Overview

Management Console is the primary point of interaction with the CFA. It allows:

  • configuring the CFA settings
  • viewing the CFA status
  • configuring the clients
  • managing the backup data
  • managing the backup and the restore jobs
  • boot the backups as VMs running on the CFA

To navigate within the Management Console, use the tab menu on the upper left.

The navigation menu consists of tabs and subtabs, if any. Subtabs vary from tab to tab.

Activating changes

Whenever you change settings or otherwise modify the current configuration, the Activate Configuration button on the upper right becomes active. Click it to save changes or modifications.

Note

CFA allows most configuration changes to be made at any time by clicking Activate Configuration. However, when adding new clients or adding some job types, all currently running backups must finish before the new clients will be registered. Shortly after clicking Activate Configuration, a dialog will acknowledge that changes have been made.

Help menu

The Help menu provides a number of options to help you manage and get extra information about the CFA and the Management Console.

Menu item name Menu item description
Help with Show information about the current tab or subtab on the Infrascale Documentation Portal
Show Advanced Turn on the Advanced interface mode. This will show the elements of the Management Console that aren’t needed for everyday use, and thus are hidden by default
Online Support Go to the Infrascale support webpage to start a chat with a support representative, or to submit a support ticket
Release Notes Show the Infrascale Disaster Recovery release notes
Documentation Go to the Infrascale Documentation Portal
Diagnostics Show the diagnostics information, i.e. the same information as on the Support tab
About Show information about the version of the Management Console

Storage bar

The Storage bar on the lower left shows information about the disk space on the CFA.

You can view the basic information (used space, free space, and protected space), and the extra information (total space, and space that can be freed).

To show extra information, hover over the bar.

Info bar

The Info bar in the lower part shows information about the version of the Management Console.

Tip

You can also view the same information in Help > About.

Notices

The View Notices button on the lower right appears if something on the CFA requires your attention. Click it to show all current notices.

In the open dialog, click a notice to go to the respective page, where you can address the issue.

Tip

You can also view all current notices in the Notices widget on the Dashboard tab.

RAID bar

The RAID bar on the lower right indicates the status of the CFA RAID.

If the RAID bar is green, this means the RAID system has no issues and operates normally.

If the RAID bar is red, this means the RAID system has some issues and requires your attention.

Click the RAID bar to go to the RAID Configuration page.

Toolbar

Special actions

Refresh

By default, information on most tabs and subtabs refreshes automatically each minute.

To instantly refresh the information, click the Refresh button.

To change the refreshing interval, click the down arrow on the right, and select the desired interval from the drop-down list.

To turn off the automatic refreshing, click the down arrow on the right, and then select Manully from the drop-down list.

Filters

Just to the right top of the window there is a Filters menu on major part of the tabs. Filters can be applied throughout most of the user interface, wherever tables of information are displayed. The available filters will change based on the tab or page that you are viewing.

To enable or disable filtering, click on the Filtering button.

For example, if you enabled filtering on the Clients > Summary screen, the following line would appear at the top of the list of clients:

This example shows two types of filters:

  • The Status filter is a drop-down menu on which you check the check boxes in order to show only clients with one or more particular status types. (By default, all status types are checked, so that status filtering occurs only when you uncheck one or more check boxes.)

  • The other filters (Name, Address, and so on) are text-based filters to type in the name or other information to match, in one or more columns. Filter entries are not case-sensitive, and partial filter entries can be used – for example, all names beginning with d or da.

Another example is from the Jobs > History screen:

In this example, note the following:

  • For numerical values (such as Id and Errors), you can enter either individual numbers or a range of numbers. For example, 100–110 would list all jobs with job IDs numbered from 100 to 110.

  • You can click some buttons (or use their drop-down menus) to toggle through attributes. For example, if you click the Archived Don’t Care button multiple times, it will change to Archived Is Set then Archived Is Not Set and finally back to the original setting, indicating whether or not to filter based on the Archived attribute.

  • You can filter job entries based on when they started, when they are scheduled to run, and when they finished. For each of these attributes, you can enter start and/or end dates either manually or by clicking the calendar icon.

Whatever filters you set, the respective screen will list only the items that meet all of the filter criteria. For example, in Jobs > History, if you enter values in the Id and Client Name fields and toggled the archiving button to Archived Is Set (and did not change any other of the filters shown), the screen would display only archived jobs for the named client in the specified range of job IDs.

Note

Whether or not Show Filters is checked, filtering applies until you either remove the filtering qualifications or click Clear button, which is from the right side from the Filters button.

Columns and sorting

Page content is highly customizable. You can select which column to sort the screen on by clicking the column heading. In the example below, columns are assorted by the Name column, in ascending order. You could click the Name column heading to change the sort order to descending, or you could click a different column heading to sort by that column instead.

You can also change column widths, and you can reorder columns by dragging-and-dropping them into the desired order.

By clicking the drop-down menu attached to each column heading, you can also:

  • Change the column’s sort order to ascending or descending (another method to do this)
  • Add columns to or remove columns from the view. Not all columns are visible by default.
  • Group screen entries according to the items in the selected column, for example, you can group by clients or by backup level.

Pagination

Pagination is another new feature in the user interface. You can move from page to page using the navigation buttons (or typing the page number) at the bottom of the window. The default number of records displayed on each page is 25. You can change this number in the Page Size text box.