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Getting Started with the Sunlight Infrastructure Manager (SIM)

The Sunlight Infrastructure Dashboard can be used to manage sunlight cluster instances for both on-premise clusters (via a secure tunnel) and on-demand in AWS, providing a simple orchestration point to manage and monitor resources.

The following instructions provide information on how to deploy and manage a cluster within AWS. With the correct IAM credentials enabled, users can deploy clusters on demand on AWS baremetal nodes.

First the user is required to log in with the credentials that were set in the previous setup guide:

aws infrastructure manager login

Since this will be the first time the user logs in, the following screen appears:

aws infrastructure no clusters

At this stage, the user can click on create in order to initialise the creation process of a new cluster. A cluster can be deployed with up to 10 baremetal nodes. Each node can be a different type of baremetal instance in the same availability zone:

aws infrastructure create cluster

The user should firstly select the number of nodes they wish to have in the cluster to be built.

The following option has to do with choosing the bare metal instance type offered by AWS. The available and supported options are as follows:

aws infrastructure instance type

Finaly by clicking on submit the build process will be initiated.

aws infrastructure new cluster building

As soon as the process is completed the state changes:

aws infrastructure new cluster online

So the user can see the state as being online as well as the IP of the cluster's UI. By clicking on that IP the user will be able to visit the login screen of the Sunlight cluster directly. The cluster is ready to be configured using the standard userguide procedures documented in the menus on the left.

Hovering the mouse cursor on top of the id will display a tooltip with the cluster ID:

aws infrastructure new cluster hover

Upon clicking on the id link the user can see the nodes associated with this newly built cluster:

aws infrastructure new cluster open

Upon clicking on the node link the user can see the network links and the internal IPs associated with this node:

aws infrastructure new cluster open

At this stage the user is ready to begin using the cluster via the cluster manager UI and creating VIrtual Machines (VMs) as per normal operational needs. If the user decides that they wish to have a public IP associated with a VM then the user can allocate AWS managed Elastic Network IPs to the specific cluster and then associate an IP to a specific VM running on a particular baremetal node.

The following images describe the process:

aws infrastructure allocate IPs 1

Select the 'Allocate IPs' menu option and choose a number to reserve for this cluster.

aws infrastructure allocate IPs 1

Once the pool of IPs has been allocated, the user can then select the settings icon next to an individual VM and assign an IP address from the pool. Note that on the Sunlight cluster the VM network interface must be attached to an external network, a selection of which are pre-configured when the cluster is initialised.