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Opsview On-Demand (EC2)

Opsview is providing EC2 'cloud' images for Opsview Pro and Opsview Enterprise, with EBS storage running on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Images are currently available at the following datacenters: Tokyo, Singapore, EU Ireland, Sao Paulo, N. California (US-West), Oregon (US-West), N. Virginia (US-East).

Getting started

To use Opsview's EC2 images, you will need to register for an Amazon AWS account. Pricing details are available here

Watch our Opsview On-Demand screencast (6mins)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

We recommend you run your EC2 image within an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. Our licensing framework ties your registration to the MAC address of your network card. If an EC2 image is stopped and then started again, the MAC address will change. This results in your license being disabled and another EID needing to be generated.

To ensure your license information is not affected, you should run Opsview within a VPC environment, assigning an Elastic Network Interface to your server.

You can find documentation for running an EC2 image in a VPC here: http://aws.amazon.com/documentation/vpc/

Starting your EC2 image

Once you have created your Amazon AWS account, you can launch the Opsview instance closest to your geo-location by going to the links at http://www.opsview.com/technology/downloads (registration required).

Here you will see the initial screen upon clicking a link above. Click 'continue'

We recommend you select 'm1.small' as a minimum. You can select a zone preference, if you do so wish. Our recommendation is to leave this as 'no preference'.

Leave the defaults selected.

Enter a name for your Opsview EC2 image, as demonstrated below.

On this screen you will need to create an SSH key to login to the Opsview server with. Type the name of your key pair, and click 'create & download your key pair'

Please ensure you keep this key safe, it is required to SSH to your Opsview server

Select the 'default' security group and click next. You will need to open up ports to allow connectivity to your guest within this group, we will cover this further below.

Review your configuration. It should look the same as below.

You will now see your Opsview EC2 image loading

Passwords

To login to the main user interface, please use the username of admin and a password of initial

For SSH, there is no root passphrase. Please use sudo su - to switch to the root user.

The MySQL password is password

Firewall Rules

You will need to open up port 80 to connect to the Opsview GUI. You can open up port 22 if you wish to connect via SSH to your Opsview server.

Within your EC2 management screen, navigate to 'network & security', then 'security groups'. Click 'Inbound' and enter port 80 & 22 (if you wish to connect via SSH). Remember to click 'apply rule changes'.

Finally, to connect to your EC2 instance, highlight the URL as seen in the screenshot below, copy and paste this into your web browser.

You should be presented with this screen. If your connection times-out, please wait a minute for the EC2 guest to load and double-check your firewall rules within the AWS console.

SSH

If you wish to connect to your Opsview EC2 instance via SSH, you will need to save the private key detailed in the instructions above. If using a Unix terminal, you can connect using the below command:

ssh -i /path/to/private-key.pem [amazon hostname] -l ubuntu

If you are using Windows, you will first need to convert the key to a format that PuTTY/Pageant can use. To do this, you need to use a utility called PuTTYgen.

Load up PuTTYgen, click Conversions > Import Key

Select your saved EC2 .pem key.

Click Save Private Key, and ensure the file extension ends .ppk

You can now load your converted private key into Pageant, using PuTTY to connect to your EC2 instance.

NOTE: Remember to login as the 'ubuntu' user.

Credits

A big thank you to the team at Canonical who created the underlying Ubuntu image used to create our Opsview EC2 images.

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