About Adam Young

Once upon a time I was an Army Officer, but that was long ago. Now I work as a Software Engineer. I climb rocks, play saxophone, and spend way too much time in front of a computer.

Azure: from Portal to Ansible: part 1

While Azure figured prominently in my work about a year ago, I have not had as much to do with it again until recently. I had to relearn everything I had set up last year. As a Keystone and FreeIPA developer, I was focused on identity. Thus, it is somewhat ironic that I had problems getting my head around the identity setup when using Ansible to manage Azure. Here are the steps I went through to go from using the Web Portal to getting Ansible to work. Part one gets through the identity stuff.

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Remotely Provisioning a Virtual Machine using Ansible and Libvirt

Ansible exists to help automate the time consuming repeated tasks that technologist depend upon. One very common jobs is to create and tear down a virtual machine. While cloud technologies have made this possible to perform remotely, there are many times when I’ve needed to setup and tear down virtual machines on systems that were stand alone Linux servers. In this case, the main interfaces to the machine are ssh and libvirt. I recently worked through an Ansible role to setup and tear down an virtual machine via libvirt, and I’d like to walk through it, and record my reasons for some of the decisions I made.
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Launching a VM From the virt-install command line interface

I do this infrequently enough that I want to record a reminder how I do it:

sudo cp ~/Downloads/rhel-server-7.6-x86_64-kvm.qcow2 /var/lib/libvirt/images/tower.qcow2
sudo virt-install --vcpus=2  --name tower  --ram 4096  --import  --disk /var/lib/libvirt/images/tower.qcow2

Manually Adding SSH Keys to a Cloud Image

Not all of my virtual machines run on OpenStack; I have to run a fair number of virtual machines on my personal workstation via libvirt. However, I like using the cloud versions of RHEL, as they most closely match what I do run in OpenStack. The disconnect is that the Cloud images are designed to accept cloud-init, which pulls the ssh public keys from a metadata web server. Without that, there are no public keys added to the cloud-user account, and the VM is unaccessable. Here is how I add the ssh keys manually.
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