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Getting a CSAIL OpenStack Account

If your group doesn't have an OpenStack project yet email 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.

If your group already has a project (or after we create one for you) new members can create accounts at (requires CSAIL Web Certificate). After you have an existing account this same link can be used to reset your password. Since the API calls are not encrypted and this password flies around in plain text we auto generate a random string as your password and email it to you, this prevents people from reusing passwords that are used for secure and important things in this insecure environment. Note the current version of OpenStack does have support for encrypting all client conenctions, we expect to implement secure connections Fall 2013.

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.

User can belong to multiple groups even though our web wrapper creates a one to one mapping. If you need to be in multiple groups email, for existing groups have a current member or sponsoring PI make the request for you so we know it's authorized.

-- JonProulx - 19 Mar 2014
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