June 20, 2014
salt stack setup on beaglebone black rev c debian arm for Enterprise consumers

salt stack setup on beaglebone black rev c debian arm

I’ve been having fun playing around with my new ARM processor mini computer.  It’s a Beagle Bone Black (aka bbb) Revision C which has 512mb ram, 4gb flash storage, and comes pre-installed with Debian.  Here are the details of the salt stack minion install.

SaltStack takes a new approach to infrastructure management by developing software that is easy enough to get running in seconds, scalable enough to manage tens of thousands of servers, and fast enough to control and communicate with them in milliseconds. SaltStack delivers a dynamic infrastructure communication bus used for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management and much more.

Before you start this procedure you should have the following things ready:

  1. BBB unit
  2. USB cable
  3. Ethernet cable
  4. Internet access
  5. Admin console computer to drive the setup – I used an apple mac mini running windows 8.1 enterprise
  6. admin console should be setup with the BBB drivers the come with it and you will need basic apps like Putty for terminal access
  7. Salt Master server already setup and on the network

This process took about 15 minutes. I used the following guide as a reference: http://docs.saltstack.com/en/latest/topics/installation/debian.html

Procedure to install salt minion:

  1. plug everything in following the BBB getting started guide. the bbb i used was 
  2. open a terminal window to the BBB. I used putty to connect to the BBB three different ways:
    1. with ssh to the local USB NDIS ip address 
    2. to the COM3 serial port
    3. with ssh to the dhcp assigned ethernet address (check the dhcp server logs for “beaglebone”)
  3. Login as root – there is no root password for the bbb out of the box configuration
  4. Since i have a few BBB units it’s important to change the hostname so I’m able to differentiate them in the logs, dhcp servers, and salt configurations:
    vi /etc/hostname # change beaglebone to something unique
    vi /etc/hosts # change beaglebone to something unique
    reboot # or manually restart each service using the hostname
  5. This block of code will perform the four following steps: update apt repo list, import the APT repo signing key, update the package DB, and install the salt-minion.
    echo 'deb http://debian.saltstack.com/debian wheezy-saltstack main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    wget -q -O- "http://debian.saltstack.com/debian-salt-team-joehealy.gpg.key" | apt-key add -
    apt-get update
    apt-get -y install salt-minion
    #copy and paste these 4 lines to your terminal session
  6. Configure the minion by editing this file
    vi /etc/salt/minion
  7. Insert a new line to configure the master either for an IP address or hostname:
    #master: salt

    In this example I am pointing the master to

  8. Now you need to start the salt stack minion daemon
    salt-minion -d
  9. The next part is done on the salt master server. Open a console to your master, view the pending key requests, and accept them:
    salt-key -A
  10. That’s it!  You can test the install by running a few commands:
     salt '*' grains.items
    cpu_flags: swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp thumbee neon vfpv3 tls
    cpu_model: ARMv7 Processor rev 2 (v7l)
    cpuarch: armv7l
    defaultencoding: UTF-8
    defaultlanguage: en_US
    fqdn: beaglebone
    host: beaglebone
    hwaddr_interfaces: {'lo': '00:00:00:00:00:00', 'usb0': '96:b3:d1:ff:ff:ff', 'eth0': '1c:ba:8c:ff:ff:ff'}
    id: beaglebone
    ip_interfaces: {'lo': [''], 'usb0': [''], 'eth0': ['']}
    kernel: Linux
    kernelrelease: 3.8.13-bone47
    localhost: beaglebone
    lsb_distrib_codename: wheezy
    lsb_distrib_description: Debian GNU/Linux 7.4 (wheezy)
    lsb_distrib_id: Debian
    lsb_distrib_os: GNU/Linux
    lsb_distrib_release: 7.4
    mem_total: 497
    nodename: beaglebone
    num_cpus: 1
    num_gpus: 0
    os: Debian
    os_family: Debian
    osarch: armhf
    oscodename: wheezy
    osfullname: Debian
    osrelease: 7.4
    path: /sbin:/usr/sbin:/bin:/usr/bin
    ps: ps -efHww
    pythonversion: 2.7.3.final.0
    saltpath: /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/salt
    saltversion: 2014.1.4
    server_id: 546237894
    shell: /bin/sh
    virtual: physical
    zmqversion: 3.2.3

Here is a detailed log of the install process:

root@beaglebone:~# echo 'deb http://debian.saltstack.com/debian wheezy-saltstack main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
root@beaglebone:~# wget -q -O- "http://debian.saltstack.com/debian-salt-team-joehealy.gpg.key" | apt-key add -
root@beaglebone:~# apt-get update
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates Release.gpg
Get:1 http://debian.saltstack.com wheezy-saltstack Release.gpg [836 B]
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy Release.gpg
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates Release
Hit http://debian.beagleboard.org wheezy-bbb Release.gpg
Get:2 http://debian.saltstack.com wheezy-saltstack Release [5204 B]
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates Release.gpg
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy Release
Hit http://debian.beagleboard.org wheezy-bbb Release
Get:3 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports Release.gpg [836 B]
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/main armel Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates Release
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/contrib armel Packages
Get:4 http://debian.saltstack.com wheezy-saltstack/main armel Packages [2921 B]
Get:5 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports Release [147 kB]
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/main armel Packages
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/non-free armel Packages
Get:6 http://debian.saltstack.com wheezy-saltstack/main armhf Packages [3414 B]
Hit http://debian.beagleboard.org wheezy-bbb/main armhf Packages
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/main armhf Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/contrib armel Packages
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/contrib armhf Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/non-free armel Packages
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/non-free armhf Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/main armhf Packages
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/contrib Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/contrib armhf Packages
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/main Translation-en
Ign http://debian.saltstack.com wheezy-saltstack/main Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/non-free armhf Packages
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/non-free Translation-en
Ign http://debian.beagleboard.org wheezy-bbb/main Translation-en
Get:7 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports/main armel Packages [434 kB]
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/contrib Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/main Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/non-free Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/main armel Packages
Get:8 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports/contrib armel Packages [2459 B]
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/contrib armel Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/non-free armel Packages
Get:9 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports/non-free armel Packages [4819 B]
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/main armhf Packages
Get:10 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports/main armhf Packages [450 kB]
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/contrib armhf Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/non-free armhf Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/contrib Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/main Translation-en/DiffIndex
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/non-free Translation-en
Get:11 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports/contrib armhf Packages [4958 B]
Get:12 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports/non-free armhf Packages [4819 B]
Get:13 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports/contrib Translation-en [5113 B]
Get:14 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports/main Translation-en [257 kB]
Get:15 http://ftp.debian.org wheezy-backports/non-free Translation-en [18.8 kB]
Fetched 1342 kB in 7s (178 kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done

root@beaglebone:~# apt-get -y install salt-minion
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
dctrl-tools debconf-utils dmidecode libjs-jquery libpgm-5.1-0 libzmq3 msgpack-python python-async
python-crypto python-git python-gitdb python-jinja2 python-m2crypto python-mako python-markupsafe
python-smmap python-yaml python-zmq salt-common
Suggested packages:
debtags python-crypto-dbg python-crypto-doc python-jinja2-doc python-beaker python-mako-doc salt-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
dctrl-tools debconf-utils dmidecode libjs-jquery libpgm-5.1-0 libzmq3 msgpack-python python-async
python-crypto python-git python-gitdb python-jinja2 python-m2crypto python-mako python-markupsafe
python-smmap python-yaml python-zmq salt-common salt-minion
0 upgraded, 20 newly installed, 0 to remove and 19 not upgraded.
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After this operation, 16.2 MB of additional disk space will be used.
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Get:4 http://debian.saltstack.com/debian/ wheezy-saltstack/main python-zmq armhf 13.1.0-1~bpo70~dst+1 [357 kB]
Get:5 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main dctrl-tools armhf 2.22.2 [151 kB]
Get:6 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main debconf-utils all 1.5.49 [55.8 kB]
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Get:11 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main python-async armhf 0.6.1-1 [41.8 kB]
Get:12 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main python-smmap all 0.8.2-1 [20.9 kB]
Get:13 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main python-gitdb armhf 0.5.4-1 [56.7 kB]
Get:14 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main python-git all 0.3.2~RC1-1 [314 kB]
Get:15 http://debian.saltstack.com/debian/ wheezy-saltstack/main salt-minion all 2014.1.4+ds-2~bpo70+1 [27.4 kB]
Get:16 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main python-markupsafe armhf 0.15-1 [14.3 kB]
Get:17 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main python-jinja2 armhf 2.6-1 [167 kB]
Get:18 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main python-m2crypto armhf 0.21.1-2 [174 kB]
Get:19 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main python-mako all 0.7.0-1.1 [59.3 kB]
Get:20 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main python-yaml armhf 3.10-4 [164 kB]
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