How to access a DreamCompute 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.

DreamCompute supports noVNC for remote access of an instance through a console. noVNC is an in-browser VNC client implemented using HTML5 Canvas and WebSockets.

You can access an instance through a remote console by generating a unique URL with the OpenStack command-line client or by accessing the instance properties in the DreamCompute dashboard.

Using the OpenStack CLI

To access an instance through a remote console, run the following command:

[user@localhost]$ openstack console url show INSTANCE_NAME
+-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Field | Value                                                                          |
+-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| type  | novnc                                                                          |
| url   | https://iad2.dreamcompute.com:6080/vnc_auto.html?token=c83ae3a3-15c4-4890-8d45 |
+-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

The command returns a URL from which you can access your instance.

Using the DreamCompute Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the DreamCompute page.
  2. Click the 'View Dashboard' button.
  3. On the left, click 'Compute'.
  4. From the dropdown click 'Instances'.
  5. Click on the instance you want to access the console of.
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  6. Click the 'Console' tab.
  7. If your console is not using a GUI, you should be able to interact with the instance from here with your mouse and keyboard. If the console does not appear to be responding or you are using a GUI, you'll need to click on the 'Click here to show only console' link.

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