Getting Started Guide

Getting Started Guide


Navigating the Horizon Console

When you access the Horizon Console you are first brought to the landing page where you will see our services listed. You can activate your services by clicking the activate buttons next to their listing. In order for your Project ID to populate you need at least one Active service on your account.

The Support menu in the upper right hand corner offers links to our Forum, Knowledge Base, Support Case management, System Status page, as well as a Getting Started page with assistance in navigating the Horizon Console. In the Forum you can find and join discussions among the HP Cloud user community. The Knowledge Base contains articles written by HP Cloud Support and R&D members to assist with common tasks. Support Case management is where you can go to request help with or report a problem to the Support team. System Status is where you can go to find notices of any system-wide maintenance happenings.

In your user settings dropdown you will find a link to your Roles and API Endpoints page which will list all of your user-specific role permissions as well as the details about all of the Service Endpoints which you will use when interacting with our service using the API or our various Command Line Interface (CLI) tools. You will also have a link to Manage Access Keys and other useful links.

The console menu on the left side is broken down into different sections. The main section for account-level administration is the Identity section:

Domains - This is where you see your Domain ID as well as your Domain Limits. This is the top level of your account hierarchy.

Projects - Your Projects will be listed here. You can learn more about managing your Projects here: Managing Account Projects

Users - All account users will be listed here. This will consist of Domain Admin and non-Domain Admin users. You can learn more about managing your Users here: Managing Account Users

Groups - Your groups will be listed here. By default each account is provisioned with two groups -- Domain Administrators and Users. Groups are a collection of roles that users can be members of. This makes administration of your user accounts much easier if you have a group of roles that are a common to a set of users.

Roles - All available roles will be listed here. You can manage the role assignments from this menu. You can learn more about roles and managing them here: Managing Account Users

The next section is Project where you will see the activated services for the project you are scoped to:

The last section is Metering where you will see your billing history including all past invoices:


Activating Services

On the Horizon Console you can activate services on the Manage Services page:

Once you are on your Manage Services screen you will see the list of available services to activate. The Public Beta products will show under their respective regions. The Private Beta products show up under the Beta Services section.

Global Services - These are services that don't exist in a single region, but are global

US East - These are services that exist in our US East region

US West - These are services that exist in our US West region

Beta Services - These are our Private Beta products

There are Activate buttons next to each service. For the beta products you may be asked to fill out a small form expressing your interest in being part of the beta and then it will be submitted. The beta teams will respond individually to your request for access as space becomes available.

IMPORTANT: The Block Storage and CDN services each activate automatically when you activate the Compute and Object Storage services respectively.


Getting Up & Running with each Service

Once you have your services activated, here are some documents to assist you:

Using the OpenStack Compute infrastructure as its foundation, the HP Cloud Compute Service allows users to create virtual servers to use in various tasks. A default network is created for you automatically during the activation, to understand the topology we recommend reading this basic guide:
Understanding Network Topology in 13.5

We have a nice overview of the service as well as a list of known issues and best practices you can read here which includes detailed information about the Compute and Networking service in Compute 13.5:
HP Cloud version 13.5 overview
Known Issues and Best Practices in Compute and Networking in 13.5

NEW! We also have a nice Getting Started Guide on using our new Horizon Console for managing your services:
Getting Started with HP Public Cloud Console

These steps will take you through the creation of and connection to your first instance:

More at Knowledge Base - Compute

Our Block Storage service allows you to add additional storage to your instances or you can utilize bootable volumes to create persistent instances for more flexibility.

These knowledge base articles will help you get started:

More at Knowledge Base - Block Storage

Using the OpenStack Swift infrastructure as its foundation, the HP Cloud Object Storage Service allows users to store and retrieve objects in a highly redundant cluster of publicly accessible physical machines hosted in HP data centers.

The Object Storage Overview will help provide a broad understanding of our service:

More at Knowledge Base - Storage

Using the OpenStack Trove infrastructure as its foundation, the HP Cloud Relational Database service allows users to get on-demand access to a managed relational database in the cloud. HP Cloud Relational Database automates administration tasks such as deployment, configuration, and patching so you can focus on adding more value to your applications and business.

The Relational Database Overview will help provide a broad understanding of our service:

More at Knowledge Base - Relational Database

HP Cloud DNS (Domain Name System) is an enterprise-grade managed DNS service engineered to support even the most demanding workloads. Manage your DNS zones and records securely and efficiently while freeing up time to focus on what matters. With a global IP Anycast network, the service is highly available and fast from the ground up.

The DNS Overview will help provide a broad understanding of our service:

More at Knowledge Base - DNS


Command Line Interface (CLI) Tools

If you wish to interact with our service via Command Line tools rather than the web interface, we have some excellent documentation available:

Openstack CLI Tools:
Cloud 13.5 CLI Installation Instructions

For Windows users we have our Powershell CLI tool:
Powershell CLI - Overview


Getting Help

Customer Knowledge Base - Our Support team members have written many great articles to help you out. From getting started to more complex questions, you can visit the Knowledge Base and let us know if there are any additional articles you would like to see.

Community Forums - Community and an open philosophy are central to our cloud vision. We want your involvement. We've created our forums for you to engage other members of our cloud community. If you have technical issues or just want to participate in lively developer discussion threads, please use the forum to ask questions, get answers, and become part of our cloud community. You can access the forums via the Management Console.

Contact Support - The Support team is available 24/7 via chat, email, and phone with any questions you have. You can also open a Support Case with us and the Support Team will reach out to you.

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