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how do you output the virtual machine to the screen or is it just commandline?

asked 2014-11-09 20:10:18 -0500

Echo Seven gravatar image

awkward way to ask a question in one line.. so, i'll explain.

i'm setting up openstacks to see how to use it before it goes live to my public server. first things first... i need two computers. my computer and my boyfriend's computer. it seems like a cool idea to make an openstacks cluster and run them as VMware OSs. right? i can allocate resources to our VMwares as needed. but.. the physical hardware.. the 6 computers hooked up to it.. all have HDMI outputs and USB outputs. if i put all of this in a server rack, could i allocate those hardware outputs/inputs to the vmwares? like.. my computer use the HDMI output of one of the computers in the cluster to my monitor and a random USB port on one to my keyboard and mouse and another HDMI and USB to his? that would be a pretty cool setup... and very organized in our small apartment. a server in the closet with wireless HDMI transmitters and wireless mouse and keyboards.

my problem is that we want our very small place to look as streamline as possible while having our computers and my website's server, radio station, minecraft server, etc running. openstacks seems to be the best choice for something like that. BUT, does it allocate video output?.. or will i have to buy us our own computers and use something like SSH and VNC to view the OSs? that would almost make it not worth the trouble.

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answered 2014-11-11 11:43:01 -0500

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OpenStack does not provide your virtual servers with access to the hardware console (screen/keyboard). If you have a graphic environment available locally, you can use your browser (via the Horizon gui) or a VNC client to access system consoles. Access to instance consoles via your browser is convered in the official documentation.

A fundamental assumption behind OpenStack is that you are accessing it remotely, so there really isn't any facility mapping instances directly to your physical console (which wouldn't even make sense, if you are running more than a single instance).

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ok. one last question. i'm getting a monitor or two.. and they have VESA hookups.. and i have Raspberry Pis... i can 3D print a VESA case and screw it onto the back of the monitor and hook it up with HDMI and pretty much achieve the same thing i want with a wifi and bluetooth dongle on a B+ model..

Echo Seven gravatar imageEcho Seven ( 2014-11-11 16:02:42 -0500 )edit

BUT, with spice.. can i boot up to that, having it use an encrypted WLAN connections and have it be in control just as it was there. my last question.. "would it be useable to have a set up like this? or would it be too slow?" a model B pi has 512mb RAM...but i'm sure there's an OS just for VNC.

Echo Seven gravatar imageEcho Seven ( 2014-11-11 19:38:40 -0500 )edit

or Spice that can preform fast.. without running background stuff besides WLAN networking and output and input of USB, CD, sound, and video.

Echo Seven gravatar imageEcho Seven ( 2014-11-11 19:39:59 -0500 )edit

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