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Dashboard and Administration Module for Ceph Manager


The original Ceph manager dashboard that was shipped with Ceph "Luminous" started out as a simple read-only view into various run-time information and performance data of a Ceph cluster. It used a very simple architecture to achieve the original goal.

However, there was a growing demand for adding more web-based management capabilities, to make it easier to administer Ceph for users that prefer a WebUI over using the command line.

This new dashboard module is a replacement of the previous one and an ongoing project to add a native web based monitoring and administration application to Ceph Manager.

The architecture and functionality of this module are derived from and inspired by the openATTIC Ceph management and monitoring tool. The development is actively driven by the team behind openATTIC at SUSE.

The intention is to reuse as much of the existing openATTIC functionality as possible, while adapting it to the different environment. The Dashboard module's backend code uses the CherryPy framework and a custom REST API implementation instead of Django and the Django REST Framework.

The WebUI implementation is based on Angular/TypeScript, merging both functionality from the original dashboard as well as adding new functionality originally developed for the standalone version of openATTIC.

Enabling and Starting the Dashboard

If you have installed Ceph from distribution packages, the package management system should have taken care of installing all the required dependencies.

If you want to start the dashboard from within a development environment, you need to have built Ceph (see the toplevel file and the developer documentation for details on how to accomplish this.

Finally, you need to build the dashboard frontend code. See the file HACKING.rst in this directory for instructions on setting up the necessary development environment.

If you use the script to start up your development cluster, it will configure and enable the dashboard automatically. The URL and login credentials are displayed when the script finishes.

See the Ceph Dashboard plugin documentation for details on how to enable and configure the dashboard manually and how to configure other settings, e.g. access to the Ceph object gateway.

Supported browsers

The Ceph Manager Dashboard is tested and developed on the following browsers:

Browser Versions
Chrome 68+
Firefox 61+

While Ceph Manager Dashboard might work in older browsers, we cannot guarantee it and recommend you update your browser to the latest version.

Working on the Dashboard Code

If you're interested in helping with the development of the dashboard, please see the file HACKING.rst for details on how to set up a development environment and some other development-related topics.