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  • Launchpad Entry: NovaSpec: admin-server-actions
  • Created: 18 August 2011
  • Contributors: GlenCampbell


This specification defines a minimal set of functions that can be performed by administrators on servers.

Release Note

Admin API: server actions permits administrators to suspend/unsuspend servers (for example, if they are found to be sending spam).


User stories

As a Nova administrator (particularly the administrator of a public cloud), I need to have the ability to suspend a specific server so that it cannot consume too many resources or used for spam or abuse.


These actions are implemented as API extensions initially.



This resource provides a mechanism for performing specific actions on a server (a compute instance). For management purposes, there are several extensions beyond those actions provided in the Nova API 1.1 specification.



This section should describe a plan of action (the "how") to implement the changes discussed. Could include subsections like:

UI Changes

Should cover changes required to the UI, or specific UI that is required to implement this

Code Changes

Code changes should include an overview of what needs to change, and in some cases even the specific details.



  • data migration, if any
  • redirects from old URLs to new ones, if any
  • how users will be pointed to the new way of doing things, if necessary.

Test/Demo Plan

This need not be added or completed until the specification is nearing beta.

Unresolved issues

This should highlight any issues that should be addressed in further specifications, and not problems with the specification itself; since any specification with problems cannot be approved.

BoF agenda and discussion

Use this section to take notes during the BoF; if you keep it in the approved spec, use it for summarising what was discussed and note any options that were rejected.