Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Documentation

Using the Console

This topic describes basic information about the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console.

To access the Console, you must use a supported browser.

When you sign in to the Console you'll 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.

Features of the home page

Understanding Compartments

After you select a service, you'll notice the compartments list on the left.

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 access to. 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 access to are displayed as dimmed, but you can traverse the hierarchy down to the compartment that you do have access to.

After you select a compartment, the Console displays only the resources in that compartment for the region you are in, that you have permission to view. 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.

Important

At the time you create a resource (such as an instance, cloud network, or storage volume), you choose which compartment to create it in. Most resources can't be moved after you create them.

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

Navigating to 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 below:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Platform and Edge, go to Developer Services and click Container Clusters.
  • 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.
  • The Database service helps you provision and manage Oracle databases. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Database, click Bare Metal, VM, and Exadata.
  • The DNS service helps you create and manage your DNS zones. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions, Platform and Edge, go to Edge Services 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, Platform and Edge, go to Email Delivery and click Email Approved Senders.
  • 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 Health Checks service helps you monitor the health of your endpoints. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions, Platform and Edge, go to Edge Services 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.
  • The Key Management service helps you centrally manage the encryption of your data. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under the Governance and Administration group, go to Security and click Key Management.
  • 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.
  • 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, Platform and Edge, go to Monitoring.
  • 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.
  • Notifications helps you publish messages using topics and subscriptions. To work with this service: Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions, Platform and Edge, 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.
  • 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, Platform and Edge, go to Developer Services and click 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. Select Resource Manager, then select Stacks or Jobs.
  • 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 Solutions, Platform and Edge, go to Edge Services and click Traffic Management Steering Policies.

  • 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 Solutions, Platform and Edge, go to Edge Services and click WAF Policies.

Oracle's My Services dashboard is a place to navigate to other Oracle Cloud services you purchased (such as PaaS services), to check the overall status of your purchased services, and to manage your accounts and subscriptions.

You can quickly navigate to My Services from the Console. Open the navigation menu. Under Solutions, Platform and Edge, click My Services Dashboard. This action takes you to the Cloud Account sign-in page, or if you are signed in with your Oracle Identity Cloud Service credentials, you are automatically signed in to My Services and can view the dashboard.

Which Services Can I Use?

Which services you can use depends on the following:

  • The service limits set for your tenancy.

    When your tenancy is provisioned, Oracle sets initial service limits for resources. These limits are established with your Oracle sales representative when you purchase Oracle Cloud Infrastructure; or, if you signed up through the Oracle Store, a set of default service limits are applied. See Service Limits for a list of the limits.

  • The permissions you are granted by your administrator.

    Which services you can access depends on which A collection of users who all need a particular type of access to a set of resources or compartment. you belong to and what permissions your groups have been granted. Groups are granted permissions through policies. If you are unsure what services you have permissions to use, ask your administrator. If you are the default administrator for your tenancy, you have access to all services your company purchased.

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 One or more isolated, fault-tolerant Oracle data centers that host cloud resources such as instances, volumes, and subnets. A region contains one or more availability domains., 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.

To filter a list of resources by a defined tag
To filter a list of resources by a free-form tag

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

The Console displays resources that are in the currently selected region. So if your tenancy has instances in CompartmentA in us-phoenix-1, and instances in CompartmentA in us-ashburn-1, 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-phoenix-1 and then select CompartmentA, you will see instances 1 and 2 listed. To see instances 3 and 4 in the Console, you must switch to us-ashburn-1 (and then you will no longer see instances 1 and 2).

Conceptual rendering of a compartment with instances in different regions

Note that 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 will display 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 will display 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.

Signing Out

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