Configure PNDA creation process


The PNDA creation process is controlled primarily via a YAML configuration file.

A template YAML configuration can be found in the pnda-cli repository.

Configure pnda_env.yaml

Designate client machine

Create or designate a suitable machine for running the PNDA CLI. We recommend CentOS 7.

Obtain code

Clone the pnda-cli repository repository from the master branch at a specific release tag (e.g. release/3.5) to the client machine.

Copy pnda_env_example.yaml to create pnda_env.yaml

Set image

Set the following image related fields as below.

Field RHEL CentOS
cloud_formation_parameters.imageId Select 64 bit RHEL 7 image for region Select 64 bit CentOS 7 image for region
ec2_access.OS_USER ec2-user centos

Set ec2 access keys

Set ec2_access.AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and ec2_access.AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY to the credentials created for accessing ec2 and CloudFormation.

These credentials are only stored on the client machine.

Hadoop distribution

Decide whether you want to run the Cloudera CDH or the Hortonworks HDP Hadoop distribution.

Set hadoop.HADOOP_DISTRO to either CDH or HDP.

Set source of SaltStack provisioning scripts

The PNDA software is installed and configured using the SaltStack code found in the platform-salt repository. This can be supplied in two main ways.

Local copy

A local copy of platform-salt can be used by setting platform_salt.PLATFORM_SALT_LOCAL to the path to the platform-salt folder on the client machine.

Git repository

Set platform_salt.PLATFORM_GIT_REPO_URI and platform_salt.PLATFORM_GIT_BRANCH to clone a remote git URI at the specified branch during provisioning.

If authenticated access to platform_salt.PLATFORM_GIT_REPO_URI is required then place the ssh key to use, named git.pem, in the top level directory of this repository and set platform_salt.PLATFORM_GIT_REPO_HOST to the hostname of the server.

Note Please ensure that the local clone of platform-salt or platform_salt.PLATFORM_GIT_BRANCH correspond to the same release tag as the pnda-cli repository cloned above.

Object storage

Set pnda_application_repo.PNDA_APPS_CONTAINER to the Application container configured during the preparation phase.

Set pnda_application_repo.PNDA_APPS_FOLDER to the Application folder configured during the preparation phase.

Set pnda_data_archive.PNDA_ARCHIVE_CONTAINER to the Dataset archive container configured during the preparation phase.

Set pnda_application_repo.PNDA_APPS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and pnda_application_repo.PNDA_APPS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY to the credentials created for object storage during the preparation phase.

PNDA mirror

Set mirrors.PNDA_MIRROR to the URI determined by the placement of the mirror and build components in the staging phase.

Other fields

There are a wide range of parameters that can be set, please refer to pnda_env_example.yaml in the pnda-cli repository for more details.

Security Material

Perimeter security (FQDN's and associated certificates/private keys)

Access to the PNDA cluster requires user authentication over a secure connection. In order to secure this user authentication, the perimeter servers require certification material which allows validating the FQDN used to access those servers to further authenticate and secure the connection to those servers.

For PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENTS, this security material MUST be generated outside the PNDA realm and dropped under the platform-certificates directory tree. Consult the README files under that same directory and sub-directories for further details on the required material.

For NON-PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENTS, a helper tool (tools/ is provided that can auto-generate the required server certificates based on an existing CA (private key) or based on a newly generated CA (when no private key is detected in the ./platform-certificates directory by the helper tool).

SSH key pair

Create an ssh keypair to use when creating the ec2 instances for PNDA as key_name.

Place the private key key_name.pem in the root of the pnda-cli directory.

Ensure that key_name.pem has 0600 permissions.

For example, if the keypair in AWS is 'pnda' then the local private key file should be named 'pnda.pem'.


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