Quick Start

Launch IM Service

To launch an instance of the Infrastructure Manager the easiest solution is to use the Docker image named grycap/im that has been created using the default configuration.

To launch the IM service using docker:

$ sudo docker run -d -p 8899:8899 -p 8800:8800 --name im grycap/im

More information about this image can be found here: https://registry.hub.docker.com/u/grycap/im/.

IM Client tools

To access the IM service two client tools can be used (apart from the two APIs):

  • The IM client: You only have to call the install command of the pip tool with the IM-client package:

    $ pip install IM-client

    See full reference in IM Client Invocation.

  • The IM web: To launch the IM Web portal in the same machine where we have previously launched the IM service use the followiing docker command:

    $ sudo docker run -d -p 80:80 --name im-web --link im:im grycap/im-web

    Then you can access the im-web interface using the following url: http://localhost/im-web.

    See full manual in IM Web Usage.

In this first examples we will use the IM-client tool to create, manage and finally destroy a single VM.

Authentication file

To access the IM service an authentication file must be created. It must have one line per authentication element. It must have at least one line with the authentication data for the IM service and another one for the Cloud/s provider/s the user want to access.

An example to access an OpenNebula and/or an OpenStack site:

id = im; type = InfrastructureManager; username = user; password = pass # mandatory
id = one; type = OpenNebula; host = osenserver:2633; username = user; password = pass
id = ost; type = OpenStack; host = https://ostserver:5000; username = user; password = pass; tenant = tenant

See all the options of the auth file are describe in section Authorization File.

RADL basic example

Then the user must describe in a input file the cloud topology. It can be done in the IM native language (RADL) or the TOSCA standard. In this first example we will so how to launch a single VM using RADL:

network net (outbound = 'yes')
system node (
   cpu.count >= 2 and
   memory.size >= 2G and
   net_interface.0.connection = 'net' and
   disk.0.image.url = 'one://someserver.com/123'
deploy node 1

In this RADL user is requesting 1 VM with at least 2 CPUs and 2 GB of RAM connected with a public IP. Finally the user must specify the image used to boot the VM with the field disk.0.image.url. In this URL the user must specify an existing image on the cluod provider where VM will be launched. O.S. image URLs for different Cloud providers:

  • one://<server>:<port>/<image-id>, for OpenNebula;
  • ost://<server>/<ami-id>, for OpenStack or EGI;
  • aws://<region>/<ami-id>, for Amazon Web Service;
  • gce://<region>/<image-id>, for Google Cloud;
  • azr://<publisher>/<offer>/<sku>/<version>, for Microsoft Azure; and
  • <fedcloud_endpoint_url>/<image_id>, for FedCloud OCCI connector.
  • appdb://<site_name>/<apc_name>?<vo_name>, for FedCloud OCCI, EGI or OpenStack connector using AppDB info.
  • docker://<docker_image>, for Docker images.
  • fbw://<fns_server>/<image-id>, for FogBow images.
  • lin://linode/<image-id>, for Linode images.
  • ora://<region>/<image-id>, for Orange Flexible Engine images.

See full information about RADL language at Resource and Application Description Language (RADL). More RADL examples are available at the IM GitHub repo examples folder.

TOSCA basic example

In case of you want to use a TOSCA file to define a similar example to the previous RADL one the file should be like that:

tosca_definitions_version: tosca_simple_yaml_1_0

- indigo_custom_types: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/indigo-dc/tosca-types/master/custom_types.yaml



      type: tosca.nodes.indigo.Compute
            network_name: PUBLIC
            num_cpus: 2
            mem_size: 2 GB
            image: one://someserver.com/123

      value: { get_attribute: [ simple_node, public_address, 0 ] }
      value: { get_attribute: [ simple_node, endpoint, credential, 0 ] }

For more information about TOSCA see the OASIS TOSCA Simple Profile in YAML Version 1.0. The TOSCA support has been developed under de framework of the INDIGO DataCloud EU project. You can see some input examples at https://github.com/indigo-dc/tosca-types/tree/master/examples.

Basic IM Client usage

Now that we have the authentication file and the RADL input file we can create our first infrastructure using the IM client:

$ im_client.py -a auth.dat create input_file

By default this command expects the IM to be hosted on the localhost machine. If the server is located at other host you must specify the -u or -r parameters to set the URL of the XML-RPC API or REST API respectively:

$ im_client.py -a auth.dat create input_file -r http://imhost.com:8800
$ im_client.py -a auth.dat create input_file -u http://imhost.com:8899

To avoid putting this parameters on all the IM Cleint calls you can create an im_client.cfg file with the default options to use. See all the options at the client manual page: Invocation.

In this moment the IM client with contact the IM service to start the creation of the infrastructure. It will require some time depending on the number of VMs or the cloud provider. Finally when all the VMs are created it will retun a message like that:

Connected with: http://locahost:8899
Infrastructure successfully created with ID: 573c4b0a-67d9-11e8-b75f-0a580af401da

In case of error in the creation of all the VMs it will return an error message describing the errors raised. If only some of them fails it will return the ID and the user must check the status of the VMs and take the corresponding decissions. To get the state of of the infrastructure call the getstate option of the client:

$ im_client.py -a auth.dat getstate 573c4b0a-67d9-11e8-b75f-0a580af401da

The infrastructure is in state: running
VM ID: 0 is in state: running.

You have to wait untill your infrastructure is the state configured. In the meanwhile you can get the output of the contextualization process to follow the status:

$ im_client.py -a auth.dat getcontmsg 573c4b0a-67d9-11e8-b75f-0a580af401da

Msg Contextualizator:

2018-05-02 14:20:31.816193: Select master VM
2018-05-02 14:20:31.819775: Wait master VM to boot

This message will show all the steps made by the IM to fully configure the VM including the outputs of all Ansible processes. Then you can access via SSH the created VM with the command:

$ im_client.py -a auth.dat ssh 573c4b0a-67d9-11e8-b75f-0a580af401da

And Enjoy you customized VM!!

Finally to destroy the infrastructure and all the related resources call the destroy operation:

$ im_client.py -a auth.dat destroy 573c4b0a-67d9-11e8-b75f-0a580af401da

Connected with: http://locahost:8899
Infrastructure successfully destroyed

IM Video Demos

There is an Infrastructure Manager YouTube reproduction list with a set of videos with demos of the functionality of the platform: see section: IM Videos.