I’ve had a little exposure to GSM in the past and thought I’d give it a fresh try on OpenStack. This isn’t listed as supported but I thought I’d give it a shot. I wasn’t overly familiar with OpenStack either but I feel like I am now!
The 4.2.24 installer ISO doesn’t seem to include the kernel drivers for virtualized disks or Ethernet, which is unusual in this day and age. I had to set the hw_disk_bus=ide and hw_vif_model=e1000 properties against the image before these would work. This is slightly annoying because you can’t hot plug IDE disks and you can’t create OpenStack instances in a stopped state so you have to boot the installer, stop it again, then attach the volume, before booting a final time.
The instructions say that network connectivity is required for the install. Initially I didn’t notice that this wasn’t present but the install seemed to complete anyway. When I had trouble later (see below), I retried and found that I was only able to get a connection by running udhcpc from the shell. Shouldn’t this kick in automatically?
The aforementioned kernel drivers are present in the installed system as it boots and I am able to connect to the web server. However, entering “admin” at the console login prompt does the strangest thing. It spontaneously reboots! Entering any other name is followed by a password prompt and obviously this fails but only “admin” results in a reboot. I can only guess that PID 1 is crashing somehow. SSH refuses to connect and I seem to have no other way of logging in so it’s hard to diagnose. I’ve tried installing several times now but the result is always the same. Any ideas?