Install Portworx on Azure Red Hat OpenShift



Find the ARO Service Principal

When deploying Portworx on Azure Red Hat Openshift (ARO), the virtual machines are created in a resource group with a Deny Assignment role that prevents any service principal from accessing virtual machines except the service principal created for the resource group. In this task, you identify the service principal for the resource group that has access, and configure it to pass on the credentials (Azure Client ID, Azure Client Secret, and Tenant ID) via the Portworx cluster spec. Portworx will fetch the px-azure secret object file to authenticate. Perform the following steps from your Azure Web UI:

  1. Select Virtual Machines from the top navigation menu.
  2. From the Virtual machines page, select the Resource Group associated with your cluster.
  3. From the left panel on the Resource group page, select Access control (IAM).
  4. On the Access control (IAM) subpage of your resource group, select Deny assignments from the toolbar in the center of the page, then select the link under the Name column (this will likely be an autogenerated string of letters and numbers).
  5. This page shows that all principals are denied access, except for your resource group. Select your resource group’s name.
  6. From the application page, copy and save the following values:

    • Name
    • Application ID
    • Object ID

    You will use these to create the px-azure secret.

  7. From the home page, open the Azure Active Directory page (select All services to see the option). Select App registrations on the left pane, followed by All applications. In the search bar in the center of the page, paste the application name you saved in the previous step and press the enter key. Select the application link that shows in the results to open the next page.

  8. From your application’s page, select Certificates & secrets under Manage from the left pane.

  9. From the Certificates & secrets page, select + New client secret to create a new secret. On the Add a client secret page, provide the description and expiry date of your secret and click Add.

  10. You can see the newly created secret listed on the Client secret subpage. Copy and save the following values of your newly created secret:

    • Value
    • Secret ID

Create the px-azure secret with Service Principal credentials

Create a secret called px-azure to give Portworx access to Azure APIs by updating the following fields with the associated fields from the service principal you created in the previous section.

   ./oc create secret generic -n portworx px-azure\
   --from-literal=AZURE_TENANT_ID=<tenant> \
   --from-literal=AZURE_CLIENT_ID=<appId> \
  secret/px-azure created
  • AZURE_TENANT_ID: Run the az login command to get this value
  • AZURE_CLIENT_ID: Provide the Application ID associated with your cluster’s resource group, which you saved in step 6 of the previous section
  • AZURE_CLIENT_SECRET: Provide the Value of your secret, which you saved in the step 10 of the previous section

Generate Portworx spec

  1. Navigate to PX-Central and log in, or create an account.

  2. Select Portworx Enterprise from the Product Catalog page.

  3. On the Product Line page, choose any option depending on which license you intend to use, then click Continue to start the spec generator.

  4. For Platform, choose Azure. Select Azure Red Hat OpenShift (ARO) for Distribution Name, then click Save Spec to generate the specs.

Install Portworx Operator using OpenShift UI

  1. From your OpenShift UI, select OperatorHub in the left pane.
  2. On the OperatorHub page, search for Portworx and select the Portworx Enterprise or Portworx Essentials card:

    search catalog

  3. Click Install to install Portworx Operator:

    select catalog

  4. Portworx Operator begins to install and takes you to the Install Operator page. On this page, select the A specific namespace on the cluster option for Installation mode. Choose the Create Project option from the Installed Namespace dropdown:

    Installed operator page

  5. In the Create Project window, provide the name portworx and click Create to create a namespace called portworx.

  6. Click Install to deploy Portworx Operator in the portworx namespace.

Deploy Portworx using OpenShift UI

  1. Once the Operator is successfully installed, a Create StorageCluster button appears. Click the button to create a StorageCluster object:

    Portworx Operator

  2. On the Create StorageCluster page, choose YAML view to configure the StorageCluster object.

  3. Copy and paste the Portworx spec that you generated in the Generate Portworx spec section into the text editor, then click Create to deploy Portworx:

    YAML view

  4. Verify that Portworx has deployed successfully by navigating to the Storage Cluster tab of the Installed Operators page. Once Portworx has fully deployed, the status will show as Online:

    Portworx status

Verify your Portworx installation

Once you’ve installed Portworx, you can perform the following tasks to verify that Portworx has installed correctly.

Verify if all pods are running

Enter the following oc get pods command to list and filter the results for Portworx pods:

oc get pods -n portworx -o wide | grep -e portworx -e px
portworx-api-774c2                                      1/1     Running   0                2m55s   username-k8s1-node0    <none>           <none>
portworx-api-t4lf9                                      1/1     Running   0                2m55s    username-k8s1-node1    <none>           <none>
portworx-kvdb-94bpk                                     1/1     Running   0                4s   username-k8s1-node0    <none>           <none>
portworx-operator-58967ddd6d-kmz6c                      1/1     Running   0                4m1s       username-k8s1-node0    <none>           <none>
prometheus-px-prometheus-0                              2/2     Running   0                2m41s      username-k8s1-node0    <none>           <none>
px-cluster-1c3edc42-4541-48fc-b173-3e9bf3cd834d-9gs79   2/2     Running   0                2m55s   username-k8s1-node0    <none>           <none>
px-cluster-1c3edc42-4541-48fc-b173-3e9bf3cd834d-vpptx   1/2     Running   0                2m55s    username-k8s1-node1    <none>           <none>
px-csi-ext-868fcb9fc6-54bmc                             4/4     Running   0                3m5s      username-k8s1-node0    <none>           <none>
px-csi-ext-868fcb9fc6-8tk79                             4/4     Running   0                3m5s      username-k8s1-node0    <none>           <none>
px-csi-ext-868fcb9fc6-vbqzk                             4/4     Running   0                3m5s      username-k8s1-node1    <none>           <none>
px-prometheus-operator-59b98b5897-9nwfv                 1/1     Running   0                3m3s      username-k8s1-node0    <none>           <none>

Note the name of one of your px-cluster pods. You’ll run pxctl commands from these pods in following steps.

Verify Portworx cluster status

You can find the status of the Portworx cluster by running pxctl status commands from a pod. Enter the following oc exec command, specifying the pod name you retrieved in the previous section:

oc exec px-cluster-1c3edc42-4541-48fc-b173-3e9bf3cd834d-vpptx -n portworx -- /opt/pwx/bin/pxctl status
Defaulted container "portworx" out of: portworx, csi-node-driver-registrar
Status: PX is operational
Telemetry: Disabled or Unhealthy
Metering: Disabled or Unhealthy
License: Trial (expires in 31 days)
Node ID: 788bf810-57c4-4df1-9a5a-70c31d0f478e
        Local Storage Pool: 1 pool
        0       HIGH            raid0           3.0 TiB 10 GiB  Online  default default
        Local Storage Devices: 3 devices
        Device  Path            Media Type              Size            Last-Scan
        0:1     /dev/vdb        STORAGE_MEDIUM_MAGNETIC 1.0 TiB         14 Jul 22 22:03 UTC
        0:2     /dev/vdc        STORAGE_MEDIUM_MAGNETIC 1.0 TiB         14 Jul 22 22:03 UTC
        0:3     /dev/vdd        STORAGE_MEDIUM_MAGNETIC 1.0 TiB         14 Jul 22 22:03 UTC
        * Internal kvdb on this node is sharing this storage device /dev/vdc  to store its data.
        total           -       3.0 TiB
        Cache Devices:
         * No cache devices
Cluster Summary
        Cluster ID: px-cluster-1c3edc42-4541-48fc-b173-3e9bf3cd834d
        Cluster UUID: 33a82fe9-d93b-435b-943e-6f3fd5522eae
        Scheduler: kubernetes
        Nodes: 2 node(s) with storage (2 online)
        IP              ID                                      SchedulerNodeName       Auth            StorageNode     Used    Capacity        Status  StorageStatus       Version         Kernel                  OS f6d87392-81f4-459a-b3d4-fad8c65b8edc    username-k8s1-node0      Disabled        Yes             10 GiB  3.0 TiB         Online  Up 2.11.0-81faacc   3.10.0-1127.el7.x86_64  CentOS Linux 7 (Core)  788bf810-57c4-4df1-9a5a-70c31d0f478e    username-k8s1-node1      Disabled        Yes             10 GiB  3.0 TiB         Online  Up (This node)      2.11.0-81faacc  3.10.0-1127.el7.x86_64  CentOS Linux 7 (Core)
Global Storage Pool
        Total Used      :  20 GiB
        Total Capacity  :  6.0 TiB

The Portworx status will display PX is operational if your cluster is running as intended.

Verify pxctl cluster provision status

  • Find the storage cluster, the status should show as Online:

    oc -n portworx get storagecluster
    NAME                                              CLUSTER UUID                           STATUS   VERSION   AGE
    px-cluster-1c3edc42-4541-48fc-b173-3e9bf3cd834d   33a82fe9-d93b-435b-943e-6f3fd5522eae   Online   2.11.0    10m
  • Find the storage nodes, the statuses should show as Online:

    oc -n portworx get storagenodes
    NAME                  ID                                     STATUS   VERSION          AGE
    username-k8s1-node0   f6d87392-81f4-459a-b3d4-fad8c65b8edc   Online   2.11.0-81faacc   11m
    username-k8s1-node1   788bf810-57c4-4df1-9a5a-70c31d0f478e   Online   2.11.0-81faacc   11m
  • Verify the Portworx cluster provision status . Enter the following oc exec command, specifying the pod name you retrieved in the previous section:

    oc exec px-cluster-1c3edc42-4541-48fc-b173-3e9bf3cd834d-vpptx -n portworx -- /opt/pwx/bin/pxctl cluster provision-status
    Defaulted container "portworx" out of: portworx, csi-node-driver-registrar
    NODE                                    NODE STATUS     POOL                                            POOL STATUS     IO_PRIORITY     SIZE    AVAILABLE  USED     PROVISIONED     ZONE    REGION  RACK
    788bf810-57c4-4df1-9a5a-70c31d0f478e    Up              0 ( 96e7ff01-fcff-4715-b61b-4d74ecc7e159 )      Online          HIGH            3.0 TiB 3.0 TiB    10 GiB   0 B             default default default
    f6d87392-81f4-459a-b3d4-fad8c65b8edc    Up              0 ( e06386e7-b769-4ce0-b674-97e4359e57c0 )      Online          HIGH            3.0 TiB 3.0 TiB    10 GiB   0 B             default default default

Create your first PVC

For your apps to use persistent volumes powered by Portworx, you must use a StorageClass that references Portworx as the provisioner. Portworx includes a number of default StorageClasses, which you can reference with PersistentVolumeClaims (PVCs) you create. For a more general overview of how storage works within Kubernetes, refer to the Persistent Volumes section of the Kubernetes documentation.

Perform the following steps to create a PVC:

  1. Create a PVC referencing the px-csi-db default StorageClass and save the file:

    kind: PersistentVolumeClaim
    apiVersion: v1
        name: px-check-pvc
        storageClassName: px-csi-db
            - ReadWriteOnce
                storage: 2Gi
  2. Run the oc apply command to create a PVC:

    oc apply -f <your-pvc-name>.yaml
    persistentvolumeclaim/example-pvc created

Verify your StorageClass and PVC

  1. Enter the following oc get storageclass command, specify the name of the StorageClass you created in the steps above:

    oc get storageclass <your-storageclass-name>
    example-storageclass   Delete          Immediate           false                  24m

    oc will return details about your storageClass if it was created correctly. Verify the configuration details appear as you intended.

  2. Enter the oc get pvc command, if this is the only StorageClass and PVC you’ve created, you should see only one entry in the output:

    oc get pvc <your-pvc-name>
    NAME          STATUS   VOLUME                                     CAPACITY   ACCESS MODES   STORAGECLASS           AGE
    example-pvc   Bound    pvc-dce346e8-ff02-4dfb-935c-2377767c8ce0   2Gi        RWO            example-storageclass   3m7s

    oc will return details about your PVC if it was created correctly. Verify the configuration details appear as you intended.

Last edited: Monday, Jun 12, 2023