Post-installation Configuration - (Manual deployment)

If you want to use openATTIC without DeepSea or if you’ve deployed oA and DeepSea independently you have to configure a few things manually. Also be aware of that only a subset of the management functionality is available without DeepSea, e.g. the NFS Ganesha or iSCSI target configuration.

Enabling Basic Ceph Support in openATTIC

openATTIC depends on Ceph’s librados Python bindings for performing many Ceph management and monitoring tasks, e.g. the management of Ceph Pools or RADOS block devices.


Ceph support in openATTIC is currently developed against Ceph 12.1.0 aka “Luminous”. Older Ceph versions may not work as expected. If your Linux distribution ships an older version of Ceph (as most currently do), please either use the upstream Ceph package repositories or find an alternative package repository for your distribution that provides a version of Ceph that meets the requirements. Note that this applies to both the version of the Ceph tools installed on the openATTIC node as well as the version running on your Ceph cluster.

To set up openATTIC with Ceph you first have to copy the Ceph administrator keyring and configuration from your Ceph admin node to your local openATTIC system.

From your Ceph admin node, you can perform this step by using ceph-deploy (assuming that you can perform SSH logins from the admin node into the openATTIC host):

# ceph-deploy admin

On the openATTIC node, you should then have the following files:



Please ensure that these files are actually readable by the openATTIC system user (openattic by default). This could be done by making them readable by the openattic user group:

# chgrp openattic /etc/ceph/ceph.conf /etc/ceph/ceph.client.admin.keyring
# chmod g+r /etc/ceph/ceph.conf /etc/ceph/ceph.client.admin.keyring

Alternatively, you can copy these files manually.


openATTIC partially supports managing multiple Ceph clusters, provided they have different names and FSIDs. You can add another cluster by copying the cluster’s admin keyring and configuration into /etc/ceph using a different cluster name, e.g. development instead of the default name ceph:


It is also possible to configure a Ceph cluster’s configuration and keyring file in the settings file /etc/sysconfig/openattic.

CEPH_CLUSTERS is a string setting containing paths to ceph.conf files. Multiple clusters can be added by seperating them with a ; sign like so:


For each Ceph cluster, one can set the path to the keyring file by adding CEPH_KEYRING_ appended by the uppercase cluster fsid as follows:


It is also possible to define a specific user name for each cluster, by adding CEPH_KEYRING_USER_ appended by the uppercase cluster fsid, like so:


The last step is to recreate your openATTIC configuration:

# oaconfig install

DeepSea integration in openATTIC

DeepSea is a Ceph installation and management framework developed by SUSE which is based on the Salt Open automation and orchestration software. It highly automates the deployment, configuration and management of an entire Ceph cluster and all of its components.

Some openATTIC features like iSCSI target and Ceph object gateway (RGW) management depend on communicating with DeepSea via the Salt REST API.

To enable the REST API of DeepSea you would have to issue the following command on the Salt master node:

salt-call state.apply ceph.salt-api

By default, openATTIC assumes that Salt master hostname is salt, API port is 8000 and API username is admin. If you need to change any of this default values, you should configure it in either /etc/default/openattic for Debian-based distributions or in /etc/sysconfig/openattic for RedHat-based distributions as well as SUSE Linux.

Available settings are:



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Ceph Object Gateway management features

If you want to enable the Ceph Object Gateway management features, and you are using DeepSea, you just have to guarantee that the Salt REST API is correctly configured (see DeepSea integration in openATTIC). In case you are not using DeepSea, you have to configure the Rados Gateway manually by editing either /etc/default/openattic for Debian-based distributions or /etc/sysconfig/openattic for RedHat-based distributions as well as SUSE Linux.

This is an example for the manually configured Rados Gateway credentials:



If your Rados Gateway admin resource isn’t configured to use the default value admin (e.g. http://host:80/admin), you will need to also set the RGW_API_ADMIN_RESOURCE option appropriately.

You can obtain these credentials by issuing the radosgw-admin command like so:

radosgw-admin user info --uid=admin

openATTIC Base Configuration

After all the required packages have been installed, you need to perform the actual openATTIC configuration, by running oaconfig:

# oaconfig install

oaconfig install will start and enable a number of services, initialize the openATTIC database and scan the system for.

Changing the Default User Password

By default, oaconfig creates a local adminstrative user account openattic, with the same password.

As a security precaution, we strongly recommend to change this password immediately:

# oaconfig changepassword openattic
Changing password for user 'openattic'
Password: <enter password>
Password (again): <re-enter password>
Password changed successfully for user 'openattic'

Now, your openATTIC storage system can be managed via the user interface.

See Accessing the Web UI for instructions on how to access the web user interface.

If you don’t want to manage your users locally, consult the chapter Configuring Authentication and Single Sign-On for alternative methods for authentication and authorization.