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Cloud Foundry MySQL Bosh Deployment

Table of contents



Security Groups

Registering the Service Broker

Smoke Tests

Deregistering the Service Broker

This repo contains a BOSH 2 manifest that defines tested topologies of cf-mysql-release.

It serves as the reference for the compatible release and stemcell versions.

This repo takes advantage of new features such as:

Please refer to BOSH documentation for more details. If you're having troubles with the pre-requisites, please contact the BOSH team for help (perhaps on slack).



  • A deployment of BOSH

  • A deployment of Cloud Foundry, final release 193 or greater

  • Instructions for installing BOSH and Cloud Foundry can be found at

  • Routing release v0.145.0 or later is required to register the proxy and broker routes with Cloud Foundry:

    bosh upload release

    Standalone deployments (i.e. deployments that do not interact with Cloud Foundry) do not require the routing release.

Upload Stemcell

The latest final release expects the Ubuntu Trusty (14.04) go_agent stemcell version 2859 by default. Older stemcells are not recommended. Stemcells can be downloaded from; choose the appropriate stemcell for your infrastructure (vsphere esxi, aws hvm, or openstack kvm).

Upload Release

You can use a pre-built final release or build a dev release from any of the branches described in Getting the Code.

Final releases are stable releases created periodically for completed features. They also contain pre-compiled packages, which makes deployment much faster. To deploy the latest final release, simply check out the master branch. This will contain the latest final release and accompanying materials to generate a manifest. If you would like to deploy an earlier final release, use git checkout <tag> to obtain both the release and corresponding manifest generation materials. It's important that the manifest generation materials are consistent with the release.

If you'd like to deploy the latest code, build a release yourself from the develop branch.

Create and upload a BOSH Release:

  1. Build the development release.
$ cd ~/workspace/cf-mysql-release
$ git checkout release-candidate
$ ./scripts/update
$ bosh2 create-release
  1. Upload the release to your bosh environment:
$ bosh2 -e YOUR_ENV upload-release

Create Infrastructure

Define subnets

Prior to deployment, the operator should define three subnets via their infrastructure provider. The MySQL release is designed to be deployed across three subnets to ensure availability in the event of a subnet failure.

Create load balancer

In order to route requests to both proxies, the operator should create a load balancer. Manifest changes required to configure a load balancer can be found in the proxy documentation. Once a load balancer is configured, the brokers will hand out the address of the load balancer rather than the IP of the first proxy.

  • Note: When using an Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) on Amazon, make sure to create the ELB in the same VPC as your cf-mysql deployment
  • Note: For all load balancers, take special care to configure health checks to use the health_port of the proxies (default 1936). Do not configure the load balancer health check to use port 3306.
  • You must use the IP address(es) of your load balancer in the p-mysql security group, below. Otherwise, applications will not be able to connect to the database.

There are two ways to configure a load balancer, either automatically through your IaaS or by supplying static IPs for the proxies

For IaaS native load balancers (AWS elb, GCP target_pool, etc)

In order for the MySQL deployment to attach the proxy instances to your configured load balancer, you need to use the proxy-elb.yml opsfile. This opsfile requires a vm_extension in your cloud-config which references your load balancer and also defines the specific requirements for your IaaS. You'll need to consult your IaaS documentation as well as your BOSH CPI documentation for the specifics of the cloud_properties definitions for use in your vm_extension. You can read more specifics about configuration of the proxies here.

For custom load balancers (haproxy, f5, etc)

If you would like to use a custom load balancer, you can manually configure your proxies to use static IP addresses which your load balancer can point to. To do that, create an operations file that looks like the following, with static IPs that make sense for your network:

- type: replace
  path: /instance_groups/name=proxy/networks
    - name: default


Deployment Components

Database nodes

The number of mysql nodes should always be odd, with a minimum count of three, to avoid split-brain. When the failed node comes back online, it will automatically rejoin the cluster and sync data from one of the healthy nodes.

The MariaDB cluster nodes are configured by default with 10GB of persistent disk. This can be configured using an operations file to change instance_groups/name=mysql/persistent_disk and properties/cf_mysql/mysql/persistent_disk, however your deployment will fail if this is less than 3GB.

Proxy nodes

There are two proxy instances. The second proxy is intended to be used in a failover capacity. In the event the first proxy fails, the second proxy will still be able to route requests to the mysql nodes.

Broker nodes

There are also two broker instances. The brokers each register a route with the router, which load balances requests across the brokers.

New deployments

New deployments will work "out of the box" with little additional configuration. There are two mechanisms for providing credentials to the deployment:

  • Credentials can be provided with -l <path-to-vars-file> (see below for more information on variable files).
  • variables store file should be provided with --vars-store <path-to-vars-store-file> to let the CLI generate secure passwords and write them to the provided vars store file.

By default the deployment manifest will not deploy brokers, nor try to register routes for the proxies with a Cloud Foundry router. To enable integration with Cloud Foundry, operations files are provided to add brokers and register proxy routes.

If you require static IPs for the proxy instance groups, these IPs should be added to the networks section of the cloud-config as well as to an operations file which will use these IPs for the proxy instance groups. See below for more information on operations files.

bosh \
  -e my-director \
  -d cf-mysql \
  deploy \
  ~/workspace/cf-mysql-deployment/cf-mysql-deployment.yml \
  -o <path-to-operations-file>

Upgrading from previous deployment topologies

If you are upgrading an existing deployment of cf-mysql-release with a manifest that does not take advantage of these new features, for example if the manifest was generated via the spiff templates and stubs provided in the cf-mysql-release repository, then be aware:

  1. The base manifest refers to AZs called z1, z2, and z3. If your cloud-config doesn't have those AZs, it will result in an error.
  2. The base manifest will not deploy brokers, nor try to register routes for the proxies with a Cloud Foundry router. If you wish to preserve this behavior you will need to include the add brokers and register proxy routes operations files.
  3. Create custom operations files to map any non-default configuration (e.g. the number of maximum connections).
  4. Create a custom operation file to migrate your BOSH 1 jobs and static IPs to their new BOSH 2 instance_groups. See the section below for more information.
  5. Create a variables file to contain the credentials of the existing deployment.
  • Using --vars-store is not recommended as it will result in credentials being rotated which can cause issues.
  1. Run the following command:
bosh \
  -e my-director \
  -d my-deployment \
  deploy \
  ~/workspace/cf-mysql-deployment/cf-mysql-deployment.yml \
  -o <path-to-deployment-name-operations> \
  [-o <path-to-additional-operations>] \
  -l <path-to-vars-file> \
  [-l <path-to-additional-vars-files>]

Operations file for migrating from BOSH 1 style manifest to a BOSH 2 style manifest

Refer to these docs on migrating from a BOSH 1 style manifest, then create an ops file to mix in those migrations into the base deployment manifest. See below for an example:

- type: replace
  path: /instance_groups/name=mysql/migrated_from?
  - name: mysql_z1
    az: z1
  - name: mysql_z2
    az: z2
  - name: mysql_z3
    az: z3

- type: replace
  path: /instance_groups/name=mysql/networks
  - name: default

Operations files

Additional example operations files used for common configurations of cf-mysql-release (e.g. adding a broker for Cloud Foundry integration) can be found in the operations directory. See the README in that directory for a description of which (combinations) of files to use for enabling each common feature set.

The manifest template is not intended to be modified; any changes you need to make should be added to operations files.

The syntax for operations files is detailed here.

Operations files can be provided at deploy-time as follows:

bosh \
  deploy \
  -o <path-to-operations-file>

Variables files

Variables files are a flat-format key-value yaml file which contains sensitive information such as passwords, ssl keys/certs etc.

They can be provided at deploy-time as follows:

bosh \
  deploy \
  -l <path-to-vars-file>

We provide a default set of variables intended for a local bosh-lite environment here.

Use this as an example for your environment-specific variables file.

Cross-deployment links

By default, this deployment assumes that some variables (e.g. nats) are provided by cross-deployment links from a deployment named cf. This will be true if Cloud Foundry was deployed via cf-deployment.

If you wish to disable cross-deployment links, use the disable-cross-deployment-links.yml operations file.

Disabling cross-deployment links will require these values to be provided manually (e.g. by passing -v nats={...} to the bosh deploy command).

Security Groups

By default, applications cannot to connect to IP addresses on the private network, preventing applications from connecting to the MySQL service. To enable access to the service, create a new security group for the IP configured in your manifest for the property

Note: This is not required for CF running on bosh-lite, as these application groups are pre-configured.

  1. Add the rule to a file in the following json format; multiple rules are supported.
   "destination": "",
   "protocol": "all"
   "destination": "",
   "protocol": "all"
   "destination": "",
   "protocol": "all"
  • Create a security group from the rule file.

    $ cf create-security-group p-mysql rule.json
  • Enable the rule for all apps

    $ cf bind-running-security-group p-mysql

Security group changes are only applied to new application containers; existing apps must be restarted.

Registering the Service Broker

After registering the service broker, the MySQL service will be visible in the Services Marketplace; using the CLI, run cf marketplace.

BOSH errand

$ bosh2 -e YOUR_ENV -d cf-mysql run-errand broker-registrar


  1. First register the broker using the cf CLI. You must be logged in as an admin.

    $ cf create-service-broker p-mysql BROKER_USERNAME BROKER_PASSWORD URL

    BROKER_USERNAME and BROKER_PASSWORD are the credentials Cloud Foundry will use to authenticate when making API calls to the service broker. Use the values for manifest properties and

    URL specifies where the Cloud Controller will access the MySQL broker. Use the value of the manifest property By default, this value is set to p-mysql.<properties.domain> (in spiff: "p-mysql." .properties.domain).

    For more information, see Managing Service Brokers.

  2. Then make the service plan public.

Smoke Tests

The smoke tests are useful for verifying a deployment. The MySQL Release contains an "smoke-tests" job which is deployed as a BOSH errand.

Running Smoke Tests via BOSH errand

Run the smoke tests via bosh errand as follows:

$ bosh2 -e YOUR_ENV -d cf-mysql run-errand smoke-tests

De-registering the Service Broker

The following commands are destructive and are intended to be run in conjuction with deleting your BOSH deployment.

$ bosh2 -e YOUR_ENV -d cf-mysql run-errand deregister-and-purge-instances


Run the following:

$ cf purge-service-offering p-mysql
$ cf delete-service-broker p-mysql