Qstack Quick Start

Creating an account

You can create an account on any enabled Qstack installation from the login screen.

Click the “Sign up” button, and you’ll be prompted to provide the following:

  • a valid email address (for confirmation and communications from administrators)

  • username (cannot be changed later)

  • password


NOTE: in certain configurations, your user account is created by the administrators, and/or linked to 3rd party authentication sources. If in doubt, contact the QStack administrator.


Account details

You can view your account details by clicking your name in the top right corner and selecting “User profile”, or - if enabled - clicking the “Account info” in the main view menu.

Here you can update your personal information, request an increase for your primary quotas (instances and IP addresses), or close your account.

The account details panel also allows for downloading API credentials and reviewing notifications.

 


NOTE: your username is immutable, and cannot be changed after registration!


Supported browsers

Qstack uses a modern, real-time interface that’s compatible with the following browsers:

  • Chrome v24 and above

  • Firefox v18 and above

  • Safari v6 and above

  • Opera v15 and above

  • Internet Explorer 11 and above

No third-party plugins or extensions needed. If you experience interface issues, check that your browser is supported by QStack!

Dashboard

The top bar provides a menu to change resource context, a notifications alert and the user menu.

Usage graph

Depending on the deployment configuration, the default view can show an overview of your currently provisioned resource usage The graph shows real-time data of your running compute resources.

To adjust the timeframe, use the dropdown menu in the top right corner of the graph.

Starting your first instance

To provision the first instance, change the context to “Compute”, and select “Create instance”.

You’ll be prompted with the available settings for new instances.


  1. Fill in the name (optional) and add tags for easier identification. Specify the quantity.

  2. Next, select an available template.

  3. Specify the resources to be reserved for your instance.


Optionally, you can create and attach additional block storage to the new instance. You can also supply a single script to be run during the initial boot of the new instance.


4. Last step is to configure networking:

 

  • select whether you want a reserved, dynamic or only private IP address

  • select the keypair you’d like to use with the instance

  • select what firewall you’d like the instance to belong to

 

 


NOTE: firewall assignment is permanent and cannot be changed later.


5. When you’re satisfied with the settings, click “Create Instance”.


The notifications button in the top bar will signal that the instance creation was successful, and you’ll be redirected to the instance list, showing your newly provisioned instance starting up.

You’ll get another notification when the instance has been started successfully.

Managing your resources

To manage your provisioned resources (instances, storage, IP addresses, etc.), select the resource type from the left hand menu.

Provisioned resources will display as a list in the main window.

List ordering

All lists can be ordered ascending or descending by any of the available columns. To reorder a list, simply click on the name of the column.

Bulk actions

The action button on the top allows for certain common operations to be executed on multiple resources. Users can select multiple resources from the list, or mark all of them using the checkbox in the top left corner of the list.

Individual actions

The action button on the right side of resource lists allows for operations to be executed on a single resource.

Filtering

Filtering is available for any string using the filter/search form in the top right corner.

Resource details

Certain resource types (such as instances, accounts, projects, etc.) can be further examined by clicking on the particular resource in the displayed list. This will show details and settings for the selected resource.

Example: in the case of instances, selecting an instance from the list will show the details for that particular instance:

  • In the main panel the top-level information for the instance is shown, along with both CPU and network load graphs

  • Instance name / ID: shows the instance’s name or ID string (editable)

  • Tags: shows all tags applied to the instance (editable)

  • Credentials: shows the default root/admin username and password (unlockable with account password or keyring)

  • Public IP: the public IP address assigned to the instance

  • Private IP: the instance’s private IP address within the account’s VLAN

  • Server Size: the current service offering in use

  • Operating System: the instance’s running OS

  • Firewall: the firewall’s name that’s assigned to the instance

  • Keypair: the keypair in use with the instance

  • Created: the relative creation date of the instance

  • Attached ISO: ability to attach a registered ISO to the instance


Usage metering

Qstack includes automatic, granular usage metering for all resources. Cloud providers using Qstack can integrate to use the data output for utility-style billing of resources used.

Real-time usage

Depending on the configuration, you can view real-time usage graphs in different views.

On the user level, a CPU and network usage graph is viewable for each provisioned instance, in the instance details view.

Exporting usage

You can get an estimate on your resource usage by exporting the data to your computer.

Click your username in the top right corner and select “Export usage”. The last 30 days of usage data will be exported and downloaded to your computer in .csv format.



NOTE: the usage export contains only raw data, and your provider’s billing practices may differ. 


Support

In the support tab (where applicable), you can browse available support content depending on the configuration of the Qstack deployment.


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