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Simple UI and workflow to manage projects and users enrolment for any cloud environment.

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Designed to be simple and seamlessly connect with an existing workflow, this app was created to replace PDF forms previously used to request projects (tenants) and user creation into our cloud environment. To prevent security challenges and ensure all requests go through a documented approval workflow, the system automatically sends requests to our helpdesk system, creating tickets then processed by our team. This allows for greater customization (such as variations from default quotas) and gives us the ability to ask more questions if necessary.

To prevent un-eligible requests, the app can be connected to DACO to verify a user's permissions. This setting was made optional, as it is very specific to our domain.

Using the app, Principal Investigators can detail a reasearch project and request a cloud tenant to be created. The application is then reviewed by the team, and the tenant/project is created in our cloud environment. Once created, the PI can invite users to join their projects by mentioning their email address.

Users then receive an invitation and fill-out the registration form. Their own respective cloud accounts will then be created by the team.


Here are some of this app's features:

  • User authentication through OpenID Connect (Google)
  • User DACO permissions validation (optional)
  • Email-based workflows
  • Admin role, to approve projects and users
  • Register and manage projects
  • Register and manage users

Tech Stack

The application is built with a ReactJS front-end, Django Rest Framework powered back-end, and is easily deployable using Docker (docker-compose).

Quick Start

The goal of this guide is to get a working application quickly up and running using docker-compose. This can be used as a demo or in production, and requires the following:

  1. Google API credentials need to be setup via Google Cloud Console – Instructions Here

  2. All users logging into the application via the Google sign-in require a DACO account, for more information visit

  3. Both config files (details below) need to be configured before running the initial docker-compose build command

Step 1 - Config Files

There are two configuration templates that need to be copied and completed. The first is the env.template in the project root, the second is the config.template.js file in enrolment-ui/docker-assets-config/config/config.template.js

  • The env.template becomes the .env file in the / root directory
  • The config.template.js file becomes the config.js file in enrolment-ui/docker-assets-config/config/

env.template –> .env

Required Fields
  • DB_NAME - Setting used to setup Postgres Container
  • DB_USER - Setting used to setup Postgres Container
  • DB_PASS - Setting used to setup Postgres Container
  • DB_SERVICE - Setting used to setup Postgres Container
  • DB_PORT - Setting used to setup Postgres Container
Django Admin User
  • DJANGO_SUPER_USER - Django admin user name
  • DJANGO_SUPER_MAIL - Django admin user's email address
  • DJANGO_SUPER_PASS - Password (recommend you delete this after initial setup)
ICGC DACO Credentials
  • ICGC_CLIENT_KEY - Needed to interact with DACO Service
  • ICGC_CLIENT_SECRET - Needed to interact with DACO Service
  • ICGC_TOKEN - Needed to interact with DACO Service
  • ICGC_TOKEN_SECRET - Needed to interact with DACO Service
  • ICGC_BASE_URL - Needed to interact with DACO Service
SMPT Setup
  • SMTP_URL - DNS Server IP or DNS
  • SMTP_FROM - Email address to be used as sender for all notifications
  • RESOURCE_ADMIN_EMAIL - Email to receive admin notifications (ex. new project created)
Optional Fields
  • DEBUG - Whether or not to run Django in debug mode
  • DJANGO_LOG_LEVEL - Controls the log level coming from Django:
    • DEBUG: Low level system information for debugging purposes
    • INFO: General system information
    • WARNING: Information describing a minor problem that has occurred.
    • ERROR: Information describing a major problem that has occurred.
    • CRITICAL: Information describing a critical problem that has occurred.

config.template.js –> config.js

|__ config/
   		|__ docker-assets-config/
   	  		|__ assets/
	      	|__ config/
             	|__ config.template.js
	         	|__ config.js

Step 2 - Docker Compose

With the config files completed you are ready to run docker-compose commands to build and run the applications. This assumes you have docker and docker-compose installed on your target machine.

cd /path/to/your/project

sudo docker-compose build

sudo docker-compose up

Step 3 - Social Application Config (Django Admin)

As mentioned before, Google API credentials must be created in order for the login to work. Once that is setup, you will have the necessary information to complete this step. The following will assume a docker-compose running on a local machine with the default port mapping setup in the compose file, you can substitute localhost for your URL/IP where applicable if this is running remote.

Create Social App in Django Admin + Google Cloud Console

  1. In your browser to go localhost:8000/admin
  2. Login with your admin credentials
  3. Click the Social applications link at the bottom of the screen
  4. Click the ADD SOCIAL APPLICATION + button
  5. Complete the fields:
    • Provider - Google
    • Name - Any name you want to give this
    • Client id - From google credentials
    • Secret key - From google credentials
    • Sites - Select the only site there and click the arrow that places it into chosen
  6. Save

Register Authorized JavaScript origins

  1. Go to your Google Cloud console credentials page and click your application link
  2. Add your domain information under Authorized JavaScript origins. for work in local development, you may use, by adding it to your hosts file, and replacing the commented lines in /docker-compose.yml and /ngingx/sites-enabled/enrolment

Step 4 - Run

At this point if you visit the front-end http://localhost you will see the login page, now ready to login and authorize DACO approved Gmail addresses as well as accepting internal logins using the Django admin login setup in the config.

While developing, you are able to use 'python -m smtpd -n -c DebuggingServer localhost:1025' to mock an email server. This tool logs the email to terminal; useful to test and debug notifications, etc.


Enrolment system for projects and users targeted towards cloud infrastructure operation.




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