PlateSpin Forge includes a Web-based client application, the Management Console, that provides centralized access to multiple instances of PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge.
In a data center with more than one instance of PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge, you can designate one of the instances as the manager and run the management console from there. Other instances are added under the Manager, providing a single point of control and interaction.
To begin using the Management Console:
Open a web browser on a machine that has access to your PlateSpin Forge instances and navigate to:
https:// <IP_address | hostname> /console
Replace <IP_address | hostname> with either the IP address or the DNS hostname of the Forge VM that is designated as the Manager.
Log in with your user name and password.
The console’s default Dashboard page is displayed.
Figure 4-4 The Management Console’s Default Dashboard Page
Individual instances of PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge, when added to the Management Console, are represented by cards.
Figure 4-5 PlateSpin Forge Instance Card
A card displays basic information about the specific instance of PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge, such as:
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Hyperlinks on each card allow you to navigate to that particular instance’s Workloads, Reports, Settings, and Tasks pages. There are also hyperlinks that allow you to edit a card’s configuration or remove a card from the display.
Adding a PlateSpin Protect or PlateSpin Forge instance to the Management Console results in a new card on the Management Console’s dashboard.
NOTE:When you log in to the Management Console running on an instance of PlateSpin Protect or PlateSpin Forge, that instance is not automatically added to the console. It must be manually added.
To add a PlateSpin Protect or PlateSpin Forge instance to the console:
On the console’s main dashboard, click.
Specify the URL of the PlateSpin Server host or Forge VM. Use HTTPS if SSL is enabled.
(Optional) Enable thecheck box to use the same credentials as those used by the console. When it is selected, the console automatically populates the field.
In thefield, type a domain name and a user name valid for the instance of PlateSpin Protect or PlateSpin Forge that you are adding. In the field, type the corresponding password.
(Optional) Specify a unique descriptive(up to 15 characters) for the PlateSpin Server, its (up to 20 characters), and any you might require (up to 400 characters).
A new card is added to the dashboard.
To modify the details of a card on the Management Console:
Click thehyperlink on the card that you want to edit.
The console’spage is displayed.
Make any desired changes, then click.
The updated console dashboard is displayed.
To remove a card from the Management Console:
Click thehyperlink on the card you want to remove.
A confirmation prompt is displayed.
The individual card is removed from the dashboard.