Essentials of OpenStack Administration (LFS452)

OpenStack is growing at an unprecedented rate, and there is high demand for individuals who have experience managing this cloud platform. This course will teach you everything you need to know to create and manage private and public clouds with OpenStack.

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Course Overview

This course teaches you how to deploy, administer and use the core OpenStack services.

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You’ll learn:

  • The full range of OpenStack services, including deployment, administration, usage and distributed storage.
  • How to deploy multiple distros and provision virtual machines using OpenStack services.
  • How to create and deploy enterprise Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
  • How to run and troubleshoot Neutron, Ceph and Nova Services.
  • And much more!


7/8/2019 - 7/11/2019
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8/26/2019 - 8/29/2019
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Course Outline

  1. Introduction
    • Linux Foundation
    • Linux Foundation Training
    • Linux Foundation Certifications
    • Laboratory Exercises, Solutions and Resources
    • Distribution Details
    • Labs
  2. Cloud Fundamentals
    • The Cloud
    • Conventional Data Center Architecture
    • Virtualization
    • Cloud Architecture
    • Basic Tenets of Open Cloud Computing
    • Labs
  3. Managing Guests Virtual Machines with OpenStack Compute
    • Using OpenStack Dashboard
    • Using the python-novaclient Command Line Interfaces
    • Labs
  4. Components of an OpenStack Cloud
    • General Introduction to OpenStack Components
    • OpenStack Compute: Nova
    • Overview of Hypervisor Backends
    • OpenStack Image Service: Glance
    • OpenStack Identity: Keystone
    • OpenStack Block Storage: Cinder
    • OpenStack Dashboard: Horizon
    • Labs
  5. Components of a Cloud – Part Two
    • OpenStack Object Storage: Swift
    • OpenStack Networking: Neutron
    • OpenStack Monitoring: Ceilometer
    • OpenStack Orchestration: Heat
    • OpenStack DBaaS: Trove
    • The Oslo Framework
    • Labs
  6. Reference Architecture
    • Node Roles
    • Best Practices
    • Scalability
    • Labs
  7. Deploying Prerequisite Services
    • Time Management: NTP
    • Relational Database
    • AMQP Server: RabbitMQ
    • Labs
  8. Deploying Services Overview
    • Deploying A Service
    • Deploying the Glance Image Service
    • Deploying Networking with Neutron
    • Labs
  9. Advanced Software Defined Networking with Neutron
    • An introduction to SDN
    • Layer 2 Networking Primer
    • An introduction to OpenFlow
    • An introduction to Open vSwitch
    • L3 and DHCP Primer
    • An introduction to Linux Network Namespaces
    • Understanding Neutron Packet Flows
    • OpenStack Routing Models
    • Neutron CLI Options
    • Labs
  10. Advanced Software Defined Networking with Neutron – Part Two
    • The Neutron ML2 framework
    • Alternative Neutron Backends
    • Labs
  11. Distributed Cloud Storage with Ceph
    • Introduction to Ceph
    • RADOS Block Device
    • RADOS Gateway
    • Deploying a 3-node Ceph Cluster
    • Using Ceph RBD for Glance Image Storage
    • Using Ceph RBD for Cinder Block Storage
    • radosgw for Swift-Compatible Object Access
    • Labs
  12. OpenStack Object Storage with Swift
    • OpenStack Object Storage: Swift
    • Deploying a 3-node Swift Cluster
    • Interacting with Swift
    • Labs
  13. High Availability in the Cloud
    • An introduction to High Availability
    • An introduction to the Pacemaker High Availability Stack
    • Resource Management in Pacemaker
    • Highly Available OpenStack Reference Architecture
    • OpenStack VM High Availability
    • Labs
  14. Cloud Security with OpenStack
    • Keystone Authentication Model
    • Network Security
    • Hypervisor Security
    • Labs
  15. Monitoring and Metering
    • Deployment Considerations for Cloud Monitoring
    • OpenStack Ceilometer
    • Ceilometer Consumers
    • Metering
    • Labs
  16. Cloud Automation
    • Cloud Configuration Management
    • Cloud Deployment
    • Puppet
    • Chef
    • Full-Scale Deployment Tools
    • Razor
    • Crowbar
    • MaaS
    • Juju
    • Heat
    • Labs
  17. Conclusion
    • Fundamentals
    • Components
    • Reference Architecture
    • High Availability
    • Other features
    • Labs
  18. Evaluation Survey


This course is for System Administrators who are primarily responsible for operating OpenStack clouds. Administrators and developers deploying applications and infrastructure on OpenStack will also benefit from this course. Knowledge in Linux System Administration, concepts and administration for network, storage and virtual systems is useful. Basic Linux command line skills are required.

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Delivery Method

Live Online (Virtual)

Delivery Method

Live (Classroom)


  • 4 days of Instructor-led class time
  • Hands-on Labs & Assignments
  • Resources & Course Manual
  • 12 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Free Chromebook

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