Chapter 3 Working With the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance Web Interface

This chapter provides a summary of the web interface for the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance. For detailed instructions on using the web interface, refer to the online help that is included with the appliance.

After you have deployed the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance, you must configure access to the web interface by pointing your browser at the instance's public IP address. See Section 2.3, “Configuring an Oracle Linux Storage Appliance Compute Instance”. In addition, you must create an Admin password.

After logging into the web interface with the appropriate credentials, you can do the following:

  • View the storage capacity that is available for shares.

  • Display status and configuration information about the appliance.

  • Create and manage shares and associate them with the NFS and SMB protocols.

  • Migrate an appliance storage pool from one Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute instance to another Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute instance.

  • Perform backup and recovery operations and other system and user administrative actions.

3.1 Dashboard Page

The Dashboard page provides an overview of the storage capacity that is available for sharing. You can also view the number of NFS and SMB clients that are currently connected to the appliance on this page.

The Dashboard page also includes information about the appliance itself, such as configuration information and the status of the appliance's main resources, for example, CPU, memory, swap usage, and file system utilization. Items with an Okay status are shown in Green on this page, while a Red status for any item indicates a potential problem.

3.2 Storage Page

The Storage page is where you can view information about the storage capacity that is available for sharing, as well as create and manage shares and perform backup and recovery operations.

You can view the following information about existing shares on this page:

  • Name of the share

  • Disk space that is reserved for the share

  • Remaining free space that is available for the share

  • List of the protocols that are used to export the share content

  • Date of the last backup for the share

You can also view information about the RAID health status of the appliance on the Storage page.

On the Storage page, you can perform the following actions:

  • Add a share.

  • Associate an export protocol with a share.

    The protocols that you can associate with a share include NFS and SMB. See Section 2.1, “Oracle Linux Storage Appliance Deployment Prerequisites” for additional, required configuration information.

    Note

    If you associate the SMB export protocol with a share, you must also configure the Samba global settings on the Administration page of the appliance for the export protocol to work.

  • Delete a share.

  • View and modify a share and its associated exports.

  • Duplicate a share.

  • Perform backup and restore operations for shares.

3.3 Appliance Page

The Appliance page is where you can view configuration information for the appliance, including the status of its main resources and the state of key services.

On the Appliance page, you can view the following platform status information about the appliance:

  • CPU

  • Memory

  • Swap usage

  • Utilization of the root file system

Items that are shown in Green indicate an Okay status for the appliance, while items in Red indicate a potential problem. If you need to troubleshoot common issues, go to the Administration page, where you can view log files and perform several administrative actions.

3.4 Administration Page

The Administration page is where you can perform several administrative actions and troubleshoot problems with the appliance.

This page is also where you can migrate an appliance storage pool from one Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute instance to another Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute instance. This feature is useful if any initial instance resources, such as Oracle Compute Unit (OCPU) or memory resources are running out. For instructions, see Chapter 5, Migrating Appliance Instances and the online help in the web interface.

The Administrative page provides actions that are organized under the following sections: System Logs, Systems Actions, Autonomous Actions, and User Actions.

System Logs

Actions that you can perform in this section include the following:

  • View system, boot, service, and autonomous log entries.

    Autonomous log entries are available only Autonomous Linux versions of the appliance.

System Actions

Actions that you can perform in this section include the following:

  • Reboot the appliance.

  • Update the appliance.

    Note

    This option updates the system with the latest available security updates and appliance package version. This option does not allow you to update the appliance from version 1 to version 2 of the appliance or from an Oracle Linux to an Oracle Autonomous Linux version of the appliance. Also, this option is not available if you are using the Autonomous Linux version of the appliance because that version performs these updates automatically.

  • Prepare the appliance storage for safe migration to a new instance.

  • Restart NFS and SMB services.

  • Enable the Oracle Ksplice feature.

    This option is not available in the Autonomous Linux versions of the appliance because Ksplice is enabled by default in those versions.

  • Configure Samba global settings.

Autonomous Actions

Autonomous actions are available in the Autonomous Linux versions of the appliance. Actions that you can perform in this section include the following:

  • View and modify the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Notifications service topic OCID (Oracle Cloud Identifier) used for receiving auto-update messages

    Note

    For information about configuring topics using the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Notifications service, see Notifications Overview in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure documentation.

  • View and modify the time window for auto-updates.

User Actions

Actions that you can perform in this section include the following:

  • Change the Admin password.

  • Update the list of SSH public keys.

  • Configure service access for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

    Note

    Using the command line to modify the appliance is not supported. Per Oracle support, only use the command line for recovery purposes. Refer to the recovery instructions that are described in the online help in the web interface for more information. See also Security Lists in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure documentation..