Getting a CSAIL OpenStack Account

You can register for an OpenStack account at https://cloud-registration.csail.mit.edu (requires CSAIL Web Certificate). After you have an existing account this same link can be used to reset your password if you forget it.

On registration you will be given a personal 'usersandbox' project with a small quota to play around with. If your group has an existing OpenStack project (and it allows self registration which is the default) then you can also elect to join that project during the registaration process.

Users can belong to multiple projects even though our web wrapper only allows one. If you need to be in multiple groups email help@csail.mit.edu, for existing groups have a current member or sponsoring PI make the request for you so we know it's authorized.

If your group doesn't have an OpenStack project yet email help@csail.mit.edu with the name you'd like, the name of a CSAIL PI (probably your supervisor) , and ideally some description of how you plan to use OpenStack so we can make a reasonable guess at an initial quota. All work in OpenStack is done in a "project" (or tenant depending on which documents you're reading but they are the same thing), quotas are assigned by group, operating system images are shared within groups, etc.

When a new user account is created through the web interface all existing members get an email notifying them. This postgating is the only insurance against random people joining your project (within the lab, not the whole internet), so do keep an eye on it.

While most projects are comfortable with this rather loose gating, since it allows self sign up. Upon request we can create projects that do not allow self sign up, this is more secure but does mean all new users will need be maunually created by TIG.

-- JonProulx - 27 Mar 2015
Topic revision: 27 Mar 2015, JonProulx
 

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