Objective

Register your CloudStack cloud with RightScale so that you can use the Dashboard to manage your CloudStack cloud's resources.

Prerequisites

  • This tutorial assumes that you've already completed the installation process of your CloudStack setup.
  • Your RightScale account must be enabled for registering a CloudStack. Please contact your account manager for details.
  • In order to add a private cloud, you must be an 'admin' user in the RightScale account. This tutorial is geared towards the person who is the administrator of a private cloud.
  • You must also have a set of non-Admin user credentials, which you created using the CloudStack management console.

Steps

Register a Private Cloud

Once you've installed and set up your private CloudStack cloud, you need to register the cloud itself with RightScale so that it can be accessed through the RightScale platform.

Go to Settings > Account Settings > Administered Clouds.

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  • Under Register Your Private Cloud select CloudStack from the dropdown menu.
  • Click Register Cloud

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Next, you will need to provide your CloudStack credentials in order to verify that you have access to the private cloud.

  • Name - Provide a name for your private cloud. Since the name of the cloud will appear in the Dashboard under the Clouds menu, it's recommended that you use a short name.
  • Description - Provide a brief description about your private cloud. You might want to include a reference link or contact information.
  • Registration URL - The URL of the private cloud itself. Also called the API URL (e.g., http://server_ip:8080/client/api). This is the cloud endpoint that RightScale is registering against based on a zone (e.g., http://99.95.251.172:8080/client/api...8-d1a51065ec02). Important! - It is highly recommended that your endpoint support HTTPS.
  • Api Key - This value is provided by CloudStack management console.
  • Secret Key - This value is provided by CloudStack management console.
  • Verify cloud endpoint server certificate - If checked, RightScale will check for the cloud's CA server certificate that's used for HTTPS and report any errors. If unchecked, RightScale will still check for a server certificate, but will ignore any errors.

Click Request Registration to submit your private cloud information for verification purposes. Upon successful registration, you will see the following message: Cloud Registration succeeded. Cloud is now registered within RightScale.

Post Registration Steps

  • At this point, your cloud will display under the 'Administered Clouds' tab on the 'Account Settings' page. If you would like to use the cloud in this account, you should continue on and provide non-Admin user credentials to make this cloud available within the current RightScale account. When you register a cloud with a RightScale account, that does not automatically enable it for using the cloud in the same account. You must add the cloud to the RightScale account the same way that another account must add a cloud to their account.
  • To share this cloud to another RightScale account, you will see a Cloud Token that enables users in other accounts to 'Add a private cloud'. (Namely, the cloud that you just registered. See the value for Cloud Token under Settings > Account Settings > Administered Clouds tab.) The Cloud Token is a pre-requisite for others to add your cloud.
  • If the private cloud has already been registered with RightScale and you want to enable your account to be able to use that private cloud's resources in your RightScale account, see Add a CloudStack Cloud to a RightScale Account.

Register as a non-Admin User

Now that RightScale knows about your private cloud, the next step in the registration process is to register yourself as a non-Admin user. It's important that you register as a non-Admin user because if you used your Admin user credentials, you would see all of your cloud's resources, which would make it very difficult to decipher and manage the resources that are relevant for your own purposes. Obviously, if you're the only one using the private cloud's resources it's not going to be a problem, but you're most likely going to grant other trusted users access to use your private cloud's resources.

If you haven't already done so, you will need to create non-Admin user credentials for yourself at using the CloudStack management console. Provide the non-Admin user credentials.

  • Username - Important! Use the Account Name to which the user has access to.
  • Api Key - This value is provided by the CloudStack management console.
  • Secret Key - This value is provided by the CloudStack management console.

If you have successfully registered your private cloud, it will appear under Settings -> Account -> Administered Clouds, as well as in the navigation menu of the Dashboard under Clouds.

Since you are the administrator who registered your private cloud with RightScale, you will see the private cloud's Cloud Token, which you can provide to other users so that they can add your private cloud to their RightScale account and use your cloud's resources. See Add a CloudStack to RightScale. As the cloud administrator, you will also be the only user to see the Delete Cloud action button.

Cloud Status

Both of these items must be valid and active (green) in order to successfully launch instances in your private cloud.

  • cloud controller - The status of the cloud.
  • cloud account - The status of your cloud credentials.

Discovery Process

Note the message (displayed in blue) in the screen above:

Account successfully registered with cloud . It may take a few minutes to discover existing resources.

Examples of the types of cloud resources that are discovered are:

  • Volumes and Volume Snapshots
  • Network settings such as Security Groups, Port or IP Forwarding Rules
  • Images
  • Launched Instances

Again, it could take several minutes to discover all of your private cloud's resources. While the discovery process is still underway, you are free to navigate about in the Dashboard. However, it is possible to uncover some cloud resources before the process has finished. This could result in a transient state that is harmless, but potentially confusing. As an example, consider the following Subnets drop-down menu that was viewed during the discovery process:

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One minute later, the actual Virtual Network names appeared in the Subnets drop-down.

See Also

Add a CloudStack Cloud to a RightScale Account