Cloud Control Overview

The Cloud Control is the management panel used to control, upgrade, manage and configure OpenStack instances. You can find it in your client area.

 

Accessing the Cloud Control Panel in Your Client Area

You can access the Cloud Control Panel from your client area while logged into your Hostwinds account. Simply navigate to Cloud Control in the navigation panel as seen below:

 

Showing where to access your Cloud Control Panel in your Hostwinds client area

 

This will allow you to view and manage current instances, as well as create new instances. You can click on any one of your instances to be taken to the instance management panel for that instance. Use the Instance Management Panel guide to see what you can do there.

 

Overview

 

Showing an overview of the main page in your Cloud Control Panel

 

Cloud Control is broken down by menu options and locations. By default, the panel will open on the last location you were viewing. You may select another location by selecting the dropdown menu at the top right and changing locations:

 

Showing the location filter for your instances

 

IMPORTANT: When you have Seattle selected on the dropdown menu, ONLY the instances that you’ve created in SEATTLE will appear. And when the dropdown menu is on Dallas, ONLY the instances that you’ve created in DALLAS will appear.

 

Searching Instances

To the left of the location dropdown menu, you may search for an instance you’ve created for that location. Searching works by hostname, friendly name and IPv4/IPv6 address.

 

Friendly Names

Instances by default are named with a unique naming schema based on your product and client information. However, we understand that this may make it difficult to go through and locate your instances. As such, you can create Friendly Names for your instances if you’d like. This can be done in the instance management page itself or from the home page of Cloud Control.

To do so, select the edit button next to the name of the instance you wish to modify.

An example of a named server can be seen here:

 

Showing an example of a friendly name in the Cloud Control Panel

 

The hostname for the instance cannot be changed from what it is set to in Cloud Control. You can, however, change the servers actual hostname through the instance itself. The hostname saved in Cloud Control is directly tied to the instance’s IPv4 IP and is utilized in instance management and general actions through the Cloud Control panel.

 

Bulk Actions

With the list of instances for each location, you’re able to select the checkbox to the left of the instance description to perform bulk actions on 1 or more instances at a time.

 

Showing an example of selecting instances for bulk actions in the Cloud Control Panel

Showing the options available for bulk actions in the Cloud Control Panel

 

Bulk actions that can be applied, are:

 

Soft Reboot

A soft reboot will perform a graceful shutdown of the instance and is generally the preferred method to avoid data corruption.

When you press the soft reboot button, you’ll be prompted with a confirmation that you do indeed wish to perform a soft reboot of the instance. Pressing Confirm will allow you to proceed and pressing Cancel will cancel the request.

Hard Reboot

A hard reboot will perform a hard power cycle of the instance. This is generally not the preferred method, as it’s essentially pulling the power plug of the machine. Doing so while data is being written can result in loss of data integrity and/or data loss/corruption.

When you press the hard reboot button, you’ll be prompted with a confirmation that you do indeed wish to perform a hard reboot of the instance. Pressing Confirm will allow you to proceed and pressing Cancel will cancel the request.

Shutdown

A shutdown will perform a graceful shutdown of the instance. The instance will not come back online automatically until it is powered on/booted back up.

When you press the shutdown button, you’ll be prompted with a confirmation that you do indeed wish to perform a shutdown of the instance. Pressing Confirm will allow you to proceed and pressing Cancel will cancel the request.

Boot

Brings the instance back online from a shutdown state.

Firewall Profile

Mass applies a firewall profile created by the client on the selected instances.

 

If you need more help, the guides below will walk you through using the other sections found in the top navigation menu: 

 

 


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