4.2. Using the Linux FailSafe Cluster Manager GUI

The Linux FailSafe Cluster Manager GUI lets you configure, administer, and monitor a cluster using a graphical user interface.To ensure that the required privileges are available for performing all of the tasks, you should log in to the GUI as root. However, some or all privileges can be granted to any user by the system administrator using the Privilege Manager, part of the Linux Interactive Desktop System Administration (sysadmdesktop) product. For more information, see the Personal System Administration Guide.

The Cluster Manager GUI consists of the FailSafe Cluster View and the FailSafe Manager and its tasks and tasksets.These interfaces are described in the following sections.

4.2.1. The FailSafe Cluster View

The FailSafe Cluster View window provides the following capabilities:

From the FailSafe Cluster View, the user can click on any item to display key information about it. The items that can be viewed in this way are the following:

4.2.2. The FailSafe Manager

The FailSafe Manager provides access to the tasks that help you set up and administer your highly available cluster. The FailSafe Manager also provides access to the FailSafe Guided Configuration tasksets.

4.2.3. Starting the FailSafe Manager GUI

You can start the FailSafe Manager GUI by launching either the FailSafe Manager or the FailSafe Cluster View.

To launch the FailSafe Manager, use one of these methods:

To launch the FailSafe Cluster View, use one of these methods

The Cluster Manager GUI allows you to administer the entire cluster from a single point of administration. When Linux FailSafe daemons have been activated in a cluster, you must be sure to connect to a node that is running all the Linux FailSafe daemons to obtain the correct cluster status. When Linux FailSafe daemons have not yet been activated in a cluster, you can connect to any node in the pool.

4.2.4. Opening the FailSafe Cluster View window

You can open the FailSafe Cluster View window using either of the following methods:

4.2.5. Viewing Cluster Item Details

To view the details on any cluster item, use the following procedure:

  1. Open the FailSafe Cluster View Window.

  2. Click the name or icon of any item.

The configuration and status details will appear in a separate window. To see the details in the same window, select Options. When you then click on the Show Details option, the status details will appear in the right side of the window.

4.2.6. Performing Tasks

To perform an individual task with the FailSafe GUI, do the following:

  1. Click the name of a category in the left-hand column of the FailSafe Manager window.

    A list of individual tasksets and taskset topics appears in the right-hand column.

  2. Click the title of a task in the right-hand column.

    The task window appears.

    Note: You can click any blue text to get more information about that concept or input field.

  3. Enter information in the appropriate fields and click OK. to complete the task. (Some tasks consist of more than one window; in these cases, click Next to go to the next window, complete the information there, and then click OK.

    A dialog box appears confirming the successful completion of the task and displaying additional tasks that you can launch.

  4. Continue launching tasks as needed.

4.2.7. Using the Linux FailSafe Tasksets

The FailSafe Manager GUI also provides tasksets to guide you through the steps necessary to complete a goal that encompasses several different tasks. Follow these steps to access the Linux FailSafe tasksets:

  1. Click the Guided Configuration category in the lefthand column of the FailSafe Manager window.

    A list of tasksets appears in the right-hand column.

  2. Click a taskset in the right-hand column.

    A window appears and lists the series of tasks necessary to accomplish the desired goal.

  3. Follow the steps shown, launching tasks by clicking them.

    As you click a task, its task window appears. After you complete all of the tasks listed, you can close the taskset window by double-clicking the upper left corner of its window or clicking Close if there is a Close button on the window.