This is a how-to install guide on setting up a Apache CloudStack based cloud all in a single Ubuntu 18.04 host that is also used as a KVM host.

Note: this should work for ACS 4.11.1 and above. This how-to post may get outdated in future, so please follow the latest docs and/or read the latest docs on KVM host installation.

Initial Setup

First install Ubuntu 16.04/18.04 LTS on your x86_64 system that has at least 4GB RAM (prerably more) with Intel VT-X or AMD-V enabled.

Install basic packages:

apt-get install openntpd openssh-server sudo vim htop tar

Optionally, if you’ve Intel based system install/update CPU microcode:

apt-get install microcode.ctl intel-microcode

Allow the root user for ssh access using password, fix /etc/ssh/sshd_config. Change and remember the root password:

passwd root

Setup Networking

Setup Linux bridges that will handle CloudStack’s public, guest, management and storage traffic. For simplicity, we will use a single bridge cloudbr0 to be used for all these networks. Install bridge utilities:

apt-get install bridge-utils

Ubuntu 16.04

To configure bridge on Ubuntu 16.04, make suitable changes to /etc/network/interfaces:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto enp2s0
iface enp2s0 inet manual

auto cloudbr0
iface cloudbr0 inet static
    bridge_ports enp2s0
    bridge_fd 0
    bridge_stp off

Restart networking or reboot the host to enforce network settings.

Ubuntu 18.04

Starting Ubuntu bionic, admins can use netplan to configure networking. The default installation creates a file at /etc/netplan/50-cloud-init.yaml which you can comment, and create a file at /etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yaml applying your network specific changes:

   version: 2
   renderer: networkd
       dhcp4: false
       dhcp6: false
       optional: true
       addresses: []
         addresses: [,]
       interfaces: [enp2s0]
       dhcp4: false
       dhcp6: false
         stp: false
         forward-delay: 0

Save the file and apply network config, finally reboot:

netplan generate
netplan apply

Setup Management Server

Install CloudStack management server and MySQL server: (run as root)

apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 584DF93F
echo deb / > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cloudstack.list
apt-get update -y
apt-get install cloudstack-management mysql-server

Make a note of the MySQL server’s root user password. Configure InnoDB settings in mysql server’s /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf:


server_id = 1
binlog-format = 'ROW'

Restart MySQL server and setup database:

systemctl restart mysql
cloudstack-setup-databases cloud:cloud@localhost --deploy-as=root:<root-user-password> -i <cloudbr0 IP here>

Setup Storage

Install NFS server:

apt-get install nfs-kernel-server quota

Create exports:

echo "/export  *(rw,async,no_root_squash,no_subtree_check)" > /etc/exports
mkdir -p /export/primary /export/secondary
exportfs -a

Configure and restart NFS server:

sed -i -e 's/^RPCMOUNTDOPTS="--manage-gids"$/RPCMOUNTDOPTS="-p 892 --manage-gids"/g' /etc/default/nfs-kernel-server
sed -i -e 's/^STATDOPTS=$/STATDOPTS="--port 662 --outgoing-port 2020"/g' /etc/default/nfs-common
echo "NEED_STATD=yes" >> /etc/default/nfs-common
sed -i -e 's/^RPCRQUOTADOPTS=$/RPCRQUOTADOPTS="-p 875"/g' /etc/default/quota
service nfs-kernel-server restart

Seed systemvm template:

/usr/share/cloudstack-common/scripts/storage/secondary/cloud-install-sys-tmplt \
          -m /export/secondary -f systemvmtemplate-4.11.0-kvm.qcow2.bz2 -h kvm \
          -o localhost -r cloud -d cloud

Setup KVM host

Install KVM and CloudStack agent, configure libvirt:

apt-get install qemu-kvm cloudstack-agent

Enable VNC for console proxy:

sed -i -e 's/\#vnc_listen.*$/vnc_listen = ""/g' /etc/libvirt/qemu.conf

Enable libvirtd in listen mode:

sed -i -e 's/.*libvirtd_opts.*/libvirtd_opts="-l"/' /etc/default/libvirtd

Configure default libvirtd config:

echo 'listen_tls=0' >> /etc/libvirt/libvirtd.conf
echo 'listen_tcp=1' >> /etc/libvirt/libvirtd.conf
echo 'tcp_port = "16509"' >> /etc/libvirt/libvirtd.conf
echo 'mdns_adv = 0' >> /etc/libvirt/libvirtd.conf
echo 'auth_tcp = "none"' >> /etc/libvirt/libvirtd.conf
systemctl restart libvirtd

Optional: If you’ve a crappy server vendor, they may fail to make each server unique and libvirtd can complain that servers are not unique. To make them unique setup host specific UUID in libvirtd config:

apt-get install uuid
echo host_uuid = \"$UUID\" >> /etc/libvirt/libvirtd.conf
systemctl restart libvirtd

Note: In Ubuntu 18.04, the libvirt daemon process has been named libvirtd but libvirt-bin alias is also available.

Configure Firewall

Configure firewall:

# configure iptables
iptables -A INPUT -s $NETWORK -m state --state NEW -p udp --dport 111 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -s $NETWORK -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 111 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -s $NETWORK -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 2049 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -s $NETWORK -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 32803 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -s $NETWORK -m state --state NEW -p udp --dport 32769 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -s $NETWORK -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 892 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -s $NETWORK -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 875 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -s $NETWORK -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 662 -j ACCEPT

apt-get install iptables-persistent

# Disable apparmour on libvirtd
ln -s /etc/apparmor.d/usr.sbin.libvirtd /etc/apparmor.d/disable/
ln -s /etc/apparmor.d/usr.lib.libvirt.virt-aa-helper /etc/apparmor.d/disable/
apparmor_parser -R /etc/apparmor.d/usr.sbin.libvirtd
apparmor_parser -R /etc/apparmor.d/usr.lib.libvirt.virt-aa-helper

Enable using ufw if that is enabled and what you’re using:

ufw allow mysql
ufw allow proto tcp from any to any port 22
ufw allow proto tcp from any to any port 1798
ufw allow proto tcp from any to any port 16509
ufw allow proto tcp from any to any port 16514
ufw allow proto tcp from any to any port 5900:6100
ufw allow proto tcp from any to any port 49152:49216

Launch Management Server

Start your cloud:

systemctl status cloudstack-management
tail -f /var/log/cloudstack/management/management-server.log

After management server is UP, proceed to http://cloudbr0-IP:8080/client and log in using the default credentials - username admin and password password.

Now, deploy your zone!