Setting Up the Control System

Describes how to configure and access the Control System.

The Control System allows you to manage the cluster (including nodes, volumes, users, and alarms) through a comprehensive graphical user interface with all the functionality of the command line or REST APIs.

Web Server and API Server Packages

Before installing the web server and API server, it is important to understand where the packages are located. If you want to use EEP 8.1.0, which can work with release 6.2.0 or release 7.0.0 and above, the web server (mapr-webserver) and API server (mapr-apiserver) packages that you must apply depend on the core release version. And the packages for release 7.0.0 and later, and the packages for release 6.2.0 reside in different locations. Use the following table to determine which packages to use:
For release Use the web server and API server packages in the . . .
7.0.0 and later Releases repository for core 7.x.x:

6.2.0 EEP repository for EEP 8.1.0:

Installing the Web Server and API Server

In prior releases, the mapr-webserver package contained both the Control System UI static files and the server running the Java application. Starting from v6.0, the UI static files are in mapr-webserver. The mapr-apiserver runs the server that sends the queries. The apiserver allows you to perform cluster administration programmatically.

When you install mapr-webserver, the mapr-apiserver is automatically installed because of the dependency on the mapr-apiserver to perform the queries. If mapr-webserver is installed, you can use the graphical user interface to manage your cluster. You can also install the mapr-apiserver independently to run APIs or web clients that query or programmatically access file system, HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric Database, and other components; however, without the webserver, the Control System will not be available on this node to perform administrative tasks using the UI.

To install the webserver and/or apiserver, see Installing Core and Ecosystem Components.
  • If you install using the Installer, by default, the installer selects one instance of the mapr-webserver and mapr-apiserver to install. You can specify additional webserver and/or apiserver instances to install in the Configure Service Layout page.
  • If you install manually, run the appropriate command on the node to install the mapr-webserver and/or mapr-apiserver packages. For more information on the command to run, see Step 4: Install Cluster Service Packages. After you install the packages, run the following commands:
    • /opt/mapr/server/ -R
    • maprcli node services -nodes <nodes> -name apiserver -action start

For the purposes of high availability, the recommendation is to run at least 2 instances of the webserver and 2 instances of the apiserver.

Configuring Metrics and Logging to Enable Metrics Visualization

During installation using the Installer, you can configure metrics and logging using settings on the Monitoring page of the Installer user interface. The metrics collection infrastructure must be installed because the Control System relies on these metrics to provide graphs and charts. If the metrics collection infrastructure is not installed, you cannot visualize the metrics in the panes on the Control System. If you did not install metrics collection or logging during your initial installation, you can add it later by selecting the feature during an Incremental Install.

Browser Compatibility

The Control System is web-based, and works with the following browsers:

  • Chrome 58 and later
  • Safari 11.x for v6.0.1

    Safari 10.x for v6.0

    NOTE Safari Private Window is not supported.
  • Firefox 53 and later
  • Microsoft Edge 15, 16, and 17
NOTE If you encounter the following error on Firefox 79 and above:
Secure Connection Failed
then delete the Control System certificates as described to resolve this error.

Launching the Control System

To use the Control System, navigate to the host that is running the WebServer in the cluster. Control System access to the cluster is typically using HTTP on port 8080 or using HTTPS on port 8443. You should disable pop-up blockers in your browser to allow HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric to open help links in new browser tabs.

The first time you open the Control System using HTTPS from a new browser, the browser alerts you that the security certificate is unrecognized. This is normal behavior for a new connection. Add an exception in your browser to allow the connection to continue.