Part I/Step 1: Establish Management Environment

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Introduction: Getting Started with GENI and the GENI Portal



1 Pre-work: Create a GENI account

  1. Go to and press the Use GENI button
  2. From the Drop Down menu select your institution. If you got an account through the GENI Identity Provider, please select GENI Project Office.
    Tip Start typing the name of your institution and see the list become smaller.
  3. You will be transferred to the Login Page of your institution. Fill in your username and password.
  4. Complete the form that appears after you have successfully logged in and press Continue.
  5. You will be transferred to an Activation Page. Make sure both checkboxes are checked and then press Activate.
Figure 1-1 Logging into the GENI Experimenter Portal.

Congratulations, you have successfully created a GENI account.

2 Pre-work: Project lead adds you to a project

In order to use the portal to reserve resources, you must join a project. We have created a project for this tutorial.

  1. The tutorial organizers should have added you to the project for this tutorial. On the home page, you should see that you are a member of at least one project.

3 Configure Omni

  1. Go to your browser tab with the GENI Portal page.
  2. On that page, select the tab labeled "Profile". This is on the upper right of the page.
  3. Scroll down to the section labeled "Option 1: Automatic omni configuration".
  4. Click on "customized configuration data" in Step 2 of this section.
  5. Generate a GENI certificate. The easiest choice is to have the portal generate a combined certificate and key file:
  6. Make sure your default project is "GEC17". If not, make that your default.
  7. Click "Download omni bundle" and "save" the file. The file is saved in your Downloads folder.
  8. Open a terminal window and type:
    The cert and key files you need will be installed in the appropriate folders.

4 Generate and Download SSH Keypair

If you are following on from the Getting Started with GENI I tutorial, and you downloaded your ssh key pair then, you can reuse the same files -- skip ahead to the next page (Obtain resources).

Access to compute resources in GENI is provided through ssh key pairs and thus the portal needs a public key to upload to compute resources. For the purposes of the tutorial we will have the portal create an SSH key pair for you. (However, if you prefer to use your personal public key you can choose to upload it.)

  1. Once you are logged in, click on the Profile page.
  2. On the Profile page in the SSH Keys section, select generate and download an SSH keypair button.
Generate an SSH Key Pair

Figure 3-1 On the Profile page, select the "generate and download an SSH keypair" button.
  1. Enter the same passphrase twice, then press Generate SSH private key.
Generate an SSH Key Pair
Figure 3-2 Enter passphrase twice, then generate SSH private key.
  1. Now, press the Download Private Key button
  2. Open a terminal and execute:
    $ mv ~/Downloads/id_geni_ssh_rsa ~/.ssh/.
    $ chmod 600 ~/.ssh/id_geni_ssh_rsa
    $ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_geni_ssh_rsa
    Later in the tutorial, this will allow you to log into your nodes securely without a password.
Download an SSH Key Pair
Figure 3-3 Download an SSH Key Pair.

Next: Obtain Resources

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