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The nova-manage isn't properly documented, but it's going away in Folsom, so using this wiki page for quick docs on it.

It must be run as root, since it needs read access to /etc/nova/nova.conf

Check status of nova services

nova-manage service list

List hosts (physical nodes)

nova-manage host list

List fixed IPs

nova-manage fixed list

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  nova-manage <category> <action> [<args>]


nova-manage controls cloud computing instances by managing nova users, nova projects, nova roles, shell selection, vpn connections, and floating IP address configuration. More information about OpenStack Nova is at http://nova.openstack.org.


The standard pattern for executing a nova-manage command is:
``nova-manage <category> <command> [<args>]``

For example, to obtain a list of all projects:
``nova-manage project list``

Run without arguments to see a list of available command categories:

Categories are user, project, role, shell, vpn, and floating. Detailed descriptions are below.

You can also run with a category argument such as user to see a list of all commands in that category:
``nova-manage user``

These sections describe the available categories and arguments for nova-manage.

Nova Db

``nova-manage db version``

    Print the current database version.

``nova-manage db sync``

    Sync the database up to the most recent version. This is the standard way to create the db as well.

Nova User

``nova-manage user admin <username>``

    Create an admin user with the name <username>.

``nova-manage user create <username>``

    Create a normal user with the name <username>.

``nova-manage user delete <username>``

    Delete the user with the name <username>.

``nova-manage user exports <username>``

    Outputs a list of access key and secret keys for user to the screen

``nova-manage user list``

    Outputs a list of all the user names to the screen.

``nova-manage user modify <accesskey> <secretkey> <admin?T/F>``

    Updates the indicated user keys, indicating with T or F if the user is an admin user. Leave any argument blank if you do not want to update it.

Nova Project

``nova-manage project add <projectname>``

    Add a nova project with the name <projectname> to the database.

``nova-manage project create <projectname>``

    Create a new nova project with the name <projectname> (you still need to do nova-manage project add <projectname> to add it to the database).

``nova-manage project delete <projectname>``

    Delete a nova project with the name <projectname>.

``nova-manage project environment <projectname> <username>``

    Exports environment variables for the named project to a file named novarc.

``nova-manage project list``

    Outputs a list of all the projects to the screen.

``nova-manage project quota <projectname>``

    Outputs the size and specs of the project's instances including gigabytes, instances, floating IPs, volumes, and cores.

``nova-manage project remove <projectname>``

    Deletes the project with the name <projectname>.

``nova-manage project zipfile``

    Compresses all related files for a created project into a zip file nova.zip.

Nova Role

``nova-manage role add <username> <rolename> <(optional) projectname>``

    Add a user to either a global or project-based role with the indicated <rolename> assigned to the named user. Role names can be one of the following five roles: cloudadmin, itsec, sysadmin, netadmin, developer. If you add the project name as the last argument then the role is assigned just for that project, otherwise the user is assigned the named role for all projects.

``nova-manage role has <username> <projectname>``
    Checks the user or project and responds with True if the user has a global role with a particular project.

``nova-manage role remove <username> <rolename>``
    Remove the indicated role from the user.

Nova Logs

``nova-manage logs errors``

    Displays nova errors from log files.

``nova-manage logs syslog <number>``

    Displays nova alerts from syslog.

Nova Shell

``nova-manage shell bpython``

    Starts a new bpython shell.

``nova-manage shell ipython``

    Starts a new ipython shell.

``nova-manage shell python``

    Starts a new python shell.

``nova-manage shell run``

    Starts a new shell using python.

``nova-manage shell script <path/scriptname>``

    Runs the named script from the specified path with flags set.

Nova VPN

``nova-manage vpn list``

    Displays a list of projects, their IP prot numbers, and what state they're in.

``nova-manage vpn run <projectname>``

    Starts the VPN for the named project.

``nova-manage vpn spawn``

    Runs all VPNs.

Nova Floating IPs

``nova-manage floating create <ip_range> [--pool <pool>] [--interface <interface>]``

    Creates floating IP addresses for the given range, optionally specifying
    a floating pool and a network interface.

``nova-manage floating delete <ip_range>``

    Deletes floating IP addresses in the range given.

``nova-manage floating list``

    Displays a list of all floating IP addresses.

Nova Flavor

``nova-manage flavor list``

    Outputs a list of all active flavors to the screen.

``nova-manage flavor list --all``

    Outputs a list of all flavors (active and inactive) to the screen.

``nova-manage flavor create <name> <memory> <vCPU> <local_storage> <flavorID> <(optional) swap> <(optional) RXTX Quota> <(optional) RXTX Cap>``

    creates a flavor with the following positional arguments:
     * memory (expressed in megabytes)
     * vcpu(s) (integer)
     * local storage (expressed in gigabytes)
     * flavorid (unique integer)
     * swap space (expressed in megabytes, defaults to zero, optional)
     * RXTX quotas (expressed in gigabytes, defaults to zero, optional)
     * RXTX cap (expressed in gigabytes, defaults to zero, optional)

``nova-manage flavor delete <name>``

    Delete the flavor with the name <name>. This marks the flavor as inactive and cannot be launched. However, the record stays in the database for archival and billing purposes.

``nova-manage flavor delete <name> --purge``

    Purges the flavor with the name <name>. This removes this flavor from the database.

Nova Instance_type

The instance_type command is provided as an alias for the flavor command. All the same subcommands and arguments from nova-manage flavor can be used.

Nova Images

``nova-manage image image_register <path> <owner>``

    Registers an image with the image service.

``nova-manage image kernel_register <path> <owner>``

    Registers a kernel with the image service.

``nova-manage image ramdisk_register <path> <owner>``

    Registers a ramdisk with the image service.

``nova-manage image all_register <image_path> <kernel_path> <ramdisk_path> <owner>``

    Registers an image kernel and ramdisk with the image service.

``nova-manage image convert <directory>``

    Converts all images in directory from the old (Bexar) format to the new format.

Nova VM

``nova-manage vm list [host]``
    Show a list of all instances. Accepts optional hostname (to show only instances on specific host).

``nova-manage live-migration <ec2_id> <destination host name>``
    Live migrate instance from current host to destination host. Requires instance id (which comes from euca-describe-instance) and destination host name (which can be found from nova-manage service list).


The nova-manage.conf file contains configuration information in the form of python-gflags.


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