Touch Tablet Administrator

Touch Tablet Administrator

This tool will be a tablet focused systems administration tool that will be entirely touch based.  The goal is to have a mobile application on a tablet PC that can be carried around by an administrator no matter the location, and give a whole-scope view of an entire datacenter and workspace.  Because this is a touch app in a tablet environment, it should be visually beautiful, simplistic, and extremely easy to use.

The key to the success of an application like this is simplicity.  There are a lot of other apps out there that can accomplish what is desired here, but they are either not touch friendly, or cumbersome to setup and use.  This application will be a culmination of the best parts of other applications, but simplified and pleasing to the eye.

Systems Management Mode

A floor plan is displayed on the screen.  Computer names correspond to their location shown on the floor map.  Example Floor Map shown here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsylPpRFyFp3dFJuSWp3anRKcTlGUVBGbVRuRnBJLWc#gid=0  Green machines are online and healthy, red machines are offline.  Yellow machines have a local issue that needs attention.  Blue machines have a ticket submitted for them.

Clicking on a green machine will bring up a menu with the following options.

  • Remote Desktop

  • VNC

  • Remote command line

  • Reboot/Shutdown

  • Deploy Application

A side panel is also displayed with system information.

  • Make and model

  • IP address

  • System resources and uptime

  • Service tag and warranty info

  • Operating System

  • Running applications

  • Logged in users

Clicking on a Red machine will have the option to wake-on-LAN if it’s capable.

Clicking on a Yellow machine will give you all the options of a green status machine, but will also give you a breakdown of the issues that are keeping the machine from being healthy.  Example:  This machine needs the following windows updates 1,2,3, and also needs antivirus deployed to it.

Clicking on a Blue machine gives you the same options as a green machine, but also pulls up issues that have been reported by users.  It will allow you to close the ticket and add comments about what was done to resolve the issue.  It also will allow you to email the submitter an update about the issue progress that you’re making.

Server Status Mode

This could have sort of a virtual server room layout.  Server nodes located in server racks.  Click on a rack and get an overall status, click on a server and get information specific to that server.  Much like the systems management mode, servers will turn different colors depending on their status or needs.

Alerting will be built in so that if one server node changes status, it sends out email/sms alerts to the administrator.  SNMP monitoring can also be enabled so that if a server loses connectivity, it will also alert.

Network Status Mode

This view can have virtual racks with switches and routers and other various network equipment in them.  Tapping on one of the devices will show more detail.  This will be sort of a virtual network map that will show connectivity and information.  Here are some of the ideas so far:

  • Open SSH terminal

  • Open Telnet session

  • Reboot device

Information displayed when tapping on a device would be the following:

  • Device Name

  • Make/Model

  • Uptime

  • Bandwidth utilization

  • Active / Inactive Ports

Tapping on one of the ports of a device will show information about what’s connected.

  • Connected device name

  • Speed

  • Duplex

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