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StarlingX/Installation Guide


StarlingX may be installed in:

  • Bare Metal: Real deployments of StarlingX are only supported on physical servers.
  • Virtual Environment: It should only be used for evaluation or development purposes.

StarlingX installed in virtual environments has two options currently known to work:


Different use cases require different configurations.

Bare Metal

The recommended minimum requirements for the physical servers are described later in each StarlingX Deployment Options.

Virtual Environment

The recommended minimum requirements for the workstation, running the Virtual Machine(s) where StarlingX will be deployed, include:
A workstation computer with:

  • Processor: x86_64 only supported architecture with BIOS enabled hardware virtualization extensions
  • Cores: 8 (4 with careful monitoring of cpu load)
  • Memory: At least 32GB RAM
  • Hard Disk: 500GB HDD
  • Network: Two network adapters with active Internet connection

Software Requirements

A workstation computer with:

  • Operating System: Freshly installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit
  • Proxy settings configured (if applies)
  • Git
  • KVM/VirtManager
  • Libvirt Library
  • QEMU Full System Emulation Binaries
  • <stx-deployment> project
  • StarlingX ISO Image

Deployment Environment Setup

This section describes how to set up a StarlingX Controller Storage system in a workstation computer. After completing these steps, you will be able to deploy and run your StarlingX system on the following Linux distribution:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit

Updating Your Operating System

Before proceeding with the build, ensure your OS is up to date. You’ll first need to update the local database list of available packages:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install stx-tools project

Clone the stx-tools project. Usually you’ll want to clone it under your user’s home directory.

$ cd $HOME
$ git clone git://git.openstack.org/openstack/stx-tools

Installing Requirements and Dependencies

Navigate to the stx-tools installation libvirt directory:

$ cd $HOME/stx-tools/deployment/libvirt/

Install the required packages:

$ bash install_packages.sh

Disabling Firewall

Unload firewall and disable firewall on boot:

$ sudo ufw disable
Firewall stopped and disabled on system startup
$ sudo ufw status
Status: inactive

Getting the StarlingX ISO Image

Follow the instructions from StarlingX/Developer_Guide to build a StarlingX ISO image. Copy the StarlingX ISO Image to the <stx-deployment> libvirt project directory naming it as bootimage.iso:

$ cp <starlingx iso image> $HOME/stx-tools/deployment/libvirt/bootimage.iso

Deployment Options