OpenStack Essentials
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OpenStack Essentials

Learn OpenStack, Install & Operate Your Own IaaS Cloud!
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Created by Ugur Oktay
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Cloud computing background
  • In depth understanding about Openstack architecture and components
  • In depth understanding of capabilities and features of openstack networking
  • In depth understanding of object and block storage options
  • In depth understanding about instance lifecycle
  • Have your own Openstack instance that could even run on your laptop or pc
  • Launch VMs and manage their lifecycle
  • Operate your openstack cluster from dashboard
  • Operate your openstack cluster from CLI
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  • A physical or virtual machine to install openstack
  • Linux command line experience
  • Virtualization concepts
  • Networking concepts

Linux Foundation ranked OpenStack® as the most popular open source project. It's market is projected to grow at 30+ percent in the upcoming several years. Openstack is gaining  more and more attraction in private cloud market and also serves as the foundation for public clouds. Organisations throughout the world have aggressive OpenStack adoption plans, but they list IT skills as their #1 challenge to getting started.

This course has been designed for IT professionals seeking to develop a solid understanding of OpenStack and it's core services. It will help any IT professional or manager who want to find out if OpenStack is the right solution to meet the needs of their organisation. In addition to hands on lessons at the end of each section, the course also includes a separate section which includes the exact steps for deploying latest OpenStack release Ocata. Participants will be able to start operating and using OpenStack to develop confidence for moving forward with next steps.

The course begins with an overview of cloud computing and OpenStack. After the overview there is a dedicated section to OpenStack installation which is followed by separate sections for each of the core openstack services and the web dashboard. In  each section we will go into the details of the service and it's architecture. For the most important services like Nova and Neutron we'll do a deeper dive and cover them in a much more detailed way.

***Update history of the course****

Course went live: March 24, 2017:

March 27, 2017 Update: Added Horizon Hands-on section.

April 1, 2017 Update: Added Scaling Openstack video lecture.

April 4, 2017 Update: Added a section for Multi-Node Design &Scaling.

April 9, 2017 Update: Added a section for Cluster Expansion(Compute Node Installation).

April 19, 2017 Update: Added CentOS installation on VirtualBox video lecture.

June 1, 2017 Update: Course Refresh. The audio has been re-recorded and also did some minor fixes based on student feedback.

Who is the target audience?
  • Developers
  • System Administrators
  • Cloud Engineers
  • Architects
  • IT Leaders
  • Network Administrators
  • Anyone with an IT background and wants to level up career!
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Curriculum For This Course
61 Lectures
Cloud Computing Overview
3 Lectures 19:58

The state of an organisation with traditional IT and how it can benefit from cloud computing is discussed. 

Introduction to Cloud Computing

-Cloud enabling technologies

-Traditional IT vs Cloud

-The traditional compute stack

Preview 05:26

Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS)

Platform as a Service(PaaS)

Software as a Service(Saas)

Cloud Delivery Types(Public, Private, Hybrid)

Cloud Computing-Delivery and Deployment Types

Knowledge check related to cloud computing

Cloud Computing Quiz
2 questions
Introduction to Openstack
3 Lectures 14:27

Introduction to openstack, it's core and optional services.


Overview of core openstack services, briefly touching each of them.

Preview 05:20

Logical architecture of openstack

Openstack Installation
4 Lectures 23:22

Hardware and software requirements for installing openstack and some information about packstack installation

About Packstack & Hw. Requirements

CentOS Installation on VirtualBox

Detailed steps for installing openstack with packstack on a virtual or physical centos machine.

Openstack Installation

Steps for verifying that you've a functional openstack installation.


Knowledge check for packstack support.

Distributions and PackStack
1 question
Horizon Dashboard
2 Lectures 17:38

Overview of Horizon dashboard


Dashboard walktrough session where we navigate trough the web dashboard and talk about menus

Dashboard Walktrough
CLI Client
2 Lectures 06:54

General session about CLI, how to authenticate, how to use the RC file etc.

Working from the CLI

some information about openstack CLI clients

Unified CLI Client
Identity Service-Keystone
3 Lectures 19:29

-Introduction to Keystone service as well as related concepts like project, token etc.

-Authentication process flow

Introduction & Important Identity Concepts

Architecture of Keystone + some information about policies and authorisation

Keystone Architecture

Hands on session for Keystone.

Managing Keystone from CLI
Image Service - Glance
2 Lectures 09:21

Overview and architecture of glance

Overview &Architecture

Hands on session for Glance.

Managing Glance from CLI
Networking Service- Neutron
7 Lectures 53:52

Introduction, benefits & base terminology

Introduction to Neutron

Architecture, ML2 plugin, plugin extensions


Multi tenancy, provider & project networks explained

Provider & Project Networks

Local, Flat, VLAN, VXLAN & GRE networks

Supported Network Types

L2 & L3 agents

Common Neutron Agents

NAT, Floating IP, DVR, Namespaces & Security Groups

Neutron Features & Functionality

Hands on session for Neutron

Managing Neutron from CLI

Knowledge check related to Neutron capabilities

Neutron Quiz
2 questions
Compute Service - Nova
6 Lectures 42:56

Introduction to nova project

Introduction to Nova

Architecture & component services


Requirements for launching an instance. Flavors, extra specs..

Launching an Instance

Instance scheduling, filters & weights

Launching an Instance(Continued)

Regions, host aggregates, availability zones..

Grouping Compute Nodes

Hands on session for Nova

Managing Nova from CLI

Knowledge check related to Nova Project

Nova Quiz
4 questions
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About the Instructor
Ugur Oktay
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IT Architect

Ugur Oktay has a degree in Electronics Engineering and  passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching exam (CCIE #16829) in September 2006. He is one of a small percentage of people that pass their CCIE labs on their first attempt.

Ugur has a multitude of experience in IT and telecommunications around data centers , OSS/BSS systems, information security, broadband systems and almost anything related to service providers. For the last 10 years he worked for Cisco as part of the global service provider team where he had the chance to design and implement systems serving millions of subscribers each day.