User Guide - Control Panel

Walkthrough of the Control Panel


Control Panel detail


Tools Section

1. Snapshot

Allows you to save the disk and memory state of the VM to a snapshot file.  If a snapshot exists, options to revert to snapshot, or delete snapshot are displayed.

2. Server Backup

Backs up your entire server to offline storage, regardless of the power state of the VM.  If your VM is running at the time the backup is made, it results in a complete copy of the running state of your server, including the contents of RAM, stored as a suspended VM in the backup vault.  If this image can be restored as a running VM, it can be powered on instantly (no need to boot up) with no loss of data.

3. Server Power Controls

Provides the same power controls as the overview page (Start, Suspend, Shutdown, Reboot) with the addition of two more controls. Power off switches your server off immediately, as if you'd pulled the power, and Reset performs a hard reset on the server without waiting for the OS to shut down.

4. Customer Border Firewall

Opens the firewall rule editor.  If your VM has multiple NICs, you will be prompted to choose which NIC's rule base you want to edit.

5. Options

Allows you to choose whether the VM's BIOS is set to boot from hard disk or CD.  Used in the event that you wish to reinstall your OS from CD on top of a hard drive which is already set as bootable. (see ISO below)


Hardware Section

6. RAM

Displays allocated RAM and allows you to change the amount of RAM allocated to the VM.  Changing this will cause your OS to restart as the RAM is added.

7. CPU

Shows the number of CPU cores your VM can run on, and lets you choose the number of cores (from 1 to 4). Each core is presented to the OS as a separate CPU.

8. ISO

Loads a CD ISO image into your virtual CD drive. Current choices include operating systems provided by WMS.

9. NIC

Displays the connection state of your virtual NIC (Live or Disconnected), as well as the firewall rule base currently applied to the NIC.  Clicking this allows you to change the connection state, or apply any of your saved firewall rule bases.

10. Hard drive

Shows the size of the current system disk, and allows you to add more disk to your VM as Storage Disk, in any increment you like.  Storage disks are displayed below the system disk, in the order they are applied.


11. Display and Console Section

Similar to the Mini Display on the Overview Page, this shows a screenshot of the video output of your server from the previous 10 seconds, in a larger format.  Clicking the display will open a live console to your VM in a new window.  Connections to your VM console are restricted to the IP address you are currently accessing the WMS control panel from.

Info Section

12. Info

Shows various stats on your VM.  The content of this section varies depending on the power state of your VM, and whether you have VMware Tools installed.  Note that the Disk section displays sizes as reported by the OS and as a result sizes can vary from those reported in the hardware section.  Disks need to be formatted and usable by your OS before they will appear here.