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Have you enabled serial console support on your compute nodes? You would need to edit /etc/nova/nova.conf on those systems, and set:

[serial_console]
enabled=true

# Location of serial console proxy. (string value)
base_url=ws://<public_ip>:6083/

# IP address on which instance serial console should listen
# (string value)
listen=0.0.0.0

# The address to which proxy clients (like nova-serialproxy)
# should connect (string value)
proxyclient_address=<host_ip>

Where:

  • <public_ip> is the public ip address of whichever host is running nova-serialproxy, and

  • <host_ip> is the ip address of your compute host.

The serial console configuration is very similar to the VNC console configuration.

I wrote up some serial console documentation here.