Grid Manager provides an easy-to-use interface that simplifies core network services management. Its navigational tools enable you to quickly move through the application and retrieve the information you need. You can customize different elements in your workspace, and hide and display panels as you need them. It also provides different types of Help, so you can immediately access the information you need to complete your tasks.
Figure 1.3 illustrates the typical layout of Grid Manager. It identifies common elements of the interface and features that you can use:
Figure 1.3 Grid Manager Interface
Grid Manager displays system messages at the top of the screen. In wizards and editors, it displays messages at the top as well.
Some configuration changes require a service restart. Grid Manager displays a message whenever you make such a change. Click the Restart icon that appears in the message to restart services.
Grid Manager displays banner messages on the header and footer of the screen. Only superusers can publish the informational and security banner. There are two types of banners:
Breadcrumbs navigation displays your path to the current page. It helps you keep track of your location in Grid Manager. You can click any of the links to get back to a previous page.
Use Global Search to find data. Grid Manager searches the entire NIOS database for data that matches the criteria you specify. For additional information on Global Search, see Using Global Search.
The Finder panel appears on all pages in Grid Manager. It provides the following tools:
You can resize, collapse, and expand the Finder panel.
The vertical Toolbar panel provides easy access to commands. The Toolbar is available in all pages, except the Dashboard. Its content changes depending on the type of data displayed in the work area. You can resize, collapse, and expand the Toolbar panel.
The Help panel provides the following types of Help:
Grid Manager provides a wizard for every object that you can create. You use wizards to enter basic information required to create an object. If you want to configure additional parameters, you can then save the object and edit it.
Note that all required fields are denoted by asterisks.
Your connection to Grid Manager may time out if a save operation takes longer than 120 seconds to complete. This can occur when multiple, complex operations are initiated by several users. It does not result in any data loss.
Tooltips display the function of each button. Hover your mouse over a button or icon to display its label.
Grid Manager uses dynamic tables to display information. You can customize tables by resizing columns, sorting the data, and selecting certain columns for display. Your settings remain active until you log out.
To resize columns in a table:
To sort the data displayed in a table, click the header title. You can click the header title again to reverse the sort order. Alternatively, you can do the following:
Grid Manager displays the selected column in the table.
To reorder columns in a table, drag and drop the columns to the desired positions.
In a table, Grid Manager displays data on multiple pages when the number of items to be displayed exceeds the maximum number of items that can be displayed on one page. Use the navigational buttons at the bottom of the table to page through the display.
You can select multiple rows in a table. For example, in a Windows browser, you can do the following to select multiple rows:
When you click the select all check box in a table that contains multiple pages, only the rows on the current page are selected. Grid Manager displays a message that indicates the total number of selected rows on the page. You can click Select all objects in the dataset to select all rows in the entire table. When you select all rows in the table, Grid Manager displays a message to indicate that. You can then click Clear Selection to deselect the rows.
After you select all rows on a page, you can deselect a specific row by clearing the check box of the row. You can also click a row (not the check box) in the table to select the item and deselect the others.
In a table, when you select all the objects for deletion, the objects that are not deleted from the database remain in the table after the operation is completed.
Figure 1.4 Select All in a Table
Infoblox provides inline editing for certain fields in some tables. You can use this feature to modify data directly in a table instead of going through an editor.
To update information in a table, you must have read/write permission to the data. When you enter or select a new value, the appliance validates the data format before saving the updated data.
To modify data in a table:
Figure 1.5 Inline Editing
In Grid Manager, you can print information from panels and pages that support the Print function. Grid Manager prints data one page at a time. The amount of data that is displayed in a specific panel depends on the table size configuration that you set in your user profile. For information, see Specifying the Table Size.
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