Getting Started with your CADES Cloud Resources

Using CADES OpenStack resources is meant to be as straightforward as possible to get users up and running quickly. This guide provides walk-throughs guides and detailed information for you to get the most out of these resources.

What is OpenStack? What are the CADES Cloud Resources?

This guide includes several sections that act both as a step-by-step guide and a quick reference.

In this and the following sections, you will discover how to:

  1. Request and Manage your Cloud Allocation
  2. Launch a Virtual Machine (VM)
  3. Access a VM
  4. Manage a VM
  5. Learn about Additional Resources

Before you begin, be sure you meet the prerequisites below.


To properly utilize your CADES Cloud allocation, you will need a couple of utilities loaded on your local machine. These utilities are free and widely used for this type of application.

📝 Note: CADES does not provide support for getting these utilities up and running on your personal computer.

MacOS and Linux

Both macOS and Linux distributions includes a Bash terminal and an SSH client by default. No additional software should be required to access your VM Instance.

Windows Users

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Windows does not have a native SSH client or a native Bash terminal. Two solutions are linked below.

Required: PuTTY – The PuTTY MSI installer also includes PuTTYGen, which allows you to convert your private .pem SSH key to a .ppk PuTTY key file.

  📖   How to: Access Your VM Instance Using PuTTY (Windows)

Recommended: Cygwin – If you wish to have Bash-style functions on your Windows machine, then you should consider installing Cygwin, which ports the Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) system calls and environment to Windows.

Next Steps

Before you can use the CADES Cloud resources, you will need to request a cloud allocation. After your request has been approved, you can manage your resources and launch a VM.

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