The OVHcloud Managed Bare Metal Control Panel enables you to easily manage the numerous settings of your Managed Bare Metal infrastructure. In this article, we will cover the management options available in the OVHcloud Control Panel.
Managed Bare Metal View
General information | Datacenters | Users | Security | Operations | Windows License
Data Center View
General information | Hosts | Datastores | Backup | Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)
Once you have navigated to the "Bare Metal Cloud" section of your OVHcloud Control Panel, and selected your service under Managed Bare Metal in the left-hand sidebar, you will have access to a general overview of your Managed Bare Metal service.
At the top of the page, you will find the name and description of your Managed Bare Metal service. Feel free to customize it; this will be very useful if you have multiple services. On the left, all of your services and the data centers of which they consist are listed.
On the main page, in the left-hand section, you will find the "General information" box.
- The "Description" of your infrastructure (label it here according to your needs)
- The version number of the software
- The data center, and more precisely, the zone in which your infrastructure is located
- The access policy of your infrastructure (Open or Restricted)
- The number of virtual data centers in your infrastructure
- The number of IP address blocks (with the option to order IP blocks)
- Links to your management interfaces
Options and compliance
The middle section provides an overview of the status of activation regarding the Managed Bare Metal options.
In the right-hand section, you view the renewal date of your service.
By clicking the ... button, you can order a license or initiate the cancellation of your service.
On this tab, you will find a brief summary of virtual data centers in your vCenter environment.
Please refer to the data center view section below for more information. You can add another data center from this page without incurring any additional charges.
All users who can log into vSphere are listed in this section.
You can create a user by clicking the Create User button. For each user, their general information and rights are specified in the table:
- the user ID
- the first name (optional)
- the last name (optional)
- the email address (optional)
- the phone number (optional)
- the right token validator, which allows you to validate sensitive operations
- the right IP, which allows access via the OVHcloud Network plugin
- the right additional IP, which allows you to manage additional IPs on Managed Bare Metal
- the Diagnosis status, informing you of whether this user is actually enabled
You have several options when you click the ... button next to a user:
- editing the entries in this table (changing the rights listed above, adding an email address, adding a phone number)
- viewing and modifying this user's rights per data center
- changing this user's password
- deleting this user
Following are detailed listings of the available user rights by data center.
- vSphere access: to set the global rights for a user in vSphere
- Access to the VM Network: concerns management rights over the public network section (i.e., "VM Network" in the vSphere interface)
- Add resources: gives the right to add additional resources through the OVHcloud plugin in the vSphere Web Client
The vCenter access policy can be managed in this tab.
You can configure security settings with the buttons on the right:
- Set the timeout for a login session.
- Specify the number of concurrent connections allowed.
- Change the access policy to "Restricted" or "Open" with permission by source IP. IP addresses are managed in the table in this tab (... button).
Note: If you set the access policy to "Restricted" and do not enter any IP addresses, no user will be able to connect to the vSphere client. However, VMs will remain accessible.
- The disconnection policy decides whether to disconnect the first or last logged-in user if the limit is reached. For example, if 50 users are logged in, and a 51st user logs in, the first (or last) user to log in will be disconnected.
The second table at the bottom of the page concerns the management of the Virtual Machine Encryption Key Management Servers.
This tab shows the history of tasks executed on your Managed Bare Metal service.
The list provides details on each task so you can verify if an operation is in error, if a scheduled maintenance is ongoing, and more. You can change the date of a maintenance by clicking on ...
Note: If your access to the vSphere client is denied, a scheduled maintenance might be in progress. Check this tab first before taking further measures.
This tab allows you to activate Windows SPLA licenses for your data center by clicking the Activate the SPLA button.
Next, we will take a look at the data center view in the Control Panel.
Data Center View
A Managed Bare Metal service may include multiple virtual data centers. The left-hand sidebar will list them when you select a Managed Bare Metal service. Click on a data center to open its dedicated management page.
You can customize the name of your data center by clicking on the pencil icon. Below, you can add a description.
The first page contains some information about your data center, its range, and the number of hosts and datastores. Multiple data centers can be leveraged in a single Managed Bare Metal infrastructure.
This tab lists the hosts of the selected data center.
You can find here:
- the names of the hosts
- their profiles (M, L, L+, etc.)
- the billing mode (switchable via the button on the right, if the billing mode is set to hourly)
- the host status
- the usage in hours (if the billing mode is set to hourly)
You can also order a new host from here by clicking on the bottom left.
The tab for your datastores looks similar to the previous one.
Here you can find:
- the names of the datastores
- their profiles
- the hardware type (hybrid or full SSD)
- the size
- the billing mode
- their status, indicating whether a datastore is correctly installed
- the usage in hours (for hourly-billed resources only)
You can also order a new host from here by clicking on the button on the left (monthly payment).
From this tab, you can order a Veeam Backup solution.
You can find more details about this option in this guide.
Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)
From this tab, you can order a Zerto DRP solution.
You can find details about this option in this guide.
Having read this guide, you should be familiar with the options available to you for Managed Bare Metal service in the OVHcloud Control Panel.