[openstack-dev] [ironic][nova][horizon] Serial console support for ironic instances

Zhenguo Niu niu.zglinux at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 17:06:17 UTC 2016

Ironic is currently using shellinabox to provide a serial console, but it's
not compatible
with nova, so I would like to propose a new console type and a custom HTTP
proxy [1]
which validate token and connect to ironic console from nova.

On Horizon side, we should add support for the new console type [2] as
well, here are some screenshots from my local environment.


Additionally, shellinabox console ports management should be improved in
ironic, instead of manually specified, we should introduce dynamically
allocation/deallocation [3] mechanism.

Functionality is being implemented in Nova, Horizon and Ironic:

PS: to achieve this goal, we can also add a new console driver in ironic
[4], but I think it doesn't conflict with this, as shellinabox is capable
to integrate with nova, and we should support all console drivers.

[1] https://blueprints.launchpad.net/nova/+spec/shellinabox-http-proxy
[3] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ironic/+bug/1526371
[4] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ironic/+bug/1553083

Best Regards,
Zhenguo Niu
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