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Lxd Cluster

LXD Cluster#


There are three main dimensions we need to consider for our LXD cluster:

  • The number of compute node
  • The type and quantity of available storage
  • The container networking.

A minimalistic cluster necessitates at least three host nodes

We may choose to use bare-metal servers or virtual machines as hosts. In the latter case, it would be beneficial for the VMs to reside on three different hypervisors for better fault tolerance

Storage - LXD has a powerful driver back-end enabling it to manage multiple storage pools both host-local (zfs, lvm, dir, btrfs) and shared (ceph)

Networking - VXLAN-based overlay networking as well as “flat” bridged/macvlan networks with native VLAN segmentation are supported

It’s important to note that the decisions for storage and networking affect all nodes joining the cluster and thus need to be homogenous


  1. Create 3 VM’s using MAAS and KVM Pods
  2. Create 2 local storage volumes: (1) 8GB for the root filesystem (2) 6GB for the LXD storage pool
  3. Configure each vm with bridged interface (br0) and auto-assign ip mode
  4. Deploy Ubuntu 16 on all the VM’s
  5. Install ZFS for our storage pools
  6. Install LXD 3.0 from snaps and intialise lXD interactively