Using OpenStack Dashboard for security group management

Security groups are network rules that allow instances in one tenant (project) be kept separate from other instances in another. Managing security group rules for our OpenStack instances is done as simply as possible with OpenStack Dashboard.


As described in the Creating tenants in Keystone recipe of Chapter 1, Keystone – OpenStack Identity Service, projects and tenants are used interchangeably and refer to the same thing. Under the OpenStack Dashboard, tenants are referred to as projects, whereas in Keystone, projects are referred to as tenants.

Getting ready

Load a web browser, point it to our OpenStack Dashboard address at, and log in as a user, such as the demo ...

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