Installing Open vSwitch on Ubuntu with Puppet

In this post, I’ll share with you some Puppet code that you can include in your manifests to install Open vSwitch (OVS) packages on Ubuntu. This post, along with a number of others (like using Puppet for Ubuntu Cloud Archive support or using Puppet to configure an Apt proxy) stems from my work on building a new home lab in which I’ll be doing some OpenStack and NSX testing.

This code makes a couple of assumptions:

  1. It assumes that you’ve established an internal Apt repository (I created one using reprepro). In the code below, you’ll see that I’ve used the Puppet Labs Apt module to define my internal Apt repository.
  2. It assumes that you have Debian packages for OVS in that internal Apt repository. Depending on which version of OVS you need (I needed a newer version than was available in the public repositories), you might be able to get away with just using the public repositories.

OK, with the assumptions out of the way, let’s have a look at the code:

(Click here if the code block above isn’t visible.)

The code is fairly straightforward; the key is making sure that the appropriate packages are installed before you attempt to install the OVS DKMS module. This is reflected in the require statement for the openvswitch-datapath-dkms package.

I’ve only tested this on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, so use at your own risk on other distributions and other versions.

As always, I encourage you to participate in the discussion by adding your questions, thoughts, suggestions, and/or clarifications in the comments below. All courteous comments are welcome.

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