OpenStack Course

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The OpenStack Administration Bootcamp course is a 4 day class designed to introduce you to OpenStack and its components (day 1) and then provide you with a complete experience with administering and operating the most common OpenStack components to implement Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in a private cloud; from image management to instance creation to network plugins and more (days 2-4).

At the end of OS250, you have the skills required to pass the COA exam.

All Mirantis OpenStack courses are vendor agnostic. Tasks are performed in an OpenStack environment without any vendor add-ons that might change the way OpenStack works. Reference implementations are utilized, such as Logical Volume Manager (LVM) for Block Storage, Open vSwitch (OVS) for L2 networking, or KVM/QEMU for the hypervisor.


This course is targeted at students with the following:

  • Skills:
    • Basic understanding of cloud and virtualization technologies
    • Basic hypervisor skills are beneficial, such as KVM or VMware, but not required
    • Basic Linux skills
    • Basic understanding of OpenStack
  • Motivations:  Learn the critical skills needed to operate and administer an OpenStack environment
  • Roles:  System/network administrators, Technical IT Professionals, Deployment engineers, Cloud administrators, & Cloud operations

Skills Gained

Lab Requirements
  • Laptop with WiFi connectivity
  • Attendees should have the latest Chrome or Firefox installed, and a free account at strigo.io.


  • Solid Linux command line skills
  • Although not required, an understanding of hypervisors, virtualization, networking, and storage concepts is beneficial


This course begins with:

  • An introduction to OpenStack , including its architecture, history, the OpenStack Foundation, plus an overview of the most commonly used components with discussion of additional components for containers, bare metal, workflows, monitoring, cloud costing, and more.

As the course continues, the most commonly used OpenStack components are discussed in detail:

  • Keystone (Identity service) : Authenticating with Keystone, managing tokens, RBAC policies, & the purpose of the Service Catalog
  • Glance (Image service) : Creating & managing images, options to build an image, the purpose of cloud-init
  • Neutron (Network service) : Understand what networks OpenStack uses, such as, the management network. Neutron architecture, including plugins, namespaces, layer 2 protocols, layer 3 routing, Neutron security groups, and more.
  • Heat (Orchestration service) : Discusses Heat templates, their syntax, and MANY practical day-to-day examples of Heat templates, including examples of installing and configuring software on your instances at boot.Heat (Orchestration service): Discusses Heat templates, their syntax, and MANY practical day-to-day examples of Heat templates, including examples of installing and configuring software on your instances at boot.
  • Ceilometer / Aodh (Telemetry services) : Discuss the role & architecture of each component. Review a sample application with load balancing and autoscaling

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