This chapter documents the OpenShift setup in Phoenix.


Currently, two instances are deployed: Staging and Production. Both have a matching configuration with 3 masters, 3 nodes and a load balancer handling both API/UI and application traffic.

API endpoints

Instance API endpoint First master Note
Staging API reachable via OpenVPN only

Remote access using oc

External authentication is used, so to log in remotely using the 'oc' console tool please first authenticate in the UI, click on the username in the top right corner and select "Copy Login Command" - this will generate an authentication token and copy the complete login command into the clipboard.

Administrative console

To perform administrative tasks on the cluster, such as upgrades and permission modification, please log in as root to the first master node indicated in the table above. All changes should be tested on Staging first.

Adding a new user

Authentication happens using Google Auth so anyone can log in. For this reason, a new user cannot do anything and permissions must be granted to create projects. To do that, first ask the new user to log into the UI so that a user mapping is created. Then list users to confirm the new user's email is visible:

oc get users

Single project access

To provide access to an existing project, run the following command:

oc adm policy add-role-to-user admin -n NAME_OF_EXISTING_PROJECT

Project creation permission

To allow the new user to create projects, add the self-provisioner role:

oc adm policy add-cluster-role-to-user self-provisioner

Cluster admin role

In rare cases when a user needs to have instance-wide admin access, add the cluster-admin role:

oc adm policy add-cluster-role-to-user cluster-admin

For more info, check out the official docs on user and role management.

Managing persistent storage

Persistent volumes are used to save data across pod restarts and are provisioned manually. To view existing volumes and their states, run:

oc get pv

The "STATUS" column equals to "Bound" for volumes used by pods.

To add a new volume - create a new YAML listing the name, size and NFS path to use. More info is provided in official docs.

A sample persistent volume definition is presented below:

apiVersion: v1
kind: PersistentVolume
  name: new-pv-name
    storage: 4Gi
  - ReadWriteOnce
    path: /nfs/export/path
    server: NFS_SERVER_IP
  persistentVolumeReclaimPolicy: Recycle

Upgrading an instance

The ansible hosts file and playbooks are stored on the first Master. Playbooks are stored in /root/openshift-ansible and to update them run a "git pull" in this dir.

To perform maintenance tasks please follow the official docs, testing them on Staging first.

Adding a node

To add a new node to the environment, first set it up, configure docker storage and ensure the master can connect to it via SSH as that is needed by ansible.

Connect to the first master and update the Ansible hosts file /etc/ansible/hosts Add the node that needs to be added into the [new_nodes] section.

Now run the node scale-up playbook:

ansible-playbook /root/openshift-ansible/playbooks/openshift-node/scaleup.yml

Ensure the playbook completes without errors. Verify the node is added to the cluster:

oc get nodes

If the node is present in the list and its status is "Ready", the process is complete.


SSL is managed using openshift-acme which is an automated ACME controller.

Enabling opensift-acme on a route

The controller will only act on routes that have it explicitly enabled to avoid abuse and certificate requests for non-existing domains. The following annotation needs to be added to a route definition:

  annotations: "true"

Alternatively, patch the route using the CLI:

oc patch route ROUTE_NAME -p '{"metadata":{"annotations":{"":"true"}}}'

This will instruct the controller to generate a new certificate and install it on the route. Upon expiration the controller will renew the certificate automatically.

Deploying openshift-acme

Standard upstream instructions can be used to deploy openshift-acme after a reinstall:

oc new-project acme
oc create -f{clusterrole,serviceaccount,imagestream,deployment}.yaml -n acme
oc adm policy add-cluster-role-to-user openshift-acme -z openshift-acme -n acme

The last step provides the service account required access permissions to read routes and change them by adding generated certificates.

Troubleshooting certificate renewal

The controller runs as a pod in the "acme" namespace. In case of issues ensure that the pod is running and review its logs for further information.