Using the Manual cloud with Juju
The purpose of the Manual cloud is to cater to the situation where you have machines (of any nature) at your disposal and you want to create a backing cloud out of them. If this collection of machines is composed solely of bare metal you might opt for a MAAS cloud but note that such machines would also require IPMI hardware and a MAAS infrastructure. The Manual cloud can therefore both make use of a collection of disparate hardware as well as of machines of varying natures (bare metal or virtual), all without any extra overhead/infrastructure.
With any other cloud, the Juju client can trigger the creation of a backing machine (e.g. a cloud instance) as they become necessary. In addition, the client can also cause charms to be deployed automatically onto those newly-created machines. However, with a Manual cloud the machines must pre-exist and they must also be specifically targeted during charm deployment.
Note: A MAAS cloud must also have pre-existing backing machines. However, Juju, by default, can deploy charms onto those machines, or add a machine to its pool of managed machines, without any extra effort.
The following conditions must be met:
- At least two machines are needed (one for the controller and one to deploy charms to).
- The machines must have Ubuntu (or CentOS) installed.
- The machines must be contactable over SSH (either by password or public key)
using a user account with root privileges. On Ubuntu,
sudorights will suffice if this provides root access.
- The machines must be able to
A Manual cloud is initiated through the use of the
add-cloud command. In this
step you specify an arbitrary cloud name, the intended controller (IP address
or hostname), and what user account the Juju client will attempt to contact
As usual, a controller is created with the
bootstrap command and refers to
the cloud name.
Your collection of machines (minus the controller machine) must be added to
Juju by means of the
add-machine command. A machine is specified by means of
its IP address.
Important: A Manual cloud requires at least one machine to be added.
Finally, to deploy a charm the
deploy command is used as normal. However, a
machine must be targeted. This is accomplished with the
--to option in
conjunction with the machine ID.
Adding a Manual cloud
Use the interactive
add-cloud command to add your Manual cloud to Juju's list
of clouds. You will need to supply a name you wish to call your cloud, the IP
address (or hostname) for the machine you intend to use as a controller, and
what remote user account to connect to over SSH (prepend 'user@' to the
Example user session:
Cloud Types lxd maas manual openstack vsphere Select cloud type: manual Enter a name for your manual cloud: mymanual Enter the controller's hostname or IP address: email@example.com Cloud "mymanual" successfully added You may bootstrap with 'juju bootstrap mymanual'
We've called the new cloud 'mymanual', used an IP address of 10.143.211.93 for the intended controller, and a user account of 'noah' to connect to. Since the 'root' user was not used, the machine is probably running Ubuntu.
Now confirm the successful addition of the cloud:
Here is a partial output:
Cloud Regions Default Type Description . . . mymanual 0 manual
Credentials should already have been set up via SSH. Nothing to do!
Creating a controller
You are now ready to create a Juju controller for cloud 'mymanual':
juju bootstrap mymanual manual-controller
Above, the name given to the new controller is 'manual-controller'. The
machine that will be allocated to run the controller on is the one specified
add-cloud step. In our example it is the machine with address
For a detailed explanation and examples of the
bootstrap command see the
Creating a controller page.
Adding machines to a Manual cloud
To add the machine with an IP address (and user) of firstname.lastname@example.org to the 'default' model in the Manual cloud (whose controller was named 'manual-controller'):
juju add-machine ssh:email@example.com
Unless you're using passphraseless public key authentication, you may be prompted for a password a few times. The process takes a couple of minutes.
Once the command has returned, you can check that the machine is available:
Machine State DNS Inst id Series AZ Message 0 started 10.55.60.93 manual:10.55.60.93 xenial Manually provisioned machine
Deploying a charm in a Manual cloud
To deploy WordPress onto the machine we need to declare the ID (of '0') of the machine:
juju deploy wordpress --to 0
See Deploying to specific machines for more information on targeting certain machines.
Additional Manual cloud notes
The following notes are pertinent to the Manual cloud:
- Juju machines are always managed on a per-model basis. With a Manual cloud
add-machineprocess will need to be repeated if the model hosting those machines is destroyed.
- To improve the performance of provisioning newly-added machines consider running an APT proxy or an APT mirror. See Offline mode strategies.
Additional CentOS notes
One of the requirements for the Manual cloud is that SSH is running on the participating machines, but for CentOS this may not be the case. To install SSH run the following commands as the root user on the CentOS system:
yum install sudo openssh-server redhat-lsb-core systemctl start sshd
Since you will be connecting to the root account during the
also ensure that there is a root password set on the CentOS machine.
A controller is created with two models - the 'controller' model, which should be reserved for Juju's internal operations, and a model named 'default', which can be used for deploying user workloads.
See these pages for ideas on what to do next: