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Step-by-step video and written guides to the SCS OpenStack. These will show you how to access the SCS OpenStack web interface, how to launch an instance (virtual server), and then how to connect to that instance:

Step 1: Update Your SCS OpenStack Account
Step 2: VPN – Connecting to Carleton’s Secure Network
Step 3: Connect to the SCS OpenStack Web App (dashboard)
Step 4: Launching an OpenStack Instance (virtual server)
Step 5: Connecting to an OpenStack Instance

Step 1: Update Your SCS OpenStack Account

UPDATE YOUR SCS ACCOUNT: In order to access the SCS OpenStack, you must update your SCS Account EVERY TERM via the SCS Online Account Management Tool on the SCS Accounts Page. This will give you access to any of your courses that are using OpenStack this term. Some courses may not request OpenStack until later in the term, so you may need to update your account part way through the term – check with your TA or Instructor

  • Updating your SCS Account:video

Step 2: VPN – Connecting to Carleton’s Secure Network

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

Step 3: Connect to the SCS OpenStack Web App (dashboard)

Interaction 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 SCS Openstack cloud.

Connect to VPN, and then Log in to the SCS OpenStack user interface (dashboard) here:


https://openstack.scs.carleton.ca
You must be connected to VPN to log in to OpenStack

  • Logging in and Navigatingvideo

Step 4: Launching an OpenStack Instance (virtual server)

  • Part 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
  • Part 2: Associate Floating IP with an Instancevideo
    Like any device, to access it remotely, you need an IP address (eg: 134.117.26.250). 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.
    NOTE: All SCS OpenStack Floating IPs start with 134.117.

Step 5: 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 normally use 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.

In ALL cases, you must first connect to the VPN before you can connect to your instance.

  • Connect using the OpenStack Console (Floating IP NOT Required)video | text
    The dashboard console connection allows access to 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)