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Getting Started with the SCS Openstack
Launching an Openstack Instance (virtual server)
Connecting to an Openstack Instance
VPN: Connecting to Openstack Instances from Off-Campus
Additional OpenStack User Guides

Getting Started with the SCS Openstack

Interacting with the SCS Openstack occurs via a web-based user interface (dashboard). The dashboard provides the basic functionality needed to launch, maintain, and destroy resources on the cloud.

Login to the SCS Openstack user interface (dashboard) here:

https://openstack.scs.carleton.ca

  • Logging in and Navigatingvideo

Launching an Openstack Instance (virtual server)

  • STEP 1: Launching an Instancevideo
    Launching an instance gives you your own virtual server that owns a share of resources available on one of our hardware nodes
  • STEP 2: Associate Floating IP with an Instancevideo
    Like any device, to access it remotely, you need an IP address (eg: 134.117.26.5). Courses on the SCS Openstack are supplied with a pool of floating IP addresses from which you can choose an IP address for your particular instance.

Connecting to an Openstack Instance

How you connect to an instance can vary depending on the technology you are using for your particular assignments or research. You need a floating IP address to connect remotely, but the SCS Openstack dashboard also provides a web console to connect to instances that don’t have a floating IP.

  • Connect via the SCS Openstack dashboard consolevideo
    The dashboard console connection allows access an instance when it does not have a floating IP or does not have a working network connection. The console connection can also be used if you need access to the boot-sequence of your instance, such as in the COMP3000 operating system course.
  • Connect remotely (ssh terminal – putty)video | text
    Connect remotely to the instance using an ssh terminal (examples uses the putty ssh tool)
  • Connect remotely (desktop – x2go)video | text
    Connect remotely to the instance using a remote desktop tool (examples uses the x2go tool)

VPN: Connecting to Openstack Instances from Off-Campus

IMPORTANT: SCS Openstack resources and the web user interface (dashboard) can only be accessed from the Carleton University network.
If you are working off-campus, you will need to VPN (Virtual Private Networking) to Carleton’s network. All Carleton students and employees can access the Carleton VPN:
Carleton Remote Access VPN Instructions

Additional OpenStack User Guides

Additional information may be provided by your Faculty member or Instructor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the SCS technical support staff.