Exercise 1.7 - Explore Cloud Instances

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What Are Cloud Instances?

In Red Hat CloudForms, a cloud instance is a virtual machines running under cloud infrastructure.

Explore Cloud Instances

Select ComputeCloudsInstances.

Cloud Instances

A list of your public and private cloud instances appears.

Explore the Virtual Thumbnail for Cloud Instances

The web interface uses virtual thumbnails to represent providers. Each thumbnail contains four quadrants by default, which display basic information about each provider.

Example Virtual Thumbnail

In the top right corner of the window, click to toggle between Grid, Tile, and List views.

Top Window Navigation

Click (Download) to download a list of Cloud Instances.

Download Instances

Explore Cloud Instance Details

Click the Instances by Provider accordion.

Provider Accordion

Select any instance and observe the following on the resulting screen.

Instance Provider

  1. The Properties section shows detailed information about the instance.
  2. The Lifecycle section shows when this instance was discovered, when it was most recently analyzed, and when it is scheduled for retirement.
  3. The Relationships section shows the related cloud provider, availability zone, flavor, and drift and analysis histories for this instance.
    • Click these relationships to review how this instance relates to all of its resources.
  4. The Compliance section shows whether the instance is compliant with its applied policies.
  5. The Power Management section shows the instance’s current power state, most recent boot time, and most recent date that the power state changed.
  6. The Security section lists users, groups, and key pairs.
  7. The Configuration section lists applications/packages, initialization processes, files, and other operating system configuration-related information.
  8. The Diagnostics section shows any running processes and event logs for this instance.
  9. The Smart Management section shows tags you can use in policies and other CloudForms functions.
When you have finished looking at the related resources, click (Back) at the top left—not the browser’s back arrow.

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