Bootstrap a management cluster

Bootstrap a management cluster

After you complete the prerequisite steps described in Prerequisites, proceed with bootstrapping your OpenStack-based Mirantis Container Cloud management cluster.

To bootstrap an OpenStack-based management cluster:

  1. Log in to the bootstrap node running Ubuntu 18.04 that is configured as described in Prerequisites.

  2. Download and run the Container Cloud bootstrap script:

    chmod 0755
  3. Change the directory to the kaas-bootstrap folder created by the script.

  4. Obtain your license file that will be required during the bootstrap. See step 3 in Getting Started with Mirantis Container Cloud.

  5. Save the license file as mirantis.lic under the kaas-bootstrap directory.

  6. Prepare the OpenStack configuration for a new cluster:

    1. Log in to the OpenStack Horizon.

    2. In the Project section, select API Access.

    3. In the right-side drop-down menu Download OpenStack RC File, select OpenStack clouds.yaml File.

    4. Save the downloaded clouds.yaml file in the kaas-bootstrap folder created by the script.

    5. In clouds.yaml, add the password field with your OpenStack password under the clouds/openstack/auth section.


            username: your_username
            password: your_secret_password
            project_id: your_project_id
            user_domain_name: your_user_domain_name
          region_name: RegionOne
          interface: public
          identity_api_version: 3
    6. Verify access to the target cloud endpoint from Docker. For example:

      docker run --rm alpine sh -c "apk add --no-cache curl; \

      The system output must contain no error records.

    In case of issues, follow the steps provided in Troubleshooting.

  7. Configure the cluster and machines metadata:

    1. In templates/machines.yaml.template, modify the spec:providerSpec:value section for 3 control plane nodes marked with the label by substituting the flavor and image parameters with the corresponding values of the control plane nodes in the related OpenStack cluster. For example:

      spec: &cp_spec
            apiVersion: ""
            kind: "OpenstackMachineProviderSpec"
            flavor: kaas.minimal
            image: bionic-server-cloudimg-amd64-20190612


      The flavor parameter value provided in the example above is cloud-specific and must meet the Container Cloud requirements.

      Also, modify other parameters as required.

    2. Modify the templates/cluster.yaml.template parameters to fit your deployment. For example, add the corresponding values for cidrBlocks in the spec::clusterNetwork::services section.


    The passwordSalt and passwordHash values for the IAM roles are automatically re-generated during the IAM configuration described below in this procedure.

  8. Optional. Configure the regional NTP server parameters to be applied to all machines of regional and managed clusters in the specified region.

    In templates/cluster.yaml.template, add the ntp:servers section with the list of required servers names:

              - helmReleases:
                - name: openstack-provider
                provider: openstack
  9. Optional. If you require all Internet access to go through a proxy server, in bootstrap.env, add the following environment variables to bootstrap the management and regional cluster using proxy:



    • NO_PROXY

    Example snippet:

    export HTTP_PROXY=
    export HTTPS_PROXY=
    export NO_PROXY=,registry.internal.lan

    The following variables formats are accepted:

    Proxy configuration data





    • - for anonymous access

    • - for restricted access

    • NO_PROXY

    Comma-separated list of IP addresses or domain names

    For the list of Mirantis resources and IP addresses to be accessible from the Container Cloud clusters, see Reference Architecture: Hardware and system requirements.

  10. Optional. Skip this step to use the default password password in the Container Cloud web UI.


    For security reasons, Mirantis strongly recommends changing the default password on publicly accessible Container Cloud deployments.

    Configure the IAM parameters:

    1. Create hashed passwords for every IAM role: reader, writer, and operator for bare metal deployments:

      ./bin/hash-generate -i 27500

      The hash-generate utility requests you to enter a password and outputs the parameters required for the next step. Save the password that you enter in a secure location. This password will be used to access the Container Cloud web UI with a specific IAM role.

      Example of system response:

      passwordSalt: 6ibPZdUfQK8PsOpSmyVJnA==
      passwordHash: 23W1l65FBdI3NL7LMiUQG9Cu62bWLTqIsOgdW8xNsqw=
      passwordHashAlgorithm: pbkdf2-sha256
      passwordHashIterations: 27500

      Run the tool several times to generate hashed passwords for every IAM role.

    2. Open templates/cluster.yaml.template for editing.

    3. In the initUsers section, add the following parameters for each IAM role that you generated in the previous step:

      • passwordSalt - base64-encoded randomly generated sequence of bytes.

      • passwordHash - base64-encoded password hash generated using passwordHashAlgorithm with passwordHashIterations. Supported algorithms include pbkdf2-sha256 and pbkdf-sha512.

  11. Optional. Configure external identity provider for IAM.

  12. Run the bootstrap script:

    ./ all
  13. When the bootstrap is complete, collect and save the following management cluster details in a secure location:

    • The kubeconfig file located in the same directory as the bootstrap script. This file contains the admin credentials for the management cluster.

    • The private ssh_key for access to the management cluster nodes that is located in the same directory as the bootstrap script.

    • The URL and credentials for the Container Cloud web UI. The system outputs these details when the bootstrap completes.

    • The StackLight endpoints. For details, see Operations Guide: Access StackLight web UIs.

    • The Keycloak URL that the system outputs when the bootstrap completes. The admin password for Keycloak is located in kaas-bootstrap/passwords.yml along with other IAM passwords.


    When the bootstrap is complete, the bootstrap cluster resources are freed up.

  14. In case of deployment issues, collect and inspect the bootstrap and management cluster logs as described in Troubleshooting.

  15. Optional. Deploy an additional regional cluster as described in Deploy an additional regional cluster (optional).

Now, you can proceed with operating your management cluster using the Container Cloud web UI and deploying managed clusters as described in Create an OpenStack-based managed cluster.