Following the recent announcement last Friday of the availability of OpenStack Havana release 2013.2.2, we’re glad to announce that the Havana 2013.2.2 Hyper-V Nova compute installer is available for download.
Installing it is amazingly easy as usual, just get the free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2012 R2 or enable the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2012 R2 and start the installer. No need for additional requirements!
If you prefer to deploy OpenStack on Hyper-V via Chef, Puppet, SaltStack or group policies, here’s how to execute the installer in unattended mode.
Your Hyper-V compute nodes can be added to any Havana OpenStack cloud, for example based on Ubuntu or RDO on RHEL/CentOS. As soon as the installer is done you’ll see the new compute node in your cloud, no need for anything else.
Windows, Linux or FreeBSD instances. Another key advantage is that beside Windows, most modern Linux distributions come already with the Hyper-V integration components installed, no need to deploy additional tools or drivers. Just make sure that your Glance images are in VHD or VHDX format!
A typical use case consists in running multiple hypervisors in your OpenStack cloud, for example KVM for Linux guests and Hyper-V for Windows guests.
If you’d like to test how Windows images run on OpenStack, here are the official Microsoft OpenStack Windows Server 2012 R2 evaluation images ready for download.
Hyper-V 2012 R2 is free and provides all the hypervisor related features that you can find on Windows Server 2012 R2 with no memory or other usage limitations.
If you want to run Windows guests you might want to check out the Microsoft SPLA and Volume Licensing options (this applies to any hypervisor, not only Hyper-V). By using Windows Server Datacenter licenses, which provide unlimited virtualization rights, you might be surprised to see how cheap licensing can be!
Please note that based on your licensing agreement, Microsoft provides full support for your Windows virtual machines running on Hyper-V. This is rarely the case if you decide to run Windows on KVM, unless your stack is listed in the Microsoft SVVP program!
Beside the upstream Nova, Neutron and Ceilometer components updated for 2013.2.2, we also added to this release additional bug fixes that already landed in Icehouse but whose backporting to Havana still needs to be merged or that are still in the process of being merged. Here’s the full list:
This article was written by apilotti