Bug 1298670 - [RFE][ironic]: Adding support for vCenter in Ironic
[RFE][ironic]: Adding support for vCenter in Ironic
Product: Red Hat OpenStack
Classification: Red Hat
Component: openstack-ironic (Show other bugs)
8.0 (Liberty)
x86_64 Linux
medium Severity low
: ga
: 10.0 (Newton)
Assigned To: Lucas Alvares Gomes
Toure Dunnon
: FutureFeature, ZStream
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Blocks: 1347518 1350510 1259436
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Reported: 2016-01-14 12:32 EST by Erwan Gallen
Modified: 2017-01-11 12:05 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2016-08-02 07:38:35 EDT
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Description Erwan Gallen 2016-01-14 12:32:50 EST
Description of problem:

A customer wants to use some VMware ESXi VMs to install RHEL OSP controllers.
The deployment has to be managed by RHEL OSP-d.
The installation of RHEL OSP was tested with Ironic fake_pxe driver and worked well but we needed to reboot manually the ESXi instances during the deployment.

Expected results:

There is no Ironic driver to manage the power of ESXi threw vCenter API.
A patch has been developed to manage the power of nodes with a SSH driver to the ESXi hosts:
For some users it's not possible to enable SSH on ESXi host because of security reasons, this SSH solution is not applicable for this customer.

We need to develop a vCenter driver for Ironic.

Additional info:
Most drivers in Ironic does use pyton-proliantutils (for ilo) python-dracclient (for drac), we can use perhaps this type of librairies for vCenter:
Comment 3 Dmitry Tantsur 2016-01-21 08:58:45 EST
Does libvirt work with VMware ESXi? We have a proposal upstream to replace SSH driver with a libvirt driver to address SSH problems (e.g. better support Windows). Here is the spec: https://review.openstack.org/#/c/254421/
Comment 4 Dmitry Tantsur 2016-01-21 09:09:59 EST
Answering my own question: I've found http://libvirt.org/drvesx.html
"The libvirt VMware ESX driver can manage VMware ESX/ESXi 3.5/4.x/5.x and VMware GSX 2.0, also called VMware Server 2.0, and possibly later versions. Since 0.8.3 the driver can also connect to a VMware vCenter 2.5/4.x/5.x (VPX)."

Is your version included in the list? If so, we could probably try to land this libvirt driver.. Please take a look at the Ironic spec (link in the previous comment).
Comment 6 RHEL Product and Program Management 2016-08-02 07:38:35 EDT
Quality Engineering Management has reviewed and declined this request.
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