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Running Couchbase Server 2.2 under CoreOS Fleet

Launch CoreOS instances via AWS Cloud Formation

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NOTE: this is hardcoded to use the us-east-1 region, so if you need a different region, you should edit the URL accordingly

Update the "memlock" setting

It will work without updating the memlock limit setting, but at best it will be less performant, and at worst it will lead to crashes. Unfortunately this step is still manual.

  • Ssh into each CoreOS node in the cluster and:
    • cp /usr/lib/systemd/system/docker.service /etc/systemd/system/
    • edit /etc/systemd/system/docker.service and add line: LimitMEMLOCK=infinity
    • sudo systemctl daemon-reload
    • sudo systemctl restart docker

Create data dir

$ sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/couchbase/data
$ sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/couchbase/index
$ sudo chown -R core:core /var/lib/couchbase

Clone repository with scripts / unit files

Ssh into any one of the CoreOS nodes, it doesn't matter which one.

$ git clone

Generate unit files

We already have a special unit file for the "bootstrap node", but we'll need unit files for the N other Couchbase Server nodes.

In the default CloudFormation, it will launch three nodes total. Which means we want two other Couchbase Server nodes. Generate the unit files for those two nodes with:

$ cd couchbase-server-coreos/2.2/fleet
$ 2

After this step, you should have two new files:

  • couchbase_node.1.service
  • couchbase_node.2.service

Add Couchbase credentials to etcd

$ etcdctl set /services/couchbase/userpass "user:passw0rd"

Replace user:passw0rd with a sensible username and password. It must be colon separated, with no spaces. The password itself must be at least 6 characters.

Launch CoreOS Fleet

$ cd couchbase-server-coreos/2.2/fleet
$ fleetctl start couchbase_bootstrap_node.service couchbase_bootstrap_node_announce.service couchbase_node.*.service

Verify correct startup

$ fleetctl list-units

You should see four units, all as active.

Login to Couchbase Server Web Admin

  • Find the public ip of one of your CoreOS instances via the AWS console
  • In a browser, go to http://<instance_public_ip>:8091
  • Login with the username/password you provided above

Kick off initial rebalance

  • Click server nodes
  • Click "Rebalance"

TODO -- use volume container

Currently data is stored inside the container filesystem. It should be changed to store the data on a volume mounted from the CoreOS instance.


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