Applies to HPE Helion OpenStack 8

3 Installing the Cloud Lifecycle Manager server


This chapter will show how to install the Cloud Lifecycle Manager from scratch. It will run on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3, include the HPE Helion OpenStack extension, and, optionally, the Subscription Management Tool (SMT) server.

3.1 Registration and Online Updates

Registering SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 during the installation process is required for getting product updates and for installing the HPE Helion OpenStack extension. Refer to for further instructions.

After a successful registration you will be asked whether to add the update repositories. If you agree, the latest updates will automatically be installed, ensuring that your system is on the latest patch level after the initial installation. We strongly recommend adding the update repositories immediately. If you choose to skip this step you need to perform an online update later, before starting the installation.

Note: SUSE Login Required

To register a product, you need to have a SUSE login. If you do not have such a login, create it at

3.2 Starting the Operating System Installation


Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for HPE Helion OpenStack requires the following steps, which are different from the default SUSE Linux Enterprise Server installation process.


For an overview of a default SUSE Linux Enterprise Server installation, refer to

Start the installation by booting into the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 installation system.

3.3 Partitioning

Create a custom partition setup using the Expert Partitioner. The following setup is required:

  • Two partitions are needed: one for boot, EFI or UEFI, and one for everything else.

  • If the system is using a UEFI BIOS, there must be a UEFI boot partition.

  • An LVM setup with no encryption is recommended, Btrfs will work. The file system must contain:

    • a volume group named ardana-vg on the first disk (/dev/sda)

    • a volume named root with a size of 50GB and an ext4 filesystem

  • no separate mount point for /home

  • no swap partition or file (No swap is a general OpenStack recommendation. Some services such as rabbit and cassandra do not perform well with swapping.)

3.4 Creating a User

Setting up Cloud Lifecycle Manager requires a regular user which you can set up during the installation. You are free to choose any available user name except for ardana, because the ardana user is reserved by HPE Helion OpenStack.

3.5 Installation Settings

With Installation Settings, you need to adjust the software selection for your Cloud Lifecycle Manager setup. For more information refer to the

Important: Additional Installation Settings

The default firewall must be disabled, as HPE Helion OpenStack enables its own firewall during deployment.

SSH must be enabled.

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3.5.1 Software Selection

Installing a minimal base system is sufficient to set up the Administration Server. The following patterns are the minimum required:

  • Base System

  • Minimal System (Appliances)

  • Meta Package for Pattern cloud-ardana (in case you have chosen to install the HPE Helion OpenStack Extension)

  • Subscription Management Tool (optional, also see Tip: Installing a Local SMT Server (Optional))

  • YaST2 configuration packages

Tip: Installing a Local SMT Server (Optional)

If you do not have a SUSE Manager or SMT server in your organization, or are planning to manually update the repositories required for deployment of the HPE Helion OpenStack nodes, you need to set up an SMT server on the Administration Server. Choose the pattern Subscription Management Tool in addition to the patterns listed above to install the SMT server software.

3.5.2 Installing the HPE Helion OpenStack Extension

HPE Helion OpenStack is an extension to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Installing it during the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server installation is the easiest and recommended way to set up the Cloud Lifecycle Manager. To get access to the extension selection dialog, you need to register SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 during the installation. After a successful registration, the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 installation continues with the Extension & Module Selection. Choose HPE Helion OpenStack 8 and provide the registration key you obtained by purchasing HPE Helion OpenStack. The registration and the extension installation require an Internet connection.

If you do not have Internet access or are not able to register during installation, then once Internet access is available for the Cloud Lifecycle Manager do the following steps:

  1. tux > sudo SUSEConnect -r SLES_REGISTRATION_CODE

  2. tux > sudo SUSEConnect -p hpe-helion-openstack/8/x86_64 -r HPE Helion OpenStack 8_REGISTRATION_CODE

  3. List repositories to verify:

    ardana > zypper lr
  4. Refresh the repositories:

    tux > sudo zypper ref

Alternatively, install the HPE Helion OpenStack after the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 installation via YaST › Software › Add-On Products. For details, refer to