For some reason, the idea of direct interaction with the various OpenStack components seemed like a good idea. The aim was to create an instance, set sane security rules, and add a public key all through the API.

I struggled with the documentation. It was a little hard to find, and what I did find seemed a little thin. However with the –debug option on the cli clients, which prints out all of the calls made to the various API endpoints as it goes along, it was game on.

First things first, we need an OpenStack environment to play with. RedHat with their newly released RDO comes to the rescue here. Out of all the one click OpenStack tools I’ve tried, RDO has been the simplest by far. Just three simple steps. Well, if you don’t include step 0 of course: http://openstack.redhat.com/Quickstart . We also installed a machine image through the dashboard to make life a little easier.

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