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Is there other way to access Openstack virtual machines for remote guests without OpenStack dashboard instance console?

asked 2015-01-26 12:40:47 -0600

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I am thinking my remote guest user don't need to know Openstack. They can access the virtual machines I launched from dashboard by a public app or link each time they want to use the same virtual machine. Is this possible for the virtual machines created by Openstack? Is it possible to use VNC Viewer app or Windows Remote Desktop Connection to access the virtual machines through the associated floating IP? Because I am using the desktop version images, like Ubuntu desktop 12.04 and Windows 7, it requires a window to view the GUI. Thank you in advance to share the different ways to access the virtual machines remotely.

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answered 2015-01-26 13:25:26 -0600

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updated 2015-01-26 13:41:17 -0600

Hello, If your guest has access to the machine physically or remotely, they can use directly the hypervisor installed on the host to access the VMs.

You can for example use "virt_manager" with ssh -X "your host" 'virt_manager' and you will see the different instances running in that host. For windows you can have access to your hypervisor (Hyper-V, very popular) by configuring the correct parameters for remote access.

hope it helps you a bit


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Thanks, Gabriel, for the response. But, this will require the guest user to know which compute host and its IP. We want to hide that from the user. It's better to provide guest users an associated floating IP to access VM. I can do that for Ubuntu server image, but not for Ubuntu desktop image.

MMC gravatar imageMMC ( 2015-01-27 17:25:53 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-04-27 22:46:08 -0600

How to create new VMs in open stack(Using MAAS) remotely?

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answered 2015-01-27 00:28:31 -0600

You can use the api.

nova get-vnc-console <vmuuid> novnc.

The above will return a URL that you can paste in to any browser to get remote condole.

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Thanks, Jacob, for the response. I do use nova VNC url fine, but I am wondering if there is any other way can access the virtual machines with the associated floating IP, like Windows Remote Desktop Connection or VNC viewer to view Ubuntu desktop screen.

MMC gravatar imageMMC ( 2015-01-27 17:16:32 -0600 )edit

Of course. Just use rdp to connect to your windows floating IP or vnc viewer to your Ubuntu instance floating IP. Nothing special here. You will need to open the required ports in the security profile or remove the default security profile from your instance to allow all traffic in.

sfcloudman gravatar imagesfcloudman ( 2015-01-27 22:20:30 -0600 )edit

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