Accessing an Instance Through a Console

VNC or SPICE is used to view the console output of an instance, regardless of whether or not the console log has output. This allows relaying keyboard and mouse activity to and from an instance.

There are two remote console access methods commonly used with Metacloud:

  • novnc—an in-browser VNC client implemented using HTML5 Canvas and WebSockets
  • spice—[default protocol] a complete, in-browser client solution for interaction with virtualized instances

To access an instance through a remote console:

$ openstack console url show <INSTANCE_NAME>

The command returns a URL that you can use to access your instance:

+-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Field | Value                                                                    |
+-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| type  | novnc                                                                    |
| url   | http://<DASHBOARD-AZ.METACLOUD.NET>:6080/console?token=19ff65dc-fe5-...  |
+-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------+

When using SPICE to view the console of an instance, a browser plug-in can be used directly on the instance page. The console command can be used with it, as well, by returning a token-authenticated address, as in the example above.

For further information and comparisons (including security considerations), see the Security Guide.