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Ubuntu & OpenStack running in a VM

December 24, 2013 by The Man

If you want to have a little play around with OpenStack before diving in or maybe you want to develop some cool software to interface with it, it can be handy to run OpenStack in a VM or on a single machine. Here is how I did it.

1. I’m following the guide from who have a handy script to automate the install.

2. I’m using Ubuntu 13.10 64bit minimal version from

3. Install Ubuntu as you would normally.

4. Update with sudo apt-get update

5. Now I installed ssh because it makes it easier for me to ssh in and copy/paste commands sudo apt-get install opens-server

6. To get the address of the server just ifconfig eth0 then ssh into the server

7. First thing we are going to do is install a pre-requisite so sudo apt-get install cloud-init which is required for OpenStack

8. Now we need to install GIT sudo apt-get install git -y

9. Next we clone from GIT with sudo git clone and then cd to the new directory cd devstack

10. Now simply run ./ and answer a few questions then wait….. and wait…. if you get a permission error then just sudo chown -R bob:bob /home/bob/devstack where bob is the user you are using to install

And that should be that…. easy really and your first cloud server. CasF

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