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Deploy Maximo App Suite (MAS) on Azure RedHat OpenShift (ARO)

By Sudhir Jain posted Fri December 01, 2023 08:54 AM


Deploy Maximo App Suite  (MAS) on Azure RedHat OpenShift (ARO)

IBM Maximo App Suite (MAS) is a comprehensive solution for asset and operations management, and deploying it on an Azure ARO Cluster can streamline your enterprise operations. In this blog post, we'll walk through a two-step process to install MAS version 8.10 and above on an ARO Cluster using Ansible scripts provided by IBM. Then Ansible scripts is available here

Step 1: Prepare ARO Cluster and configure Storage Classes

Before deploying MAS, we need to set up the Azure Red Hat OpenShift (ARO) cluster and configure the necessary storage classes needed during the deployment of MAS.

Install ARO Cluster

Follow the instructions provided by Azure to create an ARO cluster. Use the following link for detailed steps to install & connect with ARO cluster

Connect to ARO Cluster

Once ARO Cluster is created access the cluster

Use the provided credentials to access the ARO Cluster

Configure Storage Classes in OCP

MAS requires specific storage classes to be available

2.1 Managed-premium storage class

Click on Storage Classes in ARO Cluster and select “Create New Storage Class”. Select the YAML option and paste the following code snippet.

2.2 Azurefiles-Premium Storage Class - Configure one more storage class

Finally, the storage classes in the OCP Dashboard will look like the following screenshot


This is one of the required environment variable values needed during the MAS installation on ARO. This secret name is needed during the ONE Click installation of MAS on ARO using Ansible. 

  • ·      Go to Projects in ARO Cluster, and search for “openshift-ingress”.
  • ·      Scroll to Inventory and select secrets

Copy the name of the first certificate and save it in a notepad to be used later while deploying MAS. 

Now, we can move to the next step to deploy MAS on the configured ARO cluster.

Step 2: Installation of IBM Maximo App Suite

Following playbook will install and configure IBM Maximo Application Suite Core along with all necessary dependencies.

4.1 Prerequisite

  1. Local Install Python & Ansible
python3 --version
python3 -m pip install ansible junit_xml pymongo xmljson jmespath kubernetes==12.0.1 openshift==0.12.1
ansible --version
ansible-playbook --version

2. Install the Ansible Collection

ansible-galaxy collection install ibm.mas_devops

Install MAS Core

To install MAS on the existing ARO Cluster, which has been created in Step 1 of this blog. Complete the prerequisite and define the required environment variables in a notepad.

Required environment variables:

MAS_INSTANCE_ID Declare the instance ID for the MAS install
MAS_CONFIG_DIR Directory where generated config files will be saved (you may also provide pre-generated config files here)
SLS_LICENSE_ID The license ID must match the license file available in SLS_LICENSE_FILE
SLS_LICENSE_FILE The path to the location of the license file.
BAS_PROVIDER Defines UDS or DRO operator to install. Default: UDS [Values: DRO, UDS]
UDS_CONTACT_EMAIL Defines the email for person to contact for UDS [Required if BAS_PROVIDER is UDS]
UDS_CONTACT_FIRSTNAME Defines the first name of the person to contact for UDS [Required if BAS_PROVIDER is UDS]
UDS_CONTACT_LASTNAME Defines the last name of the person to contact for UDS [Required if BAS_PROVIDER is UDS]
OCP_INGRESS_TLS_SECRET_NAME – Provide the secret name copied in notepad during ARO Configuration in Step 1

Installation Configuration Example

export MAS_INSTANCE_ID=inst1
export MAS_CONFIG_DIR=~/masconfig

export SLS_LICENSE_ID=xxx
export SLS_LICENSE_FILE=/path/to/entitlement.lic


export OCP_INGRESS_TLS_SECRET_NAME=xxxx-ingress

Copy the OC login command and run in the terminal

oc login --token=xxxx --server=https://myocpserver
ansible-playbook ibm.mas_devops.oneclick_core

This will initiate the MAS deployment on ARO Cluster.

Following are few screenshots of deployment

One installation is complete, it will show the MAS Admin Dashboard credentials

MAS Admin Dashboard 

Use the credentials to access MAS Admin Dashboard

Maximo App Suite Compatibility for OpenShift Cluster

Reference compatibility check For MAS Version 8.10 & above here