OpenStack guides and tutorials from July 2016

Great new technical guides, tutorials, and documentation for OpenStack

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The number of tools and projects which fall under the broad heading of "open source cloud" seem to grow every month. Just inside of the OpenStack umbrella, there are dozens of different projects to keep track of, all steaming ahead under a six-month release cycle.

Cloud administrator and developers have their work cut out for them to keep ahead of curve. Fortunately, there are many opportunities, from meetups and in-person training, to mailing lists and IRC, to books and documentation to help you keep up. In addition, individual members of the OpenStack community do a great job of sharing their own discoveries and expertise in the form of guides and tutorials published across many different blogs.

To help you find the best of these, every month, goes on the hunt for the best community-created OpenStack how-tos published in the previous month. Here's what we've found for you this time around.

  • Our first guide this month is a good first read for anyone thinking of contributing to the OpenStack Horizon dashboard project. In this brief guide to bug smashing, learn how the Horizon bug list is arranged and the best way to go about triaging the open issues.

  • Next up, a look at the sometimes thankless task of package management. Building the packages from OpenStack's source tree that go into the RDO distribution can be a difficult undertaking. DLRN can make that process a little easier; learn how to put it to work in this tutorial.

  • CSIT is short for Continuous System Integration Tests, a suite of integration tests for making sure OpenDaylight components work. Interested in network functions virtualization? Learn more about running CSIT tests with OpenStack in this tutorial.

  • OpenStack, like any critical infrastructure project, should be thoroughly tested to make sure it is secure. Bandit is a tool from the OpenStack Security Project designed to help identify potential vulnerabilities in the OpenStack code base. Learn more about how Bandit works and how to use it in this guide.

  • Deploying OpenStack with TripleO enables cloud administrators to use OpenStack's own cloud facilities in the deployment process rather than relying completely on outside tools. If you are deploying OpenStack across many nodes, you'll want to understand how TripleO works to deploy your cloud; take a look at this technical deep dive spread across six videos.

And that wraps up this month. Still looking for more? Check out our complete collection of OpenStack tutorials for links to over one hundred additional community-authored guides on a wide range of topics for open source cloud builders. Do you have a favorite new guide you think we should feature? Let us know in the comments below and we'll consider it for next month.

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