CloudTest Appliance Administration (ctadmin)

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CloudTest Lite includes the CloudTest Appliance Administration, or "Admin console" for short, for the convenience of CloudTest Lite users who may need to modify some environment-specific settings.

Specifically – if the CloudTest Lite instance needs a static IP to connect to its network, you can log in to the Admin console on their CloudTest Lite instance (i.e. in VMWare, etc.) and assign that static IP to the instance.

Additionally, CloudTest Lite users are automatically logged in as the CloudTest Administrator on the CloudTest Lite virtual machine, which provides CloudTest Lite users the ability to modify various additional settings for the installation.

Whenever you launch your CloudTest Lite instance in your virtual machine software (e.g. VMWare), the server splash screen will indicate both the CloudTest URL and the Admin CloudTest URL (shown above). Open your browser to the specified URL and enter the port (8080 for CloudTest Lite and 10000 for the Admin console).

Login to the Admin Console

  1. In your desktop browser, navigate to the console URL using port 10000.
  2. Enter CloudTest Lite username, ctadmin.
  3. Enter the default password.

When you do so, the console opens to the default System Information page. This page is a one stop dashboard for CloudTest Lite intance system data. You can monitor vitals here, such as virtual memory, and use that information to tweak the virtual machine (using your VM software).

Setting Up a Static IP

    1. Click the Network Configuration node.
    2. Click Network Interfaces to view the list of interfaces.

    1. Click the network interface to configure. Usually this will be eth0. When you do so the Edit Bootup Interface page appears.

    1. Select the Static Configuration radio button (for IPv4 or IPv6 as appropriate).
    2. Specify the static IP address to use (and where applicable other parameters such as netmask).
    3. Click Save and Apply once the settings are entered.

Database Management

The CloudTest node's Database tab supports important repository management tasks, including backing up the system. Users with equity in their CloudTest data are urged to backup on a regular basis (as would be done with any database with vital information).

Backup the CloudTest Databases

You can create a repository backup using the CloudTest Appliance Administration console (available on CloudTest Lite instances on port 10000). Backup operations create both the repository and results databses that are the backbone of CloudTest. Note that during restore operations you must specify the type of database you're backing up. The backup file names indicate either repository or results database (more details below).

Performing a repository backup is recommended and also straightforward.

      1. Click the CloudTest node on the navigation menu (left).
      2. Click Database.
      3. Click Backup Now to initiate the backup.

The command line output is posted in the area immediately below the button.

Two backup files are created in the format: postgresqldump_type_databasetimestamp.gz.

      • The repository file is - postgresqldump_repository_20130224T0207.gz
      • The results file is - postgresqldump_results_20130224T0207.gz

Restore from a Backup

You can restore from an existing backup using the CloudTest Appliance Administration console (available on CloudTest Lite instances on port 10000).

      1. Choose to restore from either:
        • File on server

The CloudTest node's Database tab supports important repository management tasks, including backing up the system. Users with equity in their CloudTest data are urged to backup on a regular basis (as would be done with any database with vital information).

        • Uploaded file (a backup from another file system)

        • Browse to select the file, noting whether it's a repository or result file, and has the date/time desired.

    1. Click OK to exit the Choose File box.
    2. Depending on the type file you chose, select restore to:
      • Repository – Choose this option to restore the repository from backup.
      • Results – Choose this option to restore only the repository results from backup.
    3. Click Restore to complete the restore from backup.

Bootup and Shutdown

Rebooting and shutting down the instance is a straightforward matter but should only be necessary in rare cases.

    1. Click Bootup and Shutdown on the navigation menu (left) and click either button to perform the necessary task.
      • To reboot, click Reboot System (this will issue shutdown –r to reboot the system), or you can return to the Bootup and Shutdown page.

The VM instance (for example, in VMWare) will reboot. If the Admin console hangs after reboot, restart your VM to ensure it still has the same IP.

—Or—

      • To shutdown, click Shutdown System this will issue shutdown -h to reboot the system), or you can return to the Bootup and Shutdown page.

Downloading Server Logs

Sometimes support will need to see your server logs to debug an isse you may be having with CloudTest.

    1. Click CloudTest on the navigation menu (left) and then click Server Logs on the top menu.
      • To download the logs, click Download.

  

Your broswer will download this file to your default downloads folder, where you can grab the file and attach it to an email and send to Support.

Setting System Time

To ensure accuracy of results and real-time analytics dashboards, all servers need to be in-sync.

You can manually set the system time using the Set time tab. You can also set the system time to the hardware time (or vice versa).

 

If your network doesn't allow access to the public NTP pool, then use the Time server sync tab to enter the hostname or IP Address of your local time server and schedule synchronization.

If your network doesn't allow access to the public NTP pool, then use the Time Server sync tab to enter the hostname or IP address of your local time servicer and schedule synchronization.

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