Managing Servers
 

Before deploying your virtual desktops or apps to production, it is a good idea to create and test them using sandbox servers.  The Servers screen lets you access servers in the cloud for which you have administrative rights.  You can install, configure, and update a selected server, and this will become the base image which will be deployed to the production/auto-scaling environment.

In some cases, you may want to make changes directly to a production server. The servers screen enables you to do so. Please use extreme caution and coordinate with Apporto.

 

Server access is an add-on feature in Apporto. The ability to start and launch servers is dependent on your subscription package.

 

This short guide will show you step by step how to:

 

View Servers Screen

 

Using your preferred web browser, navigate to the URL for your Apporto system, for example, “mycollege.apporto.com”, and log in to the system using your Admin credentials.

Click the Servers icon in the Navigation Panel.

The ‘Servers’ screen displays.

The Servers screen shows a listing of servers to which your Administrative account has access, and provides the following information for each server:

  • LOCAL NAME: The local name of the server (editable field)

  • INSTANCE NAME: The instance name for the server

  • INSTANCE TYPE: The instance type for the server

  • AVAILABILITY ZONE: The geographic zone where the server is located

  • INSTANCE STATE: The current operational state of the server instance

  • IPV4 PUBLIC IP: The public IP address of the server

Start Server

 

To start a server, click Start

Wait about 30 seconds (AWS) to 2 minutes (Azure) for the server to start.

Once started, the INSTANCE STATE will change from stopped to running.  Also, the button will change from Start to Launch. Click Launch to launch the desktop.   

Once the desktop is launched, you can install software and configure the desktop.  Common changes include installing software, adding desktop shortcuts, changing the time zone, and setting the default browser and/or landing page.

When you have completed configuring the desktop, contact Apporto to move the image to the auto-scaling environment.

Extreme caution should be used when configuring a production server. Active sessions on the server will be interrupted. Also, changes made on one server will need to be replicated to all production servers. Please coordinate with Apporto.

Adding wallpaper or background images is NOT recommended as it slows performance.