Currently, if you are interested in deploying Service Fabric on standalone linux clusters, you’ll need to create your own instance, install all of the packages and dependencies, configure the cluster appropriately via the xml spec, and run a few scripts. After all that, you’ll have a standalone cluster running on one physical instance. If you are interested in checking out the manual process or want to set up a small footprint development environment, the full instructions can be found here at docs.microsoft.com.
While having a small footprint linux development environment is all well and good, according to the documentation here, production level standalone linux clusters are not officially supported by Microsoft and their setup and configuration can be a complex process. This is where we can introduce BOSH to solve the setup problem and a few others that arise in the maintenance and monitoring of long running clusters that are the subject of future posts.
If you do not currently have a running BOSH director, take a look at the above video tutorial, or walk through one of the guides on bosh.io for setting up the CLI and directors on AWS, Azure, GCP, vSphere, and more
The Service Fabric bosh-release requires the use of the newer Xenial (Ubuntu 18.04) stemcells. Other stemcells are currently not supported but may be considered in future releases. To upload a stemcell, target and authenticate with your BOSH environment and upload a Xenial stemcell which are available on bosh.io. An example for vSphere is shown below.
bosh -e <alias> upload-stemcell https://bosh.io/d/stemcells/bosh-vsphere-esxi-ubuntu-xenial-go_agent?v=97.16
After uploading your stemcell, you’ll have to set up your networking and instance configurations in the
cloud-config. The default manifest provided in the repo references the service-fabric
vm_type. You can either add the corresponding sections to your
cloud-config or edit the manifest to use existing
vm_type definitions. Example
cloud-config snippets for vSphere are provided below.
networks: - name: service-fabric subnets: - azs: [z1,z2,z3] cloud_properties: name: Lab-Net dns: [184.108.40.206,220.127.116.11] gateway: 172.16.1.1 range: 172.16.0.0/17 reserved: [172.16.0.0-172.16.0.10] type: manual vm_types: - name: service-fabric cloud_properties: cpu: 2 disk: 51200 ram: 8192
For more information on the specific
cloud_properties you’ll need to reference for your IaaS of choice, visit the cloud-config documentation
here under the
Cloud Providers section for AWS, Azure, GCP, vSphere, and more. If you’re creating a
cloud-config from scratch, be sure to look at the
Example Cloud Config to base yours off of and ensure you have all of the required sections.
Once you have a running director with
xenial stemcells and a
cloud-config, you’re ready to deploy a Service Fabric cluster. The first thing you’ll need is to clone the repo for the bosh-release.
git clone https://github.com/starkandwayne/service-fabric-boshrelease.git
After cloning the repo, deployment of the default manifest can be done with one simple command.
cd <repo-folder> bosh -e <alias> -d service-fabric deploy manifests/service-fabric.yml
After running the deployment, you should see something similar to the task log below with VMs being created and then updated to run Service Fabric. This process takes usually between 20-30min for the base five node cluster, and 4-6min for each additional VM if you scale the instance group.
Using environment 'https://10.200.202.0:25555' as user 'admin' (openid, bosh.admin) Task 2 Task 2 | 18:49:18 | Preparing deployment: Preparing deployment (00:00:15) Task 2 | 18:49:35 | Preparing package compilation: Finding packages to compile (00:00:00) Task 2 | 18:49:39 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/041a5eaa-1576-496f-a6e7-fd967c5f0b82 (2) Task 2 | 18:49:39 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/431ed308-4ddb-4f71-b33d-6a1fcbbaadfb (1) Task 2 | 18:49:39 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/65f2a1bf-46df-4b24-ada9-e950f4a9f39b (3) Task 2 | 18:49:39 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/7939f734-b4ab-46eb-ae32-6d35c8a4464e (4) Task 2 | 18:49:39 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/af2084f7-b222-415d-8518-9aa5f3000262 (0) Task 2 | 18:53:19 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/431ed308-4ddb-4f71-b33d-6a1fcbbaadfb (1) (00:01:40) Task 2 | 18:53:21 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/7939f734-b4ab-46eb-ae32-6d35c8a4464e (4) (00:01:42) Task 2 | 18:53:22 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/af2084f7-b222-415d-8518-9aa5f3000262 (0) (00:01:43) Task 2 | 18:53:22 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/65f2a1bf-46df-4b24-ada9-e950f4a9f39b (3) (00:01:43) Task 2 | 18:53:25 | Creating missing vms: service-fabric/041a5eaa-1576-496f-a6e7-fd967c5f0b82 (2) (00:01:46) Task 2 | 18:53:29 | Updating instance service-fabric: service-fabric/af2084f7-b222-415d-8518-9aa5f3000262 (0) (canary) (00:04:18) Task 2 | 19:05:47 | Updating instance service-fabric: service-fabric/041a5eaa-1576-496f-a6e7-fd967c5f0b82 (2) (canary) (00:04:00) Task 2 | 19:14:47 | Updating instance service-fabric: service-fabric/431ed308-4ddb-4f71-b33d-6a1fcbbaadfb (1) (canary) (00:04:12) Task 2 | 19:23:59 | Updating instance service-fabric: service-fabric/65f2a1bf-46df-4b24-ada9-e950f4a9f39b (3) (canary) (00:04:00) Task 2 | 19:32:59 | Updating instance service-fabric: service-fabric/7939f734-b4ab-46eb-ae32-6d35c8a4464e (4) (canary) (00:03:57) Task 2 Started Thu Nov 1 18:49:18 UTC 2018 Task 2 Finished Thu Nov 1 19:11:31 UTC 2018 Task 2 Duration 00:22:13 Task 2 done Succeeded
Now that your cluster has successfully deployed, we can look up one of the VM IP addresses and check out the cluster web interface. To do this we can use the following command.
bosh -e <alias> -d service-fabric vms
Using environment 'https://10.200.202.0:25555' as user 'admin' (openid, bosh.admin) Task 3. Done Deployment 'service-fabric' Instance Process State AZ IPs VM CID VM Type Active service-fabric/41fceda7-b949-4cfe-ba82-390b6f2a431c running z2 10.200.202.133 vm-d3cd1c94-fd2a-473a-83df-fe6d467f7a60 service-fabric - service-fabric/57413822-f11a-4dc1-bb83-bd2a2ca16f65 running z2 10.200.202.134 vm-4e5932f7-7884-47c8-904a-a496eb74ec72 service-fabric - service-fabric/70cc72f0-6aeb-4c3a-9d9f-e467948f7c29 running z1 10.200.202.132 vm-a532f63c-12f7-4545-995d-0abf5bdfb7ff service-fabric - service-fabric/91b19a9c-4185-4b91-83ec-a9c79f8d6804 running z1 10.200.202.131 vm-1632b547-5c66-4a06-9d13-51e86674a0c9 service-fabric - service-fabric/a1da1336-8487-4c5b-9c73-c78ac0ab8586 running z3 10.200.202.135 vm-5ad50cd8-62a2-44ae-90d1-babb22fa95c7 service-fabric -
Once you have one of the node IPs, we can open a browser and navigate to
http://<node-ip>:19080 and you should see the following interface.
Now that we have a cluster running, we should validate that it is deployed correctly and is ready to accept application deployments for several different languages. To do this we can run the
smoke-test errand via BOSH, which will test pushing several applications and testing to ensure they come up and run in a healthy state. This process takes roughly 10 minutes and should look like the following if all is well. If there is an error, BOSH will give verbose logs and you can diagnose environmental issues causing apps to fail (i.e. deploying in an air-gapped environment and trying to deploy a containerized app from DockerHub)
bosh -e <alias> -d service-fabric run-errand smoke-test
Using environment 'https://10.200.202.0:25555' as user 'admin' (openid, bosh.admin) Task 4 Task 4 | 19:21:19 | Preparing deployment: Preparing deployment Task 4 | 19:21:30 | Warning: Ambiguous request: the requested errand name 'smoke-test' matches both a job name and an errand instance group name. Executing errand on all relevant instances with job 'smoke-test'. Task 4 | 19:21:31 | Preparing package compilation: Finding packages to compile (00:00:00) Task 4 | 19:21:31 | Preparing deployment: Preparing deployment (00:00:12) Task 4 | 19:21:31 | Creating missing vms: smoke-test/1015ea4d-a7ba-4080-a364-635390531a3b (0) (00:02:51) Task 4 | 19:24:22 | Updating instance smoke-test: smoke-test/1015ea4d-a7ba-4080-a364-635390531a3b (0) (canary) (00:01:05) Task 4 | 19:25:28 | Running errand: smoke-test/1015ea4d-a7ba-4080-a364-635390531a3b (0) (00:08:36) Task 4 | 19:34:04 | Fetching logs for smoke-test/1015ea4d-a7ba-4080-a364-635390531a3b (0): Finding and packing log files (00:00:01) Task 4 Started Thu Nov 8 19:21:19 UTC 2018 Task 4 Finished Thu Nov 8 19:34:05 UTC 2018 Task 4 Duration 00:12:46 Task 4 done Succeeded
At this point, you should have a Service Fabric cluster ready for application deployments. For information on setting up the Service Fabric CLI, as well as building and deploying applications for Service Fabric, check out the Quickstarts and Tutorials on microsoft.com.