Using the Console

This topic provides basic information about the Oracle Cloud Console. To access the Console, you must use a supported browser.

When you sign in to the Console, you see the home page.

  • Use the navigation menu in the upper left to navigate to the service pages where you create, manage, and view your cloud resources.
  • The Help menu (Help menu icon) provides links to the documentation and to Oracle Support.
  • Use the Quick Actions menu in the body of the home page to navigate directly to common tasks, like creating a VM instance, setting up a network with a wizard, and setting up a load balancer. Use these links to set up your environment.
  • The Start Exploring section provides links to tutorials, developer tools, and blogs that demonstrate how to use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to build solutions.

Features of the home page

Start Exploring

The Start Exploring section of the home page provides links to resources that demonstrate how to use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to build solutions.

  • In the Get Started tab, you find introductory materials that you can use to learn more about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure basics, such as information about virtual training classes, key concepts, and introductory demos.
  • In the Deploy Websites & Apps tab, you find tutorials that leverage both basic and more advanced features available in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to build solutions.
  • In the Explore Developer Tools tab, you can explore the developer kits, tools, and plug-ins that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides to facilitate the development of apps and to simplify the management of infrastructure.
  • In the Manage Bills tab, you can learn about the billing and payment tools that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers to make it easy to manage your service costs.

Understanding Compartments

After you select a service from the navigation menu, the menu on the left includes the compartments list.

Compartments help you organize resources to make it easier to control access to them. Your root compartment is created for you by Oracle when your tenancy is provisioned. An administrator can create more compartments in the root compartment and then add the access rules to control which users can see and take action in them. To manage compartments, see Managing Compartments.

The list of compartments is filtered to show you only the compartments that you have permission to access. Compartments can be nested, and you might have access to a compartment but not its parent. The names of parent compartments that you don't have permission to access are dimmed, but you can traverse the hierarchy down to the compartment that you do have access to.

Compartments list

After you select a compartment, the Console displays only the resources that you have permission to view in the compartment for the region that you are in. The compartment selection filters the view of your resources. To see resources in another compartment, you must switch to that compartment. To see resources in another region, you must switch to that region, or use the compartment explorer.

For more details about compartments, see Setting Up Your Tenancy and Managing Compartments.

Navigating to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Services

Open the navigation menu in the upper left to work with related services and resources. For example, open the navigation menu and click Compute to work with the Compute service and compute instances.

To familiarize yourself with the Compute, Networking, and Block Volume services by following a guided workflow, see Tutorial - Launching Your First Linux Instance.

To learn more about a specific service, see the appropriate topic:

  • Analytics Cloud empowers business analysts and consumers with modern, AI-powered, self-service analytics capabilities for data preparation, visualization, enterprise reporting, augmented analysis, and natural language processing. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Analytics and click Analytics Cloud.
  • Analytics for Applications empowers you with industry-leading, AI-powered, self-service analytics capabilities for data preparation, visualization, enterprise reporting, augmented analysis, and natural language processing. After you meet the prerequisites, you can navigate to this service as follows: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Analytics and click Analytics Apps for Fusion.
  • Application Migration simplifies the migration of applications from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. After you meet the prerequisites, you can navigate to this service as follows: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, click Application Migration.
  • Archive Storage helps you store data that is accessed infrequently and requires long retention periods. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, click Object Storage.
  • The Audit service helps you track activity in your environment. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Governance and Administration, go to Governance and click Audit.
  • Big Data provides enterprise-grade Hadoop as a service, with end-to-end security, high performance, and ease of management and upgradeability. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Data and AI, click Big Data.
  • Block Volume helps you dynamically provision and manage block storage volumes. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Block Storage and click Block Volumes.
  • Blockchain Platform Cloud enables creation of managed, permissioned-blockchain networks for secure, real-time data sharing and trusted transactions among business partners. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, click Blockchain Platform.
  • Cloud Guard is a cloud-native service that helps customers monitor, identify, achieve, and maintain a strong security posture on Oracle Cloud. Use the service to examine your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources for security weakness related to configuration, and your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure operators and users for risky activities. Upon detection, Cloud Guard can suggest, assist, or take corrective actions, based on your configuration. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Security, click Cloud Guard.
  • Cloud Shell is a free-to-use browser-based terminal accessible from the Oracle Cloud Console that provides access to a Linux shell with pre-authenticated Oracle Cloud Infrastructure CLI and other useful developer tools. You can use the shell to interact with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources, follow labs and tutorials, and quickly run Oracle Cloud Infrastructure CLI commands.
  • The Compute service helps you provision and manage compute hosts, known as instances, to meet your compute and application requirements. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Compute and click Instances.
  • Container Engine for Kubernetes helps you define and create Kubernetes clusters to enable the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Developer Services and click Kubernetes Clusters.
  • Content and Experience is a cloud-based content hub to drive omni-channel content management and accelerate experience delivery. It offers powerful collaboration and workflow management capabilities to streamline the creation and delivery of content and improve customer and employee engagement. To work with this service, open the navigation menu. Under the Solutions and Platform group, go to Application Integration and click Content and Experience.
  • Data Catalog is a collaborative metadata management solution that lets you be more insightful about the data you have in Oracle Cloud and beyond. With Data Catalog, data consumers can easily find, understand, govern, and track Oracle Cloud data assets. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Data and AI, click Data Catalog.
  • Data Flow is a fully managed service with a rich user interface to allow developers and data scientists to create, edit, and run Apache Spark applications at any scale without the need for clusters, an operations team, or highly specialized Spark knowledge. As a fully managed service, there is no infrastructure to deploy or manage. It is entirely driven by REST APIs, giving easy integration with applications or workflows. To work with this service, open the navigation menu. Under Data and AI, go to Data Flow and click Applications.
  • Data Integration is a fully managed service that helps data engineers and ETL developers with common extract, load, and transform (ETL) tasks such as ingesting data from a variety of data assets, cleansing, transforming, and reshaping that data, and then efficiently loading it to target data assets. To work with this service, open the navigation menu. Under Data and AI , click Data Integration.
  • Data Safe is a fully-integrated Cloud service focused on the security of your data. It provides a complete and integrated set of features for protecting sensitive and regulated data in Oracle Cloud databases. Features include Security Assessment, User Assessment, Data Discovery, Data Masking, and Activity Auditing. To work with this service, Open the navigation menu. Under Database Related Services, click Data Safe.
  • Data Science is a platform for data scientists to build, train, and manage machine learning models on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, using Python and open source machine learning libraries. Teams of data scientists can organize their work and access data and computing resources in this collaborative environment. To work with this service, open the navigation menu. Under Data and AI, go to Data Science and click Projects.
  • Data Transfer helps you easily and securely migrate your data in an offline manner to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Object Storage and click Data Transfer - Imports.
  • The Database service helps you provision and manage Oracle databases. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Oracle Database, click Bare Metal, VM, and Exadata.
  • Digital Assistant is a platform that allows you to create and deploy digital assistants, which are AI-driven interfaces that help users accomplish a variety of tasks in natural language conversations. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Data and AI , click Digital Assistant.

  • The DNS service helps you create and manage your DNS zones. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Networking and click DNS Zone Management.
  • The Email Delivery service helps you send large volume email and ensure that your message reaches your recipients' inboxes. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Email Delivery.
  • The Events service helps you create automation in your tenancy. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under the Solutions and Platform group, go to Application Integration and click Events Service.
  • The File Storage service helps you manage shared file systems, mount targets, and snapshots. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, click File Storage.
  • The Functions service helps you build and deploy applications and functions. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Developer Services and click Functions.
  • The Health Checks service helps you monitor the health of your endpoints. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Monitoring and click Health Checks.
  • The IAM service helps you set up administrators, users, and groups and specify their permissions. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Governance and Administration, click Identity.
  • Integration is a fully managed, preconfigured environment where you can integrate your applications, automate processes, gain insight into your business processes, create visual applications, and support B2B integrations. Before you work with this service, see Restrictions.
  • Load Balancing helps you create a regional load balancer within your VCN. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under the Core Infrastructure group, go to Networking and click Load Balancers.
  • Logging Analytics is a unified, integrated cloud solution that enables users to monitor, aggregate, index, analyze, search, explore, and correlate all log data from their applications and system infrastructure. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Monitoring and Diagnostics, click Logging Analytics.
  • Management Agent is a service that provides low latency interactive communication and data collection between Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and any other targets. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Monitoring and Diagnostics, click Management Agent.
  • Monitoring helps you monitor the health, capacity, and performance of your cloud resources by querying metrics and managing alarms. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Monitoring.
  • MySQL Database helps you provision and manage MySQL DB systems. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under MySQL, click DB Systems.
  • Networking helps you set up virtual versions of traditional network components. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Networking and click Virtual Cloud Networks.
  • NoSQL Database Cloud is a high performance data store which is distributed, sharded for horizontal scalability, and highly available. It is optimized for applications requiring predictable low latency (such as fraud detection, gaming, and personalized user experience), very high throughput, or extreme ingestion rates (such as event processing, IoT, and sensor data). To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Database, click NoSQL Database.
  • Notifications helps you publish messages using topics and subscriptions. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Application Integration and click Notifications.
  • Object Storage helps you manage data as objects stored in containers. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, click Object Storage.
  • OS Management helps you keep operating platforms in your Compute instances secure and up to date with the latest patches and updates from the respective vendor. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Compute and click OS Management.
  • Service Connector Hub is a cloud message bus platform that offers a single pane of glass for describing, executing, and monitoring interactions when moving data between Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Data and AI, click Service Connector Hub.
  • Registry helps you store, share, and manage development artifacts like Docker images in an Oracle-managed registry. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Developer Services and click Container Registry.
  • Resource Manager helps you install, configure, and manage resources using the "infrastructure-as-code" model. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions and Platform, go to Resource Manager and click Stacks or Jobs.
  • Security Zones let you be confident that your resources comply with Oracle security principles. If any resource operation violates a security zone policy, then the operation is denied. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Governance and Administration, go to Security and click Security Zones.
  • The Traffic Management Steering Policies service helps you guide traffic to your endpoints based on various conditions, including endpoint health and the geographic origins of DNS requests. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Networking and click Traffic Management Steering Policies.
  • The Vault service helps you centrally manage the encryption keys that protect your data and the secret credentials that you use to access resources. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under the Governance and Administration group, go to Security and click Vault.
  • The WAF service helps you to make your endpoints more secure by monitoring and filtering out potentially malicious traffic. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Governance and Administration, go to Security and click Web Application Firewall.

Filtering the Displayed List of Resources

To help you locate a resource, some resources let you filter the list that is displayed.

Filters include:

State: You can display only the resources that are in the state you select. Valid values for state can vary by resource. Examples are:

  • Any state - includes all lifecycle states for the resource
  • Available
  • Provisioning
  • Terminating
  • Terminated

Availability Domain: For resources that reside in a single availability domain , you can limit the list to the resources that reside in the availability domains you select. For a list of availability domain-specific resources, see Resource Availability.

Tags: Resources that support tagging let you filter the list by tags.

Switching Regions

Your current region is displayed at the top of the Console. If your tenancy is subscribed to multiple regions, you can switch regions by selecting a different region from the Region menu.

Image of the Console with the region selector highlighted.

Working Across Regions

When working within a service, the Console displays resources that are in the currently selected region. So if your tenancy has instances in CompartmentA in US West (Phoenix), and instances in CompartmentA in US East (Ashburn), you can only view the instances in one region at a time, even though the instances are in the same compartment.

Using the following figure as an example, if you select US West (Phoenix) and then select CompartmentA, you see instances 1 and 2 listed. To see instances 3 and 4 in the Console, you must switch to US East (Ashburn) (and then you no longer see instances 1 and 2).

Conceptual rendering of a compartment with instances in different regions

To view resources across regions that are in a specific compartment, you can use the compartment explorer.

IAM resources (compartments, users, groups, policies, tags, and federation providers) are global, so you can see those resources no matter which region you have selected in the Console.

Switching Languages

The Console automatically detects the language setting in your browser. However, if you want to view the Console in a different language, you can change it by using the language selector in the Console.

Image of the Console with the language selector highlighted.

The language selector supports the following languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French (Canada)
  • French (Europe)
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish

The language you choose persists between sessions. However, the language setting is specific to the browser. If you change to a different browser, the Console displays text in the language last selected in the language selector. If it's the first time you're viewing the Console in a particular browser, the Console displays content according to the browser's language setting.

Entering Information to the Console

Warning

Avoid entering confidential information when assigning descriptions, tags, or friendly names to your cloud resources through the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console, API, or CLI.

Chat Online with an Oracle Representative

If you signed up for an Oracle Cloud Free Trial, use the online chat to get help. If you’ve purchased Oracle Cloud services, it’s recommended that you use My Oracle Support to get help.

To start a live online chat with an Oracle Support or Sales representative, click the Live Chat icon at the top of the Console.

Follow the prompts in the chat box to interact with an Oracle agent.

Signing Out

To sign out of the Console, open the Profile menu (User menu icon) and then click Sign Out.