Getting Started

Introduction

Welcome to Critical Stack. The Critical Stack (CS) user interface is a streamlined and simple way to manage your infrastructure and deploy containerized workloads. To learn more about Critical Stack, containers, or container orchestration visit: criticalstack.com

The top-level menu facilitates global navigation along with showing available components and cluster information. Multiple users can access the UI at once. All users have access to current information. Role-based permissions determine which actions and administrative tasks are available. The information in the Critical Stack UI changes according to the namespace you select. When you log into your CS cluster, the default homepage is the Node information, as shown in Figure 1.


FeatureDescription
System MenuEnables you to logout, access system and interface settings, help, and view the system version.
Cluster TabsAllows you to display Data Center, Cluster, and Marketplace information. Each Cluster Tab displays its own Cluster Components menu and detailed info.
ComponentsThe Components change depending on which Cluster Tab you select.
Namespace SelectorSwitch between available namespaces. Per Kubernetes, Namespaces are a way to divide cluster resources between multiple users.
SettingsA shortcut to access system and interface settings.
Cluster Dashboard DisplayThe information window display changes according to the Cluster Tab and the feature you select.
TasksEach cluster feature has corresponding action buttons to assist you with administrative tasks.
Guide CenterTutorials and FAQs

Figure 1

Main Controls and Actions

To logout or view system and interface details, click the System Menu.


Manage and monitor the health of your cluster with Kubernetes-based features using each of the Cluster Tabs - Data Center, Cluster, Marketplace and their Tasks and Services.

Data Center

Each Component has additional options. View these by clicking on a Component heading.

Nodes

View the health and general information about your nodes. Edit labels and toggle between panel and compact views with metric data.

Workloads

Explore tasks and services running on your clusters by selecting an option from the Workloads menu.

Services and Discovery

Easily monitor and configure network connectivity with the Services and Discovery Components.

Storage

Manage, monitor, and configure volumes by selecting a Storage Component from the Data Center tab.

Config

Create, verify, and troubleshoot cluster configurations quickly with Config Components.

More

Want to set resource limits or see events? The components to do this are available by selecting More from the Data Center Components.

ActionDescription
Resource QuotasEnables you to restrict resource consumption and creation by namespace.
Limit RangesProvide constraints for resources, storage, and requests, as well as default limits for Pod, Containers, and Namespaces.
EventsA helpful history of what’s happening inside a cluster. Events provide insights when troubleshooting activities within the cluster.

Cluster

The Cluster tab provides information and configuration options for access controls, namespaces, security configurations, and the health of your cluster.

Access Control

Review and create cluster accounts using role-based access controls (RBAC). Manage access by clicking Roles, RoleBindings, ClusterRoles, or ClusterRoleBindings from the Cluster tab’s main page or from the Access Control menu.

Namespaces

View, add, or remove namespaces quickly and easily.

Security

View current Pod Security Policies. Create Pod Security Policies using the command line within the UI.

Health

The Health component provides a table with the health status of all deployments.

Marketplace

The Marketplace allows you to curate and rapidly deploy apps from local or popular Helm repositories with minimal effort.

Stumped?

Contact our Support, or look through our FAQs.