Resetting the Photon Controller Deployer configuration

Datetime:2016-08-23 00:31:00          Topic: Docker  ZooKeeper           Share

As mentioned previously, I’m spending some time these days working on the Photon Controller product. Right now, I’m just familiarizing myself with it as much as possible. As I try different things, and test various options, I find that I repeatedly need to reset the Photon Controller Deployer to allow me to start a new Photon Controller. The Deployer is simply used to roll-out Photon Controller initially. It is not needed after that initial deployment step. In case you are involved in something similar, I added the steps here. Hopefully you will find them useful.

The first thing to note is that you cannot deploy multiple controllers from the same management appliance; you need to remove the old deployment and create a new one. If you don’t you will hit an error similar to this:

Ok – so how do you reset it back to a vanilla configuration? First, you need to SSH to the Photon Controller Deployer applianbce. You can login as user “esxcloud” with the default password “vmware”. Then you need to become superuser using “su -“, and provide the password credentials that you provided when you did the initial deployment of the deployer appliance. Now you need to run the following commands to clean up the previous configuration:

[ ~ ]# rm -rf /etc/esxcloud/deployer/deployer/sandbox_18000/
[ ~ ]# rm -rf /etc/esxcloud/cloud-store/cloud-store/sandbox_19000/
[ ~ ]# reboot

The reboot will be very quick. However if you try to deploy a new Photon Controller straight away, you will hit the same issue as I hit, namely a “t.data is null” failure during the initial Add hosts step:

Ok, this is not a very helpful error message, but it boils down to the fact that one of the containers on the Photon Controller Deployer is not running. The container in question is the “installer_ui” container. You must restart it manually. SSH back to the Deployer appliance, and run the following commands as user “esxcloud” (scroll/slide right to see the full output):

esxcloud [ ~ ]$ docker ps -a
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                     COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS                            PORTS               NAMES
3a002da677db        esxcloud/installer_ui     "/bin/sh -c 'sh /etc/"   2 days ago          Exited (137) About a minute ago                       ui_installer
dff68fdb8e92        esxcloud/cloud-store      "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                                     cloud-store_installer
05ccbefd05e3        esxcloud/housekeeper      "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                                     housekeeper_installer
5f8690fa305b        esxcloud/deployer         "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                                     deployer_installer
e677a66bcf20        esxcloud/management-api   "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                                     management-api_installer
37a2c29482dd        esxcloud/zookeeper        "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                                     zookeeper_installer
esxcloud [ ~ ]$ docker restart 3a002da677db
3a002da677db
esxcloud [ ~ ]$ docker ps -a
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                     COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS               NAMES
3a002da677db        esxcloud/installer_ui     "/bin/sh -c 'sh /etc/"   2 days ago          Up 1 seconds                            ui_installer
dff68fdb8e92        esxcloud/cloud-store      "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                       cloud-store_installer
05ccbefd05e3        esxcloud/housekeeper      "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                       housekeeper_installer
5f8690fa305b        esxcloud/deployer         "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                       deployer_installer
e677a66bcf20        esxcloud/management-api   "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                       management-api_installer
37a2c29482dd        esxcloud/zookeeper        "bash /etc/esxcloud/r"   2 days ago          Up About a minute                       zookeeper_installer
esxcloud [ ~ ]$ 

Now you should be able to start a new Photon Controller deployment.





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