Exercise 1.0 - A Guided Tour of CloudForms

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Welcome To CloudForms

This lab provides a quick tour of the console to help you get familiar with the user interface along with some key terminology we will use in subsequent lab content. If you are already familiar with the basics of CloudForms you can skip this lab — after making sure you can login.

Key Terms

Before sinking our teeth into Cloud Forms it is important to understand some terminology. CloudForms allows for the management of clouds and infrastructure.

Accessing CloudForms

CloudForms provides a web console that allow you to perform various tasks via a web browser. Let's get started by logging into this and checking the status of the platform.

Let's Login

In this section, you log in to the CloudForms Management Engine web interface.

Navigate to the URI provided by your instructor and login with the user/password provided (if there's an icon on the Desktop, just double click that).

Accept any warnings regarding the SSL certificate.

Login Webpage

Once logged in you should see the Cloud Intelligence dashboard. This customized dashboard shows four (or more) widgets.

Cloud Intel Dashboard

Explore Cloud Intel Dashboard

Go ahead and explore the data in each of the widgets:

Feel free to zoom in, download, open in a new window, minimize, and then minimize it in the dashboard (you also can remove the data from the dashboard, but do not do this now).

To return to this screen, select Cloud IntelDashboard.

Lastly, experiment with dragging widgets to tailor the view.

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