DCImanager: Principles of operation

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Hierarchy: DCImanager

This article describes the main objects and sections of DCImanager:

  • control panel;
  • users;
  • locations;
  • racks;
  • servers;
  • server equipment;
  • OS templates.

Control panel

DCImanager is a control panel that allows you to manage hundreds of dedicated servers and take control of the entire data center infrastructure. The control panel is installed on a dedicated server.

For more information about its configuration, please refer to "Setup and configuration"

Users

Only authorized users can work in DCImanager. There are three user levels in the control panel: a superuser, administrator, and user.

For more information about control panel users, please refer to "User roles"

Locations and racks

A rack is a standardized frame or enclosure for mounting servers or server equipment

A location is where a server is hosted, for example, a data-center.

DCImanager allows to keep track of servers by grouping them into racks and locations according to real geographical location.

For more information about racks and locations, please refer to Locations and racks.

Servers

DCImanager allows for automatic server provisioning from ordering to managing an active machine. You can keep up with what you have in stock and track every server, its statuses, and server equipment.

Server equipment

DCImanager supports the following types of equipment:

  • IPMI;
  • Intel AMT;
  • Switches;
  • Routers;
  • PDU.

Equipment is connected to servers allowing to manage, control, collect statics and much more.

For more information about equipment management, please refer to "Equipment in DCImanager".

OS templates

Operating system templates is a set of disk images and installation scripts consisting of the distribution and other data required for OS installation. Templates facilitates the installation of operating systems on servers.

Moreover, DCImanager allows to install additional templates, such as server search, diagnostics and recovery templates.

For more information, please refer to "OS templates"