Introduction to the Self Service User Interface
An overview of the Red Hat CloudForms Self Service user interface
Chapter 1. Red Hat CloudForms Self Service
Red Hat CloudForms Self Service is a web-based graphical user interface for ordering and managing IT service requests. You can enable self-service tenant end users, who can easily access their services, track requests, and manage their accounts using the Self Service user interface (SSUI), which has widgets, dashboard controls and feedback. The Self Service user interface supports role-based access control (RBAC) of menus and features, similar to in the full administrative user interface.
All catalog items, dialogs, buttons, icons among other items must be configured in the full administrative user interface before they are available to users in the Self Service user interface.
Chapter 2. Accessing the Self Service User Interface
The Self Service user interface is running by default and does not need to be started or configured. To access the Self Service user interface, you must know the host name (or IP address) of the appliance, and the login credentials.
Self Service URL:
You can choose your preferred language for the Self Service user interface from the options in the Language list available on the login screen. The language options are English, Español (Spanish), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Nederlands (Dutch), Português (Portuguese), and 简体中文 (Simplified Chinese). Additionally, the User Default and Browser Default options default to the language already set by the user or browser respectively.
The Self Service user interface login page has the Administrator user by default.
Chapter 4. The Dashboard Tab
Once you log in to the Self Service user interface, you will see the dashboard screen by default. The Dashboard tab provides a quick summary of the services available, requests made, and their statuses as below:
- Total Services
- Current Services
- Services Retiring Soon
- Retired Services
- Total Requests
- Pending Requests
- Approved Requests
- Denied Requests
- Monthly Charges - This Month To Date
- The Self Service user interface has added basic support for displaying monthly chargeback data of the computing and storage cost for the use of resources, in the currencies supported by the full administrative user interface. This provides a quick summary of where you are from cost standpoint to that point in the month. For more information about configuring chargeback rates in the full administrative user interface and how Red Hat CloudForms calculates chargeback costs, see Chargeback in the Monitoring, Alerts, and Reporting guide.
If you are on the first day of the month, there can be no data yet therefore resulting in zero dollar amount. Also, if you have a lot of data, it might not have rolled into the new month yet, resulting in no data and dollar amount for month to date.
Chapter 5. The My Services Tab
The My Services tab lists all available services with a summary of information associated with each service, including the Service Name, its current Power State represented by an icon, Number of VMs, Owner, date Created, and Retires date. Additionally, you can see the chargeback cost per service for a virtual machine’s month-to-date usage. You can filter or sort services by those entities, and by Relative Cost.
On the same screen, you have the option to edit the service name and description, edit tags, set ownership, retire the service now or at a later date, or remove the service. You can also perform power operations on virtual machines by clicking more options (represented by three dots) next to the service.
You can perform most of these tasks in bulk (except editing service details and power operations). In order to do so, select multiple services and then click the designated button for the required task on the upper right corner of the screen.
Click on a service to view more details, including information about associated virtual machines and snapshots, and its relationship data. Additionally, under Resources, you can click on a virtual machine’s name to see its properties, and perform power operations at the resource level. Click on Snapshots or the camera icon to go to the snapshots page to see a list of available snapshots, as well as create or delete snapshots via the Configuration button. A snapshot is a copy of the virtual machine’s disk file (VMDK) that captures the entire state of the virtual machine at a point in time. Use Revert under more options (represented by three dots) to return a virtual machine to a previous state when you took the snapshot.
5.1. Accessing the HTML5 Console
Follow this procedure to get HTML5 console access to the virtual machine. The console is the remote control system that enables you to interact directly with your virtual machines.
- From the Services screen, click on the required service.
- In Resources, click the button next to the virtual machine and select Open HTML5 Console.
The HTML5 console will open in a new window of your web browser. Note that you may have to enable the pop-up settings in your browser to access the console.
5.2. Setting a Retirement Date for a Service
Follow this procedure to schedule retirement for a service at a later date. For retiring a service immediately, see Section 5.3, “Retiring a Service”.
- From the Services screen, click on the required service you want to schedule retirement for.
- Click the button located on the upper-right corner of the screen, then select Set Retirement Dates. The Schedule Service Retirement window will appear.
- Set the Retirement Date.
- Select the Retirement Warning from the list.
- Click Save.
5.3. Retiring a Service
Follow this procedure to retire a service immediately. For retiring a service at a later date, see Section 5.2, “Setting a Retirement Date for a Service”.
- From the Services screen, click on the service you want to retire now.
- Click the button located on the upper right corner of the screen, then select Retire. The Retire Service Now window will appear to confirm your action.
- Click Yes, Retire Service Now.
5.4. Setting Ownership of a Service
Follow this procedure to set ownership of a service.
- From the Services screen, click on the more options button next to the service you want set ownership for, then click Set Ownership. Alternatively, click on the service. Click the button located on the upper-right corner of the screen, then select Set Ownership.
- Select an owner from the list.
- Select a group from the list.
- Click Save.
5.6. Removing a Service
Follow this procedure to remove a service.
- From the Services screen, click on more options next to the service you want to remove, then click Remove. Alternatively, click on the service. Click the button located on the upper-right corner of the screen, then select Remove. A confirmation window appears.
- Click Yes, Remove Service.
5.7. Editing a Service
Follow this procedure to edit the name and description of a service.
- From the Services screen, click on more options next to the service you want to edit, then click Edit. Alternatively, click on the service. Click the button located on the upper-right corner of the screen, then select Edit. An Edit Service screen appears.
- Edit the name and description of the service as required.
- Click Save.
5.8. Cockpit Integration
Cockpit is an interactive Linux server administrative interface. You can perform simple administration tasks such as starting containers, storage administration, network configuration, and inspecting logs. While Cockpit allows you to monitor and administer several servers at the same time, your browser connects to a primary server that runs the Cockpit web service through which connections to additional servers can be established.
The Red Hat CloudForms full administrative user interface and the Self Service user interface have enabled for users to access the Cockpit interface for a given virtual machine.
5.8.1. Accessing the Cockpit Interface
Cockpit must be pre-configured and running on the virtual machine.
You can open the Cockpit console for a virtual machine from the button.
- From the Services screen, click on the service associated with the virtual machine you want to open the Cockpit console for.
- In Resources, click Access next to the virtual machine and select Open Cockpit Console. A notification will appear to show the Cockpit interface is loading.
- The Cockpit interface for the virtual machine will open in a new browser window. If you get a security warning by the browser, you will need to add this connection to the security exceptions. Click Advanced → Add Exception → Confirm Security Exception. After that, you will see the login screen.
- Once you have logged in, you will see the tabs for the dashboard and the individual machines added to Cockpit.
Chapter 6. The Orders Tab
The Orders tab lists all shopping cart orders of services added from the Service Catalog. The tab shows a summary of each order, including the order number, requester, order date, and the number of items. Click on the arrow next to an order number to further expand and see the request associated with the order, and additional details including the request ID, whether it is approved or denied, and the current state of the request. You can filter or sort the orders listed on the page using the buttons at the top of the screen.
You can click on more options (represented by three dots) next to an order to Duplicate or Remove the order.
Chapter 7. The Service Catalog Tab
The Service Catalog tab lists all service catalog items, displayed as tiles. These items must be configured on the administrative user interface before they will be accessible to the user here. You can filter or sort the service catalog items by Name, Description and Catalog Name.
Click on a service to go to the page where you can enter the requested information in the dialog fields under Service and VM Name and VM Characteristics associated with the service. Note that there is now an ability to add dynamic dialog elements within the Self Service user interface, meaning you can include a particular dialog field where Red Hat CloudForms will communicate to the instance and method, obtain the required information, and enter the value in the field dynamically. After you have entered all information in the dialog fields, click Add to Shopping Cart.
Shopping Cart Model:
The Self Service user interface has adopted a shopping cart model for ordering services, instead of ordering them immediately. Click on the shopping cart icon at the top to view all services added to the shopping cart that are available to order. You can delete a particular service from the cart if required, and order the services in the cart all at one time. Or, you can even choose to clear all the services in the cart and exit.
If you click Add to Shopping Cart for the same item, you will see a pop up window alerting you that there is an identical item in the cart but if you want to add it anyway.