Access Site Local User Interface

Objective

This guide provides instructions on how to access the local user interface (UI) for an F5® Distributed Cloud Services Customer Edge (CE) Site. The local UI is used to perform certain configuration and management functions locally from the site. The local UI is also used to obtain statuses related to the Distributed Cloud Services CE Site.

The various functions you can perform using the site local UI include:

  • Initial configuration for site provisioning

  • Network configuration for wired, wireless, and mobile carrier/LTE networks

  • Site status monitoring

  • Site services monitoring

  • Execute command-line interface (CLI) commands

  • Factory reset

  • Collect debug information

Using the instructions provided in this guide, you can access the site local UI and perform configuration functions.

Note: The site local UI is more useful in cases of private cloud data centers or Distributed Cloud Services hardware, where activities such as post-installation configuration are required.


Prerequisites


Site Local UI Operation

The site local UI operation includes initial configuration, provisioning configuration, and other advanced functions, such as monitoring, factory reset, and debug collection.

The following video shows you how to access the site local UI:

Perform Initial Configuration

For Distributed Cloud Services sites on private clouds or F5 IGW hardware devices, the initial configuration for site provisioning must be completed after the site software installation. This can be performed from the CLI or the site local UI.

This example covers initial configuration using the site local UI.

Note: For information on configuration using the CLI, see Site Management.

Perform the following steps:

Step 1: Power on your device and obtain the device IP address.
  • In cases of VMware or KVM sites, boot up your virtual machine after installing the software.

  • In case of F5 IGW hardware, connect to the power source and switch on the device.

  • In cases of VMware or KVM sites, find the IP address from the utilities, such as vSphere client or the virsh CLI tool.

  • In case of F5 IGW hardware, use tools such as a network scanner to find the IP address after connecting to your LAN.

Note: You can also obtain an IP address from the F5 IGW device display after connecting the WAN port to your local LAN.

Step 2: Log into the site local UI and change the default password.
  • Open a browser window and enter https://volterra.local:65500 or https://<device-ip-address>:65500. This loads the authentication popup window.

  • Enter admin and Volterra123 in the Username and Password fields, respectively.

  • Click Sign in. The site local UI loads, asking you to change the password.

  • Enter the current password.

  • Enter a new password and enter the same password in the confirmation field, and then click Change password.

  • Refresh the browser to sign in with your new password. The site local UI dashboard appears.

Step 3: Perform initial configuration for site provisioning.

The Status field in the dashboard shows Configuration.

  • Click Configure now to load the device configuration window.

  • Configure the fields per the following guidelines:

    • Token: This is your site token and is mandatory for provisioning.

    • Cluster name: Enter a cluster name. This is mandatory for provisioning. However, you can also set this during registration.

    • Hostname: Optional field.

    • Certified Hardware: This is populated by a default value, but you can change it from the drop-down list.

    • Primary Outside NIC: This is populated by default to eth0, but you can change it from the drop-down list.

    • Latitude: Optional field.

    • Longitude: Optional field.

  • Click Save configuration.

  • Refresh the browser to update the status to Approval - indicating that site registration is pending approval.

Step 4: Perform registration.
  • Log into F5® Distributed Cloud Console (Console) and click Cloud and Edge Sites.

Figure: Console Homepage
Figure: Console Homepage

  • Click Manage > Site Management > Registrations in the options. The Pending Registrations tab loads by default.

  • Check that a registration request is displayed for your site.

  • Click the blue checkmark symbol to approve the registration.

  • Enter the required fields in the registration acceptance form as applicable and click Accept. The approval may take a few seconds to update.

  • Go back to the site local UI and refresh the browser to ensure the status reflects Provisioning.

  • Wait for a few minutes and refresh again so that the status now displays Provisioned.

Site Provisioned
Figure: Site Provisioned

Note: The Connection Status to Volterra ADN panel displays information only for one of the nodes of a site. The other nodes do not display the site connectivity status for the Distributed Cloud Services application delivery network (ADN).


Monitor Site From Local UI

The site local UI loads the dashboard view by default. The site dashboard displays site status and detailed system information, such as CPU, memory, and hardware information.

Perform the following steps to monitor your site:

Step 1: Monitor site services.
  • Click Services on the left menu to load the Services status page. The status Ready indicates that the site services are ready for operation.

Site Service Monitoring
Figure: Site Service Monitoring

  • Click Refresh to obtain the latest status.
Step 2: Monitor DHCP lease.

Click DHCP Leases on the left menu to check the DHCP lease information.

In this example, eth3 is the inside interface providing DHCP services to the network to which this interface is associated.

DHCP Leases Monitoring
Figure: DHCP Leases Monitoring

In this example, no inside interfaces provide DHCP services to the network.

DHCP Leases Monitoring
Figure: DHCP Leases Monitoring

Step 3: Monitor site status.

Click Status on the left menu to obtain detailed site status in JSON format.

Detailed Site Status
Figure: Detailed Site Status


Perform Additional Functions

You can perform additional functions such as wireless network configuration, factory reset, collecting debug information, etc.

Perform the following steps to carry out additional functions.

Step 1: Configure wireless network access.

Note: The wireless configuration is typically performed for IGW hardware devices.

Step 1.1: Configure Wi-Fi settings.
  • Click WiFi settings on the left menu and wait for the wireless network scanning to complete.

Wi-Fi Settings
Figure: Wi-Fi Settings

  • Click in the Network SSID field and select a network per your choice.

  • Click in the Security field to select the security type and enter the security information according to the security selection.

  • Click Apply Changes to save the Wi-Fi settings.

  • Click Scan for networks anytime to scan again and refresh the network list.

Note: If you need to reset the settings, click Reset form.

Step 1.2: Configure LTE settings.

Configuring LTE settings requires you to insert a mobile carrier LTE SIM card into the F5 IGW hardware device. Also, you must obtain the APN, username, and password from your LTE service provider.

  • Click LTE settings on the left menu to load the LTE settings form.

  • In the APN field, enter your access point name.

  • In the User and Password fields, respectively, enter your username and password.

  • In the PIN field, enter your connection PIN.

LTE Settings
Figure: LTE Settings

  • Click Apply Changes to save the LTE settings.

Note: If you need to reset the settings, click Reset form.

Step 2: Change admin password.
  • From the menu on the left, click the Change password option.

Change Admin Password Form
Figure: Change Admin Password Form

  • Enter your current password.

  • Enter your new password twice, and then click Change password.

Change Admin Password Complete
Figure: Change Admin Password Complete

  • To reset the form to empty, click Reset form.
Step 3: Execute CLI commands.

The site local UI provides you with a set of CLI commands to execute and obtain results.

  • From the menu on the left, click the Tools option.

Site Local UI Tools
Figure: Site Local UI Tools

  • From the Select tool drop-down menu, select a command to execute, and then click the blue button corresponding to the command. This example displays the Show Log command.

CLI Command Show Log
Figure: CLI Command Show Log

CLI Command Show Log
Figure: CLI Command Show Log

Step 4: Perform factory reset.

The site local UI provides you with an option to reset your node to factory settings.

  • From the menu on the left, click Factory reset.

  • Click Trigger factory reset. The site status in the dashboard shows Resetting. This process may take several minutes.

Factory Reset
Figure: Factory Reset

Afterwards, you are required to perform initial configuration. Refresh the browser and perform the instructions listed in the Perform Initial Configuration chapter.

Note: You can also perform factory reset from Console. See Perform Factory Reset for more information.

Step 5: Collect debug information.
  • From the menu on the left, click Debug info to load the debug info window.

Site Debug Information
Figure: Site Debug Information

  • Click Collect Debug info and wait for the debug collection to complete.

Site Debug Information
Figure: Site Debug Information

  • Click Browse debug info files to display the debug information files collected.

  • Click on the filepath to download a compressed file that contains the logs.

Download Logs File
Figure: Download Logs File

  • To delete the logs, click Clean debug info files.

Delete Logs File
Figure: Delete Logs File


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