Just recently the Foreman project released the latest version, 1.0.1. If you are following our [previous guide to install 0.4.2](http://www.cloudcomp.ch/2012/06/automating-the-icclab-part-one/) then you should also follow this.
# Installing & Configuring Foreman
You should setup your virtual machine exactly as we did in the previous guide, install puppet and checkout the foreman-installer modules from github. There is a small number of issues with the installer but we’ll easily walk you through them!
To check things out quickly, you can [download a VM (OVA) that has Foreman 1.0.1](http://www.cloudcomp.ch/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Foreman1.01.ova) preconfigured. The username/password is `root` and `root`. This also includes puppet modules to deploy OpenStack compute and controller nodes.
> Side note: the puppetlabs repository has changed. Make sure to:
> `wget http://apt.puppetlabs.com/puppetlabs-release-stable.deb`
Ensure that the foreman-proxy is part of the bind group. If not add the user:
Configure your `foreman_proxy/manifests/params.pp as` before, ensuring to enable DHCP and DNS and for each of those setting the correct network settings (subnet etc)
Configure you `foreman/manifest/params.pp` as before. For us we disabled SSL. Very important here is that you set the `foreman_url` parameter to include the port number on which foreman listens (port 3000).
If it is not set then the scripts that tie puppet and foreman together will not work. This is a [known and reported issue](http://theforeman.org/issues/1855), which will be resolved.
Currently there is a bug in `foreman_proxy/manifests/proxydhcp.pp`. For now you need to manually set the DNS `nameserver` and TFTP `nextserver` parameters. This [bug has been reported](https://groups.google.com/d/topic/foreman-users/t1m8JeWVd7U/discussion) and will be resolved soon.
Finally you need to apply [this patch](https://github.com/theforeman/smart-proxy/commit/a402c71290f2d8205e60b876f2a40dfa9fefacda). Puppet in its most recent version changed the value of the return code from operations related to `puppetca`. This causes blocking issues with provisioning and deleting hosts with foreman. You can use this sed command if it suits you:
Once applied you should restart the foreman-proxy service
Note, if you start the foreman service and it halts with a stacktrace then you will have to reinitialise the database. This is a one-time operation.
Once these step have been complete, you can then configure Foreman itself (setting smart proxy, host groups etc).
When configuring these various aspects you should update the ‘Ubuntu default’ disk partition table configuration. Use the following to ensure a complete automatic install:
One of the issues that we’re dealing with currently is that rather than the puppetmaster’s hostname being placed in the relevant configuration files (e.g. `puppet.conf`), an IP address is inserted. This will not work as it will fail with SSL issues. The current work around is to create a ‘snippet’ in the Provisioning Templates section. With this snippet created then set the content of the config files in Provisioning Templates to (using `puppet.conf` as an examples):
12. September 2012 at 10:50
What is the ssh user& password for this new image?
I tried the fman/fman as stated in the old image, and root/fman and foreman/fman but none of them works
12. September 2012 at 10:53
Woops! Good catch! I’ve updated the blog article. The username/password is root and root.