1. Basic terminology and concepts
- Location - Physical location of your equipment. It could be as simple as "Main Office Server Room" or a complex nested structure if you have a lot of different location in different parts of the country or world. Locations may be nested and may serve just as "containers" for other locations like, for example, "West Coast". Locations may be exported to text files or imported (currently JSON format is supported).
- Library - A read only repository of all the equipment you may place in your locations. Devices may have pictures of front and rear panels, physical dimensions, power consumption numbers and so on.
Device level - each device in the library has an attribute called "level". This attribute specifies the location of such device in the container hierarchy. Devices with level "rack" may contain devices with level "device", which in turn may contain devices with level "module" or "blade".
When you start populating your locations, start with "rack" devices and move down the hierarchy.
- Template - You can not directly place the device from the library into the location. You need to create a named template first and then instantiate this template, if necessary multiple times. While creating the template you can "configure" it, specifying amount of memory, disk configuration and such. For example, you can take the HP DL165G8 server from the Library, add 16GB memory to it, 4x1TB drives in RAID10 configuration and save this as "Application Server". Once you do that, you can create as many such servers in your locations as you wish and fine tune their configuration details.
2. Add Locations
Click Location in the left menu bar and add root locations by entering their names in the Add Location input field and clicking Add. You can add Locations within Locations by right-clicking existing locations and selecting Create. You can also rearrange locations by dragging them around.
3. Add templates
Click Library in the left menu bar and chose the device you want to add. As soon as you find the device you need, give it a distinct name like "Application server", "Top of the rack switch for Europe locations" or something like that and press "Save as Template". You will see your device saved under this name in the Templates section of the library. Do not forget to select rack and save it as a device too under distinct name like "Our standard rack".
4. Add devices
Start with adding racks - press the big orange (+) plus button in the right top corner of the window and add the template you made for the rack as many times as you have racks in your location. Then select one of the new racks and press (+) again to add devices to this rack.