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Docker Machine driver for Dimension Data CloudControl

If you want detailed instructions, click here. Otherwise, keep reading for quickstart documentation.


You will need:

  • A network domain
  • A VLAN in that network domain (servers will be attached to this VLAN)
  • If using public IP addresses, a firewall rule that permits SSH traffic from your (local) public IPv4 address to the VLAN's IPv4 network Alternatively, you can use the --ddcloud-create-ssh-firewall-rule flag when creating your machine if you have permissions in CloudControl to create firewall and NAT rules
  • If using private IP addresses, you will need to be connected to the CloudControl VPN for the target data centre


docker-machine create --driver ddcloud \
	--ddcloud-region AU \
	--ddcloud-datacenter AU9 \
	--ddcloud-networkdomain 'my-docker-domain' \
	--ddcloud-vlan 'my-docker-vlan' \
	--ddcloud-ssh-key ~/.ssh/id_rsa \
	--ddcloud-memorygb 8 \
	--ddcloud-cpucount 4 \
	--ddcloud-corespersocket 4 \
	--ddcloud-ssh-bootstrap-password 'throw-away-password' \

If you're running on Windows, just remove the backslashes so the whole command is on a single line.


The driver supports all Docker Machine commands, and can be configured using the following command-line arguments (or environment variables):

  • ddcloud-user - The user name used to authenticate to the CloudControl API. Environment: MCP_USER
  • ddcloud-password - The password used to authenticate to the CloudControl API. Environment: MCP_PASSWORD.
  • ddcloud-region - The CloudControl region name (e.g. AU, NA, EU, etc). Environment: MCP_REGION.
  • ddcloud-networkdomain - The name of the target CloudControl network domain.
  • ddcloud-datacenter - The name of the CloudControl datacenter (e.g. NA1, AU9) in which the network domain is located.
  • ddcloud-vlan - The name of the target CloudControl VLAN.
  • ddcloud-memorygb - The amount of RAM in GB for the target machine. (Default: taken from image)
  • ddcloud-cpucount - The amount of CPUs for the target machine. (Default: taken from image)
  • ddcloud-corespersocket - The amount of cores per socket for the target machine. (Default: taken from image)
  • ddcloud-image-name - The name of the image used to create the target machine. Additionally, the OS must be a Linux distribution supported by docker-machine (Ubuntu 12.04 and above are supported, but RedHat 6 and 7 are not supported due to iptables configuration issues).
  • ddcloud-ssh-user - The SSH username to use. Default: "root". Environment: MCP_SSH_USER.
  • ddcloud-ssh-key - The SSH key file to use. Environment: MCP_SSH_KEY.
  • ddcloud-ssh-port - The SSH port to use. Default: 22. Environment: MCP_SSH_PORT.
  • ddcloud-ssh-bootstrap-password - The initial SSH password used to bootstrap SSH key authentication. This password is removed once the SSH key has been installed Environment: MCP_SSH_BOOTSTRAP_PASSWORD
  • ddcloud-create-ssh-firewall-rule - Automatically create a firewall rule to enable inbound SSH to the target server?
  • ddcloud-client-public-ip - Use the specified IPv4 address as the client's public IP address (don't auto-detect). Environment: MCP_CLIENT_PUBLIC_IP.
  • ddcloud-use-private-ip - Don't create NAT and firewall rules for target server (you will need to be connected to the VPN for your target data centre).

Installing the driver

Download the latest release and place the provider executable in the same directory as docker-machine executable (or somewhere on your PATH).

UI plugin for Rancher

Rancher can automatically generate a UI for calling the ddcloud driver for Docker Machine, but we also have a UI plugin for Rancher (it's not yet as mature as the Docker Machine driver):

Building the driver

If you'd rather run from source, simply run make install and you're good to go.