Instance naming and tagging in clouds

Juju now tags instances and volumes created in supported clouds with the Juju model UUID, and related Juju entities. Instances will be tagged with the names of units initially assigned to the machine. Volumes will be tagged with the storage-instance name, and the owner (unit or service) of said storage.

Instances and volumes are now named consistently across EC2 and OpenStack, using the scheme:


…where <model> is the given name of the model; <resource-type> is the type of the resource (“machine” or “volume”) and <resource-ID> is the numeric ID of the Juju machine or volume corresponding to the IaaS resource.

Names in Amazon AWS for example appear like this:

…and tags like this:

User-defined tags

Juju also adds any user-specified tags set via the “resource-tags” model setting to instances and volumes. The format of this setting is a space-separated list of key=value pairs.

resource-tags: key1=value1 [key2=value2 ...]

Alternatively, you can change the tags allocated to new machines in a bootstrapped model by using the juju model-config command

juju model-config resource-tags="origin=v2 owner=Canonical"

You can change the tags again by simply running the above command again with different values. Changes will not be made to existing machines, but the new tags will apply to any future machines created.

These tags may be used, for example, to set up chargeback accounting.

Any tags that Juju manages will be prefixed with “juju-”; users must avoid modifying these, and for safety, it is recommended none of your own tags start with “juju”