1. Installing Razor - Yes the New Version..
2. Razor - DHCP and TFTP
3. Installing the Razor client and creating a repository
4. Installers, Policies and Tags
5. Razor - What Lies Within the installer?
6. Installing ESXi with Razor
Here is how you would go about installing the razor-client which will allow you to interact with the server.
I installed it in my $HOME folder
First we will clone the code from Github.
git clone https://github.com/puppetlabs/razor-client
Change directory to the razor-client folder and install the required gems
Next create an alias that will include the url to the razor server (substitute the correct IP address / Hostname of course), and you should add this to your profile if you want the command to be available each time you login.
alias razor="$PWD/bin/razor -u http://127.0.0.1:8080/api"
As you can see it is possible to install the client on the same machine as the server. If you are doing this then then you will not need the url - because it defaults to http://localhost:8080/api
And if you run the razor command you should see the following output
At the moment there is nothing there so looking at the repos/brokers/policies/nodes/tags will not give you much - yet…
First some terminology.
- Nodes - Nodes are the clients that connect into the system.
- Brokers - Brokers are responsible for handing a node off to a config management system, like Puppet or Chef.
- Tags - A tag consists of a unique
rule. The rule is a characteristic present on the the node
- Repos - A repository where the installation files of an Operating System reside
- Policies - This is a defined set of steps that tie all the other bits and pieces in Razor together, and are what gets ultimately applied to a node.
- Installers - This will be the set of actions needed to deploy the operating system - you can think as a set of kick start instructions.
razor create-repo --name=ESXi_5_1 --iso-url http://webserver/VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.1.0.update01-1065491.x86_64.iso
What currently happens is that razor will return an ID for the repo and begin the import process. The file is extracted to /tmp and eventually moved to the repo location that we defined in config file (/var/lib/razor/repo-store). A new directory will be created according to the repo name./tmp folder but removed there after - so make sure you have adequate space on your razor server - or alternatively delete the temp files after the repo is created. There is currently a bug open on this issue.)
When you now run razor repos you should see the repository you just created.
In the next post we will see how we create a policy and see what we can do with tags.