In the CentreStack, objects that can be managed are defined in the following picture. You can manage objects at different levels from one single management portal.
The Partner Portal is used primarily for managing licenses and licenses distribution among all your CentreStack servers.
The partner portal is located at http://www.centrestack.com. From the Partner Portal you can download the CentreStack software as well manage the licensing of your CentreStack servers.
Typically you will download the CentreStack server software, set it up and leverage the built-in 30 day trial time to finish the setup. Towards the end of the trial, you assign licenses from the partner portal to your CentreStack server and activate it into production.
Both Self-Hosted CentreStack servers and Hosted CentreStack Tenants can be managed via the Partner Portal.
Self-Hosted CentreStack Server¶
In the User Interface, the Self-Hosted CentreStack Server instance is referred to as a CentreStack Cluster. A CentreStack Cluster can be as small as a single CentreStack server or scaled out to include multiple CentreStack servers in a server farm.
In the Partner Portal, you can also manage tenants which are hosted by CentreStack. This document doesn’t cover Hosted CentreStack. Please refer to the Hosted CentreStack Administration Guide for more information on hosted options.
In a CentreStack cluster (server), most of the time it is managing tenants. It can be a single tenant when deployed for a single company. Or it can be multiple tenants in an all-in-one CentreStack deployment.
The Cluster Administrator can manage cluster-wide functionalities, such as email SMTP server setup and worker node properties etc.
In the Deployment Guide, the Cluster Administrator is often referred to as the Master Admin or CentreStack Server Administrator. Even though the CentreStack Server Farm can have multiple CentreStack Servers, most of the time, only one CentreStack Server is deployed.
Tenant Administrator can manage Tenant-Wide functionalities, such as Group Policies. The Cluster Admin is also a Tenant Admin for the very first Tenant (Default Tenant) so the Cluster Administrator manages both Cluster Administration and Tenant Administration. In the multiple-tenant case, each Tenant Administrator will be responsible for the Tenant’s own administration scope.
The Cluster Administrator by default can help each Tenant Administrator manage at the tenant level.
In real world scenarios, the tenant is often mapped to an organization; a client of an MSP or a customer that has many employees.
There are two icons related to cluster administration and tenant administration:
Cluster Manager icon
Tenant Manager icon
Tenant(s) usually map to your organization or client.
If you are logged in as the Default Cluster Admin, you will manage the tenant level scope from the “Tenant Manager” instead of using the “Tenant Manager icon”.
1: All the administration work is performed via the web portal inside a web browser. Recommended browsers include Google Chrome first, followed by Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. (Internet Explorer requires version 9 and above and includes Microsoft Edge Browser)
2: The very first user who installed the CentreStack is also the Cluster Admin and Tenant Admin for the Default Tenant. In order for the Cluster Admin to be familiar with the tenant functionality, the Cluster Admin is provided a small 3-user default account (Tenant Account).
3: You can start the administration work at any time by pointing your web browser to the CentreStack Server’s IP Address or DNS name. If you are on the CentreStack server console, you can even use http://localhost to get started.