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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 14, 2022

Bare-Metal Openshift Redbook, followed with CP4* installation chapters

Many of my financial customers are not going to put their data out in AWS/Azure/Google/Off Prem cloud, however they do want the advantages of cloud on-prem and specifically with the license changes of monolithic to cloud pack within IBM, the flexibility to use what they need with their license bucket.

The documentation on bare-metal openshift is poor and distributed across hundreds of links. This is forming a barrier to getting up and running with openshift for customers.

A clear and concise walk through of building OCP and managing worker nodes with real production like examples, would make this much easier for customers to in the first case experiment with the technology on their own hardware in their own data centres.

Subsequent chapters, could be the deployment and configuration of CP4BA, CP4I in a production like pattern.

This would be a really useful tool out in the field so we can get the IBM products to stick at the customer (it would no longer take 3 weeks to build a bastion server:-).

  1. Principles

  2. Environment to be built and why from an architectural decision viewpoint

  3. OCP from bare-metal to at least 2 physical boxes, with appropriate disk partitioning for images, source, etc., following the OS installation RHEL 8.x, then the KVM provisioning, networking of Bastion, configuration of helper services (DHCP/DNS/HA Proxy.....) with subsequent Control and Compute nodes on RHCOS at a sensible count for the HW, distributed across the systems in a purposeful way.

  4. Install and configure a typical production like HA ACE cluster with CP4I and a test application

  5. Install and configure a typical production like BAW (WCenter/WServer) environment with CP4BA and a test application

  6. Wrap it up with a demo of instana to get some visibility of the monitoring tool out in the world

Idea priority High
  • Admin
    Andy Garratt
    Jul 8, 2022

    Thanks for raising this - we're looking at adding more 'Solution/Use-Cased focussed' documentation in a Red-book style, especially with an emphasis on why you would want to do something.

    Is there specific value in a Redbook format, or is it the 'Redbook style' that is offering the value e.g. that 'Let's take the example of a user who wants to install in highly available manner. There are multiple options for this, so let's discuss and then show you how to do each one..' style?

    i.e. if we could add that style of content to the Documentation, would that be valuable or would a Redbook(s) still offer something more?

  • Guest
    Jun 17, 2022

    This sounds like a good idea. I am often undermined when documentation provides a disjointed list of tasks - when I have no idea what the task is that I need. Having a set of use-cases that cover the whole thing would be good for many products. Redbooks used to do this but I have not looked at them for a while.

  • Guest
    Jun 14, 2022

    Agree that whilst the IBM KC documents have their place, they lack real worked examples and detailed descriptions of the architectural choices that can better be explained in redpapers/redbooks.

    Nothing worse than getting stuck in in infinite loop of links inside a KC document! :-)