6.4 Understanding the Layout of Novell Remote Manager

The web pages for Novell Remote Manager have three main frames: the header frame (top), the navigation frame (left), and the main content frame (right). They also contain the Overall Health Indicator and online help.

Figure 6-1 shows the overall layout of Novell Remote Manager for OES 11 SP2. Figure 6-2 shows the overall layout of Novell Remote Manager for OES 11 SP1 and earlier. For OES 11 SP2, the key additions are the Novell CIFS plug-in to manage CIFS connections and the Novell AFP plug-in to manage AFP connections. Under the Diagnose option, the Health Monitor function is obsoleted by the use of Ganglia and Nagios open source software to monitor system performance and services health. The overall health status displayed in the header frame is based on the status of services monitored on the Nagios Service Detail page.

Figure 6-1 Layout of Novell Remote Manager for OES 11 SP2

Figure 6-2 Layout of Novell Remote Manager for OES 11 SP1 and Earlier

Novell Remote Manager layout indicating the location of the Navigation, Header, and Main Content frames and the location of the Overall Health indicator and Online Help icons. Also shows the links available when NCP Services is installed.

See the following sections for more information about the layout of the Novell Remote Manager Home page:

6.4.1 Header Frame

The header frame contains the toolbar and general information about the server.

The toolbar buttons link to the following functions:

  • Home

    The File System Management page is considered the Home page.

  • Exit

    Log out of your current session with Novell Remote Manager. For security reasons, you should also close the web browser Window.

  • Nagios Service Detail (Health Monitor in OES 11 SP1 and earlier)

    For information about configuring and using Nagios to monitor services, see Section 8.5, Configuring Nagios.

  • Configuration

    For information about Novell Remote Manager configuration settings, see Section 7.0, Changing the HTTPSTKD Configuration.

The general information about the server includes the following:

  • Name of the user you logged in as to Novell Remote Manager (typically, the root user)

  • Overall health indicator

  • Server hostname

  • Version of the Linux kernel running on the server

  • Hardware platform

  • Operating system running on the server

  • Up time for the server (the amount of time the server has been running since the last reboot) in the format of days:hh:mm:ss.

You can also access Novell Support by clicking the Novell big red N icon on the right side of the header frame.

6.4.2 Overall Health Indicator

The Overall Health Indicator shows the current server health status as good, suspect, bad, or no connection. For OES 11 SP2, the status is determined from the services that you configure to be monitored by Nagios. The indicator changes if any Nagios-monitored service has a problem alert. If there are multiple alerts, the indicator represents the worst reported health condition. You can click the Server Health icon (shown in Table 6-2) to go to the Nagios Service Detail page and view the health statistics and alerts for the monitored services. By default, only basic services are set up to be monitored by Nagios. In order for the Overall Health Indicator to consider the health of additional services, you must configure them to be monitored by Nagios. For information about configuring and using Nagios, see Section 8.5, Configuring Nagios.

For OES 11 SP1 and earlier, the status is determined by the state of selected services on the Health Monitoring page. The indicator changes if any selected service has a problem alert. If there are multiple alerts, the indicator represents the worst reported health condition. You can click the Server Health icon to go to the Health Monitor page and view the health statistics and alerts for services. For information about the using the Health Monitor, see Section 9.0, Diagnosing Problems Using Health Monitor (OES 11 SP1).

Table 6-2 Overall Server Health Status Conditions

Overall Health Status

Server Health Icon

Icon Description

Good

Green orb in a white circle

Suspect

Yellow diamond in a white circle

Bad

Red bar in a white circle

No connection to the server

Black X in a white circle

6.4.3 Navigation Frame

The navigation frame lists general tasks that you can perform, and provides links to specific pages for performing those tasks. The left navigation frame includes collapsible categories that are remembered the next time you log in. This lets you display the Novell Remote Manager features that you use most often and hide some of the ones that you don’t.

IMPORTANT:When you work in Novell Remote Manager, you must use the navigation links provided in the tool. Using the browser's Back button can result in unintended actions being re-sent to the server.

Basic links in the navigation frame are identified in Table 6-3.

Table 6-3 Standard Roles in the Navigation Frame

Roles

Description

For more information, see

Diagnose

Monitor the health of the server and services.

Section 8.0, Diagnosing Problems Using Ganglia and Nagios (OES 11 SP2)

Section 9.0, Diagnosing Problems Using Health Monitor (OES 11 SP1)

View File System

Browse the file system, view information about files, folders, and partitions, and generate inventories.

Section 10.0, Viewing File Systems

Manage Linux

View information about kernel modules, packages, and processes. Schedule CRON jobs.

Section 11.0, Managing Linux

Manage Hardware

View information about processors, interrupts, memory, ports, and SMBIOS.

Section 12.0, Managing Hardware

Use Group Operations

Configure groups of servers to be monitored collectively.

Section 13.0, Using Group Operations

6.4.4 Program Plug-Ins in the Navigation Frame

The links in the navigation frame change depending on the programs installed on the server that have plug-ins to Novell Remote Manager. The plug-ins are installed automatically when you install the related OES Services.

Table 6-4 Program Plug-In Roles in the Navigation Frame

OES Service

Roles in the Navigation Frame

For more information, see

NCP Server and Dynamic Storage Technology

Manage NCP Services allows you to manage NSS volumes, NCP volumes, DST volumes, NCP volume inventories, and NCP connections on the server.

Section 14.0, Managing NCP Services

OES 11 SP2: NCP Server for Linux Administration Guide

Dynamic Storage Technology Options allows you to configure and manage Dynamic Storage Technology volumes and policies. The DST functions are integrated with Manage NCP Services.

Section 15.0, Managing Dynamic Storage Technology Options

OES 11 SP2: Dynamic Storage Technology Administration Guide

Novell CIFS

Manage CIFS Services allows you to manage Novell CIFS connections on the server.

Section 16.0, Managing CIFS Services

OES 11 SP2: Novell CIFS for Linux Administration Guide.

Novell AFP

Manage AFP Services allows you to manage Novell AFP connections on the server.

Section 17.0, Managing AFP Services

OES 11 SP2: Novell AFP for Linux Administration Guide

6.4.5 Main Content Frame

The information in the main content frame changes depending on which link you click in the header or navigation frame. The File System Management page is considered the Home page.

6.4.6 Online Help

When a Help icon Icon for online help appears in the upper-right corner of a page in the main content frame, you can view help for the page that is displayed.