VMware Integrated OpenStack includes a toolbox container in which you can run OpenStack command-line clients and other utilities.

To access the toolbox, log in to the Integrated OpenStack Manager as the root user and run the toolbox command.

OpenStack Client

The toolbox includes the following OpenStack clients:

  • Aodh
  • Barbican
  • Cinder
  • Designate
  • Glance
  • Gnocchi
  • Heat
  • Keystone
  • Neutron
  • Nova
  • Swift

The toolbox is automatically configured with the settings for the admin user in your OpenStack deployment. To log in as another user, download the RC file from the VMware Integrated OpenStack dashboard and apply it to the toolbox container.

  1. Log in to the VMware Integrated OpenStack dashboard.
  2. From the menu in the top-right corner, select OpenStack RC File.
  3. Transfer the file to the VMware Integrated OpenStack toolbox container.
  4. Apply the settings by running the source rc-file command.

Other Utilities

In addition to the OpenStack clients, the toolbox includes the Data Center Command-Line Interface (DCLI). To use DCLI, run the dcli command and specify the private OpenStack endpoint of your deployment.

dcli +server https://internal-vip:9449/api +i

For more information, see the VMware Data Center CLI page page at VMware {code}.


The nsxadmin utility cannot be run from the toolbox. To use nsxadmin, open a shell to the Neutron server container:

kubectl -n openstack exec -it neutron-server-pod-name -- /bin/bash