Running an Instance

Step 1: Visit the Dashboard

Log in to the Openstack dashboard at http://CONTROL_NODE/dashboard with the user name demo. The password can be found in the file keystonerc_demo in the /root/ directory of the control node.

Note: Make sure that you use the demo user name.

Step 2: Enable SSH on your default security group

Once logged in to the OpenStack dashboard, click the Project tab in the left-side navigation menu, and then click Access & Security under the heading Compute.

Under the Security Groups heading, click the Manage Rules button for the default security group. Click the Add Rule button, and in the resulting dialog, enter 22 in the Port field, and then click the Add button.

Step 3: Create or import a key pair

In the left-side navigation menu, click Access & Security under the heading Compute. In the main portion of the screen, click the tab labeled Key Pairs, and choose either to Create Key Pair or Import Key Pair. The Create Key Pair dialog will prompt you to supply a key pair name before downloading a private key to your client.

The Import Key Pair option will prompt you to provide a name and a public key to use with an existing private key on your client. For name, choose something to identify that key (like your user name, for example) and for key, use the contents of your public key file, found usually in ~/.ssh/ or ~/.ssh/ on the machine from which you will be connecting through SSH.

Step 4: Add an image

In the left-side navigation menu, click Images under the heading Compute. Click the Create Image button, located in the upper-right portion of the screen. In the resulting dialog box, enter Fedora22 in the Image Name field, in the Image Location field, choose QCOW2 - QUEMU Emulator from the Format drop-down menu, leave the Minimum Disk (GB) and Minimum RAM (MB) fields blank, check the Private box, and click the Create Image button.

Note: Under certain circumstances, adding an image may not be possbile due to a known issue:

For a collection of links to alternative cloud-ready images, check out image resources.

Step 5: Launch the instance

In the main portion of the screen, under the Images heading, click the Launch Instance button for the Fedora22 image. In the resulting dialog, provide a name in the Instance Name field and click the Flavor tab. There, click the + button next to m1.small. Click Launch Instance.

Step 6: Associate Floating IP

In the main portion of the screen, click Instances under the heading Compute. There, click the down arrow button under Actions column for your instance you just launched, followed by the Associate Floating IP. Click on + next to IP Address and select the public Pool in the Allocate Floating IP dialog, continue by clicking Allocate IP. Being back in the Manage Floating IP Associations dialog, you can select the allocated IP Address and click Associate.

The associated Floating IPs can be spotted in the IP Address for each instance.

For additional details, please read how to set a floating IP range.

Step 7: SSH to Your Instance

Using the key pair file from step 3, connect through SSH to the running VM, using its floating IP address:

$ ssh -i my_key_pair.pem fedora@floating_ip_address