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Introduction

The Active subtab lists virtual machines (VMs) currently booted on the Cloud Failover Appliance (CFA).

Active subtab

Information

The Active subtab shows information in the table format with the following columns:

Column Description
Status Current status of the VM
Name Name of the VM
Job Id ID of the backup job, from which the VM was booted
UUID Unique identifier of the VM
VNC Address VNC address to access the booted VM
VNC Password VNC password to access the booted VM
VNC Keymap Keyboard mapping used within VNC console. Default is English US.
VM uptime Amount of time the VM has been running and available
Boot Group Name of the boot group, to which the VM belongs
Network Network interface used by the VM
Preview Preview thumbnail of the booted VM

Actions

All actions on the Active subtab are available:

  • on the toolbar, and

    Actions toolbar

  • in the context menu of a virtual machine.

    Context menu

Action Description
Power On Boot VM
Power Off Shut down VM
Reboot Restart VM
Reset Force restart VM without the guest operating system warning (can result in data loss). Use if guest operating system is not responding.
Pull Plug Force shutdown VM without the guest operating system warning (can result in data loss). Use if guest operating system is not responding.
Wake Up  
Settings View VM boot settings
Create Backup Job Create a backup job from the current VM state 1. The job can then be restored or archived as usual. Note that while backup is in progress, you cannot edit VM settings, perform power management operations, start another backup of the VM, or delete VM.
Delete Delete the current state of the VM and remove it from the tab

Filtering

You can refine the list of virtual machines using filters.

To show all filters available on the Active subtab, click Filters on the toolbar.

Filters

Interact with booted virtual machine

You can interact with a VM booted on CFA by means of VNC using either a browser-based VNC viewer or the VNC client software.

The system does not support file transferring to or from a booted VM over the VNC connection.

Using a browser-based VNC viewer

To connect to a booted VM using the browser-based VNC viewer:

  • click the boot detection screenshot in the Preview column, or

  • click the address link in the VNC Address column.

VNC address

Using the VNC client software

These instructions use TightVNC for Windows as an example VNC viewer. If you use another VNC software, or another operating system, the routine may differ somewhat.

  1. Run TightVNC Viewer.

  2. In the New TightVNC Connection window:

    1. In the Remote Host box, enter the IP address (or the host name) of the CFA where the VM is booted, and the port to use for connection, in the format ip::port.

      If you connect to a VM booted on the primary (local) CFA, you can find both the IP address (or the host name) and the port on the Active subtab (the VNC Address column).

      If you connect to a VM booted on the secondary (cloud) CFA, only the port is shown on the Active subtab (the VNC Address column). To get the address of the CFA (in the format ep-XXX.inf-YYY.myinfrascale.net), please contact Infrascale Support.

    2. Click Connect.

    New TightVNC connection

  3. In the VNC Authentication window, enter the password for VNC connection.

    You can find the password for VNC connection on the Active subtab (the VNC Password column).

    VNC authentication

Connect to booted virtual machine from Dashboard

You can connect to and interact with a VM booted on the secondary (cloud) CFA from the Dashboard using the secured and encrypted web-based VNC connection. For this:

  1. In the Infrascale Dashboard, go to ManageDR Sites & Appliances.

  2. In the list of CFAs, find the one you want to connect to.

  3. Click Manage (Manage button) on the right, and then click Manage Cloud.

    Manage CFA context menu

    CFA Management Console opens.

  4. In the CFA Management Console, go to BootActive.

  5. To connect to booted VM:

    • click the boot detection screenshot in the Preview column, or

    • click URL address in the VNC Address column.

    URL address of the running VM contains a special session token. The system generates new token each time you go to the Active subtab. Token is valid only for three minutes. After that, token expires, and URL address becomes not valid. To renew the URL address, click Refresh on the upper right.

    Active subtab

  1. Backup jobs created from the Boot tab cannot be archived with the dehydrated archive option.