NovaServerError forbidden

Asked by Steve Jacobs on 2011-08-25

I installed openstack dashboard for cactus according to instructions at

It worked for a while, but in the past couple of days, I am getting the following error after logging in. Not sure what the error means.

NovaServerError at /


Request Method: GET
Request URL:
Django Version: 1.2.4
Exception Type: NovaServerError
Exception Value:


Exception Location: /opt/osdb/django-nova/src/django_nova/ in decorator, line 80
Python Executable: /usr/bin/python
Python Version: 2.7.1
Python Path: ['/opt/osdb/openstack-dashboard/.dashboard-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/setuptools-0.6c11-py2.7.egg', '/opt/osdb/openstack-dashboard/.dashboard-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pip-1.0.2-py2.7.egg', '/opt/osdb/django-nova/src', '/opt/osdb/openstack-dashboard/.dashboard-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mox-0.5.3-py2.7.egg', '/opt/osdb/django-nova-syspanel/src', '/opt/osdb/openstack-dashboard/.dashboard-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/MySQL_python-1.2.3-py2.7-linux-x86_64.egg', '/opt/osdb/openstack-dashboard/.dashboard-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages', '/opt/osdb/openstack-dashboard', '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/virtualenv-1.6.4-py2.7.egg', '/usr/lib/python2.7', '/usr/lib/python2.7/plat-linux2', '/usr/lib/python2.7/lib-tk', '/usr/lib/python2.7/lib-old', '/usr/lib/python2.7/lib-dynload', '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages', '/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages', '/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtk-2.0', '/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7', '/opt/osdb/openstack-dashboard/dashboard']

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Mark Gius (markgius) said : #1

The guide you are following is very old, and the version of the dashboard you are running is also very old. I'm not even sure what version of Nova you are running, because it looks like the guide has you install whatever happens to be in your distributions repositories. Since it looks like you're trying to set up an Openstack All In One box, I'm going to suggest one of the following

  - Use the script found in this repository ( to turn a virtual (or real) machine into an all-in-one compute + glance + keystone + dashboard box. You may not be able to spin up "real" virtual machines using this script as is, however.

  - Figure out what version of Nova you are running, and make sure that the version of dashboard you are running is from around that time. The dashboard only recently became an official openstack project, so we haven't had any real releases that might line up with your nova version, so the best bet is to pick a version from around the right date. Choosing the last launchpad commit before we switched hosting to github might be a good choice as well.

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