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Overview of Servers module


Applies to: Nerdio for Azure (NFA). Does not apply to Nerdio Private Cloud (NPC)


The Servers module allows you to manage servers in your Nerdio environment. You can view a list of all Nerdio servers and perform critical tasks such as reboot servers, add new servers, change server configuration, and remove a server:

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Manage servers

Let's review the "Manage servers" section, which is the main section on the page.

Title bar

In the title bar, you will see a search box. You can search by server name or description. Place your cursor in the search box and start typing. The list will be immediately filtered to show matching results. Clear out the contents of the search box to remove the filter and see the entire list.

You can add a new server to your Nerdio environment by clicking the "add" icon. You can also add a new server by clicking the Add server button that's available further down on the screen, after the list of servers.

The settings icon lets you decide if you want to view servers that have been shutdown. Click the icon and you will be presented with the option to include or exclude stopped servers in the list of servers.

Main section

The main section of Manage servers lists the servers in your Nerdio account. By default the system lists all active servers; stopped servers are hidden unless you change the settings from the title bar.

Let's look at one row, which is one server, from the Manage servers list. The screenshot below shows the server named FS01:

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In the first column you will see the name of the server and an icon representing if the server is on or off:

A green icon indicates the server is up and running.
A red icon indicates the server has been shutdown.


Under the name you will find other critical information - server's fully qualified domain name (FQDN), IP address, operating system and Azure region where server has been provisioned.

The second column displays a description for the server. A new server is not assigned a description. You can click the pencil icon to enter a description.

The third and fourth display the server's configuration. You can change configuration by clicking the pencil icon. In the screenshot above we can see that FS01 is configured as a D1v2 Azure VM. The information "1C/3.5GB/SSD" indicates that it's a 1 core VM with 3.5GB memory and SSD drives. The server has two disks. First one is a OS disk, that's a premium storage disk as indicated by "P" in P10 and has 128 GB storage capacity. The second disk is a data disk, it's also a premium storage disk with 512 GB storage capacity.

 

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NAP won't allow you to change your server configuration to a VM size that's not available in your Azure subscription's region. If you have provisioned your VM with premium storage disks, you won't be allowed to "downgrade" to a VM size that doesn't support premium disks. NAP will also check and make sure you don't exceed number of cores available in your Azure subscription.

 

The fifth column holds a series of buttons. Click the down arrow to see entire list of actions:

Generate RDP file: Use this button to download RDP file and log in to server.
Restart: Use this button to reboot server. You will be prompted for a confirmation.
Shutdown: Use this button to stop server. You will be prompted for a confirmation.
Delete: Use this button to destroy server. You will be prompted for a confirmation. Not available if server is a system server such as DC01, PRX01 and others.
Add disk: Use this button to add disk to server. You will be prompted for the disk size.
Manage IP: Use this button to assign IP address and change vLAN.
Clone: Use to button to provision another RDSH server. Available if server is a RDSH server.

 

Manage golden desktop image

See this article for an overview of the "Manage golden desktop image" section.

 

Server management tasks

Server management tasks is where you see a list of server tasks you or others have executed. For example, when you create a new server, NAP adds a task to the Server management tasks queue. Your request to create a server typically takes a few minutes. You can view the progress of the task in this section. A task will go through these states:

  1. Pending: This means the task has been added to the queue and is waiting to be picked up by NAP's back-end system
  2. In process: This means the task has been picked up and is currently being processed by NAP's back-end system
  3. Complete: This means the task has completed successfully
    OR
    Error: This means the task failed. This typically happens when the user information was not entered right. Depending on your access level, you can click on the word "Error" to view detailed information about the cause of the error.
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