How do I find the details for my IBM Cloud Storage bucket?

When you import a VM into Skytap using IBM Cloud Object Storage (ICOS), you need to provide details about the bucket. Skytap needs the following information about the bucket:

  • Location
  • Bucket instance CRN The Cloud Resource Name (CRN) uniquely identifies a resource (in this case the bucket instance) in the IBM Cloud.
  • Authentication credentials
    • API key


    • HMAC Hash-based Message Authentication Code – A short series of characters used for secure authentication. credentials:

      • Access key
      • Secret access key

Finding the location of your bucket instance and CRN

  1. From a web browser, log in to IBM Cloud.
  2. Click to display the drop-down menu.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click Resource List. The Resource List page displays.
  4. Expand the Storage section, and then click on the bucket that contains the LPAR you want to import. The resource page for that bucket displays.
  5. Click (Bucket actions) > Configuration. The Bucket details page displays.

    • The Location of the bucket displays. For example: us-south.
    • The CRN of the bucket displays. For example: crn:v1:bluemix:public:cloud-object-storage:global:a/88a8aa8aa88a8888a888aaaaa88a8888:8a88aa88-a888-88aa-a8a8-88aaaa8aa8a8:bucket:cos-standard-676.

Finding the authorization credentials for your bucket instance

  1. In the main menu, click Service credentials. The Service credentials page displays.
  2. Click New credentials. The Add new credential dialog displays.
  3. Provide details for the authorization credentials:

    • Name – Type a name for the credential.
    • Role – Select the Reader role from the drop-down menu.
    • Include HMAC Credential – Check this box to include HMAC Access and Secret access keys.
  4. Click Add to generate the authorization credentials.
  5. After the credentials are generated, click View credentials. The section expands to show the credentials for the bucket instance.


     "apikey": "-AAAb8bb8bAAbbbAb8AAb8bbbAAb8bA-AbAAAb8AAbAb",
     "cos_hmac_keys": {
       "access_key_id": "8b888b8b888b8888b8b8888888bb888b",
       "secret_access_key": "bb8b88b8b888888b8bbbbb88b88b8b88b88888888bbb8b88"
       "endpoints": "",
       "iam_apikey_description": "Auto-generated for key 8b888b8b-888b-8888-b8b8-888888bb888b",
       "iam_apikey_name": "aaa-cos-standard-a88",
       "iam_role_crn": "crn:v1:bluemix:public:iam::::serviceRole:Writer",
       "iam_serviceid_crn": "crn:v1:bluemix:public:iam-identity::a/88b8bb8bb88b8888b888bbbbb88b8888::serviceid:ServiceId-b8b888b8-88bb-888b-b8b8-8888b8b88b8b",
       "resource_instance_id": "crn:v1:bluemix:public:cloud-object-storage:global:a/88b8bb8bb88b8888b888bbbbb88b8888:8b88bb88-b888-88bb-b8b8-88bbbb8bb8b8::"