Jelastic Dashboard Guide

The following guide will provide you with the basic information on Jelastic dashboard functionality and help you get acquainted with the possibilities it provides.  

Hopefully you have already created an account at Jelastic Cloud (otherwise, do not waste any time and follow these simple steps). Simply access your dashboard with the help of our Jelastic site or by using the direct link (http://app.{hoster's_domain}/), sign in with your credentials and start exploring.

Here is a list of main sections:

Creating and Managing Environments

1. Click Create environment in the upper left corner of the dashboard.

2. The Environment topology dialog box will be opened, where you can fully customize your environment settings.

The full possibilities of this window are described in the Setting Up Environment article.

3. When you finish your configurations, just type a name for your environment and click the Create button. Your environments will be listed in the upper pane of the admin panel along with the following information in the columns:
  • Name column includes the name of the environment and its domain. Using the triangle mark before the environment’s name you can expand the list of nodes it includes.
  • Status column shows the state of an environment: Running, Sleeping, Stopped or Launching.
  • Deployed column indicates if any application package (and what exactly) is deployed to the environment.
  • Usage column shows the amount of cloudlets and disk space that environment currently consumes.
  • Owner is an optional column with the name of environment’s owner. This column appears if only you are included to the Account Collaboration.

Function Icons for Environments

Hover over a running environment and you will see a few icons show up. You can use these for the following functions:
  • Open in browser
  • Settings
  • Clone environment
  • Change environment topology
  • Delete environment
  • Start/Stop
  • Billing history

1. Click the Open in browser icon to open the environment in a new browser tab.

2. Click on Settings to open a configuration tab. In this tab there are seven options: Custom domains, Custom SSL, SSH Access, Monitoring, Account Management, Change Owner and Info.



  • Click on SSH Access to add your public SSH keys and get the ability to connect securely to your environments’ containers and execute the required commands there.

    Note: that SSH settings are applied to the whole account but not to a separate environment.

    More info:

  • Select Monitoring in order to start tracking the amount of resources your environment consumes.

    Here use Load Alerts to set the email notifications in case of resource usage increase/decrease.

    In the Auto Horizontal Scaling option you can configure triggers for changing the amount of nodes depending on the CPU or RAM consumption.

    The Logs section contains the records about all the events occurred in the two abovementioned sections.

    More info:

  • Select Account Management to see the list of accounts with access to the environment.

    If you want to share the environment with another account, click Add and fill in the Email field. Also you can tick Change Topology / SSH Access if you would like to give such permissions to a user. Click Save.

    More info: Account Collaboration

  • Click Change Owner in order to transfer the environment to another user’s account within one hosting provider.

    More info: Environment Transferring

  • Select Info to see the additional information on environment’s domain, creator/owner (they can differ due to the account collaboration feature) and the date/time of its creation.

3. To Clone the environment click the appropriate button. In the opened frame specify the name of the new environment and click Clone.

More info:

4. In order to Change the environment topology, select the needed option . Perform the required changes in the appeared Environment topology dialog box and click Apply to submit them.

5. To Delete an environment, click on the red cross icon and confirm that you really want to do this by entering your password.

6. To change the status of an environment, click the Start or Stop buttons (located in the Status environment column).

Note: when environment is stopped, only the Settings, Clone environment, Delete environment and Start buttons are available.

Also, the opened settings tab for such an environment will contain only three active options: Account Management, Change Owner and Info.

7. To see how much money your environment consumes, use the Billing history button. The statistics will be shown in a separate tab, where you can specify the desired period for its displaying.

Function Icons for Each Instance

Click the triangle before the name of the environment in the upper window to expand the drop-down menu with the list of selected application servers, databases and other instances. You can also expand any of them in just the same way to access the separate containers and contexts with the deployed applications.

Hover over the instance or container to see the pop-up icons with different functions.

Use these icons to perform the following:

  • Click the Open in browser option to open the application server, database, balancer, VPS node or application context in a new browser tab.
  • To Restart node select that option and confirm that you want to restart it. In just the same way this can be done for a set of the same-type nodes.
  • Select the Config option to open the configuration manager tab, where you can change the node’s settings by means of uploading and modifying files.
  • Select the Log option to view the log files for a separate node or for the set of the same-type ones. Log files list can differ depending on the selected instance.
  • Select the Statistics option to track the statistics on CPU, RAM, Network and HDD consumption for a separate node or a set of nodes in a real time.
  • Some nodes can also have optional buttons, such as Add-ons (for installing available pluggable modules) and Add project (for deploying apps via GIT/SVN). Also the Delete button is available for all deployed applications, allowing you to remove them from the application server.
  • Other possible options can be hidden within the drop-down list, available by means of clicking the Additional button (with gear icon), for example: Info, Reset password, attached internal and external IP addresses.

While hovering over a separate node, you’ll see one more Set Alias icon. It allows you to set an alternative name for your node instead of the default Node ID label (e.g. to define master and slave servers in a DB cluster). The same thing can be done with the environment name, wherein its domain name will remain the same.

Marketplace

Near the Create environment option at the dashboard’s top panel you can find the Marketplace button.

Click it to access the list of preconfigured packaged applications. Locate the desired one (using the categorized list or search box) and click Install in order to automatically create an appropriate environment and deploy the chosen application to it.

The detailed information with the example of using the marketplace can be found in the corresponding article.

Deployment Manager

The Deployment Manager is used to upload application packages and subsequently deploy them to running environments.

1. Click the Upload button to access the Upload archive dialog box. Using it you can browse to the desired local file or specify an URL (http://, https:// or ftp://) in the appropriate tab.

Note: that the maximum available size of the uploaded local file is 150 MB. If your application size exceeds this limit, please use the URL for uploading.

Fill in the Comment field if required and then click Upload.

2. Select the uploaded file and click Deploy to button to see the drop-down menu with the names of current environments. Select the environment you would like to deploy your application to.

3. In the opened dialog box you’ll see the information on your application’s URL. Here you can also set the context name for your Java/PHP application (if it is not specified, the ROOT one will be used by default) or select the deployment type for your Ruby project.

After clicking Deploy the deployment process will be started.

In our Deployment Guide you can find a variety of links to the instructions on different ways of apps deployment according to the programming language it has been written in.

Tasks Panel

The Tasks panel is placed at the very bottom of the dashboard and contains live and historical data on the tasks that Jelastic engine is doing or has already done.

This panel includes the Date, Name and Status columns, which give you the detailed information on each task:

  • when the action has taken place
  • what has been performed
  • result of this action (i.e. Success if everything is OK or an error description if some problem occurred).

Task panel tracks all global processes (like Creating environment, Adding node(s) or Deploying context), as well as the subsequent changes and actions performed in the File manager (Getting the list of files, Creating file etc).

Account Settings

Click the Settings button at the top-right dashboard corner in order to access a few more configurations, which are applied to the whole account.

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You’ll see two sections available: SSH Access and Collaboration.

  • SSH Access option gives you a possibility to add the previously generated SSH key to your account and in such a way receive the ability to securely access and manage your containers via SSH.

    More info: SSH Overview

  • Collaboration option includes two items: Account Management and Shared with Me. The first one allows you to share certain activities with other accounts by means of creating and configuring your own collaboration, the second one - manage the already shared with you accounts.

    More info: Account Collaboration

Upgrade Trial Account & Balance

Depending on your account type (trial or billing) you’ll see either the Upgrade trial account or Balance button at the top dashboard’s panel.

1. If you are a trial user, you can see the Upgrade trial account button. Click it to open a drop-down menu with the following options: Upgrade trial account, Learn about trial limitations, Learn about pricing and See statistics on recent resource usage.

  • Use the Upgrade trial account option to get a fully functional account with no limitations.

    More info: Billing system

  • The Learn about trial limitations button will open the information about your account limits, provided software stacks and tariffs.

    More info: Quotas System

  • Click on Learn about pricing to be redirected to the hoster's page with information about pricing.

    More info: Pricing System

  • Select the See statistics on recent resource usage option to open your Billing history.

2. If you are a billing user, you can click the Balance button to see such options as: your Balance, Refresh balance, Refill balance, Configure auto-refill, Payment methods, Quotas & pricing, Billing history, View invoices.

  • Balance shows your general current balance and its components: cash and bonus. By clicking on this option you can open the tab of balance refilling.
  • Refresh balance option allows you to see the changes of your balance while working in dashboard.
  • Click on Refill balance to submit the payment.
  • Using the Configure auto-refill item you can set Auto refill of the balance by choosing one of the options: Weekly, Monthly or when Balance is less than specified sum.
  • Payment methods option gives you an opportunity to choose your default payment method or add the new one.
  • Click on the Quotas & pricing button to see a set of tabs with info about the prices for using Jelastic resources and Account Limits.
  • Billing history shows your spends in the specified period, which can be arranged by such intervals as hour, day, week and month. Data shown is grouped within environments. After choosing the necessary environment you’ll see the list of nodes it consists of, with information on each node’s Name, its resources consumption (Reserved/Dynamic Cloudlets & Storage), used Paid traffic and Cost for using this node.
  • Click on the View invoices option to see the invoices which should be paid.  

Additional Options: Search Box, Help, Email Address

There are several additional options in the upper right corner of the dashboard:

  • Search box
  • Help (Contact support, Docs, Video, Go to community, Show Jelastic tutorial)
  • Email address (Change password, Language, Signout)

1. If you have any questions on using our platform, you can use the How do I..? search box. Simply enter the question you are interested in and you'll be redirected to the list of appropriate Jelastic documents which may help you.

2. The Help drop-down menu gives you access to the Contact support, Docs, Video, Go to community and Show Jelastic tutorial options.

  • Contact support is a hyperlink to your hoster's Support page (sometimes available only for billing users)
  • The Go to community option links to the Jelastic online community
  • The Show Jelastic tutorial button switches on the step-by-step instruction for beginners showing you how to get started with Jelastic

3. The last option is your Login (email address). Click on it to open the drop-down list with the following options: Change password, Language and Signout.

  • Click Change password to open the Change password dialog box. Fill in the required fields: Current password, New password and Confirm password. Then click Change password.
  • Use the Language option to change the language of the dashboard interface.
  • Click Signout to leave the dashboard.

Now you know all basic dashboard possibilities and hopefully won’t have any problems using it. If you still have additional questions, please contact the Support team of your hosting provider.