The default installation of Warewulf will put all of the configuration
/etc/warewulf/. In that directory, you will find the
primary configuration files needed by Warewulf.
The Warewulf configuration exists as follows in the current version of Warewulf (4.3.0):
update interval: 60
autobuild overlays: true
host overlay: true
range start: 192.168.200.50
range end: 192.168.200.99
systemd name: dhcpd
systemd name: tftp
- path: /home
export options: rw,sync
mount options: defaults
- path: /opt
export options: ro,sync,no_root_squash
mount options: defaults
systemd name: nfs-server
Generally you can leave this file as is, as long as you set the appropriate networking information. Specifically the following configurations:
ipaddr: This is the control node’s networking interface connecting to the cluster’s PRIVATE network. This configuration must match the host’s network IP address for the cluster’s private interface.
netmask: Similar to the
ipaddr, this is the subnet mask for the cluster’s PRIVATE network and it must also match the host’s subnet mask for the cluster’s private interface.
dhcp:range end: This address range must exist in the network defined above. If it is outside of this network, failures will occur. This specifies the range of addresses you want DHCP to use.
The network configuration listed above assumes the network layout in the [Background](background.md) portion of the documentation.
The other configuration options are usually not touched, but they are explained as follows:
*:enabled: This disables Warewulf’s control of an external service. This is useful if you want to manage that service directly.
*:systemd name: This is so Warewulf can control some of the host’s services. For the distributions that we’ve built and tested this on, these will require no changes.
warewulf:port: This is the port that the Warewulf web server will be listening on. It is recommended not to change this so there is no misalignment with node’s expectations of how to contact the Warewulf service.
true, this limits the Warewulf server to only respond to runtime overlay requests originating from a privileged port. This prevents non-root users from requesting the runtime overlay, which may contain sensitive information.
wwclientuses TCP port 987.
Changing this option requires rebuilding node overlays and rebooting compute nodes, to configure them to use a privileged port.
warewulf:update interval: This defines the frequency (in seconds) with which the Warewulf client on the compute node fetches overlay updates.
warewulf:autobuild overlays: This determines whether per-node overlays will automatically be rebuilt, e.g., when an underlying overlay is changed.
warewulf:host overlay: This determines whether the special
hostoverlay is applied to the Warewulf server during configuration. (The host overlay is used to configure the dependent services.)
warewulf:syslog: This determines whether Warewulf server logs go to syslog or are written directly to a log file. (e.g.,
nfs:export paths: Warewulf will automatically set up the NFS exports if you wish for it to do this.
nodes.conf file is the primary database file for all compute
nodes. It is a flat text YAML configuration file that is managed by
wwctl command, but some sites manage the compute nodes and
infrastructure via configuration management. This file being flat text
and very light weight makes management of the node configurations very
easy no matter what your configuration paradigm is.
For the purpose of this document, we will not go into the detailed
format of this file as it is recommended to edit with the
This configuration is not written at install time, but the
first time you attempt to run
wwctl, this file will be generated
if it does not exist already.
defaults.conf file configures default values used when none
are specified. For example: if a node does not have a “runtime
overlay” specified, the respective value from
used. If a network device does not specify a “device,” the device
value of the
dummy device is used.
defaults.conf does not exist, the following values are used as
compiled into Warewulf at build-time:
args: quiet crashkernel=no vga=791 net.naming-scheme=v238
ipxe template: default
There should never be a need to change this file: all site-local parameters should be specified using either nodes or profiles.
/etc/warewulf/ipxe/ directory contains text/templates that
are used by the Warewulf configuration process to configure the