Getting Started with the Cyfuture Cloud Tenant Portal

When you log into the tenant portal, there are a number of tasks you can complete, from creating virtual machines and vApps, to setting up advanced networking configuration and running vRealize Orchestrator workflows.

This chapter includes the following topics:

Understanding Cyfuture Cloud Console

Log In to the Cyfuture Cloud Console

Cyfuture Cloud Console Roles and Rights

Using the Cyfuture Cloud Console Tenant Portal

Use the Cyfuture Cloud Console Global Search

Use the Cyfuture Cloud Console Quick Search

View Tasks

Stop a Task in Progress

View Events

Set User Preferences

 

Understanding Cyfuture Cloud Console


Cyfuture Cloud Console™ provides role-based access to a web-based tenant portal that allows the members of an organization to interact with the organization's resources to create and work with vApps and virtual machines. Before you can access your organization, a Cyfuture Cloud Console system administrator must create the organization, assign it resources, and provide the URL to access the tenant portal.


Each organization includes one or more organization administrators, who finish setting up the organization by adding members and setting policies and preferences. After the organization is set up, non-administrator users can log in to create, use, and manage virtual machines and vApps.

Organizations

An organization is a unit of administration for a collection of users, groups, and computing resources. Users authenticate at the organization level, supplying credentials established by an organization administrator when the user was created or imported. System administrators create and provision organizations, while organization administrators manage organization users, groups, and catalogs.


Users and Groups


An organization can contain an arbitrary number of users and groups. Users can be created locally by the organization administrator or imported from a directory service. Groups must be imported from the directory service. Permissions within an organization are controlled through the assignment of rights and roles to users and groups.


Virtual Data Centers


An organization's virtual data center provides resources to an organization. Virtual data centers provide an environment where virtual systems can be stored, deployed, and operated. They also provide storage for virtual CD and DVD media. An organization can have multiple virtual data centers.


Organization Virtual Data Center Networks


An organization's virtual data center network is contained within a Cyfuture Cloud Console organization virtual data center and is available to all the vApps in the organization. An organization's virtual data center network allows vApps within an organization to communicate with each other. An organization's virtual data center network can be connected to an external network or isolated and internal to the organization. Only system administrators can create organization virtual data center networks, but organization administrators can manage organization virtual data center networks, including the network services they provide.


vApp Networks


A vApp network is contained within a vApp and allows virtual machines in the vApp to communicate with each other. You can connect a vApp network to an organization's virtual data center network to allow the vApp to communicate with other vApps in the organization and outside of the organization if the organization's virtual data center network is connected to an external network.


Catalogs


Organizations use catalogs to store vApp templates and media files. The members of an organization that have access to a catalog can use its vApp templates and media files to create their own vApps. Organization administrators can copy items from public catalogs to their organization catalog.

 

Dedicated VMWare vCenter Server Instances (SDDCs) and Proxies


A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) encapsulates an entire VMWare vCenter Server environment. A dedicated VMWare vCenter Server instance can include one or more proxies that provide access to different components from the underlying environment. The system administrator can publish one or more dedicated VMWare vCenter Server instances to your organization. You can use the containing proxies to access the UI or API of the proxied components.

Login to the Cyfuture Cloud Console

You can access the Cyfuture Cloud Console by using a URL that is specific to your organization.

Contact your organization administrator if you do not know the tenant portal organization URL.

See the Cyfuture Cloud Console Release Notes for information about supported browsers and configurations.

Procedure

In a Web browser, navigate to the tenant portal URL of your organization.

For example, https://manage.cyfuture.cloud. Enter your username and password, and click Log In.

Cyfuture Cloud Console Roles and Rights


Cyfuture Cloud Console includes a preconfigured set of user roles and their rights. The roles that are able to access the Cyfuture Cloud Console are the roles created by default in any organization or other roles that are created by the organization administrator.


Users who are assigned the following organization roles can access the tenant portal. The items they see and the actions they can perform depend on the rights that are associated with a particular role.

Organization Administrator

Catalog Author

vApp Author

vApp User

Console Access Only

For information about the predefined roles and their rights, see Predefined Roles and Their Rights.

 

Using the Cyfuture Cloud Console Tenant Portal


If you have more than one virtual data center, when you log in to the Cyfuture Cloud Console, you are navigated to the Data Centers dashboard screen. If you have only one virtual data center, when you log in to the Cyfuture Cloud Console tenant portal, you are directly navigated to the data center.


The Data Centers dashboard screen is part of the Cyfuture Cloud Console multisite feature that makes it possible for tenants to see their geographically distributed cloud environment as a single entity. For more information about multisite, see Working with Multiple Sites.


The dashboard is a unified view of the Cyfuture Cloud Console virtual data centers and sites not only in a single organization. In a multi-cell and multi-organization environment, you can also see the virtual data centers for all other associated organizations.

Note Depending on their rights, tenant users can see all member sites of an organization or only a subset of sites.


The information about the organization is displayed on top of the summary ribbon. If you log in as an organization administrator, you can see:

  • The number of sites, organizations, and virtual data centers
  • Total number of running vApps and virtual machines
  • Used hardware resources, such as CPU, memory, and storage

The virtual data centers display in a card view. Each card contains information about the organization to which the virtual center belongs, the number of vApps, the total number of virtual machines, and the number of virtual machines that are in a running state. The card also shows the available CPU, memory, and storage capacity for the data center and displays real-time metrics about the current allocations and reservations of resources.


From the top navigation, you can navigate to the different menu items.

Menu Item  Description 
Data Centers Navigates you to the Virtual Data Center, Data Center Groups, and Dedicated VMWare vSphere Datacenters resources in your organization
Virtual Data Center Navigates you to the Virtual Data Center screen that displays the virtual data centers within the organization.
Dedicated VMWare vSphere Data Centers Navigates you to the screen that displays the dedicated VMWare vSphere data centers that your service provider has published to your organization.
Applications Navigate you to the Virtual Applications and Virtual Machines resources in your organization.
Libraries Navigate you to a consolidated view for vApp templates, catalogs, media, and other types of files. You use these templates and files to deploy virtual machines or vApps.
Networking Navigates you to the networks, edge gateways, and data center groups in your organization.
Administration Navigates you to the Access Control, and Identity  Provider configuration screens, and to the general, email, guest personalization, metadata, multisite, and policies settings for your organization.
Monitor Navigates you to the Tasks and Events screens. The Tasks screen displays the tasks reported by Cyfuture Cloud Console. The Events screen displays the events reported by Cyfuture Cloud Console.

 

You can customize your Cyfuture Cloud Console by using the Branding Cloud Console OpenAPIs. For information about using the Cloud Console OpenAPI, see the Getting Started Cloud Console OpenAPI document at https://code.CyfutureCloud.com.

Use the Cyfuture Cloud Console Global Search

You can use the Cyfuture Cloud Console global search to perform a search by a name or part of a name among the names of the objects in your environment. You can also search for a virtual machine by its IP address if the IP address of the virtual machine is static.

The list of preset objects is:

  • Data centers
  • vApp templates
  • vApps
  • Virtual machines
  • vApp networks
  • Catalogs

If a virtual machine uses an IP address assigned by DHCP, the search does not return its IP address. If you want to search for a virtual machine that is with an IP address assigned by DHCP, you must search by name.
By default, you can search only within the objects on your local site. If you have a multisite environment, you can search among multiple sites.

Procedure

1. In the right-upper corner of the Cyfuture Cloud Console tenant portal, click the Search icon.

2. (Optional) Pin the search panel by clicking the Pin icon.

3. In the Search text box, enter a symbol, a part of a name, or an IP address by which to search for matching object names or static IP addresses of virtual machines.

4. If you use a multisite environment, select the sites within which you want to perform the search.

5. Press Enter.

Results

The top five matching results per object type are displayed. The results are sorted alphabetically.

What to do next

To see more results, if there are any, click Load more under each object type.

To see more information about a specific object from the search results, point to the object.

To manage a specific object, for example, to view or modify the settings of an object, click the object. The details about the object are displayed on the left.

Use the Cyfuture Cloud Console Quick Search

You can use the Cyfuture Cloud Console quick search to find screens, entities, and actions. The results depend on your location in the UI.

The results depend on the context, whether you selected an entity, and depending on the available actions for a particular entity. The search results are grouped into sections.

Global Navigation - the results in this section are not related to a specific entity, for example, Edge Gateways, LDAP, Tasks, Trusted Certificates, Virtual Machines, and so on. You get these results regardless of where you are in the UI.

Contextual Navigation - the results in this section depend on the selected entity in the UI. For example, vApp-specific views like VMs, Network Diagram, and so on. If you select an entity like a vApp, the search shows both global and contextual navigation results and any actions that might be applicable to the entity.

Contextual Actions - the results in this section depend on the selected entity in the UI. Depending on your location in the UI and the entity you select, by using the quick search results, you can perform an action related to the entity. For example, searching from the details view of a virtual machine displays results from the global views, contextual views, and actions that you can perform on the selected VM.

Entity Search by Name - if you are viewing a list of entities, the search results can include also names of entities of the same type as the ones in the list. For example, if you are viewing a list of VMs, the search results include global navigation matches and matching names of VMs. If there is more than one page of entities in the list you are viewing, the search checks the full list of entities and might show a name that is not visible on the current page.

Procedure

1. Open the Quick Search window.

  • From the top navigation bar, click the Help menu () and select Quick Search.
  • Press Ctrl+. or Cmd+., depending on your operating system.

2. Enter search criteria.

3. Browse through the results and select an option or perform an action by clicking or pressing Enter.
   

You can use the up and down arrow keys to browse through the search results.

View Tasks

From the tenant portal, you can view the list of recent tasks, together with their details and status. In addition, you can also see the list of all tasks.

By default, the Recent Tasks panel is displayed at the bottom of the tenant portal and contains a list of the tasks that have been recently run. When you start an operation, for example, to create a virtual machine, the task is displayed in the panel. In case you minimize the Recent Tasks panel, you still see the number of running or failed recent tasks. You can always open the Recent Tasks panel again by clicking the double arrows.


The tasks view lists all tasks and shows when tasks were run, and whether they were successfully completed. This view is the first step for troubleshooting problems in your environment. The tasks view contains long-running operations, such as a virtual machine or vApp creation.

Procedure

1. In the top navigation bar, click Monitor and Tasks.

2. The list of all tasks displayed, together with the time the task was run, and the status of the task.

3. Click the editor icon () to change the details you want to view about the tasks.
(Optional) To view the task details, click the name of the task.

The task details include information such as the reason for the failure, when the task has failed, and so on.

Detail Description 
Operation Name of the performed operation.
Job ID The ID of the task.
Type The object on which the task was performed. For example, if you created a virtual machine, the type is VM.
Organization Organization name.
Status Status of the task, such as Succeeded, Running or Failed.
Initiator The user who started the operation.
Start time Date and time when the operation started.
Completion time Date and time when the operation succeeded or failed.
Service namespace Service name, such as com.Cyfuture.Cloud.
Details

Reason for the failure of the task.

For example, if you try to create a snapshot of a virtual machine, and the operation fails, because the storage is insufficient, the task details are of the type: The requested operation will exceed the VDC's storage quota: storage policy "*" has 8,693 MB remaining, requested 41,472 MB.

 

Stop a Task in Progress

If you accidentally start an operation before applying or reviewing all necessary settings, you can stop the task in progress.
By default, the Recent Tasks panel is displayed at the bottom of the portal. When you start an operation, for example, to create a virtual machine, the task is displayed in the panel.

Prerequisites

The Recent Tasks panel must be open.

Procedure

1. Start a long-running operation.

Long-running operations are operations such as creating a virtual machine or a vApp, power operations performed on virtual machines and vApps, and so on.

2. In the Recent Tasks panel, click the Cancel icon ().

3. In the Cancel Task dialog box, confirm that you want to cancel the task by clicking OK.

Results

The operation stops.

View Events

From the portal, you can view the list of all events, as well as their details and status.

The events view is a way to view the status of the events in your portal. The view shows when the events happened, and whether they were successful. The events view contains one-time occurrences, such as user logins and object creation, or deletion.

Procedure

1. In the top navigation bar, click Monitor and Events.

The list of all events displayed, along with the time the event happened and the status of the event.

2. Click the editor icon to change the details you want to view about the events.

3. (Optional) Click an event to view the event details.

Detail Description
Event

Name of the event.

For example, if you modify a vApp to include virtual machines in it, the event that starts the whole operation is Task 'Modify vApp' start.

Event ID The ID of the task.
Type The object on which the task was performed. For example, if you created a virtual machine, the type is VM.
Target

Target object of the event.

For example, when you modify a vApp to include virtual machines in it, the target of the Task 'Modify vApp' start event is "vdc Update Vapp".

Status Status of the event, such as Succeeded or Failed.
Service namespace Service name, such as com.Cyfuture.Cloud.
Organization Name of the organization.
Owner The user who triggered the event.
Time of occurrence Date and time when the event occurred.


Set User Preferences

You can set certain display and system alert preferences that take effect every time you log in to the system.

To learn more about leases, see Understanding Leases.

Procedure

1. In the top navigation bar, click your user name and select User preferences.

2. Select the page to appear when you log in.

     a. Select the radio button next to Start Page and click Edit.

     b. Select an option from the drop-down menu and click Save.

3. Configure email notifications for runtime lease expirations.

    a.  Select the radio button next to Deployment Lease Alert Time and click Edit.

    b.  Enter a value in seconds and click Save.

4. Configure email notification for storage lease expirations.

    a.  Select the radio button next to Storage Lease Alert Time and click Edit.

    b    Enter a value in seconds and click Save.


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