Navigating the Server Dashboard

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This article describes how to navigate and understand the Server Dashboard, which is the page that houses the majority of the Server functions and displays information about your Servers.

  1. Only the Primary Administrator or user with the Server role can perform tasks on this page. 
    • Note: If a Server is in Snapshot Preview mode, it will be indicated in the top right-hand portion of the Server dashboard:

      Switchers Allow Navigation Across Your Assets

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      Note the switchers at the top of this dashboard allow you to switch your view between Geographic Regions, Network Domains, and Servers within the Network Domain. See step 6 below.

       

       

    • Server Name (Server 1)

    • Server ID (e03e3f70-8f52-47d2-b9a5-e2abd09ac81d)

    • Description (For Documentation screenshots)

    • Status (running, powered off, etc)
    • Data Center where the Server resides (US - West - MCP 2.0 (NA12))
    • Date the Server was created (March 4, 2016)
    • Tags (Department 1: R&D)
    • Also, displays an icon indicating which Operating System the Server is running ( Linux)

    • Select a different Region:
       

    • Select a different Network/Network Domain:
    • Select a different Server:
    • Search for a different Cloud Resource or Tag.

       

    • SCSI Tab

    • SCSI Controller  - Up to 4 SCSI Controllers are supported per Server
    • SCSI Key - Key defines the position of the SCSI controller. SCSI bus 0 = 1000, SCSI bus 1 = 1001, etc.
    • SCSI Adapter - Defines the hardware adapter used for the SCSI controller. For more details, see Introduction to Cloud Server Local Storage ("Disks") and Disk Speeds
    • Clicking on the Manage gear next to each disk will display a drop-down menu with the following options:
    • IDE Tab
    • IDE Controller - Up to 2 IDE Controllers are supported per Server. vSphere automatically adds these when Importing Images so almost all Cloud Servers will have them.
    • Key - Key defines the position of the IDE controller. IDE Channel 0 = 200, IDE Channel 1 = 201
    • Adapter - Always IDE
      • Slot - Defines the position on the Controller - Master (Slot 0) or Slave (Slot 1). For more details, see Introduction to Cloud Server Local Storage ("Disks") and Disk Speeds
      • Type - If populated, this will be either a CD-ROM device or Disk
      • File Name - If CD-ROM device is populated with an ISO file, this represents the name of the ISO file when the source Image was imported.
      • Size (GB)
      • Speed
        • Note: CD-Rom drives cannot have an associated speed, so the  Not Applicable icon will be displayed. 
    • Clicking on the Manage gear next to each disk will display a drop-down menu with the following options:
    • SATA Tab
    • SATA Controller - Up to 4 SATA Controllers are supported per Server. SATA Controllers must be on the Source Image - you cannot add them to an existing Cloud Server
    • Key - Key defines the position of the SATA controller. SATA Controller 0 = 15000, SATA Controller 1 = 15001, etc.
    • Adapter - Always AHCI
      • SATA ID - Identifies the disk position on the SATA controller. Each controller has positions 0 - 30
      • Type - If populated, this will be either a CD-ROM device or Disk
      • File Name -  If CD-ROM device is populated with an ISO file, this represents the name of the ISO file when the source Image was imported.
      • Size (GB)
      • Speed
        • Note: CD-Rom drives cannot have an associated speed, so the  Not Applicable icon will be displayed.
    • Clicking on the Manage gear next to each disk will display a drop-down menu with the following options:
    • Floppy Tab
    • Floppy Drive Number - Up to 2 Floppy drives are supported per Server. Floppy drive must be on the Source Image - you cannot add them to an existing Cloud Server
    • Key - Key defines the position of the Floppy drive. Floppy Drive 0 = 8000, Floppy Drive 1 = 8001
    • File Name -  If Floppy Drive is populated with an ISO file, this represents the name of the ISO file when the source Image was imported.
    • Size (GB)
    • Clicking on the Manage gear next to each Drive will display a drop-down menu with the following options: 
    • The Storage tab also has an Actions menu:

    • Snapshot Plan - Identifies which Snapshot plan is enabled on the Cloud Server. Can be either "Essentials" or "Advanced"
    • Snapshot Window - Indicates the window of time (in UTC and local region time) when the system will automatically generate snapshots.
      • For Advanced, the Snapshot Window will display "Daily" (since a daily Snapshot is taken), the UTC time, and the local time when the System Snapshot is scheduled to occur
      • For Essentials, the Snapshot Window will display which day of the week, the UTC time, and the local time when the Snapshot is scheduled to occur
    • Pre-Snapshot Script
      • File Path on the Server - The absolute path to the script that will be executed before the Snapshot is taken
      • Description - Optional description of the Pre-Snapshot script
      • Script Timeout - How long until the script times out
      • Failure Handling - What to do if the script fails.
        • CONTINUE - Continue with the Snapshot even if the Script fails to run
        • ABORT - Abort the Snapshot if the Script fails to run
    • Post-Snapshot Script
      • File Path on the Server - The absolute path to the script that will be executed after the Snapshot is taken
      • Description - Optional description of the Post-Snapshot script
    • ID - displays the ID of a Snapshot. For more information on Snapshots, see Introduction to Cloud Server Snapshots
      • Note: Hovering your mouse over the snapshot icon will display a dialog with the Snapshot ID, which you can copy directly from the UI:
      • Note: A red exclamation mark  in the ID column indicates a failed snapshot. Failed snapshots will be automatically purged from the system when they expire
    • Start Time - Indicates when either a system-generated, or manual snapshot was generated
    • Expiry Time - Indicates when a Snapshot will expire and be automatically purged from the system
      • A red exclamation mark  in the Expiry Time column indicates that a Snapshot will expire soon. Once a Snapshot expires, it is automatically purged from the system
    • Snapshot Description - Optionally, you can provide a Description for each snapshot. Description length must be 255 characters or less. See How to View and Manage Snapshots for a Cloud Server
    • Current Action - Displays a current action, if any. 
      • An operation in progress is indicated by a green bar in the Current Action column.
      • A failed operation is indicated by the text FAILED SNAPSHOT in the Current Action column.
    • Index State - Displays the Index State of the Snapshot. When performing a File/Folder restore from a snapshot, the Index State must be "Valid". See How to Restore a File or Directory from a Cloud Server Snapshot to the Cloud Server
    • Snapshot Type - Indicates whether the Snapshot was generated automatically (SYSTEM) or manually (MANUAL)
    • The Snapshot tab also has an Actions menu:

      • Clicking the Modify Snapshot Service Plan button will allow you to switch Snapshot Service plans
      • Clicking the Disable Snapshot button will disable the Snapshot Feature and permanently delete all historical Snapshots
      • Clicking the Initiate Manual Snapshot button will take a manual snapshot of your Cloud Server
      • Clicking the Set Pre and Post Snapshot Scripts will enable you to run scripts on the Server before and after the Snapshot

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