MightyBox PaaS provides the possibility to manage all main aspects of container’s lifecycle directly through a dashboard. It supports a number of various tools, intended to help you to configure your environments:
- settings wizard
- embedded file manager
- log files
- SSH access
Container Layer Settings Wizard
MightyBox integrated the special Docker layer settings dialog frame to the topology wizard to adjust some of the most commonly required container settings without the necessity to access it via SSH. Simultaneously powerful and user-friendly, it gives you the ability to configure your containers in the easiest and most comfortable way.
So, to start with, you need to access the above-mentioned frame. There are two ways this can be done through:
- via topology wizard – click on the New Environment button and add the needed container(s) or hit the Change Environment Topology button for the already created environment.
Then choose a container that needs to be tuned and select the appropriate Configuration section at the bottom (circled in the image above).
- directly from the dashboard – hover over your environment layer, click on the gear icon and pick one of the quick access options from the expanded list
After that, the Docker layer settings window will appear:
As you can see, it contains 5 separate sections with the next settings options (follow the appropriate guide below for the section you are interested in):
- Run Config
Configuration File Manager
The in-built MightyBox configuration file manager is designed to manage the files inside your container (including the ones, that are available and/or exported by means of Shared Storage Container functionality). The appropriate tab can be opened by clicking on the Config button next to the necessary node (or the whole layer):
It includes 4 main sections:
- Root (File Manager) – gives you easy access to container local filesystem, where you can operate the comprised data and instance settings within the corresponding configuration files
- Mount Points – list of folders, that are physically stored on a remote node but can be used at a current container through mounting the directories with required data
- Exports – list of folders, which are shared with other nodes, i.e. are exported to be available at the remote instances whilst being stored locally
- Favorites – commonly used files and folders to have quick and simple access to (you can manually mark any custom ones as favorites)
In such a way file manager, allows us to take full control over the container file system with no extra tools required. However, be aware of what you are modifying, as in case something will get broken, the changes you’ve applied couldn’t be automatically reverted.
Another section of the MightyBox dashboard, which may help you to manage your projects, is Logs. Here, the data on all aspects of your container’s lifecycle is gathered, which may come in handy while troubleshooting and/or debugging your applications or services.
The log files inside a container are automatically rotated, so when any of them reaches the size of 50 MB, it is automatically compressed and moved to the dedicated rotated_logs directory. To view such archives (if necessary), you need to enter the appropriate container via SSH and download them for examining locally. The compressed logs are stored for 7 days, after which they will be automatically removed, being considered an obsolete data.
SSH Access to Container
If you prefer to manage your containers via terminal, you can easily connect to any of them via SSH, no matter whether has it the external IP address attached or not. Once connected, you get true freedom for managing your instances through executing the necessary operations directly from your local machine.
In addition, the platform is supplied with the dedicated MightyBox CLI client, which allows to handle the vast majority of operations, required for your applications lifecycle management, by means of a set of special scripts. Herewith, the structure of the commands this could be accomplished through is completely similar to the MightyBox API hierarchy, so you can easily get used to the client.