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Structure: 50% theory 50% hands-on lab exercises

Target audience: Developers, SysAdmins, and DevOps wanting to obtain working knowledge about the OpenStack open source cloud system.

Certification: This course prepares participants for certification. The Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) certification is the only sponsored certification by the OpenStack Foundation.

Guru Labs is partnered with Component Soft an OpenStack Training Partner for OpenStack courses and certification preparation.



Basic Linux systems administration (GL250), networking, and virtualization.

Supported Distributions: Newton


  1. Controller Node
    1. Overview Horizon and OpenStack
    2. Keystone Architecture
    3. Keystone workflow (simplified)
    4. Keystone Services
    5. Keystone backends
    6. Keystone v3 – domains/groups
    7. Keystone - User/tenant maintenance
    8. Keystone – service catalog
    9. Service APIs + keystone
    10. Troubleshooting Keystone - Cases
    11. Openstack messaging - AMQP
    12. OpenStack Messaging and Queues
    13. Messaging example with Oslo-RPC
    14. Message Queue Configuration
    15. Troubleshooting RabbitMQ - Service
    16. Message Queue Configuration
    17. Image Management
    18. Glance overview
    19. Glance CLI overview
    20. Troubleshooting Glance - Cases
    Lab Exercises
    1. Keystone
    2. Glance
  2. Cinder
    1. Block Storage
    2. Volume creation flow
    3. Volume operations
    4. Cinder CLI - create
    5. Cinder CLI – extend
    6. Cinder CLI - snapshot
    7. Cinder CLI – backup/restore
    8. Cinder – encrypted volumes
    9. Encrypted volumes - CLI
    10. Cinder quotas
    11. Troubleshooting Cinder - Cases
    12. Considerations for block storage
    Lab Exercises
    1. Create volume
    2. Attach volume to an instance
    3. Extend a volume
    4. Using snapshot
    5. GlusterFS as backend for Cinder (optional)
  3. Ceilometer
    1. Ceilometer background and use cases
    2. Ceilometer architecture
    3. Ceilometer meters and pipelines
    4. Ceilometer deployment
    Lab Exercises
    1. Ceilometer health check
    2. Start instance
    3. Check VM with ceilometer
    4. Alarm setup
  4. Heat
    1. Heat Overview
    2. Architecture
    3. AWS CloudFormation template format
    4. Heat services
    5. heat-api
    6. heat-cfn-api
    7. heat-engine
    8. Configuring Heat
    9. Configuring images for use with Heat
    10. Creating a stack
    Lab Exercises
    1. Basic static template
    2. Template using input parameters and environment
    3. Nested templates
    4. Template with auto-scaling
  5. Object Storage Service - Swift
    1. Swift Overview
    2. Swift Architecture
    3. Accounts, containers, objects, and rings
    4. Nodes types : auth, proxy, storage
    5. Partitions, zones, replication
    6. Using Swift
    7. Accounts
    8. Creating and managing objects
    9. Object server management
    10. Container server management
    11. Account server management
    12. Proxy server management
    13. Ring management
    14. Large objects
    Lab Exercises
    1. Start storage nodes and configure swift
    2. Upload files
    3. Practice ACL and Expiration usage
    4. Swift backend for glance

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