By default, OpenStack Glance saves images and OpenStack Instance snapshots to its local filesystem at /var/lib/glance/images/.
However, if you have a Swift Cluster, you can just as easily use it to save images and snapshots instead of to the local filesystem where Glance is running.
Begin by logging in to the node running the Glance services (probably your controller node also running Keystone) as root and source your OpenStack credentials (this is typically a file named openrc).
Verify the user glance is part of tenant service with role admin.
keystone user-role-list --user glance --tenant service
One of the roles returned should be admin.
Open /etc/glance/glance-api.conf and comment out the following two lines:
##### DEFAULT OPTIONS ##### #default_store = file #filesystem_store_datadir = /var/lib/glance/images/
With /etc/glance/glance-api.conf still open, append the following lines to the DEFAULT OPTIONS section (be sure to set the values inside < > to match your environment):
default_store = swift swift_store_auth_address = http://<IP_OF_KEYSTONE>:35357/v2.0/ swift_store_user = service:glance swift_store_key = <VALUE OF __admin_password__ ATTRIBUTE IN __/etc/glance/glance-api.conf__> swift_store_create_container_on_put = True
With the configuration changes in place, restart the Glance services.
If you are running CentOS/RHEL:
service openstack-glance-api restart service openstack-glance-registry restart
If you are running Ubuntu:
service glance-api restart service glance-registry restart
Now you should be able to upload an image to Glance through the Horizon Dashboard or using the
glance command and instead of it being saved to /var/lib/glance/images, it will be saved in a Swift Container called glance in the service account.
Verify nothing is saved in /var/lib/glance/images by simply running
ls /var/lib/glance/images on the server where Glance is running (if you did not delete any existing Glance Images, they will still be there).
Once the Horizon Dashboard or the
glance image-list reports the image is active, you can verify the images are in Swift by running the following command (be sure to set the values inside < > to match your environment):
swift --os-auth-url http://<IP_OF_KEYSTONE>:5000/v2.0 --os-tenant-name service --os-username glance --os-password <PASSWORD USED IN swift_store_key ABOVE> list glance