[openstack-dev] Auditing Openstack

Jacob Bushman jacob at bluehost.com
Tue Jul 30 18:59:48 UTC 2013

In our deployment we have a custom solution for the orchestration of 
Openstack through the API that connects with billing and other external 
systems on the back end.

We have found that most of the corruption is introduced by messaging 
issues in Openstack.  There are a myriad of edge cases where the status 
in the database can become out of sync with what is actually running on 
a compute node for instance.

The basic concept of the auditing tools is to compare the information in 
the database with the actual state of the compute node and identify 

This is accomplished by parsing the instance XML, external ids of the 
tap device and gathering relevant data from the compute node. Then 
passing this through an API to our orchestration system and using a 
combination of Openstack API calls and DB queries to audit the compute 
nodes and make sure the database and the compute nodes are in sync.

On 07/30/2013 11:17 AM, Joshua Harlow wrote:
> Do u have a writeup of the corruption issues you have seen.
> I would most definitely appreciate said tools.
> Any little overview of what they do/are??
> On 7/30/13 9:44 AM, "Jacob Bushman" <jacob at bluehost.com> wrote:
>> I have been working with various corruption issues within openstack.
>> Issues like failed or partial provisions, quantum port / ip corruption
>> and database corruption.  There are several edge cases that I have run
>> into where the existing periodic task to clean up corruption were
>> inadequate for our use case.
>> We really needed a more unified way to query through the entire stack.
>> To handle this on the scale that I am working with I have developed out
>> of band auditing tools.
>> I feel something like this belongs in Openstack and would be useful to
>> the community.  I am wondering what other tools are available and if
>> this is something that is of interest.
>> ~ Jacob
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