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Access the OpenStack Dashboard

The OpenStack Dashboard which is a web-based graphical interface, code named Horizon, is located at

The NERC Authentication supports CILogon using Keycloak for gateway authentication and authorization that provides federated login via your institution accounts and it is the recommended authentication method.

Make sure you are selecting "OpenID Connect" (which is selected by default) as shown here:

OpenID Connect

Next, you will be redirected to CILogon welcome page as shown below:

CILogon Welcome Page

MGHPCC Shared Services (MSS) Keycloak will request approval of access to the following information from the user:

  • Your CILogon user identifier
  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your username and affiliation from your identity provider

which are required in order to allow access your account on NERC's OpenStack dashboard.

From the "Selected Identity Provider" dropdown option, please select your institution's name. If you would like to remember your selected institution name for future logins please check the "Remember this selection" checkbox this will bypass the CILogon welcome page on subsequent visits and proceed directly to the selected insitution's identity provider(IdP). Click "Log On". This will redirect to your respective institutional login page where you need to enter your institutional credentials.

Important Note

The NERC does not see or have access to your institutional account credentials, it points to your selected insitution's identity provider and redirects back once authenticated.

Once you successfully authenticate you should see an overview of the resources like Compute (instances, VCPUs, RAM, etc.), Volume and Network. You can also see usage summary for provided date range.

OpenStack Horizon dashboard

I can't find my virtual machine

If you are a member of several projects i.e. ColdFront NERC (OpenStack) allocations, you may need to switch the project before you can see and use the OpenStack resources you or your team has created. Clicking on the project dropdown which is displayed near the top right side will popup the list of projects you are in. You can select the new project by hovering and clicking on the project name in that list as shown below:

OpenStack Project List