ECS 2.0 – Getting started with the ECS Portal

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Introduction

The ECS Portal enables ECS to be configured, managed, and monitored.

In addition, the portal provides facilities for tenants to manage and monitor their namespace and to create and configure buckets within their namespace.

The portal is primarily intended for access by ECS management users, system administrators, and namespace/tenant administrators. Object storage users access ECS using the supported object protocols using clients that support those protocols. You can read more about ECS users and roles in Add users and assign roles.

The portal makes use of the public ECS Management REST API and it is possible to develop custom clients that use this API to perform operations.

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Log in to the ECS Portal

You can log in to the ECS Portal from your browser by specifying the IP address of any node in the cluster.

Before you begin

You are automatically logged out after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Procedure

  1. Type the public IP address of the first node in the system, or the address of the load balancer that has been configured as the front-end to ECS, in the following form: http:/<node1_public_ip>.
    For example: http://198.51.100.244

    The login screen is displayed.

  2. Enter the username and password.
    If you log in using the initial root credentials (root/ChangeMe), it is recommended that you change the password.
    Your session ends when you close the browser, or log out. Logging out always closes the session. If you are unable to log in, contact your administrator.
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Change Password

When you are logged in at the ECS Portal, you can change your password.

Before you begin

System Admin and Namespace Admin users have access the Password page.

If you are logged in as the root user, this account is not the same account as the root account used to provide command line access to a node. So, changing the password here will not change the password for the node root account.

Procedure

  1. At the ECS Portal, select Settings > Password
  2. Enter a new password in the Password field and enter it again as confirmation.
  3. Click Save.
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Access to portal areas

The portal provides a left navigation menu and a page area.

The System Admin can access all pages, a Namespace Admin can access a limited number of pages and perform only tenant-specific operations.

The followings sections detail the access provided for different management users.

System Admin

The following table lists the menu items that can be accessed and provides a link to documentation articles that provide more information on their use.

Namespace Admin

The following table lists the menu items that can be accessed and provides a link to documentation articles that provide more information on their use.

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Ordering and searching tables in the portal

When a data set presented at the portal is large, and especially when it runs onto multiple pages, it is useful to be able to reorder a table and to search for information in the table.

An example of a page containing a table is shown below.

Reordering Table Columns

You can reorder the rows in a table based on the ordering of a selected column. A table column can be ordered by clicking on the table header.

Columns that contain textual data are sorted alphabetically. For example, if you select the Namespace field in the users table, that column will be ordered alphabetically and will drive the ordering of rows. When you reenter the page, the default ordering will be applied. Similarly, refreshing the page will return the page to the default ordering.

Using Search

The Search facility enables table rows to be filtered based on matching text strings.

As you type text in the Search box, rows that contain strings that match the search string are displayed. The order in which the rows that match the search criteria are displayed depends on the ordering applied by the table column ordering (see Reordering Table Columns).

Refreshing a Page

A refresh control is provided on pages that contain table data. Using refresh will return the table to its default ordering.

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