Managing a server
You have access to all controls to manage a server both from the Application view and from the Server Details view. In the Application view, if you have servers distributed in different regions, you need to select the region to access the list of its servers.
You can access the Server Details view by clicking on the server name. The page shows some information about the server, such as its description and launch date. It can then be split into a number of tabs, depending on the server type.
The main view (or General tab, if applicable), common to all server types, shows the state of the server, its configuration and the network details to reach the server. In particular, for servers running SmartFoxServer, the Status section also shows the CPU, network and concurrent users of the last 5 minutes.
And speaking of servers running SmartFoxServer, the Statistics tab shows detailed CPU, network, concurrent users and daily active users diagrams of the last 7 days.
The server controls
When the state of a server is "running" (green light), you can click the [Actions] icon to access the server controls menu. The available actions are:
- Edit - You can rename your server or enter its description; both helpful to better identify a server in case of large applications made of multiple servers
- Take snapshot - You can store an image of the server, for backup or cloning purpose (see Server snapshots for more information)
- Reboot - You can restart the server's operating system; the hosted application (SmartFoxServer, MySQL) is launched again on reboot completion
- Terminate - You can stop a running server and delete it permanently (read below for more information)
When the state of a server is "running" (green light), you can click the [Admin] icon to be redirected to the admin login screen.
As an additional security layer, a separate login must be performed before accessing the server's administration interface. You can login using the credentials highlighted in the box below.
NOTE: both SmartFoxServer 2X and MySQL initially have a default admin user, while the password is the one entered during the server configuration before its launch. As this password is not saved internally by Overcast, in case you forget it, the only option will be to terminate the server and launch a new one. Beware!
- Name: admin
- Password: -the one you provided-
- Name: root
- Password: -the one you provided-
Custom third-level domain
When the state of a server is "running" (green light), you can click the [Edit domain] icon to edit the custom third-level domain name assigned to the server. Check the SSL certificates document for more information.
When the Terminate option is clicked in the server control menu, a modal window warns that the server will be stopped permanently and that the operation is irreversible.
If the server being terminated is a prepaid one, the remaining days up to its renewal can be converted to credit to be assigned to another server. This is allowed to ease the server migration to an higher tier. The credit will be used to pay the renewal of other server at the end of its billing period.
The days-to-credit conversion is available if at least one server eligible to receive the credit is already running. A server is eligible if its type is the same one of the server being terminated (i.e. SmartFoxServer) and it was launched in the same region no more than five days before. If no eligible server can be found, the credit can't be assigned and it will be lost when the termination is confirmed.