OpenShift 3.9+

The recommended way to run StorageOS on an OpenShift 3.9+ cluster is to deploy a daemonset with RBAC support.


  1. Ensure any firewalls permit the appropriate ports
  2. Ensure that your docker installation has mount propagation enabled per our mount propagation prerequisites
  3. Enable the MountPropagation flag by appending feature gates to the api and controller (you can apply these changes using the Ansible Playbooks)

Note: If you are using atomic installation rather than origin, the location of the yaml config files and service names might change.

  • Add to the KubernetesMasterConfig section (/etc/origin/master/master-config.yaml):

        - MountPropagation=true
        - MountPropagation=true
  • Add to the feature-gates to the kubelet arguments (/etc/origin/node/node-config.yaml):

      - MountPropagation=true
  • Warning: Restarting OpenShift services can cause downtime in the cluster.
  • Restart services in the MasterNode origin-master-api.service, origin-master-controllers.service and origin-node.service
  • Restart service in all Nodes origin-node.service

Install StorageOS operator

Our cluster operator is a Kubernetes native application developed to deploy and configure StorageOS clusters, and assist with maintenance operations. We recommend its use for standard installations.

The StorageOS operator can be installed with Helm.


helm repo add storageos
helm install storageos/storageoscluster-operator --namespace storageos-operator

The Helm chart can be found in the Charts public repository.

The StorageOS Cluster Operator source code can be found in the cluster-operator repository.

The helm server, tiller, needs privileges to be able to deploy the StorageOS Cluster Operator. You can add the service account to the cluster-admin role for simplicity or create a role that matches the cluster-operator requirements.

The operator is a Kubernetes controller that watches the StorageOSCluster CRD. Once the controller is ready, a StorageOS cluster definition can be created. The operator will deploy a StorageOS cluster based on the configuration specified in the cluster definition.

Create a Secret

Before deploying a StorageOS cluster, create a Secret to define the StorageOS API Username and Password in base64 encoding.

oc create -f - <<END
apiVersion: v1
kind: Secret
  name: "storageos-api"
  namespace: "default"
    app: "storageos"
type: ""
  # echo -n '<secret>' | base64
  apiUsername: c3RvcmFnZW9z
  apiPassword: c3RvcmFnZW9z

This example contains a default password, for production installations, use a unique, strong password.

Make sure that the encoding of the credentials doesn’t have special characters such as ‘\n’.

You can define a base64 value by echo -n "mystring" | base64.

Add scc (security context constraint) for StorageOS

oc adm policy add-scc-to-user privileged system:serviceaccount:storageos:storageos-daemonset-sa

Trigger a StorageOS installation

This is a Cluster Definition example.

oc create -f - <<END
apiVersion: ""
kind: "StorageOSCluster"
  name: "example-storageos"
  secretRefName: "storageos-api" # Reference from the Secret created in the previous step
  secretRefNamespace: "default"  # Namespace of the Secret
    nodeContainer: "storageos/node:1.0.0" # StorageOS version
    memory: "512Mi"

spec parameters available on the Cluster Operator configuration page.

You can find more examples such as deployments with CSI or deployments referencing a external etcd kv store. store for StorageOS in the Cluster Operator examples page.

If this is your first installation you may wish to follow the StorageOS Volume guide for an example of how to mount a StorageOS volume in a Pod.

Custom Installations

There are a variety of flavours, versions and particularities in the container orchestrator scope. Because of this, StorageOS installation procedures aim to be flexible so they can fit different needs depending on the environment, preferences or requirements. The StorageOS cluster operator simplifies the installation by implementing automated install. You can review and adapt the StorageOS install in the following examples. Feel free to extend and modify the publicly available examples.

Installation with Native Drivers (default)

The following github repository hosts installation examples.

git clone storageos
cd storageos/openshift/deploy-storageos

You can see various installation examples are available such as standard, CSI (Container StorageInterface) or etcd-as-svc. All of them have a that serves as a wrapper to trigger the manifest creation. Follow the according for each one of them for more details. For advanced installations, it is recommended to use etcd-as-svc that will guide the user to deploy StorageOS using a etcd cluster deployed by the official Kubernetes etcd operator.