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Configure Dashboard

Customize the Developer Dashboard and the OpenShift console

You can add additional tools to the Developer Dashboard and to the Tools menu on the OpenShift console. The tools in the cluster are automatically added, but the tools outside the cluster must be added manually. You can manually add these tools, specifying their URLs in the process:

  • Image registry
  • GitHub repository
  • LogDNA dashboard
  • Sysdig dashboard

You can also add tools for the Cloud Paks that you install in the environment, for CodeReady Workspaces if you install that in the environment, etc.

With the Cloud-Native Toolkit now installed into your development cluster, it is now possible to customize it further to meet your development team’s requirements. This may be to use it for a small squad that just has ten developers, or prepare it for a large activation workshop tht could have two-hundred developers. The following customization helps enable the control you need for the developers.

To get the URL for the image registry:

  • In the IBM Cloud console, navigate to Kubernetes > Registry or OpenShift > Registry
  • On the Registry page, select the Images tab
  • That URL for the Images tab (or any of the Registry tabs) is the one to add to the tools lists

LogDNA dashboard

Get the URL for the LogDNA web UI in your environment

  • IBM Log Analysis with LogDNA: Viewing logs explains how to open the web UI
  • In the IBM Cloud dashboard, navigate to Observability > Logging
  • Find the logging instance named after your environment’s cluster, such as showcase-dev-iks-logdna. To help find it, you can filter by your resource group. LogDNA Logging Instance
  • In the logging instance, the URL in the View LogDNA button is the one to add to the tools lists

Sysdig dashboard

Get the URL for the Sysdig web UI for your environment

  • Step 4: Launch the web UI explains how to open the web UI
    • In the IBM Cloud dashboard, navigate to Observability > Monitoring
    • Find the monitoring instance named after your environment’s cluster, such as showcase-dev-iks-sysdig Sysdig Monitoring Instance
    • In the monitoring instance, the URL in the View Sysdig button is the one to add to the tools lists

Adding Tools to the Developer Dashboard

To customize tools that are displayed in the Developer Dashboard follow these instructions to Customize Dashboard. The Dashboard already has several tools configured, and you may want to add more.

  • These are tools that every Environment has but that are hosted outside of the cluster. To add these to the Dashboard, run these commands and provide the URLs:

    igc tool-config --name ir --url {url image registry}
    igc tool-config --name github --url {url to git org}
    igc tool-config --name logdna --url {url to LogDNA instance}
    igc tool-config --name sysdig --url {url to Sysdig instance}
  • If your Environment includes the Cloud Paks with these tools, add them to your Dashboard:

    igc tool-config --name ta --url {url to the Transformation Advisor}
    igc tool-config --name mcm --url {url to IBM CP4MCM}
    igc tool-config --name integration --url {url to CP4I instance}
  • If you’ve installed CodeReady Workspaces in your Environment (see below), add it to your Dashboard:

    igc tool-config --name codeready --url {url to the CRW instance}

Adding Tools to the OpenShift Console

If the Developer Environment includes an OpenShift cluster, the Environment adds a Tools menu to the OpenShift console. The tools in the cluster are automatically added, but you need to add the tools outside of the cluster to specify their URLs. You can also extend the Tools menu to provide fast links to common tools you the development team will require. These tools links are common across the cluster.

OCP Console Tools
  • Edit the file called tools.yaml in the terraform/scripts folder. This file contains the CRDs required to configure the menu items. Add custom links for github, logdna, and sysdig, and save the file.

  • Run the terraform/scripts/config-console-tools script to apply the settings in tools.yaml. To do so: Make sure you are logged into your cluster from the command line and run the script, specifying your cluster’s ingress subdomain. To find the ingress subdomain, go to the cluster overview page in the IBM Cloud console; it’s something like

    ./config-console-tools {cluster ingress subdomain}
  • Optionally, you can extend the list of tools to include links to other tools. For example, here are two links to the Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management and the Cloud Pak for Integration.

    kind: ConsoleLink
    name: toolkit-mcm
    imageURL: https://dashboard-tools.#CLUSTER_INGRESS_URL/tools/icon/mcm
    section: Cloud Native Toolkit

Installing CodeReady Workspaces

CodeReady Workspaces can be easily added to your development experience using the Red Hat Operator Hub. See Chapter 3. Installing CodeReady Workspaces from Operator Hub.

CodeReady Workspaces is a developer workspace server and cloud IDE. Workspaces are defined as project code files and all of their dependencies necessary to edit, build, run, and debug them. Each workspace has its own private IDE hosted within it. The IDE is accessible through a browser. The browser downloads the IDE as a single-page web application. CodeReady Workspaces will enable a 100% developer experience to be delivered from a user’s browser. This is perfect for running enablement learning from constrained developer laptops, or for SREs to make quick change to a microservice.

CodeReady Workspaces Intallation Pre-requisite

Do this first:

  • Provision the OpenShift 4.3 Cluster
  • Ensure the logged in user has the Administrator privileges
  • Ensure you have created a new Project to manage the “codeready workspace operator & cluster”

Setting up the CRW Operator & Cluster:

  • Navigate to Operator Hub and search of the Red Hat Cloudready workspace. Click on the operator and select the appropriate workspace to install the CRW operator.

  • Navigate to the installed operator to view the CRW operator.

  • Now click the link visible as part of the operator to create/view the CheCluster part of the workspace

  • Create the CheCluster button, to navigate to the YAML Configuration page (displays all the parameters).

  • You need to change the following parameter mentioned below, As part of the storage section, please add the following parameters

    postgresPVCStorageClassName: ibmc-block-gold
    workspacePVCStorageClassName: ibmc-block-gold
  • Post definition the yaml section for storage will look as below

    postgresPVCStorageClassName: ibmc-block-gold
    pvcStrategy: per-workspace
    pvcClaimSize: 1Gi
    preCreateSubPaths: true
    workspacePVCStorageClassName: ibmc-block-gold
  • Now create, the cluster after doing the above changes. The cluster will take few minutes to get created as its resources such as Postgres DB, Keycloak Auth, CRW workspace will get created.

  • Once Cluster is created navigate to the overview tab of the CheCluster in the CRW operator. You will be able to see the below :

    • URL of the CodeReady Workspaces URL
    • URL of the Red Hat SSO Admin Console URL
    • oAuth SSO Enabled.
  • This should be enabled by default, if not please slide the button to enable and confirm

  • TLS Would be disabled. Please slide the button to enable https connectivity to the CRW workspace and confirm

  • You have now completed the provisioning of the Code Ready Workspaces operator into your development cluster and will enable it to be used by the developers that plan to use this development cluster