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Enabling OpenShift metrics and logging on Azure

Hands-On Lab


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Jesse Hoch

DevOps Training Architect II





In this lab you will be enabling and deploying both the metrics and the logging components in OpenShift on Azure. This will allow metrics to show up in your web console for your applications as well as allow for log aggrregation for troubleshooting purposes.

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Configuring Metrics and Logging


In this hands-on lab, we will add the metrics and logging config to an inventory file and run the config playbooks for metrics and logging on our bastion host.

Log in to the Azure Portal using the credentials provided on the lab instructions page.

Configure Cloud Shell

  1. If prompted with a Welcome to Microsoft Azure get started window, click Maybe layer.

  2. On the left-hand side navigation menu, click All Resources.

  3. Let's set up Cloud Shell by clicking the Cloud Shell button in the top-right corner of the screen:

    !["Azure Cloud Shell"]( "Azure Cloud Shell")

  4. Begin configuring the Cloud Shell, click Bash.

  5. Leave the default for the storage mounted window.

  6. Click Show advanced settings.

  7. Leave the existing subscription, resource group, and storage account.

    Note: If the storage account does not populate, ensure that South Central US is selected for the Cloud Shell region field .

  8. Under Storage account, click the radio button for Use existing.

  9. Under File share, choose the radio button Create new and specify okdcloudshell as the new file share.

  10. Click Create Storage.

    Note: We should see a status of Cloud Shell.Succeeded.

Download SSH Keys for the Lab

  1. We will need to pull down the SSH keys to be able connect to the VMs using SSH. First, make the .ssh directory, if it isn't already there, with:

    mkdir .ssh
  2. Then, cd into the directory with:

    cd .ssh
  3. Now, use wget to pull down the SSH keys using these links:

  4. Check the files with:

  5. Set the correct permissions with:

    chmod 600 id_rsa*

Run the Lab Prep Scripts

  1. Use cd to go back to our home directory.

  2. On the left-hand side navigation menu, click Virtual machines.

  3. Click bastionVM-0.

  4. Click the Connect button.

  5. On the Connect to virtual machine window, click the "Copy to clipboard" icon button for the Login using VM local account section.

  6. Paste it into the Bash environment terminal. It should look similar to this:

    ssh azureuser@
  7. Type y for yes when asked to continue connecting.

    Note: We will need to SSH into each VM and run a prep script.

  8. After we SSH into the a VM, we will first need to install wget. We will need to download the associated script for the node found in the Git repo for the lab. The link is

    Here are the VMs:

    • For the bastionVM-0 it would be
    • For the masterVM-0 it would be
    • For the infraVM-0 it would be
    • For the appnodeVM-0 it would be

    For example, the format will look like this for bastionVM-0:

  9. Once the download completes, we will need to make the script executable:

    sudo chmod +x
  10. Finally, we must run the script:

    sudo ./

    Note: This will take approximately 10-15 minutes to run.

  11. Make sure that sudo is used or the script will fail:

    sudo yum -y install wget

    Note: Remember to repeat this process (using steps 1-11 as a reference) for each VM.

Install OpenShift

  1. Use Ansible to run the prerequisites.yml and the deploy_cluster.yml playbooks to install OpenShift:

    ansible-playbook prerequisites.yml
    ansible-playbook deploy_cluster.yml

    Note: The deploy_cluster.yml playbook may take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

  1. The install may get hung, but a retry file is created for us and can be used like so to run it again:

    ansible-playbook deploy_cluster.yml --limit @/usr/share/ansible/openshift-ansible/playbooks/deploy_cluster.retry

Enable Metrics and Logging

  1. Click Virtual machines in the left-hand side navigation menu.

  2. Click bastionVM-0.

  3. Click Connect.

  4. On the Connect to virtual machine window, click the "Copy to clipboard" icon button for the Login using VM local account section for the SSH command.

  5. Paste the SSH command into the Bash environment terminal, that looks like this:

    ssh azureuser@
  6. Access the inventory file to begin editing:

    sudo vim /etc/ansible/hosts
  7. You will need to add the following to the /etc/ansible/hosts file:

    # metrics
    openshift_metrics_hawkular_nodeselector={"": "true"}
    openshift_metrics_cassandra_nodeselector={"": "true"}
    openshift_metrics_heapster_nodeselector={"": "true"}
    # logging
    openshift_logging_kibana_nodeselector={"": "true"}
    openshift_logging_curator_nodeselector={"": "true"}
    openshift_logging_es_nodeselector={"": "true"}
  8. Escape and save.

  9. Enable metrics:

    ansible-playbook /usr/share/ansible/open-shift-ansible/playbooks/openshift-metrics/config.yml

    Note: This will take a few minutes to complete.

  10. Enable logging:

    ansible-playbook /usr/share/ansible/open-shift-ansible/playbooks/openshift-logging/config.yml

    Note: This will take a few minutes to complete.


Congratulations — you've completed this hands-on lab!