General Overview

General Overview

After an administrator has created your OpenStack account, you will have an allotment of instances, virtual CPUs, RAM, floating IPs, and security groups for your use.

Point your browser to Login. Get started at the openstack overview page as detailed below.

Overview Page

The overview page shows you your current resource allotments and usage. It displays your active instances and some general details about them.

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Instances Page

The instances page will give you detailed information about all of your instances, such as the Power State and IP Address. From this page you can create/launch instances, reboot instances, and terminate instances. You can also edit most settings for previously launched instances using the 'Actions' drop down menu. Finally, there is an option to 'Create Snapshot', which will allow you to make a clone/copy of your running instance as an image.

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Volumes Page

The volumes page allows you to create extra storage that you can attach to an instance. From here you can create, delete and edit your volumes. Further options are available from the 'Actions' drop down menu. Once your volume is attached to your instance, you will still need to partition it as you would a physical disk.

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Images Page

The images page allows you to create, edit and delete images from which you will launch your instances. From here you can see available images in your project as well as publicly available images. Further options are available from the 'Actions' drop down menu. Images are pre-made virtual machines that have been correctly configured to work with OpenStack. Please note that you must use images formatted to work with OpenStack or you will receive an error when launching an instance.

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Access & Security Page

The access & security page, allows you to create, delete, and edit security groups, create or import key pairs, and manage your floating IPs. Security groups are used to configure ports for your instances and key pairs are used to handle user access to your instances.

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