This document summarizes help when something goes wrong and provides advice on debugging the metal-stack in certain situations.

Of course, it is also advisable to check out the issues on the Github projects for help.

If you still can't find a solution to your problem, please reach out to us and our community. We have a public Slack Channel to discuss problems, but you can also reach us via mail. Check out for contact information.


Ansible fails when the metal control plane helm chart gets applied

There can be many reasons for this. Since you are deploying the metal control plane into a Kubernetes cluster, the first step should be to install kubectl and check the pods in your cluster. Depending on the metal-stack version and Kubernetes cluster, your control-plane should look something like this after the deployment (this is in a Kind cluster):

kubectl get pod -A
NAMESPACE             NAME                                         READY   STATUS      RESTARTS   AGE
ingress-nginx         nginx-ingress-controller-56966f7dc7-khfp9    1/1     Running     0          2m34s
kube-system           coredns-66bff467f8-grn7q                     1/1     Running     0          2m34s
kube-system           coredns-66bff467f8-n7n77                     1/1     Running     0          2m34s
kube-system           etcd-kind-control-plane                      1/1     Running     0          2m42s
kube-system           kindnet-4dv7m                                1/1     Running     0          2m34s
kube-system           kube-apiserver-kind-control-plane            1/1     Running     0          2m42s
kube-system           kube-controller-manager-kind-control-plane   1/1     Running     0          2m42s
kube-system           kube-proxy-jz7kp                             1/1     Running     0          2m34s
kube-system           kube-scheduler-kind-control-plane            1/1     Running     0          2m42s
local-path-storage    local-path-provisioner-bd4bb6b75-cwfb7       1/1     Running     0          2m34s
metal-control-plane   ipam-db-0                                    2/2     Running     0          2m31s
metal-control-plane   masterdata-api-6dd4b54db5-rwk45              1/1     Running     0          33s
metal-control-plane   masterdata-db-0                              2/2     Running     0          2m29s
metal-control-plane   metal-api-998cb46c4-jj2tt                    1/1     Running     0          33s
metal-control-plane   metal-api-initdb-r9sc6                       0/1     Completed   0          2m24s
metal-control-plane   metal-api-liveliness-1590479940-brhc7        0/1     Completed   0          6s
metal-control-plane   metal-console-7955cbb7d7-p6hxp               1/1     Running     0          33s
metal-control-plane   metal-db-0                                   2/2     Running     0          2m34s
metal-control-plane   nsq-lookupd-5b4ccbfb64-n6prg                 1/1     Running     0          2m34s
metal-control-plane   nsqd-6cd87f69c4-vtn9k                        2/2     Running     0          2m33s

If there are any failing pods, investigate those and look into container logs. This information should point you to the place where the deployment goes wrong.


Sometimes, you see a helm errors like "no deployed releases" or something like this. When a helm chart fails after the first deployment it could be that you have a chart installation still pending. Also, the control plane helm chart uses pre- and post-hooks, which creates jobs that helm expects to be completed before attempting another deployment. Delete the helm chart (use Helm 3) with helm delete -n metal-control-plane metal-control-plane and delete the jobs in the metal-control-plane namespace before retrying the deployment.

In the mini-lab I can't SSH into the leaf switches anymore

The vagrant ssh leaf01 command returns an error like this:

The provider for this Vagrant-managed machine is reporting that it
is not yet ready for SSH. Depending on your provider this can carry
different meanings. Make sure your machine is created and running and
try again. Additionally, check the output of `vagrant status` to verify
that the machine is in the state that you expect. If you continue to
get this error message, please view the documentation for the provider
you're using.

This is actually expected behavior. As soon as the metal-core reconfigures the switch interfaces, the eth0 interface will be reconfigured from DHCP to static. This causes Vagrant not to be able to figure out the IP address of the VM through dnsmasq anymore (which is how Vagrant gets to know the IP address of the VM for libvirt). The IP address of the switch is still the same though. You can still access the VM using SSH with the vagrant user.

There are a couple of ways to get to know the IP address of the switch:

  • You can look it up in the switch interface configuration using the VM console
  • It is cached by the Ansible Vagrant dynamic inventory

The following way describes how to access leaf01 using the information from the dynamic inventory:

$ python3 -c 'import pickle; print(pickle.load(open(".ansible_vagrant_cache", "rb"))["meta_vars"]["leaf01"]["ansible_host"])'
$ ssh vagrant@ # password is vagrant