virtual machine always calls back to Foreman even if you register the virtual machine to Smart Proxy. Ensure that you configure port and firewall settings to open any necessary connections.

For more information about port and firewall requirements, see Port and Firewall Requirements in the Installing Foreman and Ports and Firewalls Requirements in Installing Smart Proxy server.

Associating the userdata and Cloud-init Templates with the Operating System
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Operating Systems, and select the operating system that you want to use for provisioning.

  2. Click the Template tab.

  3. From the Cloud-init template list, select Cloudinit default.

  4. From the User data template list, select UserData open-vm-tools.

  5. Click Submit to save the changes.

Preparing an Image to use the cloud-init Template

To prepare an image, you must first configure the settings that you require on a virtual machine that you can then save as an image to use in Foreman.

To use the cloud-init template for provisioning, you must configure a virtual machine so that cloud-init is installed, enabled, and configured to call back to Foreman server.

For security purposes, you must install a CA certificate to use HTTPs for all communication. This procedure includes steps to clean the virtual machine so that no unwanted information transfers to the image you use for provisioning.

If you have an image with cloud-init, you must still follow this procedure to enable cloud-init to communicate with Foreman because cloud-init is disabled by default.

These instructions are for Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Fedora OS, follow similar steps for other Linux distributions.

  1. On the virtual machine that you use to create the image, install cloud-init, open-vm-tools, and perl:

    # yum -y install cloud-init open-vm-tools perl
  2. Create a configuration file for cloud-init:

    # vi /etc/cloud/cloud.cfg.d/example_cloud-init_config.cfg
  3. Add the following information to the example_cloud_init_config.cfg file:

    datasource_list: [NoCloud]
    datasource:
      NoCloud:
        seedfrom: https://foreman.example.com/userdata/
    EOF
  4. Enable the CA certificates for the image:

    # update-ca-trust enable
  5. Download the katello-server-ca.crt file from Foreman server: You must have the Katello plugin installed to complete this step. For Foreman server deployments, copy the CA certificate from the Apache configuration.

    # wget -O /etc/pki/ca-trust/source/anchors/cloud-init-ca.crt http://foreman.example.com/pub/katello-server-ca.crt
  6. To update the record of certificates, enter the following command:

    # update-ca-trust extract
  7. Use the following commands to clean the image:

    # systemctl stop rsyslog
    # systemctl stop auditd
    # package-cleanup -oldkernels -count=1
    # yum clean all
  8. Use the following commands to reduce logspace, remove old logs, and truncate logs:

    # logrotate -f /etc/logrotate.conf
    # rm -f /var/log/*-???????? /var/log/*.gz
    # rm -f /var/log/dmesg.old
    # rm -rf /var/log/anaconda
    # cat /dev/null > /var/log/audit/audit.log
    # cat /dev/null > /var/log/wtmp
    # cat /dev/null > /var/log/lastlog
    # cat /dev/null > /var/log/grubby
  9. Remove udev hardware rules:

    # rm -f /etc/udev/rules.d/70*
  10. Remove the uuid from ifcfg scripts:

    # cat > /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens192 <<EOM
    DEVICE=ens192
    ONBOOT=yes
    EOM
  11. Remove the SSH host keys:

    # rm -f /etc/ssh/SSH_keys
  12. Remove root user’s shell history:

    # rm -f ~root/.bash_history
    # unset HISTFILE
  13. Remove root user’s SSH history:

    # rm -rf ~root/.ssh/known_hosts

You can now create an image from this virtual machine.

You can use the Adding VMware vSphere Images to Foreman server section to add the image to Foreman.

11.8. Caching of Compute Resources

Caching of compute resources speeds up rendering of VMware information.

11.8.1. Enabling Caching of Compute Resources

To enable or disable caching of compute resources:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources.

  2. Click the Edit button to the right of the VMware server you want to update.

  3. Select the Enable caching check box.

11.8.2. Refreshing the Compute Resources Cache

To refresh the cache of compute resources to update compute resources information:

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources.

  2. Select a VMware server you want to refresh the compute resources cache for and click the Refresh Cache button.

For CLI Users

Use this API call to refresh the compute resources cache:

# curl -H "Accept:application/json,version=2" \
-H "Content-Type:application/json" -X PUT \
-u username:password -k \
https://foreman.example.com/api/compute_resources/compute_resource_id/refresh_cache

Use the hammer compute-resource list command to determine the ID of the VMware server you want to refresh the compute resources cache for.

12. Provisioning Virtual Machines on KubeVirt

KubeVirt addresses the needs of development teams that have adopted or want to adopt Kubernetes but possess existing virtual machine (VM)-based workloads that cannot be easily containerized. This technology provides a unified development platform where developers can build, modify, and deploy applications residing in application containers and VMs in a shared environment. These capabilities support rapid application modernization across the open hybrid cloud.

With Foreman, you can create a compute resource for KubeVirt so that you can provision and manage Kubernetes virtual machines using Foreman.

Prerequisites
  • The installation media for the operating systems that you want to use to provision hosts. If the Katello plug-in is installed, you can use synchronized content repositories for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

  • If the Katello plug-in is installed, an activation key for host registration. For more information, see Creating An Activation Key in the Content Management guide.

  • A KubeVirt user that has the cluster-admin permissions for the Openshift Container Platform virtual cluster. For more information, see Using RBAC to Define and Apply Permissions in the Authentication guide of the Openshift Container Platform documentation.

  • A Smart Proxy server managing a network on the KubeVirt server. Ensure that no other DHCP services run on this network to avoid conflicts with Smart Proxy server. For more information about network service configuration for Smart Proxy servers, see Configuring Networking.

  • A Foreman user account with the following roles:

  • A custom role in Foreman with the following permissions:

    • view_compute_resources

    • destroy_compute_resources_vms

    • power_compute_resources_vms

    • create_compute_resources_vms

    • view_compute_resources_vms

    • view_locations

    • view_subnets

      For more information about creating roles, see Creating a Role in the Administering Foreman guide. For more information about adding permissions to a role, see Adding Permissions to a Role in the Administering Foreman guide.

12.1. Adding a KubeVirt Connection to Foreman server

Use this procedure to add KubeVirt as a compute resource in Foreman.

Procedure
  1. Enter the following foreman-installer command to enable the KubeVirt plugin for Foreman:

    # foreman-installer --enable-foreman-plugin-kubevirt
  2. Generate a bearer token to use for HTTP and HTTPs authentication. On the KubeVirt server, list the secrets that contain tokens:

    # kubectl get secrets
  3. List the token for your secret:

    # kubectl get secrets YOUR_SECRET -o jsonpath='{.data.token}' | base64 -d | xargs

    Make a note of this token to use later in this procedure.

  4. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources, and click Create Compute Resource.

  5. In the Name field, enter a name for the new compute resource.

  6. From the Provider list, select KubeVirt.

  7. In the Description field, enter a description for the compute resource.

  8. In the Hostname field, enter the address of the KubeVirt server that you want to use.

  9. In the API Port field, enter the port number that you want to use for provisioning requests from Foreman to KubeVirt.

  10. In the Namespace field, enter the user name of the KubeVirt virtual cluster that you want to use.

  11. In the Token field, enter the bearer token for HTTP and HTTPs authentication.

  12. Optional: In the X509 Certification Authorities field, enter a certificate to enable client certificate authentication for API server calls.

13. Provisioning Cloud Instances on OpenStack

OpenStack provides the foundation to build a private or public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud. It offers a massively scalable, fault-tolerant platform for the development of cloud-enabled workloads. In Foreman, you can interact with OpenStack REST API to create cloud instances and control their power management states.

Prerequisites
  • The installation media for the operating systems that you want to use to provision hosts. If the Katello plug-in is installed, you can use synchronized content repositories for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

  • If the Katello plug-in is installed, an activation key for host registration. For more information, see Creating An Activation Key in the Content Management guide.

  • A Smart Proxy server managing a network in your OpenStack environment. For more information, see Configuring Networking.

  • An image added to OpenStack Image Storage (glance) service for image-based provisioning. For more information, see the OpenStack Instances and Images Guide.

13.1. Adding the OpenStack Connection to Foreman server

Use this procedure to add OpenStack as a compute resource in Foreman.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click Create Compute Resource.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the new compute resource.

  3. From the Provider list, select RHEL OpenStack Platform.

  4. In the Description field, enter a description for the compute resource.

  5. In the URL field, enter the URL for the OpenStack Authentication keystone service’s API at the tokens resource. Use the following format: http://openstack.example.com:5000/v3.0/tokens.

  6. In the User and Password fields, enter the authentication user and password for Foreman to access the environment.

  7. In the Domain field, enter the domain for V3 authentication.

  8. From the Tenant list, select the tenant or project for Foreman server to manage.

  9. To use external networks as primary networks for hosts, select the Allow external network as main network check box.

  10. Click the Locations and Organizations tabs and verify that the location and organization that you want to use are set to your current context. Add any additional contexts that you want to these tabs.

  11. Click Submit to save the OpenStack connection.

For CLI Users
  • To create a compute resource, enter the hammer compute-resource create command:

    # hammer compute-resource create --name "My_OpenStack" \
    --provider "OpenStack" \
    --description "My OpenStack environment at openstack.example.com" \
    --url "http://openstack.example.com:5000/v3.0/tokens" --user "My_Username" \
    --password "My_Password" --tenant "openstack" --locations "New York" \
    --organizations "My_Organization"

13.2. Adding OpenStack Images to Foreman server

To create hosts using image-based provisioning, you must add information about the image, such as access details and the image location, to your Foreman server.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click the name of the OpenStack connection.

  2. Click Create Image.

  3. In the Name field, enter a name for the image.

  4. From the Operating System list, select the image’s base operating system.

  5. From the Architecture list, select the operating system architecture.

  6. In the Username field, enter the SSH user name for image access. This is normally the root user.

  7. In the Password field, enter the SSH password for image access.

  8. From the Image list, select an image from the OpenStack compute resource.

  9. Optional: Select the User Data check box if the image supports user data input, such as cloud-init data.

  10. Click Submit to save the image details.

For CLI Users
  • Create the image with the hammer compute-resource image create command. Use the --uuid field to store the full path of the image location on the OpenStack server.

    # hammer compute-resource image create \
    --name "OpenStack Image" \
    --compute-resource "My_OpenStack_Platform"
    --operatingsystem "RedHat version" \
    --architecture "x86_64" \
    --username root \
    --user-data true \
    --uuid "/path/to/OpenstackImage.qcow2"

13.3. Adding OpenStack Details to a Compute Profile

Use this procedure to add OpenStack hardware settings to a compute profile. When you create a host on OpenStack using this compute profile, these settings are automatically populated.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Profiles.

  2. In the Compute Profiles window, click the name of an existing compute profile, or click Create Compute Profile, enter a Name, and click Submit.

  3. Click the name of the OpenStack compute resource.

  4. From the Flavor list, select the hardware profile on OpenStack to use for the host.

  5. From the Availability zone list, select the target cluster to use within the OpenStack environment.

  6. From the Image list, select the image to use for image-based provisioning.

  7. From the Tenant list, select the tenant or project for the OpenStack instance.

  8. From the Security Group list, select the cloud-based access rules for ports and IP addresses.

  9. From the Internal network, select the private networks for the host to join.

  10. From the Floating IP network, select the external networks for the host to join and assign a floating IP address.

  11. From the Boot from volume, select whether a volume is created from the image. If not selected, the instance boots the image directly.

  12. In the New boot volume size (GB) field, enter the size, in GB, of the new boot volume.

  13. Click Submit to save the compute profile.

For CLI Users

The compute profile CLI commands are not yet implemented in Foreman 6.7. As an alternative, you can include the same settings directly during the host creation process.

13.4. Creating Image-based Hosts on OpenStack

In Foreman, you can use OpenStack provisioning to create hosts from an existing image. The new host entry triggers the OpenStack server to create the instance using the pre-existing image as a basis for the new volume.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Create Host.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the host.

  3. Click the Organization and Location tabs to ensure that the provisioning context is automatically set to the current context.

  4. From the Host Group list, select the host group that you want to use to populate the form.

  5. From the Deploy on list, select the OpenStack connection.

  6. From the Compute Profile list, select a profile to use to automatically populate virtual machine settings.

  7. Click the Interface tab and click Edit on the host’s interface.

  8. Verify that the fields are automatically populated, particularly the following items:

    • The Name from the Host tab becomes the DNS name.

    • The MAC address field is blank. OpenStack assigns a MAC address to the host during provisioning.

    • Foreman server automatically assigns an IP address for the new host.

    • The Managed, Primary, and Provision options are automatically selected for the first interface on the host. If not, select them.

  9. Click the Operating System tab, and confirm that all fields automatically contain values.

  10. If you want to change the image that populates automatically from your compute profile, from the Images list, select a different image to base the new host’s root volume on.

  11. Click Resolve in Provisioning templates to check the new host can identify the right provisioning templates to use.

  12. Click the Virtual Machine tab and confirm that these settings are populated with details from the host group and compute profile. Modify these settings to suit your needs.

  13. If you use the Katello plugin, click the Parameters tab, and ensure that a parameter exists that provides an activation key. If not, add an activation key.

  14. Click Submit to save the host entry.

For CLI Users
  • Create the host with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method image. Replace the values in the following example with the appropriate values for your environment.

    # hammer host create \
    --name "openstack-host1" \
    --organization "My_Organization" \
    --location "New York" \
    --hostgroup "Base" \
    --compute-resource "My_OpenStack_Platform" \
    --provision-method image \
    --image "OpenStack Image" \
    --enabled true \
    --managed true \
    --interface "managed=true,primary=true,provision=true" \
    --compute-attributes="flavor_ref=m1.small,tenant_id=openstack,security_groups=default,network=mynetwork"

For more information about additional host creation parameters for this compute resource, enter the hammer host create --help command.

14. Provisioning Cloud Instances in Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides public cloud compute resources. Using Foreman, you can interact with Amazon EC2’s public API to create cloud instances and control their power management states. Use the procedures in this chapter to add a connection to an Amazon EC2 account and provision a cloud instance.

14.1. Prerequisites for Amazon EC2 Provisioning

The requirements for Amazon EC2 provisioning include:

  • A Smart Proxy server managing a network in your EC2 environment. Use a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to ensure a secure network between the hosts and the Smart Proxy server.

  • An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for image-based provisioning.

  • The installation media for the operating systems that you want to use to provision hosts. If the Katello plug-in is installed, you can use synchronized content repositories for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

  • If the Katello plug-in is installed, an activation key for host registration. For more information, see Creating An Activation Key in the Content Management guide.

14.2. Adding an Amazon EC2 Connection to the Foreman server

Use this procedure to add the Amazon EC2 connection in the Foreman server’s compute resources.

Time Settings and Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services uses time settings as part of the authentication process. Ensure that Foreman server’s time is correctly synchronized. Ensure that an NTP service, such as ntpd or chronyd, is running properly on the Foreman server. Failure to provide the correct time to Amazon Web Services can lead to authentication failures.

For more information about synchronizing time in Foreman, see Synchronizing Time in Installing Foreman server.

Procedure

To add an Amazon EC2 connection, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and in the Compute Resources window, click Create Compute Resource.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name to identify the Amazon EC2 compute resource.

  3. From the Provider list, select EC2.

  4. In the Description field, enter information that helps distinguish the resource for future use.

  5. Optional: From the HTTP proxy list, select an HTTP proxy to connect to external API services. You must add HTTP proxies to Foreman before you can select a proxy from this list. For more information, see Using an HTTP Proxy with Compute Resources.

  6. In the Access Key and Secret Key fields, enter the access keys for your Amazon EC2 account. For more information, see Managing Access Keys for your AWS Account on the Amazon documentation website.

  7. Optional: Click the Load Regions button to populate the Regions list.

  8. From the Region list, select the Amazon EC2 region or data center to use.

  9. Click the Locations tab and ensure that the location you want to use is selected, or add a different location.

  10. Click the Organizations tab and ensure that the organization you want to use is selected, or add a different organization.

  11. Click Submit to save the Amazon EC2 connection.

  12. Select the new compute resource and then click the SSH keys tab, and click Download to save a copy of the SSH keys to use for SSH authentication. Until BZ1793138 is resolved, you can download a copy of the SSH keys only immediately after creating the Amazon EC2 compute resource. If you require SSH keys at a later stage, follow the procedure in Connecting to an Amazon EC2 instance using SSH.

For CLI Users

Create the connection with the hammer compute-resource create command. Use --user and --password options to add the access key and secret key respectively.

# hammer compute-resource create --name "My_EC2" --provider "EC2" \
--description "Amazon EC2 Public Cloud` --user "user_name" \
--password "secret_key" --region "us-east-1" --locations "New York" \
--organizations "My_Organization"

14.3. Using an HTTP Proxy with Compute Resources

In some cases, the EC2 compute resource that you use might require a specific HTTP proxy to communicate with Foreman. In Foreman, you can create an HTTP proxy and then assign the HTTP proxy to your EC2 compute resource.

However, if you configure an HTTP proxy for Foreman in Administer > Settings, and then add another HTTP proxy for your compute resource, the HTTP proxy that you define in Administer > Settings takes precedence.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > HTTP Proxies, and select New HTTP Proxy.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the HTTP proxy.

  3. In the URL field, enter the URL for the HTTP proxy, including the port number.

  4. Optional: Enter a username and password to authenticate to the HTTP proxy, if your HTTP proxy requires authentication.

  5. Click Test Connection to ensure that you can connect to the HTTP proxy from Foreman.

  6. Click the Locations tab and add a location.

  7. Click the Organization tab and add an organization.

  8. Click Submit.

14.4. Adding Amazon EC2 Images to Foreman server

Amazon EC2 uses image-based provisioning to create hosts. You must add image details to your Foreman server. This includes access details and image location.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and select an Amazon EC2 connection.

  2. Click the Images tab, and then click New Image.

  3. In the Name field, enter a name to identify the image for future use.

  4. From the Operating System list, select the operating system that corresponds with the image you want to add.

  5. From the Architecture list, select the operating system’s architecture.

  6. In the Username field, enter the SSH user name for image access. This is normally the root user.

  7. In the Password field, enter the SSH password for image access.

  8. In the Image ID field, enter the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) ID for the image. This is usually in the following format: ami-xxxxxxxx.

  9. Optional: Select the User Data check box if the images support user data input, such as cloud-init data. If you enable user data, the Finish scripts are automatically disabled. This also applies in reverse: if you enable the Finish scripts, this disables user data.

  10. Optional: In the IAM role field, enter the Amazon security role used for creating the image.

  11. Click Submit to save the image details.

For CLI Users

Create the image with the hammer compute-resource image create command. Use the --uuid field to store the full path of the image location on the Amazon EC2 server.

# hammer compute-resource image create --name "Test Amazon EC2 Image" \
--operatingsystem "RedHat 7.2" --architecture "x86_64" --username root \
--user-data true --uuid "ami-my_ami_id" --compute-resource "My_EC2"

14.5. Adding Amazon EC2 Details to a Compute Profile

You can add hardware settings for instances on Amazon EC2 to a compute profile.

Procedure

To add hardware settings, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Profiles and click the name of your profile, then click an EC2 connection.

  2. From the Flavor list, select the hardware profile on EC2 to use for the host.

  3. From the Image list, select the image to use for image-based provisioning.

  4. From the Availability zone list, select the target cluster to use within the chosen EC2 region.

  5. From the Subnet list, add the subnet for the EC2 instance. If you have a VPC for provisioning new hosts, use its subnet.

  6. From the Security Groups list, select the cloud-based access rules for ports and IP addresses to apply to the host.

  7. From the Managed IP list, select either a Public IP or a Private IP.

  8. Click Submit to save the compute profile.

For CLI Users

The compute profile CLI commands are not yet implemented in Foreman. As an alternative, you can include the same settings directly during the host creation process.

14.6. Creating Image-Based Hosts on Amazon EC2

The Amazon EC2 provisioning process creates hosts from existing images on the Amazon EC2 server.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Create Host.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the host.

  3. From the Host Group list, you can select a host group to populate most of the new host’s fields.

  4. From the Deploy on list, select the EC2 connection.

  5. From the Compute Profile list, select a profile to use to automatically populate virtual machine-based settings.

  6. Click the Interface tab, and then click Edit on the host’s interface, and verify that the fields are populated with values. Leave the Mac Address field blank. The Foreman server automatically selects and IP address and the Managed, Primary, and Provision options for the first interface on the host.

  7. Click the Operating System tab and confirm that all fields are populated with values.

  8. Click the Virtual Machine tab and confirm that all fields are populated with values.

  9. If you use the Katello plugin, click the Parameters tab, and ensure that a parameter exists that provides an activation key. If not, add an activation key.

  10. Click Submit to save your changes.

This new host entry triggers the Amazon EC2 server to create the instance, using the pre-existing image as a basis for the new volume.

For CLI Users

Create the host with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method image to use image-based provisioning.

# hammer host create --name "ec2-test1" --organization "My_Organization" \
--location "New York" --hostgroup "Base" \
--compute-resource "My_EC2" --provision-method image \
--image "Test Amazon EC2 Image" --enabled true --managed true \
--interface "managed=true,primary=true,provision=true,subnet_id=EC2" \
--compute-attributes="flavor_id=m1.small,image_id=TestImage,availability_zones=us-east-1a,security_group_ids=Default,managed_ip=Public"

For more information about additional host creation parameters for this compute resource, enter the hammer host create --help command.

14.7. Connecting to an Amazon EC2 instance using SSH

You can connect remotely to an Amazon EC2 instance from Foreman server using SSH. However, to connect to any Amazon Web Services EC2 instance that you provision through Foreman, you must first access the private key that is associated with the compute resource in the Foreman database, and use this key for authentication.

To locate the private key and connect to an Amazon EC2 server using SSH, complete the following steps:

  1. To locate the compute resource list, on your Foreman server base system, enter the following command, and note the ID of the compute resource that you want to use:

    # hammer compute-resource list
  2. Switch user to the postgres user:

    # su - postgres
  3. Initiate the postgres shell:

    $ psql
  4. Connect to the Foreman database as the user postgres:

    # postgres=# \c foreman
  5. Select the secret from key_pairs where compute_resource_id = 3:

    # select secret from key_pairs where compute_resource_id = 3; secret
  6. Copy the key from after -----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY----- until -----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----.

  7. Create a .pem file and paste your key into the file:

    # vim Keyname.pem
  8. Ensure that you restrict access to the .pem file:

    # chmod 600 Keyname.pem
  9. To connect to the Amazon EC2 instance, enter the following command:

    ssh -i Keyname.pem   ec2-user@example.aws.com

14.8. Configuring a Finish Template for an Amazon Web Service EC2 Environment

You can use Foreman finish templates during the provisioning of Linux instances in an Amazon EC2 environment.

To configure a finish template for Amazon EC2, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Provisioning Templates.

  2. In the Provisioning Templates page, enter Kickstart default finish into the search field and click Search.

  3. On the Kickstart default finish template, select Clone.

  4. In the Name field, enter a unique name for the template.

  5. In the template, prefix each command that requires root privileges with sudo, except for yum or equivalent commands, or add the following line to run the entire template as the sudo user:

    sudo -s << EOS
    _Template_ _Body_
    EOS
  6. Click the Association tab, and associate the template with a Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system that you want to use.

  7. Click the Locations tab, and add the the location where the host resides.

  8. Click the Organizations tab, and add the organization that the host belongs to.

  9. Make any additional customizations or changes that you require, then click Submit to save your template.

  10. Navigate to Hosts > Operating systems and select the operating system that you want for your host.

  11. Click the Templates tab, and from the Finish Template list, select your finish template.

  12. Navigate to Hosts > Create Host and enter the information about the host that you want to create.

  13. Click the Parameters tab and navigate to Host parameters.

  14. If you have the Remote Execution plugin installed, in Host parameters, click the Add Parameter button two times to add two new parameter fields. If you use the Katello plugin, add a third parameter field. Add the following parameters:

    1. In the Name field, enter remote_execution_ssh_keys. In the corresponding Value field, enter the output of cat /usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ssh/id_rsa_foreman_proxy.pub.

    2. In the Name field, enter remote_execution_ssh_user. In the corresponding Value field, enter ec2-user.

    3. If you use the Katello plugin, in the Name field, enter activation_keys. In the corresponding Value field, enter your activation key.

  15. Click Submit to save the changes.

14.9. More Information about Amazon Web Services and Foreman

For information about how to locate Red Hat Gold Images on Amazon Web Services EC2, see How to Locate Red Hat Cloud Access Gold Images on AWS EC2.

For information about how to install and use the Amazon Web Service Client on Linux, see Install the AWS Command Line Interface on Linux in the Amazon Web Services documentation.

For information about importing and exporting virtual machines in Amazon Web Services, see VM Import/Export in the Amazon Web Services documentation.

15. Provisioning Cloud Instances on Google Compute Engine

Foreman can interact with Google Compute Engine (GCE), including creating new virtual machines and controlling their power management states. Only image-based provisioning is supported for creating GCE hosts.

Prerequisites
  • The installation media for the operating systems that you want to use to provision hosts. If the Katello plug-in is installed, you can use synchronized content repositories for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

  • If the Katello plug-in is installed, an activation key for host registration. For more information, see Creating An Activation Key in the Content Management guide.

  • In your GCE project, configure a service account with the necessary IAM Compute role. For more information, see Compute Engine IAM roles in the GCE documentation.

  • In your GCE project-wise metadata, set the enable-oslogin to FALSE. For more information, see Enabling or disabling OS Login in the GCE documentation.

  • Optional: If you want to use Puppet with GCE hosts, navigate to Administer > Settings > Puppet and enable the Use UUID for certificates setting to configure Puppet to use consistent Puppet certificate IDs.

  • Based on your needs, associate a finish or user_data provisioning template with the operating system you want to use. For more information about provisioning templates, see Provisioning Templates.

15.1. Adding a Google Compute Engine Connection to Foreman server

Use this procedure to add Google Compute Engine (GCE) as a compute resource in Foreman.

Procedure
  1. In GCE, generate a service account key in JSON format and upload this file to the /usr/share/foreman/ directory on Foreman server.

  2. On Foreman server, change the owner for the service account key to the foreman user:

    # chown foreman /usr/share/foreman/gce_key.json
  3. Configure permissions for the service account key to ensure that the file is readable:

    # chmod 0600 /usr/share/foreman/gce_key.json
  4. Restore SELinux context for the service account key:

    # restorecon -vv /usr/share/foreman/gce_key.json
  5. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click Create Compute Resource.

  6. In the Name field, enter a name for the compute resource.

  7. From the Provider list, select Google.

  8. Optional: In the Description field, enter a description for the resource.

  9. In the Google Project ID field, enter the project ID.

  10. In the Client Email field, enter the client email.

  11. In the Certificate Path field, enter the path to the service account key. For example, /usr/share/foreman/gce_key.json.

  12. Click Load Zones to populate the list of zones from your GCE environment.

  13. From the Zone list, select the GCE zone to use.

  14. Click Submit.

For CLI Users
  1. In GCE, generate a service account key in JSON format and upload this file to the /usr/share/foreman/ directory on Foreman server.

  2. On Foreman server, change the owner for the service account key to the foreman user:

    # chown foreman /usr/share/foreman/gce_key.json
  3. Configure permissions for the service account key to ensure that the file is readable:

    # chmod 0600 /usr/share/foreman/gce_key.json
  4. Restore SELinux context for the service account key:

    # restorecon -vv /usr/share/foreman/gce_key.json
  5. Use the hammer compute-resource create command to add a GCE compute resource to Foreman:

    # hammer compute-resource create --name 'gce_cr' \
    --provider 'gce' \
    --project 'gce_project_id' \
    --key-path 'gce_key.json' \
    --zone 'us-west1-b' \
    --email 'gce_email'

15.2. Adding Google Compute Engine Images to Foreman server

To create hosts using image-based provisioning, you must add information about the image, such as access details and the image location, to your Foreman server.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click the name of the Google Compute Engine connection.

  2. Click Create Image.

  3. In the Name field, enter a name for the image.

  4. From the Operating System list, select the image’s base operating system.

  5. From the Architecture list, select the operating system architecture.

  6. In the Username field, enter the SSH user name for image access. Specify a user other than root, because the root user cannot connect to a GCE instance using SSH keys. The username must begin with a letter and consist of lowercase letters and numbers.

  7. From the Image list, select an image from the Google Compute Engine compute resource.

  8. Optional: Select the User Data check box if the image supports user data input, such as cloud-init data.

  9. Click Submit to save the image details.

For CLI Users
  • Create the image with the hammer compute-resource image create command. With the --username option, specify a user other than root, because the root user cannot connect to a GCE instance using SSH keys. The username must begin with a letter and consist of lowercase letters and numbers.

    # hammer compute-resource image create \
    --name 'gce_image_name' \
    --compute-resource 'gce_cr' \
    --operatingsystem-id 1 \
    --architecture-id 1 \
    --uuid '3780108136525169178' \
    --username 'admin'

15.3. Adding Google Compute Engine Details to a Compute Profile

Use this procedure to add GCE hardware settings to a compute profile. When you create a host on GCE using this compute profile, these settings are automatically populated.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Profiles.

  2. In the Compute Profiles window, click the name of an existing compute profile, or click Create Compute Profile, enter a Name, and click Submit.

  3. Click the name of the GCE compute resource.

  4. From the Machine Type list, select the machine type to use for provisioning.

  5. From the Image list, select the image to use for provisioning.

  6. From the Network list, select the GCE network to use for provisioning.

  7. Optional: Select the Associate Ephemeral External IP check box to assign a dynamic ephemeral IP address that Foreman uses to communicate with the host. This public IP address changes when you reboot the host. If you need a permanent IP address, reserve a static public IP address on GCE and attach it to the host.

  8. In the Size (GB) field, enter the size of the storage to create on the host.

  9. Click Submit to save the compute profile.

For CLI Users
  1. Create a compute profile to use with the GCE compute resource:

    # hammer compute-profile create --name gce_profile
  2. Add GCE details to the compute profile.

    # hammer compute-profile values create --compute-profile gce_profile \
    --compute-resource 'gce_cr' \
    --volume "size_gb=20" \
    --compute-attributes "machine_type=f1-micro,associate_external_ip=true,network=default"

15.4. Creating Image-based Hosts on Google Compute Engine

In Foreman, you can use Google Compute Engine provisioning to create hosts from an existing image. The new host entry triggers the Google Compute Engine server to create the instance using the pre-existing image as a basis for the new volume.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Create Host.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the host.

  3. Click the Organization and Location tabs to ensure that the provisioning context is automatically set to the current context.

  4. From the Host Group list, select the host group that you want to use to populate the form.

  5. From the Deploy on list, select the Google Compute Engine connection.

  6. From the Compute Profile list, select a profile to use to automatically populate virtual machine settings.

  7. Click the Interface tab and click Edit on the host’s interface.

  8. Verify that the fields are automatically populated, particularly the following items:

    • The Name from the Host tab becomes the DNS name.

    • The MAC address field is blank. Google Compute Engine assigns a MAC address to the host during provisioning.

    • Foreman server automatically assigns an IP address for the new host.

    • The Domain field is populated with the required domain.

    • The Managed, Primary, and Provision options are automatically selected for the first interface on the host. If not, select them.

  9. Click the Operating System tab, and confirm that all fields automatically contain values.

  10. Click Resolve in Provisioning templates to check the new host can identify the right provisioning templates to use.

  11. Click the Virtual Machine tab and confirm that these settings are populated with details from the host group and compute profile. Modify these settings to suit your needs.

  12. If you use the Katello plugin, click the Parameters tab, and ensure that a parameter exists that provides an activation key. If not, add an activation key.

  13. Click Submit to save the host entry.

For CLI Users
  • Create the host with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method image. Replace the values in the following example with the appropriate values for your environment.

    # hammer host create \
    --name "GCE_VM" \
    --organization "Your_Organization" \
    --location "Your_Location" \
    --compute-resource gce_cr_name
    --compute-profile "gce_profile_name" \
    --provision-method 'image' \
    --image gce_image_name \
    --root-password "your_root_password" \
    --interface "type=interface,domain_id=1,managed=true,primary=true,provision=true" \
    --puppet-environment-id 1 \
    --puppet-ca-proxy-id 1 \
    --puppet-proxy-id 1 \
    --architecture x86_64 \
    --operatingsystem "operating_system_name"

For more information about additional host creation parameters for this compute resource, enter the hammer host create --help command.

16. Provisioning Cloud Instances on Microsoft Azure Resource Manager

Foreman can interact with Microsoft Azure Resource Manager, including creating new virtual machines and controlling their power management states. Only image-based provisioning is supported for creating Azure hosts.

For more information about Azure Resource Manager concepts, see Azure Resource Manager documentation.

Note that Foreman does not support Azure Government.

Prerequisites
  • The installation media for the operating systems that you want to use to provision hosts. If the Katello plug-in is installed, you can use synchronized content repositories for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see Synchronizing Red Hat Repositories in the Content Management Guide.

  • If the Katello plug-in is installed, an activation key for host registration. For more information, see Creating An Activation Key in the Content Management guide.

  • Ensure that you have the correct permissions to create an Azure Active Directory application. For more information, see Check Azure AD permissions in the Microsoft identity platform (Azure Active Directory for developers) documentation.

  • You must create and configure an Azure Active Directory application and service principle to obtain Application or client ID, Directory or tenant ID, and Client Secret. For more information, see Use the portal to create an Azure AD application and service principal that can access resources in the Microsoft identity platform (Azure Active Directory for developers) documentation.

  • Optional: If you want to use Puppet with Azure hosts, navigate to Administer > Settings > Puppet and enable the Use UUID for certificates setting to configure Puppet to use consistent Puppet certificate IDs.

  • Based on your needs, associate a finish or user_data provisioning template with the operating system you want to use. For more information about provisioning templates, see Provisioning Templates.

  • Optional: If you want the virtual machine to use a static private IP address, create a subnet in Foreman with the Network Address field matching the Azure subnet address.

16.1. Installing the Foreman AzureRm Plug-in

Use this procedure to install the AzureRm plug-in in Foreman. Note that this plug-in is version 2.0.x and does not depend on the previous foreman_azure 1.x as they refer to different Azure APIs. This AzureRm plug-in is compatible with Foreman 1.17 and later.

Installing with Bundle (Gem)
  1. Append the following line to the Gemfile.local.rb file in your Foreman installation directory /usr/share/foreman/bundler.d/Gemfile.local.rb:

    $ gem 'foreman_azure_rm'
  2. Change to the ~/usr/share/foreman/bundler.d/ directory:

    cd ~/usr/share/foreman/bundler.d/
  3. Run the bundle install command.

  4. Enable the foreman_azure_rm plug-in:

    # foreman-installer --enable-foreman-plugin-azure --enable-foreman-cli-azure
  5. Reload the Apipie cache:

    # hammer -r
Installing with a Package-Management Utility
  1. Install the AzureRm plug-in using yum:

    # yum install tfm-rubygem-foreman_azure_rm
  2. Enable the foreman_azure_rm plug-in:

    # foreman-installer --enable-foreman-plugin-azure --enable-foreman-cli-azure
  3. Reload the Apipie cache:

    # hammer -r

16.2. Adding a Microsoft Azure Resource Manager Connection to Foreman server

Use this procedure to add Microsoft Azure Resource Manager as a compute resource in Foreman. Note that you must add a separate compute resource for each Azure Resource Manager region that you want to use.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click Create Compute Resource.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the compute resource.

  3. From the Provider list, select Azure Resource Manager.

  4. Optional: In the Description field, enter a description for the resource.

  5. In the Client ID field, enter the Application or client ID.

  6. In the Client Secret field, enter the client secret.

  7. In the Subscription ID field, enter the subscription ID.

  8. In the Tenant ID field, enter the Directory or tenant ID.

  9. From the Azure Region list, select the Azure region to use.

  10. Click Submit.

For CLI Users
  • Use the hammer compute-resource create command to add an Azure compute resource to Foreman. Note that the value for the --region option must be in lowercase and must not contain special characters.

    # hammer compute-resource create --name azure_cr_name \
    --provider azurerm \
    --tenant tenant-id \
    --app-ident client-id \
    --secret-key client-secret \
    --sub-id subscription-id \
    --region 'region'

16.3. Adding Microsoft Azure Resource Manager Images to Foreman server

To create hosts using image-based provisioning, you must add information about the image, such as access details and the image location, to your Foreman server.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Resources and click the name of the Microsoft Azure Resource Manager connection.

  2. Click Create Image.

  3. In the Name field, enter a name for the image.

  4. From the Operating System list, select the image’s base operating system.

  5. From the Architecture list, select the operating system architecture.

  6. In the Username field, enter the SSH user name for image access. You cannot use the root user.

  7. Optional: In the Password field, enter a password to authenticate with.

  8. In the Marketplace Image URN field, enter a Marketplace URN. For example, RedHat:RHEL:7-RAW:latest. For more information, see Find Linux VM images in the Azure Marketplace with the Azure CLI.

  9. Optional: Select the User Data check box if the image supports user data input, such as cloud-init data.

  10. Click Submit to save the image details.

For CLI Users
  • Create the image with the hammer compute-resource image create command. Note that the username that you enter for the image must be the same that you use when you create a host with this image. The --password option is optional when creating an image. You cannot use the root user.

    # hammer compute-resource image create \
    --name Azure_image_name \
    --compute-resource azure_cr_name \
    --uuid 'RedHat:RHEL:7-RAW:latest' \
    --username 'azure_username' \
    --user-data no

16.4. Adding Microsoft Azure Resource Manager Details to a Compute Profile

Use this procedure to add Azure hardware settings to a compute profile. When you create a host on Azure using this compute profile, these settings are automatically populated.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Compute Profiles.

  2. In the Compute Profiles window, click the name of an existing compute profile, or click Create Compute Profile, enter a Name, and click Submit.

  3. Click the name of the Azure compute resource.

  4. From the Resource group list, select the resource group to provision to.

  5. From the VM Size list, select a size of a virtual machine to provision.

  6. From the Platform list, select Linux. Foreman does not support provisioning virtual machines running Microsoft operating systems.

  7. In the Username field, enter a user name to authenticate with. Note that the username that you enter for compute profile must be the same that you use when creating an image.

  8. To authenticate the user, use one of the following options:

    • To authenticate using a password, enter a password in the Password field.

    • To authenticate using an SSH key, enter an SSH key in the SSH Key field.

  9. Optional: If you want the virtual machine to use a premium virtual machine disk, select the Premium OS Disk check box.

  10. From the OS Disk Caching list, select the disc caching setting.

  11. Optional: In the Custom Script Command field, enter commands to perform on the virtual machine when the virtual machine is provisioned.

  12. Optional: If you want to run custom scripts when provisioning finishes, in the Comma separated file URIs field, enter comma-separated file URIs of scripts to use. The scripts must contain sudo at the beginning because Foreman downloads files to the /var/lib/waagent/custom-script/download/0/ directory on the host and scripts require sudo privileges to be executed.

  13. Click Add Interface.

  14. From the Azure Subnet list, select the Azure subnet to provision to.

  15. From the Public IP list, select the public IP setting.

  16. Optional: If you want the virtual machine to use a static private IP, select the Static Private IP check box.

  17. Click Submit.

For CLI Users
  1. Create a compute profile to use with the Azure Resource Manager compute resource:

    # hammer compute-profile create --name compute_profile_name
  2. Add Azure details to the compute profile. With the username setting, enter the SSH user name for image access. Note that the username that you enter for compute profile must be the same that you use when creating an image.

    # hammer compute-profile values create \
    --compute-profile "compute_profile_name" \
    --compute-resource azure_cr_name \
    --compute-attributes="resource_group=resource_group,vm_size=Standard_B1s,username=azure_user,password=azure_password,platform=Linux,script_command=touch /var/tmp/text.txt" \
    --interface="compute_public_ip=Dynamic,compute_network=mysubnetID,compute_private_ip=false"

    Optional: If you want to run scripts on the virtual machine after provisioning, specify the following settings:

    • To enter the script directly, with the script_command setting, enter a command to be executed on the provisioned virtual machine.

    • To run a script from a URI, with the script_uris setting, enter comma-separated file URIs of scripts to use. The scripts must contain sudo at the beginning because Foreman downloads files to the /var/lib/waagent/custom-script/download/0/ directory on the host and therefore scripts require sudo privileges to be executed.

16.5. Creating Image-based Hosts on Microsoft Azure Resource Manager

In Foreman, you can use Microsoft Azure Resource Manager provisioning to create hosts from an existing image. The new host entry triggers the Microsoft Azure Resource Manager server to create the instance using the pre-existing image as a basis for the new volume.

Procedure
  1. In the Foreman web UI, navigate to Hosts > Create Host.

  2. In the Name field, enter a name for the host.

  3. Click the Organization and Location tabs to ensure that the provisioning context is automatically set to the current context.

  4. From the Host Group list, select the host group that you want to use to populate the form.

  5. From the Deploy on list, select the Microsoft Azure Resource Manager connection.

  6. From the Compute Profile list, select a profile to use to automatically populate virtual machine settings.

  7. Click the Interface tab and click Edit on the host’s interface.

  8. Verify that the fields are automatically populated, particularly the following items:

    • The Name from the Host tab becomes the DNS name.

    • The MAC address field is blank. Microsoft Azure Resource Manager assigns a MAC address to the host during provisioning.

    • The Azure Subnet field is populated with the required Azure subnet.

    • The Managed, Primary, and Provision options are automatically selected for the first interface on the host. If not, select them.

  9. Optional: If you want to use a static private IP address, from the IPv4 Subnet list select the Foreman subnet with the Network Address field matching the Azure subnet address. In the IPv4 Address field, enter an IPv4 address within the range of your Azure subnet.

  10. Click the Operating System tab, and confirm that all fields automatically contain values.

  11. In the Root Password field, enter the root password to authenticate with.

  12. Click Resolve in Provisioning templates to check the new host can identify the right provisioning templates to use.

  13. Click the Virtual Machine tab and confirm that these settings are populated with details from the host group and compute profile. Modify these settings to suit your needs.

  14. If you use the Katello plugin, click the Parameters tab, and ensure that a parameter exists that provides an activation key. If not, add an activation key.

  15. Click Submit to save the host entry.

For CLI Users
  • Create the host with the hammer host create command and include --provision-method image. Replace the values in the following example with the appropriate values for your environment.

    # hammer host create \
    --name="Azure_VM" \
    --organization "Your_Organization" \
    --location "Your_Location" \
    --compute-resource azure_cr_name \
    --compute-profile "compute_profile_name" \
    --provision-method 'image' \
    --image Azure_image_name \
    --domain domain_name \
    --architecture x86_64 \
    --operatingsystem "operating_system_name"

For more information about additional host creation parameters for this compute resource, enter the hammer host create --help command.

Appendix A: Initialization Script for Provisioning Examples

Note
The following chapter describes Red Hat content management provided by Katello plugin. Deployments without the plugin use Installation Media to fetch content from remote or local mirrors.

If you have not followed the examples in the Foreman Content Management Guide, you can use the following initialization script to create an environment for provisioning examples.

Create a script file (content-init.sh) and include the following:

#!/bin/bash

MANIFEST=$1

# Import the content from Red Hat CDN
hammer organization create --name "ACME" --label "ACME" \
--description "Our example organization for managing content."
hammer subscription upload --file ~/$MANIFEST --organization "ACME"
hammer repository-set enable \
--name "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server (RPMs)" \
--releasever "7Server" --basearch "x86_64" \
--product "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server" --organization "ACME"
hammer repository-set enable \
--name "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server (Kickstart)" \
--releasever "7Server" --basearch "x86_64" \
--product "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server" --organization "ACME"
hammer repository-set enable \
--name "Red Hat https://yum.theforeman.org/client/2.0/ (for RHEL 7 Server) (RPMs)" \
--basearch "x86_64" --product "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server" \
--organization "ACME"
hammer product synchronize --name "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server" \
--organization "ACME"

# Create our application life cycle
hammer lifecycle-environment create --name "Development" \
--description "Environment for ACME's Development Team" \
--prior "Library" --organization "ACME"
hammer lifecycle-environment create --name "Testing" \
--description "Environment for ACME's Quality Engineering Team" \
--prior "Development" --organization "ACME"
hammer lifecycle-environment create --name "Production" \
--description "Environment for ACME's Product Releases" \
--prior "Testing" --organization "ACME"

# Create and publish our Content View
hammer content-view create --name "Base" \
--description "Base operating system" \
--repositories "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server RPMs x86_64 7Server,Red Hat https://yum.theforeman.org/client/2.0/ for RHEL 7 Server RPMs x86_64" \
--organization "ACME"
hammer content-view publish --name "Base" \
--description "Initial content view for our operating system" \
--organization "ACME"
hammer content-view version promote --content-view "Base" --version 1 \
--to-lifecycle-environment "Development" --organization "ACME"
hammer content-view version promote --content-view "Base" --version 1 \
--to-lifecycle-environment "Testing" --organization "ACME"
hammer content-view version promote --content-view "Base" --version 1 \
--to-lifecycle-environment "Production" --organization "ACME"

Set executable permissions on the script:

# chmod +x content-init.sh

Download a copy of your Subscription Manifest from the Red Hat Customer Portal and run the script on the manifest:

# ./content-init.sh manifest_98f4290e-6c0b-4f37-ba79-3a3ec6e405ba.zip

This imports the necessary Red Hat content for the provisioning examples in this guide.

Appendix B: Provisioning FIPS-Compliant Hosts

Foreman supports provisioning hosts that comply with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules standard, reference number FIPS 140-2, referred to here as FIPS.

To enable the provisioning of hosts that are FIPS-compliant, complete the following tasks:

  • Change the provisioning password hashing algorithm for the operating system

  • Create a host group and set a host group parameter to enable FIPS

For more information about creating host groups, see Creating a Host Group in the Managing Hosts guide.

The provisioned hosts have the FIPS-compliant settings applied. To confirm that these settings are enabled, complete the steps in Verifying FIPS Mode is Enabled.

B.1. Change the Provisioning Password Hashing Algorithm

To provision FIPS-compliant hosts, you must first set the password hashing algorithm that you use in provisioning to SHA256. This configuration setting must be applied for each operating system you want to deploy as FIPS-compliant.

  1. Identify the Operating System IDs.

    $ hammer os list
  2. Update each operating system’s password hash value.

    $ hammer os update --title Operating_System \
      --password-hash SHA256
  3. Repeat this command for each of the operating systems, using the matching value in the TITLE column:

    $ hammer os update --title "RedHat version_number" \
      --password-hash SHA256

    Note that you cannot use a comma-separated list of values.

B.2. Setting the FIPS-Enabled Parameter

To provision a FIPS-compliant host, you must create a host group and set the host group parameter fips_enabled to true. If this is not set to true, or is absent, the FIPS-specific changes do not apply to the system. You can set this parameter when you provision a host or for a host group.

To set this parameter when provisioning a host, append --parameters fips_enabled=true to the Hammer command.

$ hammer hostgroup set-parameter --name fips_enabled \
 --value 'true' \
 --hostgroup prod_servers

For more information, see the output of the command hammer hostgroup set-parameter --help.

B.3. Verifying FIPS Mode is Enabled

To verify these FIPS compliance changes have been successful, you must provision a host and check its configuration.

  1. Log on to the host as root or with an admin-level account.

  2. Enter the following command:

    $ cat /proc/sys/crypto/fips_enabled

    A value of 1 confirms that FIPS mode is enabled.