Deploy Software Factory

This section presents how to properly deploy Software Factory services.



Software Factory is not compatible with EPEL. Please make sure that systems part of your Software Factory deployment does not have the epel-release package installed.

Follow these steps for a successful deployment:

  • Use a CentOS-7 or RHEL-7 system.
  • Create as many host instances as needed according to the recommended requirements.
  • Setup Network Access Control and make sure the install-server can ssh into the other instance using the root user ssh key.
  • On the install server, do a minimal configuration.
  • Run sfconfig. It will execute the following steps:
    • Generate an Ansible playbook based on the arch.yaml file,
    • Generate secrets and group_vars based on the sfconfig.yaml file, and
    • Run the playbook to:
      • Install the services if needed.
      • Configure and start the services.
      • Setup the config and zuul-jobs repositories.
      • Validate the deployment with test-infra.



Software Factory needs at least one instance, referred to as the install-server.

An all-in-one deployment requires at least a single instance with 4CPU, 8GB of memory and 20GB of disk.

Network Access Control

All external network access goes through the gateway instance and the FQDN needs to resolve to the instance IP:

Port Service
443 the web interface (HTTPS)
29418 gerrit access to submit code review
1883 and 1884 MQTT events (Firehose)
64738 (TCP) and 64738 (UDP) mumble (the audio conference service)

Operators will need SSH access to the install-server to manage the services.

Internal instances need to be accessible to each other for many shared services, so it is recommended to run all the services instances within a single service network. For example, the following services are consumed by:

Service name Consumers
SQL server Most services
Gearman/Zookeeper Zuul/Nodepool
Gearman/Elasticsearch Log-gearman for logstash

Test instances (slaves) need to be isolated from the service network; however the following ports must be open:

Provider type TCP Port access for Zuul
OpenStack 22
OpenContainer 22022 - 65035

Deployment configuration

Deployment and maintenance tasks (such as backup/restore or upgrade) are performed through a node called the install-server which acts as a jump server. Make sure this instance can ssh into the other instances via public key authentication. The steps below need to be performed on the install-server.

Rhel registration

When deploying Software Factory on RHEL, operators should register the system and enable repositories on all nodes before running sfconfig.

subscription-manager register --username $rhsm_username
subscription-manager attach --auto
subscription-manager repos --enable rhel-7-server-rpms \
                           --enable rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms \
                           --enable=rhel-7-server-extras-rpms \
                           --enable=rhel-7-server-optional-rpms \


yum install -y
yum install -y sf-config

To enable extra services (such as logstash) or to distribute services on multiple instances, you have to edit the arch.yaml file (see the architecture documentation for more details). For example to add a logstash service on a dedicated instance, edit the /etc/software-factory/arch.yaml file like this:

- name: elk
  ip: 192.168.XXX.YYY
    - elasticsearch
    - job-logs-gearman-client
    - job-logs-gearman-worker
    - logstash
    - kibana


You can find reference architectures in /usr/share/sf-config/refarch, for example the is the architecture we use in our production deployment.

From the install-server, you can also set operator settings, such as external service credentials, in the sfconfig.yaml file (see the configuration documentation for more details). For example, to define your fqdn, the admin password and an OpenStack cloud providers, edit the /etc/software-factory/sfconfig.yaml file like this:

  admin_password: super_secret
    - name: default
      project_name: tenantname
      username: username
      password: secret
      region_name: regionOne
      user_domain_name: Default
      project_domain_name: Default

Finally, to setup and start the services, run:


Access Software Factory

The Dashboard is available at https://FQDN and the admin user can authenticate using “Internal Login”.

Congratulations, you successfully deployed Software Factory. You can now head over to the architecture documentation to check what services can be enabled, or read the configuration documentation to check all services settings.

Lastly you can learn more about operations such as maintenance, backup and upgrade in the management documentation.

Otherwise you can find below some guides to help you automate deployment steps so that you can easily reproduce a deployment.