Introducing the Rackspace Cloud Control Panel
The Cloud Control Panel lets you manage your Rackspace Cloud infrastructure through a simple and intuitive interface. This article introduces you to some of the features of the control panel that will make your daily administration tasks seem effortless.
With a few clicks, you'll be in the product workspace where you can begin managing your cloud resources.
Product area headings (Servers, Networking, Storage, Databases, Orchestration, and Backups) run across the top of the screen. To access individual products, click the heading to view a drop-down menu of all the products in that area. For example, the following image shows the menu for Servers.
Rackspace Cloud products are categorized under the following headings:
- Cloud Servers
- Saved Images
- Auto Scale
- SSH Keys
- Message Queueing
- Cloud Intelligence
- Load Balancers
- Cloud DNS
- Block Storage Volumes
- Database Instances
- Database Backups
- Object Rocket
- Big Data Powered by Apache™ Hadoop®
- Cloud Server Backups
- Database Backups
Several features help you organize, find, and efficiently manage your resources no matter the size or shape of your cloud inventory.
Tags let you add customized labels to any of the resources that make up your cloud infrastructure. You are in charge of your tags--create as many as you'd like and assign them as needed. For example, you could distinguish your servers by their functional role, a certain website association, a specific technology, or even by geographical location.
Filters help you find all resources that share the following common properties: Tag, Status, Image, RAM, Region, or Type. The list of your filters is located at the left side of the control panel. When you create and tag resources, the list is automatically populated. When you select a check box next to a filter, the list of resources shows only the matching ones.
An example of what the filters might look like for Cloud Servers:
Tags are included in the list of filters, which gives you a powerful yet simple way to find only the specific resources that you want to work with. For example, you could filter your list of servers to show all 2 GB servers that you've tagged as Production. Using the Status filter, you can drill down even further and find the servers that are currently running, offline, or have a different status.
A convenient and fast search field in the upper-right corner of each asset listing gives you another method for locating any asset. Simply enter part of the asset name, tag, or IP address in the search field.
When you use tags, filters, and search, your cloud inventory can grow to any size and you'll still be able to promptly locate and manage any asset.
The control panel provides a variety of ways to perform administrative tasks. Whether you're looking at a list of assets or a detailed view of a single asset, you don't need to leave your current location to perform a task--every task you might want to perform is accessible right where you are.
When viewing resources in a list, click the gear icon to the left of the resource name to access a drop-down menu with all available actions for that resource. The actions gear is always part of every list, whether it's a list of servers, files, or load balancers. The following image shows the actions gear drop-down menu for a cloud server named 1TestVyatta:
If you're looking at the details of a specific resource, you'll find the Actions drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Edit pencils and options
You can also edit an existing setting for a resource by clicking the edit pencil or option that appears next to the resource description. For example, you could rebuild the image or add a record by clicking the option that appears after the description for each setting.
When you perform an administrative action on a resource, a popup dialog box lets you modify the settings or perform an action without taking you to another page. You can modify a resource much faster because you don't have to wait for the page to reload.
Accessing the Cloud Sites Control Panel
You can reach the Cloud Sites Control Panel by selecting the option from the Cloud Control Panel drop-down menu at the top left of the Cloud Control Panel.
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