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Enable glusterfs SSL mode

So you want to enable SSL on glusterfs and you are lost? Well you are not alone – SSL mode is not documented and you can find little info about it on mailing lists. I will try to help you out with this small tips… 

So here it goes, first you need to generate SSL certificates using following commands:

openssl genrsa -out glusterfs.key 1024
openssl req -new -x509 -key gluster.key -subj /CN=Anyone -out glusterfs.pem

now you need to move that files into proper location, gluster have that hardcoded, so until you don’t want to mess with sources put them into /etc/ssl/. Next step is to create file – you do that by simply copy glusterfs.pem into You should end-up with this files in /etc/ssl/:

Now, let’s finally enable SSL mode on the volume. Do it by setting following parameters on volume:

gluster volume set gv0 client.ssl on
gluster volume set gv0 server.ssl on

 Verify with gluster volume info gv0:

Volume Name: gv0
Type: Replicate
Volume ID: c9205800-11e7-491d-be9b-d695098beddc
Status: Started
Number of Bricks: 1 x 2 = 2
Transport-type: tcp
Brick1: mx-1:/export/brick1
Brick2: mx-2:/export/brick1
Options Reconfigured:
server.ssl: on
client.ssl: on

stop gv0, restart glusterd, start gv0 and to be sure that SSL is working, checkout glustershd.log log, it should read:

[socket.c:3480:socket_init] 0-gv0-client-0: SSL support is ENABLED

repeat that procedure on all nodes, that’s all!


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