Tutorial: Navigating the device42 User Interface
At this point, you should have data in your device42 system from following one of the two “Loading Data” tutorials provided. If you go to the device42 Home Page by clicking the ‘Home’ button on the menu bar, you will see the Dashboard above if you followed the Spreadsheets tutorial and you will see a Dashboard with more objects if you followed the API tutorial.
In either case, let’s take a tour through what we’ve created.
Let’s click on the Buildings hyperlink…
Let’s click on ‘New Haven DC’…
And let’s click on the Show Layout link for the 1st Floor room…
Room Layout View
This is the room layout view. Here we see the 4 racks we just entered. Notice that RA1, the rack that we added devices to, is colored yellow the others are colored green. Green means the racks are empty and can accomodate multiple new devices. Yellow means the rack has devices but there is still plenty of room. Red means the rack is full. There are 5 colors available and the colors can be assigned in Tools / Settings / Global Settings.
If you look toward the lower left of the screen, you’ll see that ‘Availability heat map’ is checked. If you have the DCM Power Module , you will also see options for power and temperature heat maps.
Now let’s hover over rack RA1…
When you do this, you will see a hover box with detailed information about the rack.
Now let’s click ‘View RA1 layout’…
Rack Layout View
Here you see an image of the front of the rack on the left and the back of the rack on the right.
As with the room layout view, if you have the DCM Power Module, you will see options for power and temperature heat maps.
Now, hover over the nh-demo-03 device…
Notice that you not only see the details about the device, but because the device is a blade chassis, you also see hyperlinks that will take you to the individual blades in the chassis.
If you click ‘View Impact Chart’, you will see a visual diagram of the physical and virtual machines and the applications they support….
This is a fairly simple example but they can get quite complex. These impact charts are very useful for assessing the impact of losing a particular server. This can be helpful during business continuity planning and/or when trying to track down root cause during a production outage.
Similar to the blade chassis, if a device host virtual machines, you will see hyperlinks to each virtual machine.
Now, let’s edit some of the data we’ve entered. Please go to Devices / All Devices…
Viewing and Editing Data: The List View
Here you see a list view of all your devices. On the right side of the screen you see a button to add a device. Below the add button, you see a number of filters that can be applied to reduce the size of the list. You can filter by device type, hardware model, OS, and so on. If you have hundreds or thousands of devices, these filters can be very useful. Similarly, there is a search box for filtering the list. If I type ‘nh-demo’ into the search box, the list will filter down to just the devices that contain the string ‘nh-demo’. Last, there is an action bar for bulk operations such as delete (more on this later).
All device42 objects have a list view. The Add, Filter, Search, and Action tools are common to all device42 objects. Add and Search will be present on all object list pages. Filter and Action will be present for most objects.
If you highlight one or more devices and then click the Action pulldown, you will see a number of bulk action choices. You can delete the selected devices or perform any of the actions in the dropdown on the selected devices.
You will find bulk actions on most device42 objects. Of course, the options will vary for each object.
Next, click the nh-demo-01 hyperlink to see the Detail View for that device…
The Detail View contains a great deal of information about the Device. A number of fields are cut out in the middle of image above to make it readable but you should be able to see them all on your screen if you are following along.
Notice that there are 4 tabs of data (highlighted by the #1 red circle). Clicking on a tab brings you to another page of data for the device.
There are also a set of Action Buttons (highlighted by the #2 red circle). The Edit button takes you to the Edit View for the device. The Edit View has the same information as the Detail View (including the tabs); however, the fields are editable.
The History button takes you to an audit trail of the views and changes for this device. The Impact Chart brings up the impact chart we saw above. The Passwords button brings you to a List View for the password(s) for this device.
All objects in device42 have a List View, a Detail View, and an Edit View. Most also have a History button that shows the audit trail.
We’ve now reached the end of this tutorial. We’d like to encourage you browse through the documentation for more detailed information on the various device42 features.