Monday, 1 July 2013

Eucalyptus 3.3 Tutorials- Getting started with Instances

Eucalyptus 3.3 Tutorials
Getting started with Instances


In this tutorial, I am going to walk you through simple steps for launching your first instances in Eucalyptus Private Cloud. 

I'm going to assume that you already have your Eucalyptus environment up and running, if not, visit THIS TUTORIAL to see how I have set up my Eucalyptus Private Cloud test bed.

There are two ways of going about working with Eucalyptus, both of which are easy and well documented. The first is using the very new User Console and the second using the Command Line Interfaces. In this tutorial, I'll walk you through both these utilities.

NOTE: I highly recommend going through the Eucalyptus 3.3 User Guide if you want to understand the concept of machine Images a lot better.

USER CONSOLE

The user console is a recent addition to Eucalyptus Private Cloud and one of my favorite tools to use. Its simple, efficient in design and really fun to use.

To access your user console, you need to open a web browser and type in your Eucalyptus frontend IP address followed by port 8888. Don't forget, you need to use https and NOT http !!

Sample: https://10.5.100.20:8888/

This will bring up the login to your Console as shown below. Use the default username and password to login for the first time. You can change these later using the Console itself.

Account Name: demo
Username: admin
Password: demo

Once you enter the credentials, you will be brought over to the Console's main Dashboard. The Dashboard provides a complete view of your Eucalyptus Cloud, from Instances to Storage to Networking and Security Groups. It is by far, one of the cleanest and most easy to use UI I have come across for a Private Cloud !!


Before we get started with Launching our first Instance, there are a couple of pre-requsites that are needed to be sorted out first. I have summarized each step using both the User Interface as well as the Command Line tools (Euca2ools), so lets get started with it.

Launch your First Instance:

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