Knowledgebase: Cloud Servers
Working in the Cloud Control Panel (for all types of Cloud Servers)
Posted by Alex B. on 08 March 2012 07:43 AM

1. My Cloud page

This is the page for administering your cloud products/services. The first tab: "My Virtual Machines" lists all your virtual machines. It notifies you about which of your virtual machines is active and which hasn't been created yet. The second tab: "Storage Disk Space", redirects to a page which lists the HFW Cloud services associated with the Storage Disk Size product. Click on the Product/Service label to see its details. The Status bar shows if the product is in the Active/ Pending/ Suspended/ Terminated state. The Space limit shows the maximum number of GB available for the service.

While on "My Virtual Machines" page:

  • For the inactive ones there's a message warning you that "Virtual Machine has not been created". Follow the process described in the chapter: "How can I deploy my Cloud Server (for Self-Managed Cloud Servers)?" in order to create your virtual machine.

  • For the active virtual machines you can view the title of the product or service, the IP addresses used, the power button (ON/OFF) and the RAM assigned to it. There's an icon link right next to it in order to view or edit the virtual machine settings. If clicked, you will be redirected to a page with details of the specific virtual machine.

If there's no active virtual machine assigned to your product, then you need to create one. Please see "How can I deploy my Cloud Server (for Self-Managed Cloud Servers)?" for details.

2. Overview

2.1 Virtual Machine Details

  • Host Name: the host name of your server.
  • Status: ON/OFF. Turn the virtual machine ON or OFF.
  • Login: your root password (masked or visible).
  • Template: the template currently in use.

2.2 Virtual Machine Settings

  • Memory: the memory currently allocated.
  • CPU(s): the number of the CPUs in use.
  • CPU Power: the CPU power allocated.
  • Port Speed: the port speed available.

2.3. Actions

  • Shut down Virtual Machine: if you decide to shut down your virtual machine, you will be prompted to confirm you decision.
  • Reboot Virtual Machine: a link to restart your virtual machine.
  • Rebuild Virtual Machine: if you decide to rebuild your virtual machine you must know that all data will be lost! So be extra cautious!
  • Virtual Machine Console: The virtual machine console is the primary interface to the virtual machine. It should be used for direct access to the operating system running on your server. When you log on to a virtual machine from a local terminal or a remote workstation, the virtual console is associated with the terminal session. The virtual console is the device an operating system views as its system or hardware console. The key assignments for your keyboard might differ from standard key assignments.
  • Manage Disks: this link redirects you to the "Disks" page. This page lists the storage disks in your cloud cluster. HostForWeb Managed Cloud Servers include automatic snapshot backups and restore service. Self-Managed Cloud Servers may enable backup services for additional charge. For each disk you can view the ID, the size, the type and if it has been built.
  • Manage IP Addresses: this link redirects you to the "IP Addresses" page. This page lists the IP Addresses allocated to this virtual machine. When a machine is built, these will automatically be configured. However, if they are allocated after the machine has been built, you will need to configure them yourself. Info available for each IP:
    • ID
    • IP Address
    • Netmask
    • Gateway
  • Reset Root Password: When you click on this link, your root password will be automatically reset to a system generated one. You can view this password on the same page, by clicking on the "password" link located at the "Login" field.

3. CPU Usage

On this page there's a chart which shows the CPU utilization for the last 24 hours for this Virtual Machine. If you click on the "CPU Usage (Cores)" link right under the graph, you can see the values for each interval on the graph.

4. IP Addresses

This page lists the IP Addresses allocated to this virtual machine. When a machine is built, these will automatically be configured. However, if they are allocated after the machine has been built, you will need to configure them yourself. Info available for each IP:

  • ID
  • IP Address
  • Netmask
  • Gateway

5. Disks

This page lists the storage disks in your cloud cluster. HostForWeb Managed Cloud Servers include automatic snapshot backups and restore service. Self-Managed Cloud Servers may enable backup services with an additional charge. For each disk you can view the ID, the size, the type and if it has been built.

6. Backups

Note: Backups are not provided by default with Self-Managed servers. You may order them at startup or at any time.

If available, the backups will be listed on this page. You can click on the relevant links to restore the disk from a backup or you can delete that backup. Also, you can view the backup schedule, the disk, the status, the backup size and the backup type.

7. Upgrade/Downgrade

Upgrade/Downgrade the resources of each specific product . This is the main benefit of the cloud server: the ability to increase or decrease resources anytime. In the Client Area, click on "My Cloud" link, and you will see a list of your purchased products/services. At the right end of each product line there's an icon link. Click on it to enter the control panel of this product. Click on the "Upgrade/Downgrade" link.

This page lists the adjusted resource allocations:

  • Additional IPs: you can add or remove IPs. Values from 1 up to 14 IPs.
  • Additional Cloud Space: you can increase or decrease disk space. Values 25GB and 50 GB.
  • Additional RAM: you can increase or decrease RAM. Values: 512, 1024, 1536 or 2048 MBs.

All changes to resources will be applied after payment processing and virtual machine restart.

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