Launching stacks from the console

Stacks can be launched from blueprints from the:

  • Dashboard page
  • Catalogs page
  • Stacks page

To launch a stack from a blueprint from the Catalog page, click on the Catalog menu and then click on the Launch button from the desired blueprint.

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Enter inputs

Note

When launching a stack from a blueprint, Dell Cloud Manager uses the information defined in the blueprint and also input specified in the Launch Blueprint page from the user.

The following input fields are presented to the user:

  • Stack Name
  • Stack Description (optional)
  • User Group (optional)
  • Budget

In addition to the above input fields, there will also be input fields for the inputs that were defined in the template that was used to create the blueprint.

Example template inputs:

inputs:                                                         # Defined inputs
  name:                                                         # Define an input edit box so the user can specify the name (prefix) of the server being launched
    type: string                                                # It's a normal HTML string input control
    description: Name for the server                            # Add a description that will appear over the HTML string input control
  product_selector:                                             # Define the product selector so the user can select the cloud and region
    type: dcm.inputs.Product
    properties:
      platform: UNIX                                            # Virtual machine images are Ubuntu Linux
      architecture: I64                                         # 64 bit images
      productMappings:
        "Amazon":                                               # Amazon cloud
          "us-east-1":                                          # us-east-1 Region
            image: "ami-b7ce7adc"                               # Machine image identifier for an Ubuntu image in this region
            products: ['t1.micro', 'm1.small', 'm1.medium']     # The virtual machine product sizes for this region

          "us-west-1":                                          # us-west-1 Region
            image: "ami-ff6d93bb"                               # Machine image identifier for an Ubuntu image in this region
            products: ['t1.micro', 'm1.small', 'm1.medium']     # The virtual machine product sizes for this region

          "us-west-2":                                          # us-west-2 Region
            image: "ami-bbd5c08b"                               # Machine image identifier for an Ubuntu image in this region
            products: ['t1.micro', 'm1.small', 'm1.medium']     # The virtual machine product sizes for this region

Enter the required input information and then click on the Launch button.

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Confirm launch

Confirm the launch by clicking on the Proceed with Launch button.

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Launch Progress

After you confirm the launch, the Launch Progress page is displayed. It is updated dynamically as the launch progresses.

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Stack Overview

The Stack Overview page displays the overall status and health of the stack. If the blueprint contains outputs they will appear on this page after the stack reaches the running state.

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Stack Resources

The Stack Resources page displays the resources in the stack and their status: Servers, Volumes, Firewalls, Load Balancers, etc.

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Stack History

The Stack History page displays the stack history which includes the launching of the stack and any auto scaling or auto healing activities after the stack reaches the running state.

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