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I'm not sure how your setup looks like but in general you can view the instances throughout the dashboard using VNC or SPICE protocols. Click on the instance (VM) on the dashboard GUI to have the console option.

Completely separate machine access would require floating IPs assigned to your instances so you'll be able to SSH them from remote. In order to use VNC, make sure you modify the novncproxy_base_url attribute in the nova.conf file on your compute node to (guide quote) "The base URL indicates the location where you can use a web browser to access remote consoles of instances on this compute node." for example novncproxy_base_url = http://10.20.30.40 :6080/vnc_auto.html where 10.20.30.40 is accessible controller IP address from which you can run your dashboard.

Hope this helps.