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QUADS (quick and dirty scheduler)

QUADS automates the future scheduling, end-to-end provisioning and delivery of bare-metal servers and networks.



What does it do?

  • Create and manage unlimited future scheduling for automated slicing & dicing of systems and network infrastructure
  • Drive automated systems provisioning and network switch changes to deliver isolated, multi-tenant bare-metal environments
  • Automated network and provisioning validation prior to delivering sets of machines/networks to tenants
  • Automated allocation of optional, publicly routable VLANs
  • Generates/maintains user-configurable instackenv.json to accomodate OpenStack deployment.
  • Automatically generate/maintain documentation to illustrate current status, published to a Wordpress instance
    • Current system details, infrastructure fleet inventory
    • Current system group ownership (cloud), workloads and assignments
    • Total duration and time remaining in system assignments
    • Dynamic provisioning & system/network validation status per assignment
    • Currently allocated/free optional publicly routable VLAN status
    • Granular Ansible facts inventory per server via ansible-cmdb (to be re-introduced in 1.1+)
  • Query scheduling data to determine future availability
  • Generates a per-month visualization map for per-machine allocations to assignments.
  • RT (or similiar ticketing system) integration.
  • IRC bot and email notifications for new provisioning tasks and ones ending completion
  • Control PDU sockets for connected bare-metal systems for power action (to be re-introduced in 1.2)


  • Main components: Python3, Cherrypy, Mongoengine, MongoDB, Jinja2
  • Installation via Docker compose, RPM (Fedora or EL8+) or Github sources
  • We use badfish for managing bare-metal IPMI
  • We use Foreman for the systems provisioning backend.
  • We use Wordpress for auto-generating wiki and documentation.
  • A typical container-based QUADS deployment might look like this:



  • In QUADS 1.1+ we are using Python3, Cherrypy and Jinja2 with MongoDB as the database backend.
  • The scheduling functionality can be used standalone, but you'll want a provisioning backend like Foreman to take full advantage of QUADS scheduling, automation and provisioning capabilities.
  • To utilize the automatic wiki/docs generation we use Wordpress but anything that accepts markdown via an API should work.
  • Switch/VLAN automation is done on Juniper Switches in Q-in-Q VLANs, but commandsets can easily be extended to support other network switch models.
  • We use badfish for optional Dell playbooks to toggle boot order and PXE flags to accomodate OpenStack deployments via Ironic/Triple-O.
  • The package ansible-cmdb needs to be available if you want to see per assignment Ansible facts of the inventory. It can be obtained from here

QUADS Workflow

You can read about QUADS architecture, provisioning, visuals and workflow in our documentation examples and screenshots

QUADS Switch and Host Setup

Installing QUADS

  • We offer Docker compose, RPM packages or a Git clone installation (for non RPM-based distributions, BSD UNIX, etc).
  • It's recommended to use the Docker method as it requires less setup

Installing QUADS with Docker Compose

  • Clone the QUADS Github repository
git clone --single-branch --branch master /opt/docker/quads
  • Read through the QUADS YAML configuration file for other settings you way want.
  • Make a copy of it and place it on the local filesystem of the Docker host outside the git checkout
mkdir -p /opt/quads/conf
cp /opt/docker/quads/conf/quads.yml /opt/quads/conf/quads.yml
  • Make any changes required to your /opt/quads/conf/quads.yml
vi /opt/quads/conf/quads.yml
  • Run docker-compose to bring up a full QUADS stack
docker-compose -f /opt/docker/quads/docker/docker-compose-production.yml up -d
  • Access Quads Wiki via browser at http://localhost or http://quads-container-host to setup your Wiki environment.
  • Run commands against containerized quads via docker exec
docker exec quads bin/quads-cli --define-cloud cloud01 --description cloud01
  • Container Layout
Container Purpose Source Image Name
quads quads server Official Python3 Image python:3
quads_db quads database Official Mongodb Image mongo:4.0.4-xenial
nginx wiki proxy Official Nginx Image nginx:1.15.7-alpine
wiki quads wiki Official WP Image wordpress:5.2.2-php7.2-fpm-alpine
wiki_db wiki database Official MariaDB Image mariadb

We find it useful to create an alias on your quads container for executing quads-cli commands inside the container.

  • On your docker host:
echo 'alias quads="docker exec -it quads bin/quads-cli"' >> ~/.bashrc
  • e.g. creating an environment and adding hosts
quads --define-cloud cloud01 --description "spare pool"
quads --add-host host01 --default-cloud cloud01 --host-type general

Installing QUADS from Github

This method requires you to satisfy all of your Python3 and library dependencies yourself and isn't recommended, however it probably is the only way to run QUADS on some platforms like FreeBSD. Substitute package names and methods appropriately.

  • Clone the git repository (substitute paths below as needed)
git clone /opt/quads
  • Install pre-requisite Python packages
dnf install python3-requests python3-wordpress-xmlrpc python3-pexpect python3-paramiko ipmitool python3-cherrypy python3-mongoengine mongodb mongodb-server python3-jinja2 python3-passlib python3-PyYAML python3-requests python3-GitPython
  • Install a webserver (Apache, nginx, etc)
dnf install httpd
  • Create logging directory (you can edit this in conf/quads.yml via the log: parameter).
mkdir -p /opt/quads/log
  • Create your visualization web directory (you can configure this in conf/quads.yml via visual_web_dir)
mkdir -p /var/www/html/visual
  • Populate the web visualization images in your webserver directory
cp -p /opt/quads/images/{button*,texture*}.png /var/www/html/visual/
vi /opt/quads/conf/quads.yml
  • Enable and start the QUADS systemd service (daemon)
  • Note: You can change QUADS quads_base_url listening port in conf/quads.yml and use the --port option
cp /opt/quads/systemd/quads-server.service /etc/systemd/system/quads-server.service
systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl enable quads-server.service
systemctl start quads-server.service
  • Note: You can use QUADS on non-systemd based Linux or UNIX distributions but you'll need to run /opt/quads/bin/quads-server via an alternative init process or similiar functionality.

Installing QUADS from RPM

  • We build RPM packages for Fedora and CentOS/RHEL 8
  • On Fedora 30 and above you'll need to manually install mongodb first, see installing mongodb for QUADS
  • On Fedora 30 and above it is necessary to install python3-wordpress-xmlrpc as it is not included anymore
dnf install
  • On RHEL/CentOS 8 you'll need to install MongoDB first via dnf install mongodb mongodb-server
  • On RHEL/CentOS 8 you'll also need to satisfy python3-paramiko RPM package from somewhere as it's been removed from EL8 in lieu of libssh
  • Once you have mongodb installed and running you can install/upgrade QUADS via RPM.
dnf copr enable quadsdev/python3-quads  -y
dnf install quads -y
vi /opt/quads/conf/quads.yml
  • Enable and Start dependent services
  • haveged is a replacement entropy service for VM's, it's optional so turn it off if you want to use /dev/random - this solves certain performance issues known to occur with lack of entropy when running QUADS in a VM.
systemctl enable httpd
systemctl enable haveged
systemctl start haveged
systemctl start httpd
systemctl start mongod
  • Enable and start the QUADS systemd service (daemon)
  • Note: You can change QUADS quads_base_url listening port in conf/quads.yml and use the --port option
systemctl enable quads-server
systemctl start quads-server
  • Source quads binaries in your $PATH (or login with another shell)
source /etc/profile.d/
  • Now you're ready to go.
quads-cli --help
  • For full functionality with Foreman you'll also need to have hammer cli installed and setup on your QUADS host.

  • Note: RPM installations will have quads-cli and tools in your system $PATH but you will need to login to a new shell to pick it up. We typically place this as an alias in /root/.bashrc.

echo 'alias quads="quads-cli"' >> /root/.bashrc

Installing other QUADS Components


  • There is also a Wordpress Wiki VM QUADS component that we use a place to automate documentation via a Markdown to Python RPC API but any Markdown-friendly documentation platform could suffice. Note that the container deployment sets this up for you.
  • You'll then simply need to create an infrastructure page and assignments page and denote their page id for use in automation. This is set in conf/quads.yml
  • We also provide the krusze theme which does a great job of rendering Markdown-based tables, and the JP Markdown plugin which is required to upload Markdown to the Wordpress XMLRPC Python API
  • You'll also need bind-utils package installed that provides the host command

QUADS Move Command

  • QUADS relies on calling an external script, trigger or workflow to enact the actual provisioning of machines. You can look at and modify our move-and-rebuild-host script to suit your environment for this purpose. Read more about this in the move-host-command section below.

  • Note: RPM installations will have quads-cli and tools in your system $PATH but you will need to login to a new shell to pick it up.

Making QUADS Run

  • QUADS is a passive service and does not do anything you do not tell it to do. We control QUADS with cron, please copy and modify our example cron commands to your liking, adjust as needed.

  • Below are the major components run out of cron that makes everything work.

Service Command Category Purpose
quads-cli --move-hosts provisioning checks for hosts to move/reclaim as scheduled validation checks clouds pending to be released for all enabled validation checks documentation keeps your infra wiki updated based on current state of environment visualization keeps your systems availability and usage visualization up to date openstack keeps optional openstack triple-o installation files up-to-date

QUADS Usage Documentation

  • Define the various cloud environments
  • These are the isolated environments QUADS will use and provision into for you.
quads-cli --define-cloud cloud01 --description "Primary Cloud Environment"
quads-cli --define-cloud cloud02 --description "02 Cloud Environment"
quads-cli --define-cloud cloud03 --description "03 Cloud Environment"
  • Define the hosts in the environment (Foreman Example)
    • Note the --host-type parameter, this is a mandatory, free-form label that can be anything. It will be used later for post-config automation and categorization.
    • If you don't want systems to be reprovisioned when they move into a cloud environment append --no-wipe to the define command.
    • We are excluding anything starting with mgmt- and including servers with the name r630.
for h in $(hammer host list --per-page 1000 | egrep -v "mgmt|c08-h30"| grep r630 | awk '{ print $3 }') ; do quads-cli --define-host $h --default-cloud cloud01 --host-type general; done
  • The command without Foreman would be simply:
quads-cli --define-host <hostname> --default-cloud cloud01 --host-type general
  • Define the host interfaces, these are the internal interfaces you want QUADS to manage for VLAN automation
  • Note that --interface-ip corresponds to the IP of the switch that hosts interface is connected to.
  • Do this for every interface you want QUADS to manage per host (we are working on auto-discovery of this step).
quads-cli --add-interface em1 --interface-mac 52:54:00:d9:5d:df --interface-ip --interface-port xe-0/0/1:0 --host <hostname>
quads-cli --add-interface em2 --interface-mac 52:54:00:d9:5d:dg --interface-ip --interface-port xe-0/0/1:1 --host <hostname>
quads-cli --add-interface em3 --interface-mac 52:54:00:d9:5d:dh --interface-ip --interface-port xe-0/0/1:2 --host <hostname>
quads-cli --add-interface em4 --interface-mac 52:54:00:d9:5d:d1 --interface-ip --interface-port xe-0/0/1:3 --host <hostname>
  • To list the hosts:
quads-cli --ls-hosts

You will now see the list of full hosts.
  • To list a hosts interface and switch information:
quads --ls-interface --host

{"name": "em1", "mac_address": "52:54:00:d9:5d:df", "ip_address": "", "switch_port": "xe-0/0/1:0"}
{"name": "em2", "mac_address": "52:54:00:d9:5d:dg", "ip_address": "", "switch_port": "xe-0/0/1:1"}
{"name": "em3", "mac_address": "52:54:00:d9:5d:dh", "ip_address": "", "switch_port": "xe-0/0/1:2"}
{"name": "em4", "mac_address": "52:54:00:d9:5d:d1", "ip_address": "", "switch_port": "xe-0/0/1:3"}
  • To see the current system allocations:
quads-cli --summary
cloud01 : 45 (Primary Cloud Environment)
cloud02 : 0 (02 Cloud Environment)
cloud03 : 0 (03 Cloud Environment)
  • Define a custom schedule for a host
    • Example: assign host c08-h21 to the workload/cloud cloud02
quads-cli --add-schedule --host --schedule-start "2016-07-11 08:00" --schedule-end "2016-07-12 08:00" --schedule-cloud cloud02
  • List the schedule for a specific host:
quads-cli --ls-schedule --host

You'll see the schedule output below

Default cloud: cloud01
Current cloud: cloud02
Defined schedules:
    start: 2016-07-11 08:00
    end: 2016-07-12 08:00
    cloud: cloud02
  • Move any hosts that need to be re-allocated based on the current schedule
quads-cli --move-hosts

You should see the following verbosity from a move operation

INFO: Moving from cloud01 to cloud02 cloud01 cloud02

How Provisioning Works

QUADS move host command

In the above example the default move command called /bin/echo for illustration purposes. In order for this to do something more meaningful you should invoke a script with the --move-command option, which should be the path to a valid command or provisioning script/workflow.

  • Define your move command by pointing QUADS to an external command, trigger or script.
  • This expects three arguments hostname current-cloud new-cloud.
quads-cli --move-hosts --path-to-command /opt/quads/bin/
  • You can look at the move-and-rebuild-host script as an example. It's useful to note that with bin/ passing a fourth argument will result in only the network automation running and the actual host provisioning will be skipped. You should review this script and adapt it to your needs, we try to make variables for everything but some assumptions are made to fit our running environments.

Common Administration Tasks

Creating a New Cloud Assignment and Schedule

Creating a new schedule and assigning machines is currently done through the QUADS CLI. There are a few options you'll want to utilize. Mandatory options are in bold and optional are in italics.

  • description (this will appear on the assignments dynamic wiki)
  • cloud-owner (for associating ownership and usage notifications)
  • force (needed for re-using an existing cloud)
  • cc-users (Add additional people to the notifications)
  • cloud-ticket (RT ticket used for the work, also appears in the assignments dynamic wiki)
  • wipe (whether to reprovision machines going into this cloud, default is 1 or wipe.


  • VLAN design (optional, will default to 0 below) - qinq: 0 (default) qinq VLAN separation by interface: primary, secondary and beyond QUADS-managed interfaces all match the same VLAN membership across other hosts in the same cloud allocation. Each interface per host is in its own VLAN, and these match across the rest of your allocated hosts by interface (all nic1, all nic2, all nic3, all nic4 etc). - qinq: 1 all QUADS-managed interfaces in the same qinq VLAN

Defining a New Cloud

quads-cli --define-cloud cloud03 --description "Messaging AMQ" --force --cloud-owner epresley --cc-users "jdoe jhoffa" --cloud-ticket 423625 --qinq 0
  • Now that you've defined your new cloud you'll want to allocate machines and a schedule.
    • We're going to find the first 20 Dell r620's and assign them as an example.

Adding New Hosts to your Cloud

quads-cli --cloud-only cloud01 | grep r620 | head -20 > /tmp/RT423624
  • Now we'll allocate all of these hosts with a schedule, by default our system times use UTC.
for h in $(cat /tmp/RT423624) ; do quads-cli --host $h --add-schedule --schedule-start "2016-10-17 00:00" --schedule-end "2016-11-14 17:00" --schedule-cloud cloud03 ; done

That's it. At this point your hosts will be queued for provision and move operations, we check once a minute if there are any pending provisioning tasks. To check manually:

quads-cli --move-hosts --dry-run

After your hosts are provisioned and moved you should see them populate under the cloud list.

quads-cli --cloud-only cloud03

Extending the Schedule of an Existing Cloud

Occasionally you'll want to extend the lifetime of a particular assignment. QUADS lets you do this with one command but you'll want to double-check things first. In this example we'll be extending the assignment end date for cloud03

  • First, get the updated list of current assignments
quads-cli --summary
cloud01 : 55 (Pool of available servers)
cloud02 : 12 (Small OSPD deployment)
cloud03 : 20 (Messaging - AMQ - dispatch router and artemis broker)
cloud04 : 60 (Ceph deployment)
cloud07 : 10 (Small OSPD deployment)
cloud09 : 5 (Keystone OSPD deployment)
cloud10 : 14 (Openshift + OSPD testing)
  • Next, List the owners of the clouds.
quads-cli --ls-owner
cloud01 : nobody
cloud02 : bjohnson
cloud03 : jhoffa
cloud04 : ltorvalds
cloud05 : nobody
cloud06 : nobody
cloud07 : dtrump
cloud08 : nobody
cloud09 : dtrump
cloud10 : cnorris
  • Lastly, obtain a list of the current machines in cloud03
quads-cli --cloud-only cloud03
  • Take a look at the existing schedule for one of these machines, you'll see it expires 2016-10-30.
quads-cli --host --ls-schedule
Default cloud: cloud01
Current cloud: cloud03
Current schedule: 0
Defined schedules:
  0| start=2016-10-17 00:00,end=2016-10-30 18:00,cloud=cloud03
  • Extend the --schedule-end date for the Cloud

If you are sure you've got the right cloud assignment from above you can proceed This is the actual command that extends the schedule, the other commands above are more for your verification. Below we will be extending the schedule end date from 2016-10-30 to 2016-11-27 at 18:00

for h in $(quads-cli --cloud-only cloud03) ; do quads-cli --host $h --mod-schedule 0 --schedule-end "2016-11-27 18:00"; done

Extending the Schedule of Existing Cloud with Differing Active Schedules

When in heavy usage some machines primary, active schedule may differ from one another, e.g. 0 versus 1, versus 2, etc. Because schedules operate on a per-host basis sometimes the same schedule used within a cloud may differ in schedule number. Here's how you modify them across the board for the current active schedule if the ID differs.

  • Example: extend all machines in cloud10 to end on 2019-03-06 22:00 UTC (they previously would end 2019-02-09 22:00)

  • These have differing primary active schedule IDs.

    • Check your commands via echo first
    • Reschedule against a certain cloud and start date
for h in $(quads-cli --cloud-only cloud05); do echo quads-cli --mod-schedule $(quads-cli --ls-schedule --host $h | grep cloud05 | grep "end=2019-02-09" | tail -1 | awk -F\| '{ print $1 }') --host $h --schedule-end "2019-03-06 22:00" ; done
  • If all looks good you can remove remove the echo lines and apply.

Adding Hosts to an existing Cloud

QUADS also supports adding new machines into an existing workload (cloud).

  • Search Availability Pool for Free Servers
    • Let's look for any 5 x servers from 2019-03-11 22:00 until 2019-04-22 22:00
quads-cli --ls-available --schedule-start "2016-12-05 08:00" --schedule-end "2016-12-15 08:00"
  • Move New Hosts into Existing Cloud

Above we see all the free servers during our timeframe, let's move them into cloud10

quads-cli --host --add-schedule --schedule-start "2016-12-05 08:00" --schedule-end "2016-12-15 08:00" --schedule-cloud cloud10
quads-cli --host --add-schedule --schedule-start "2016-12-05 08:00" --schedule-end "2016-12-15 08:00" --schedule-cloud cloud10
quads-cli --host --add-schedule --schedule-start "2016-12-05 08:00" --schedule-end "2016-12-15 08:00" --schedule-cloud cloud10
quads-cli --host --add-schedule --schedule-start "2016-12-05 08:00" --schedule-end "2016-12-15 08:00" --schedule-cloud cloud10

Removing a Schedule

You can remove an existing schedule across a set of hosts using the --rm-schedule flag against the schedule ID for each particular machine of that assignment.

  • Example: removing the schedule for three machines in cloud
  • Obtain the schedule ID via quads-cli --ls-schedule --host
  • These machines would happen to have the same cloud assignment as schedule id 2.
quads-cli --rm-schedule 2 --host
quads-cli --rm-schedule 2 --host
quads-cli --rm-schedule 2 --host

Removing a Schedule across a large set of hosts

You should search for either the start or end dates to select the right schedule ID to remove when performing schedule removals across a large set of hosts.

  • If you are using QUADS in any serious capacity always pick this option.
  • Example: removing schedule by searching for start date.
  • Often machine schedule ID's are different for the same schedule across a set of machines, this ensures you remove the right one.
for host in $(cat /tmp/452851); do quads-cli --rm-schedule $(quads-cli --ls-schedule --host $host | grep cloud08 | grep "start=2017-08-06" | tail -1 | awk -F\| '{ print $1 }') --host $host ; echo Done. ; done

Removing a Host from QUADS

To remove a host entirely from QUADS management you can use the --rm-host command.

quads-cli --rm-host
Removed: {'host': ''}


  • All QUADS actions under the covers uses the JSON API v2
  • This is an optional local systemd service you can start and interact with and listens on localhost TCP/8080

Additional Tools and Commands

Looking into the Future

  • Because QUADS knows about all future schedules you can display what your environment will look like at any point in time using the --date command.

  • Looking into a specific environment by date

quads-cli --cloud-only cloud08 --date "2019-06-04 22:00"
  • Looking at all schedules by date
quads-cli --ls-schedule --date "2020-06-04 22:00"

Dry Run for Pending Actions

  • You can see what's in progress or set to provision via the --dry-run sub-flag of --move-hosts
quads-cli --move-hosts --dry-run
INFO: Moving from cloud01 to cloud03
INFO: Moving from cloud01 to cloud03
INFO: Moving from cloud01 to cloud03
INFO: Moving from cloud01 to cloud03
INFO: Moving from cloud01 to cloud03
INFO: Moving from cloud01 to cloud03

Find Free Cloud Environment

  • You can use quads-cli --find-free-cloud to suggest a cloud environment to use that does not have any future hosts scheduled to use it.
quads-cli --find-free-cloud

Find Available Hosts

  • The --find-available functionality lets you search for available hosts in the future based on a date range or other criteria.

    • Find based on a date range:
quads-cli --ls-available --schedule-start "2019-12-05 08:00" --schedule-end "2019-12-15 08:00"
  • Find based on starting now with an end range:
quads --ls-available --schedule-end "2019-06-02 22:00"

Interacting with MongoDB

  • In some scenarios you may wish to interrogate or modify values within MongoDB. You should be careful doing this and have good backups in place. Generally, we will try to implement data, object and document modification needs through quads-cli so you don't need to do this but sometimes it's useful for troubleshooting or other reasons.

  • Example: Toggling the wipe: cloud value that determines whether new systems entering an environment should be reprovisioned or not. In this example cloud02 has the value of wipe: 0 and we want to change this within Mongodb.

    • First run mongo to enter cli mode
# mongo
MongoDB shell version v4.0.3
connecting to: mongodb://
Implicit session: session { "id" : UUID("21a4cd3c-e191-4f03-b18c-dccdb55826b3") }
MongoDB server version: 4.0.3
  • Next, enter the database
> use quads
switched to db quads

Example: Change the wipe value in MongoDB

  • Query the cloud metadata for cloud02
>{name: "cloud02"})
{ "_id" : ObjectId("5c82b3660f767d000692acf7"), "notified" : true, "validated" : true, "released" : true, "name" : "cloud02", "description" : "EL7 to EL8 Satellite Upgrade", "owner" : "ikaur", "ticket" : "490957", "qinq" : true, "wipe" : false, "ccuser" : [ "psuriset" ], "provisioned" : true }
  • We want to change wipe: false to wipe: true
>{name:"cloud02"}, {$set:{wipe:true}})
WriteResult({ "nMatched" : 1, "nUpserted" : 0, "nModified" : 1 })
  • Let's check and make sure it was successful
{ "_id" : ObjectId("5c82b3660f767d000692acf7"), "notified" : true, "validated" : true, "released" : true, "name" : "cloud02", "description" : "EL7 to EL8 Satellite Upgrade", "owner" : "ikaur", "ticket" : "490957", "qinq" : true, "wipe" : true, "ccuser" : [ "psuriset" ], "provisioned" : true }
  • Above, we can see this value was changed.
  • Lastly let's see if quads-cli thinks so too.
quads-cli --ls-wipe | grep cloud02
cloud02: True
  • Disclaimer Generally you never need to modify things in MongoDB, there should be a quads-cli equivalent to do this safely and easily without mucking with the database. If there's functionality missing here please file a Github RFE.

  • Above, the correct way to adjust this is by redefining your cloud with all the same values but just not specify a wipe value.

quads-cli --define-cloud cloud02 --cloud-owner ikaur --force --description "EL7 to EL8 Satellite Upgrade" --cloud-ticket 490957 --cc-users "psuriset"
['Updated cloud cloud02']
  • Note: if you did not want machines entering into a new environment to be wiped/provisioned just use define the environment with the --no-wipe option.
quads-cli --define-cloud cloud16 --cloud-owner jdoe --force --description "New Environment" --cloud-ticket 012345 --no-wipe

Example: Querying Notification Values in MongoDB

  • One more example: examining notification status of an assignment

    • We use ticket numbers as one of the metadata criteria to uniquely identify assignments
    • Here we'll query the notification status inside MongoDB for a particular workload.
> db.notification.find({ticket:"999999"})
{ "_id" : ObjectId("5ced1d769137063b1cadbc79"), "cloud" : ObjectId("5c82b36e0f767d000692ad0b"), "ticket" : "999999", "fail" : true, "success" : false, "initial" : false, "pre_initial" : true, "pre" : false, "one_day" : false, "three_days" : false, "five_days" : false, "seven_days" : false }

Example: Query Multiple Values in MongoDB inside Collections

  • Sometimes you want to drill down into multiple values in MongoDB, you can do this by passing multiple selection criteria. In the following example we'll query for both a specific Cloud object ID and ticket number in the notification collection.
db.notification.find({cloud:ObjectId("5c82b3690f767d000692acff"), ticket: "491731"})
{ "_id" : ObjectId("5d03b161913706625477d581"), "cloud" : ObjectId("5c82b3690f767d000692acff"), "ticket" : "491731", "fail" : false, "success" : true, "initial" : true, "pre_initial" : true, "pre" : false, "one_day" : false, "three_days" : false, "five_days" : false, "seven_days" : false }

Example: Manually moving a Host Cloud in MongoDB

  • Sometimes (hopefully rarely) you may need to move a host manually from one cloud to another, this is done by updating the cloud:ObjectId for the host object within MongoDB.

  • Scenario: we need to move two hosts from cloud01 to cloud02, there's something wrong with our provisioning workflow and we've already verified the network switchports are changed, and the OS is provisioned. We're going to move them manually.

quads-cli --move-hosts --dry-run
Moving from cloud01 to cloud02, wipe = True
Moving from cloud01 to cloud02, wipe = True

Above, we will move those two hosts manually inside MongoDB.

  • First, obtain the destination cloud ObjectID which is 5c82b3660f767d000692acf7
> use quads
>{name: "cloud02"})
{ "_id" : ObjectId("5c82b3660f767d000692acf7"), "notified" : true, "validated" : true, "released" : true, "name" : "cloud02", "description" : "EL7 to EL8 Satellite Upgrade", "owner" : "ikaur", "ticket" : "490957", "qinq" : true, "wipe" : true, "ccuser" : [ "psuriset" ], "provisioned" : true }
  • Next, update the hosts document metadata within MongoDB to match the destination cloud.{name: ""})
{ "_id" : ObjectId("5ce1e7e7913706568065a109"), "name" : "", "cloud" : ObjectId("5c82b3660f767d000692acf5"), "host_type" : "vendor", "interfaces" : [ { "name" : "em1", "mac_address" : "0c:c4:7a:eb:8b:a2", "ip_address" : "", "switch_port" : "xe-0/0/0:0" }, { "name" : "em2", "mac_address" : "0c:c4:7a:eb:8b:a3", "ip_address" : "", "switch_port" : "xe-0/0/0:1" }, { "name" : "em3", "mac_address" : "b8:ca:3a:61:41:68", "ip_address" : "", "switch_port" : "xe-0/0/8:0" }, { "name" : "em4", "mac_address" : "b8:ca:3a:61:41:6a", "ip_address" : "", "switch_port" : "xe-0/0/8:1" } ], "nullos" : true, "build" : false
  • We see that the current Cloud ObjectID is 5c82b3660f767d000692acf5 for cloud01, we need it to be 5c82b3660f767d000692acf7{name:""}, {$set:{cloud:ObjectId("5c82b3660f767d000692acf7")}}){name:""}, {$set:{cloud:ObjectId("5c82b3660f767d000692acf7")}})
  • Now --move-hosts --dry-run will believe these hosts have already moved. All done.
quads-cli --move-hosts --dry-run
Nothing to do.

Example: Toggling Individual Cloud Metadata Settings

If you really need to manually toggle individual cloud metadata settings this is possible as well, in this example we'll toggle the validated flag.{name:"cloud21"}, {$set:{validated:true}})

Backing up QUADS

  • We do not implement backups for QUADS for you, but it's really easy to do on your own via mongodump
  • Refer to our docs on installing mongodb tools
  • Implement mongodump to backup your database, we recommend using a git repository as it will take care of revisioning and updates for you.
  • Below is an example script we use for this purpose, this assumes you have a git repository already setup you can push to with ssh access.
# script to call mongodump and dump quads db, push to git.

backup_database() {
    mongodump --out /opt/quads/backups/

sync_git() {
    cd /opt/quads/backups
    git add quads/*
    git add admin/*
    git commit -m "$(date) content commit"
    git push


Restoring QUADS DB from Backup

  • If you have a valid mongodump directory structure you can restore the QUADS database via the following command.

  • This will drop the current database and replace it with your mongodump copy

    • First, cd to the parent directory of where your mongorestore is kept
[root@host-04 rdu2-quads-backup-mongo]# ls

admin  mongodump  quads
  • quads is the directory containing our database dump files
  • Use mongorestore to drop the current quads database and replace with your backup
mongorestore --drop -d quads quads
  • You will see some messages and all should be good.
2019-05-05T01:23:01.257+0100	building a list of collections to restore from quads dir
2019-05-05T01:23:01.270+0100	reading metadata for quads.vlan from quads/vlan.metadata.json
2019-05-05T01:23:01.282+0100	reading metadata for from quads/host.metadata.json
2019-05-05T01:23:01.288+0100	reading metadata for quads.counters from quads/counters.metadata.json
2019-05-05T01:23:01.294+0100	reading metadata for quads.schedule from quads/schedule.metadata.json
2019-05-05T01:23:01.329+0100	restoring quads.vlan from quads/vlan.bson
2019-05-05T01:23:01.361+0100	restoring from quads/host.bson
2019-05-05T01:23:01.396+0100	restoring quads.counters from quads/counters.bson
2019-05-05T01:23:01.426+0100	restoring quads.schedule from quads/schedule.bson
2019-05-05T01:23:01.434+0100	restoring indexes for collection quads.vlan from metadata
2019-05-05T01:23:01.434+0100	restoring indexes for collection from metadata
2019-05-05T01:23:01.524+0100	finished restoring (494 documents)
2019-05-05T01:23:01.549+0100	finished restoring quads.vlan (148 documents)
2019-05-05T01:23:01.549+0100	reading metadata for quads.notification from quads/notification.metadata.json
2019-05-05T01:23:01.567+0100	reading metadata for quads.cloud_history from quads/cloud_history.metadata.json
2019-05-05T01:23:01.568+0100	no indexes to restore
2019-05-05T01:23:01.568+0100	finished restoring quads.counters (334 documents)
2019-05-05T01:23:01.602+0100	restoring quads.notification from quads/notification.bson
2019-05-05T01:23:01.643+0100	restoring quads.cloud_history from quads/cloud_history.bson
2019-05-05T01:23:01.659+0100	reading metadata for from quads/cloud.metadata.json
2019-05-05T01:23:01.661+0100	no indexes to restore
2019-05-05T01:23:01.661+0100	finished restoring quads.notification (41 documents)
2019-05-05T01:23:01.699+0100	restoring from quads/cloud.bson
2019-05-05T01:23:01.717+0100	restoring indexes for collection quads.cloud_history from metadata
2019-05-05T01:23:01.718+0100	no indexes to restore
2019-05-05T01:23:01.718+0100	finished restoring quads.schedule (433 documents)
2019-05-05T01:23:01.742+0100	restoring indexes for collection from metadata
2019-05-05T01:23:01.743+0100	finished restoring quads.cloud_history (94 documents)
2019-05-05T01:23:01.792+0100	finished restoring (32 documents)
2019-05-05T01:23:01.792+0100	done

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