Install Mirantis Container Runtime for Oracle Linux

There are two ways to install and upgrade Mirantis Container Runtime (MCR).

  • YUM repository: Set up a Docker repository and install Mirantis Container Runtime from it. This is the recommended approach because installation and upgrades are managed with YUM and easier to do.

  • RPM package: Download the RPM package, install it manually, and manage upgrades manually. This is useful when installing Mirantis Container Runtime on air-gapped systems with no access to the internet.

Prerequisites

Perform all prerequisites as required prior to installing MCR on Oracle Linux.

Architectures and storage drivers

Mirantis Container Runtime supports Oracle Linux 64-bit, versions 7.3 and higher, running the Red Hat Compatible kernel (RHCK) 3.10.0-514 or higher. Older versions of Oracle Linux are not supported.

On Oracle Linux, Mirantis Container Runtime only supports the devicemapper storage driver. In production, you must use it in direct-lvm mode, which requires one or more dedicated block devices. Fast storage such as solid-state media (SSD) is recommended.

Uninstall old Docker versions

The Mirantis Container Runtime package is called docker-ee. Older versions were called docker or docker-engine. Uninstall all older versions and associated dependencies. The contents of /var/lib/docker/ are preserved, including images, containers, volumes, and networks.

$ sudo yum remove docker \
                  docker-engine \
                  docker-engine-selinux

Repo install and upgrade

The advantage of using a repository from which to install Mirantis Container Runtime (or any software) is that it provides a certain level of automation. RPM-based distributions such as Oracle Linux, use a tool called YUM that work with your repositories to manage dependencies and provide automatic updates.

Set up the repository

You only need to set up the repository once, after which you can install Mirantis Container Runtime from the repo and repeatedly upgrade as necessary.

  1. Remove existing Docker repositories from /etc/yum.repos.d/:

    $ sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/docker*.repo
    
  2. Temporarily store http://repos.mirantis.com in an environment variable. This variable assignment does not persist when the session ends:

    $ export DOCKERURL="http://repos.mirantis.com"
    
  3. Store the value of the variable, DOCKERURL (from the previous step), in a yum variable in /etc/yum/vars/:

    $ sudo -E sh -c 'echo "$DOCKERURL/oraclelinux" > /etc/yum/vars/dockerurl'
    
  4. Install required packages: yum-utils provides the yum-config-manager utility, and device-mapper-persistent-data and lvm2 are required by the devicemapper storage driver:

    $ sudo yum install -y yum-utils \
      device-mapper-persistent-data \
      lvm2
    
  5. Enable the ol7_addons Oracle repository. This ensures access to the container-selinux package required by docker-ee.

    $ sudo yum-config-manager --enable ol7_addons
    
  6. Add the Mirantis Container Runtime stable repository:

    $ sudo -E yum-config-manager \
        --add-repo \
        "$DOCKERURL/oraclelinux/docker-ee.repo"
    

Install from the repository

  1. Install the latest patch release, or go to the next step to install a specific version:

    $ sudo yum -y install docker-ee docker-ee-cli containerd.io
    

    If prompted to accept the GPG key, verify that the fingerprint matches 77FE DA13 1A83 1D29 A418 D3E8 99E5 FF2E 7668 2BC9, and if so, accept it.

  2. To install a specific version of Mirantis Container Runtime (recommended in production), list versions and install:

    1. List and sort the versions available in your repo. This example sorts results by version number, highest to lowest, and is truncated:

      $ sudo yum list docker-ee  --showduplicates | sort -r
      
      docker-ee.x86_64      19.03.ee.2-1.el7.oraclelinux      docker-ee-stable-18.09
      

      The list returned depends on which repositories you enabled, and is specific to your version of Oracle Linux (indicated by .el7 in this example).

    2. Install a specific version by its fully qualified package name, which is the package name (docker-ee) plus the version string (2nd column) starting at the first colon (:), up to the first hyphen, separated by a hyphen (-). For example, docker-ee-18.09.1.

      $ sudo yum -y install docker-ee-<VERSION_STRING> docker-ee-cli-<VERSION_STRING> containerd.io
      

      For example, if you want to install the 19.03 version run the following:

      sudo yum-config-manager --enable docker-ee-stable-19.03
      

    Docker is installed but not started. The docker group is created, but no users are added to the group.

  3. Start Docker:

    $ sudo systemctl start docker
    
  4. Verify that Mirantis Container Runtime is installed correctly by running the hello-world image. This command downloads a test image, runs it in a container, prints an informational message, and exits:

    $ sudo docker run hello-world
    

    Mirantis Container Runtime is installed and running. Use sudo to run Docker commands.

Upgrade from the repository

  1. Add the new repository.

  2. Follow the installation instructions and install a new version.

Package install and upgrade

To manually install MCR, download the .rpm file for your release. You need to download a new file each time you want to upgrade MCR.

Install with a package

  1. Go to repos.mirantis.com in your browser.

  2. Navigate to oraclelinux/. Choose your Oracle Linux version, architecture, and Docker version. Download the .rpm file from the Packages directory.

  3. Install MCR.

    $ sudo yum install <path_to_downloaded_oracle_package_.rpm>
    

    Docker is installed but not started. The docker group is created, but no users are added to the group.

  4. Start Docker:

    $ sudo systemctl start docker
    
  5. Verify that Mirantis Container Runtime is installed correctly by running the hello-world image. This command downloads a test image, runs it in a container, prints an informational message, and exits:

    $ sudo docker run hello-world
    

    Mirantis Container Runtime is installed and running. Use sudo to run Docker commands.

Upgrade with a package

  1. Download the newer package file.

  2. Repeat the installation procedure, using yum -y upgrade instead of yum  -y install, and point to the new file.

Enable MCR Telemetry

By default, MCR automatically records and transmits data to Mirantis for monitoring and analysis purposes. The data collected provides the Mirantis Customer Success Organization with information that helps us to better understand the operational use of MCR by our customers. It also provides key feedback in the form of product usage statistics, which enable our product teams to enhance Mirantis products and services.

To disable the telemetry function, set features.telemetry to false in your /etc/docker/daemon.json file. Change the setting to true to re-enable telemetry.

{"features":{"telemetry": false}}

Caution

To send the telemetry, verify that dockerd can resolve api.segment.io and create a TCP (HTTPS) connection on port 443.

Uninstall Mirantis Container Runtime

  1. Uninstall the Mirantis Container Runtime package:

    $ sudo yum -y remove docker-ee
    
  2. Delete all images, containers, and volumes (because these are not automatically removed from your host):

    $ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/docker
    
  3. Delete other Docker related resources:

    $ sudo rm -rf /run/docker
    $ sudo rm -rf /var/run/docker
    $ sudo rm -rf /etc/docker``
    
  4. If desired, remove the devicemapper thin pool and reformat the block devices that were part of it.

You must delete any edited configuration files manually.