This is a bit of a first timers guide to setting up Juju 2.0 to work with AWS. To be honest, it’s been quite a while since I really messed with Juju and AWS (or anything outside of MAAS), and this is the first time I’ve really looked at Juju 2.0 anyway. So this is me sharing the steps I had to take to get Juju 2 talking to my AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to spin up instances to prototype things.
First, let’s talk about the parts here. You should already know what Amazon Web Services is, what a Virtual Private Cloud is, and have an account at Amazon to use them. You should know a bit about what Juju is as well, but as this is a first timer guide, here’s all you really need to know to get started. Juju is an amazing tool for modeling complex workload deployments. It takes all the difficult bits of deploying any workload that has a “Charm” in minutes. All the brain-share needed to install and configure these workloads is encapsulated in the “Charm”. To configure, you can pass YAML files with full deployment configuration options, use Juju commands to set individual configuration options, or pass them via the juju gui. Juju is very extensively documented at https://jujucharms.com, and I highly recommend you RTFM a bit to learn what Juju can do.
From AWS you’ll need your Access Key and Secret Key. You can store these on your system in environment variables, or in a YAML file. I chose the latter method. So set up the YAML like this:
bladernr@galactica:~$ cat .juju-cloud-credentials.yaml
access-key: <access key from AWS>
secret-key: <secret key from AWS>
Then you need to import them using the command
juju add-credential aws -f mycredentials.yaml
From there, you should be able to view the current imported credentials using
The output should look something like this:
At this point, you should be ready to create the controller, which you do with the command
juju bootstrap [local controller name] aws
The local controller name is just an arbitrary name you create to identify this particular controller. You could, thus, have controllers in multiple AWS zones by using a different zone identifier each time you issue the command, such as
juju bootstrap aws-west-3 aws
As you can see, I now have juju controllers in two different AWS zones. This is verified by looking at the Amazon Dashboard for US East and US West:
And that’s it. Now you’re ready to deploy services into AWS in either of those two zones. The juju docs and how-to’s cover the basics, but to get you started, all you need to do to deploy wordpress is
juju deploy wordpress
juju deploy mysql
juju add relation mysql wordpress
This will trigger juju to spin up two new instances in AWS, one running WordPress and one running MySQL. Adding the relation causes WordPress to use the MySQL instance as it’s database backend.
You can track the progress using the command
Once the services are deployed, you should see their status as “running” in the
section of the output. Once the deployment is complete, the output should look like this:
bladernr@galactica:~$ juju status [Services] NAME STATUS EXPOSED CHARM mysql unknown false cs:mysql-55 wordpress unknown true cs:trusty/wordpress-4 [Relations] SERVICE1 SERVICE2 RELATION TYPE mysql mysql cluster peer mysql wordpress db regular wordpress wordpress loadbalancer peer [Units] ID WORKLOAD-STATUS JUJU-STATUS VERSION MACHINE PORTS PUBLIC-ADDRESS MESSAGE mysql/0 unknown idle 2.0-beta7 1 3306/tcp 188.8.131.52 wordpress/0 unknown idle 2.0-beta7 0 80/tcp 184.108.40.206 [Machines] ID STATE DNS INS-ID SERIES AZ 0 started 220.127.116.11 i-b82dc42c trusty us-west-2a 1 started 18.104.22.168 i-a023940f trusty us-west-2b
and wordpress is ready to configure!
So there you have it. When I started this article, I mentioned it had been a while since the last time I used Juju with AWS. In the “old days” configuring this meant a lot of manual editing of a YAML file to set up the region and credentials and other things necessary. Juju 2.0 streamlines this entire process so that if you have your keys configured as ENV Vars, you could go from zero to fully deployed in minutes.