How do I get my physical nodes ready?

Setting up your hypervisor hosts is pretty straight forward as long as your servers meet the specifications below.

Hardware Requirements for PMO

Following is a minimal configuration to enable a PMO POC/Trial deployment.

  • 1 to 3 physical servers running Linux RHEL/CentOS/Ubuntu
  • Each server configured with sufficient local or shared storage to host virtual machines that will run on that server.
  • 1 server configured with sufficient additional storage to host 1 or more images used for virtual machine provisioning.
  • Each server having at least 1 network interface (configured with either flat or VLAN networking) and outbound HTTPS access.


  • 1-3 physical servers - We recommend starting with 3 servers but you can start with 1.
  • Each server configured with:
    • CPU: Minimum 8 Physical Cores
      • Recommended 2 Physical Sockets, 8 Cores Each
    • RAM: Minimum 16GB
      • Recommended 32GB
    • Storage: Minimum 100GB
      • Recommended 1TB (If Virtual Machines are to be run locally utilizing Host)
    • Supported Linux Operating System:
      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6
      • CentOS 7.6, 7.7, 7.8
      • Ubuntu 16.04 & 18.04

OS Requirements

Ensure Virtualization is Enabled

Ensure that virtualization is enabled for your server by checking your server’s BIOS settings. If disabled, enable virtualization for the server to be able to act as a hypervisor within Platform9 Managed OpenStack.

Ensure the System Clock is Synchronized

Your host will fail to authenticate with Platform9 services if its date time settings are incorrect. Type ‘date’ to verify that the current date and time are correct. If they aren’t, then one possible fix is to enable the network time protocol daemon service:

Networking Requirements

Ensure each node is connected to your physical network and can reach on port 443. Once you have confirmed connectivity to Platform9 follow the steps below to prepare the OS.