How to access Rackspace Cloud with latest novaclient/swiftclient

I spent too much time trying to figure out how to use the latest swiftclient/novaclient with Rackspace Cloud that I thought I would have to document it somewhere to avoid the pain for others. Assuming you don’t want to use pyrax and no OS_AUTH_SYSTEM plugin but just pure OpenStack python-novaclient/swiftclient on Rackspace cloud then you just need to export those variables in your shell : so now the region is ORD here (Chicago) but this can be SYD/IAD/DFW or whatever new datacenter/region from Rackspace....

September 27, 2013

Moving on from Rackspace and joining eNovance.

After almost five years at Rackspace UK I have now decided to move on and come back for good to Paris I will be now at eNovance working as before on OpenStack projects.

December 12, 2012

Mass editing firewall on Rackspace Cloud.

A lot of our customers in Rackspace cloud has been asking how to mass edit firewalls of servers when you have multiple servers without doing it manually. Part of my cloudservers-api-demo I have written a simple firewall scripts abstracting the Operating System firewall software to allow/enable/disable the firewall and ports/networks. The script has been kept very simple by design and currently allow only to : <p style="display: inline !...

May 5, 2011

Howto shutdown your Cloud Server and not getting billed for it.

Currently in Rackspace-Cloud when you are shutting-down your Cloud Servers you are still paying for it. The reason is that when the Cloud Server is shut-down your CloudServer is still sitting on the hyper-visor and still use resources on the Cloud and then get you billed for it. There is a way to get around it by having the CloudServer stored as an image into CloudFiles. The caveat with this solution is that every-time you are creating a server out of the stored image you are getting a new IP and in certain cases you would need to make a change in your application with the new IP....

April 7, 2011

Uploading to Rackspace Cloud Files via FTP

Sometime ago I wrote a FTP proxy to RackSpace Cloud Files which expose Rackspace Cloud Files as a FTP server acting as a proxy. Thanks to the OpenSource community a user on github took it and add support OpenStack and all the latest features available in Cloud Files. It is now pretty robust and works pretty well via nautilus even with the pseudo hierarchical folder feature. The fun part here is that it allow you to effectively have a Cloud Drive where you can easily store your files/backup from your Linux desktop via nautilus built-in ftp support....

April 6, 2011

Installing python-cloudfiles from pypi

I have just uploaded python-cloudfiles to pypi available here This make things easy to add as a dependence of your project like you can have something like this in your : requirements = ['python-cloudfiles'] and it will automatically download it as part of the dependence with easy_install or pip. cool kids on latest debian/ubuntu can do stuff like this (from python-stdeb package) : pypi-install python-cloudfiles which would automatically download the tarball from pypi and install it as a packages (like the way it should be for prod machine!...

February 16, 2011

How to use fireuploader with the Rackspace Cloud UK

Fireuploader is a Firefox addon that gives you a nice GUI to upload files via your firefox browser. I have made a special version of the extensions to make it works with the RackSpace Cloud UK. Install the addon from here : Allow the website by clicking Allow in the yellow bar on the top as seen in this screenshot : Click on Install Now and restart Firefox....

February 7, 2011

Howto access the UK Rackspace Cloud with the PHP Binding

One of the last library I didn’t documented in my earlier post was php-cloudfiles. You need to have at least the version 1.7.6 released to have support to different auth_server and when you have that you can do it like this to get access to cloud files via the library : <?php require_once("cloudfiles.php"); # Allow override by environment variable $USER = "MY_API_USERNAME"; $API_KEY = "MY_API_KEY"; $auth = new CF_Authentication($USER, $API_KEY, NULL, UK_AUTHURL); $auth->authenticate(); ?...

January 12, 2011

Backup with duplicity on Rackspace CloudFiles (including UK) script.

It seems that my post about using duplicity to backup your data on Rackspace CloudFiles got popular and people may be interested to use with the newly (Beta) released Rackspace Cloud UK. You would just need to have a environnement exported at the top of your backup script like this : export CLOUDFILES_AUTHURL= and it will use the UK auth server (the same goes for OpenStack auth server if you have your own Swift install)....

January 6, 2011

Howto use Cyberduck with Rackspace Cloud UK

If you are wondering howto use a graphical client like Cyberduck to access the Rackspace Cloud UK this is how you do it. We are going to use the Swift OpenStack support in Cyberduck to access the UK CloudFiles instance. You first Open Cyberduck and Click on open connection : In the Menu choose Swift (OpenStack Object Storage) and in Server field you specify : and enter your Username and Api Key (in Password field) :...

January 4, 2011