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Cloud Happiness: How to Install New OpenShift Container Platform 3.7

It's time to embrace the latest version of OpenShift Container Platform. It's so simple that I believe that anyone can set this up in just minutes, so let's get started.

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Since the release of the OpenShift Container Platform, it has been my desire to provide a simple, fully configured, and easy-to-use installation.

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This installation needs to have the Red Hat Middleware product streams installed (pre-configured container options) and all the extras, like source-to-image and .NET Core containers.

Since I last updated this project, OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 was released.

As of recent, you can now install this new release in just minutes on your laptop, machine, or where ever you might like if you have the time and inclination.

Bit of History

A few months back, I showed you how to go from no cloud to fully cloud-enabled with a container-based application development platform in just over two minutes with OpenShift Container Platform 3.4.

Next up, we supported you with a newer version 3.5 with many new features you wanted to get your hands on.

For version 3.6, you got a tech preview of the all-new service catalog — a way to use templated containers.

Now, it's time to embrace the latest version of OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 and start enjoying the new features it brings.

If you've been following my journey through the application development phases of storytelling, it's fairly obvious I'm a fan of cloud-based solutions like OpenShift. This is how application development goes from local resources and moves on to remote resources, while developers continue to work locally in the same manner as always.

It is so simple that I believe that anyone can set this up in just minutes, so let's take a look at how to get you started.

Install in 3 Simple Steps

  1. Run an init.shinit.bat, or init-win10.bat file, then sit back. (Note: init.bat and init-win10.bat must be run with Administrative privileges.)
  2. Follow displayed instructions to log in to your brand new OpenShift Container Platform!
  3. Still want more help installing? Try these instructions (part of an online workshop) that explain the installation in detail.

You need to download and unzip the project, then run the installation script, and sit back until you see the output at the end showing you where to log in to your brand new OpenShift Container Platform.

It checks automatically for the required dependencies if a point is missing for downloading these requirements. This means no worries about finding out what's needed; just run the installation relax.

Also note that if this installation ran before, it's set up to always give a clean running installation by fixing anything that is left running or blocking a new installation. No intervention should be required by you.

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Figure 1: Pulling image

In Figure 1, the installation started and container layers are being pulled for setup.

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Figure 2: Some JBoss middleware container images

Validation is shown in Figure 2, where the IP address of the OpenShift Container Platform logs in the console is presented. I make sure your OpenShift Container Platform has the latest greatest JBoss middleware streams loaded and a .NET stream is added, and I also update the RHEL 7 streams.

Now it's almost ready; it just needs to show how to log in.

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Figure 3: Final notes at the end of installation

Figure 3 shows the address that was dynamically created (in my case, it is showing Just paste it into a browser and log in with any of the given users. Also, note the final command shown; it helps to completely clean up this demo.

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Figure 4: Log in and see the new Serice Catalog

As I have updated the image streams, it takes some time for them to be pulled into OpenShift Container Platform and appear in your lists of available platforms. Log in, as shown in Figure 4, with admin user and create a project by clicking on the New Project button.

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Figure 5: Fill in a new project form as desired

Fill in the form shown in Figure 5 any way you like — but I choose to line it up as the project that's going to hold all the goodness you find in Red Hat Cloud demo projects.

Once the form is submitted, an overview of the product templates appears for your projects that I installed above (remember, it might take a few minutes for them all to appear, so take a sip of coffee now, as it is your only chance in this process).

Start by using the catalog containing the JBoss middleware product templates to develop applications on the OpenShift Container Platform cloud.

This concludes the installation of OpenShift Container Platform and you're ready to start containerized application development.

I assume you can find more information online if you're interested in getting started with the basics of container development on OpenShift Container Platform, so I won't go into that here.

Looking for some deeper examples of running JBoss middleware on OpenShift Container Platform? Check out the examples collection at Red Hat Demo Central and for something really special, check out the AppDev in the Cloud free online workshop.

Here's wishing you many happy days of containerized application development in the cloud!

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