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6 Navigation

The top bar provides access to commonly used tools and user settings.


The right part of the top bar contains functionalities such as a bell icon with a counter bubble of unread notification messages, optionally, an eye icon with a context legend to the current page, quick search, links to background information, user preferences, and sign off. On the left is the so-called breadcrumb. The breadcrumb tells you how far you are from the root of the menu and it brings you back to any previous step.

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The left navigation bar is the main menu to the SUSE Manager Web UI from where you load the Web UI pages. If you click a the label of a menu entry you either open that page, or, if it is just a container of sub-entries, it expands this part of the menu tree without actually loading a page. To collaps all open parts of the menu system, click the Clear Menus button at the top of menu, right to the Search page field. If you click the small circle icon on the right of a menu label, the first available page of that menu entry will get loaded and displayed automatically. Enter a search string in the Search page field to find an entry of the menu tree. Available menu entries depend on the roles of the user.

Only SUSE Manager Administrators see the following navigation items:

  • Main Menu › Images

  • Main Menu › Users

  • Main Menu › Admin


Some pages have tabs and subtabs. These tabs offer an additional layer of granularity in performing tasks for systems or users. The following example displays the tabs and subtabs available under System Details. Green bars underline active tabs.

Important: Views Depending on User Roles

This guide covers the administrator user role level, some tabs, pages, and even whole categories described here may not be visible to you. Text markers are not used to identify which functions are available to each user role level.

6.1 Categories and Pages

This section summarizes all of the categories and primary pages (those linked from the left navigation bar) within the SUSE Manager Web interface (Web UI). It does not list the many subpages, tabs and subtabs accessible from the individual pages. Each area of the Web interface is explained in detail later in this guide.


Main Menu › HomeCheck your tasks and systems. View and manage your primary account information and get help.

  • OverviewObtain a quick overview of your account. This page notifies you if your systems need attention, provides a quick link directly to these systems, displays the most recent patch alerts for your account, and recently registered systems.

  • Your AccountUpdate your personal profile, addresses, email, and credentials. Deactivate your account.

  • Your PreferencesIndicate if you wish to receive email notifications about available patches for your systems. Set how many items are displayed in system and group lists. Set contents of the overview start page. Select your preferred CSV separator.

  • Locale PreferencesConfigure timezone.

  • Your OrganizationUpdate organization configuration and display organization trusts.

Main Menu › SystemsManage all your systems (including virtual guests) here.

  • OverviewView a summary of your systems or system groups showing how many available patches each system has and which systems are entitled.

  • SystemsSelect and view subsets of your systems by specific criteria, such as Virtual Systems, Unprovisioned Systems, Recently Registered, Proxy, and Inactive.

  • System GroupsList your system groups. Create additional groups.

  • System Set ManagerPerform various actions on sets of systems, including scheduling patch updates, package management, listing and creating new groups, managing channel entitlements, deploying configuration files, schedule audits, apply system states, and check status. The availability of these actions depend on the system type.

  • BootstrappingBootstrap minion machines using SSH. Input SSH credentials and the activation key the selected system will use for its software sources. SUSE Manager will install required software (salt-minion packages on the client machine) and remotely perform the registration.

  • VisualizationGraphically visualize the client topology.

  • Advanced SearchQuickly search all your systems by specific criteria, such as name, hardware, devices, system info, networking, packages, and location.

  • Activation KeysGenerate an activation key for a SUSE Manager-entitled system. This activation key can be used to grant a specific level of entitlement or group membership to a newly registered system using the rhnreg_ks command.

  • Stored ProfilesView system profiles used to provision systems.

  • Custom System InfoCreate and edit system information keys with completely customizable values assigned while provisioning systems.

  • AutoinstallationDisplay and modify various aspects of autoinstallation profiles (Kickstart and AutoYaST) used in provisioning systems.

  • Software CrashesList software crashes grouped by UUID.

  • Virtual Host ManagersDisplay and modify virtual host managers, file-based or VMware-based.

SaltView all minions. Manage on-boarding, remote commands, and states catalogs.

  • KeysManage minion keys.

  • Remote CommandsExecute remote commands on targeted systems. Select the preview button to ensure selected targets are available and click Run to execute.

  • State CatalogCreate, store, and manage states for your Salt minions from the State Catalog.

Main Menu › ImagesImage building and inspection.

  • ImagesView all built images.

  • BuildExecute image build.

  • ProfilesView and create image building profiles.

  • StoresView and create image stores.

Main Menu › PatchesView and manage patch (errata) alerts here.

  • PatchesLists patch alerts and downloads associated RPMs relevant to your systems.

  • Advanced SearchSearch patch alerts based on specific criteria, such as synopsis, advisory type, and package name.

  • Manage PatchesManage the patches for an organization’s channels.

  • Clone PatchesClone patches for an organization for ease of replication and distribution across an organization.

SoftwareView and manage the available SUSE Manager channels and the files they contain.

  • Main Menu › ChannelsView a list of all software channels and those applicable to your systems.

  • Package SearchSearch packages using all or some portion of the package name, description, or summary, with support for limiting searches to supported platforms.

  • Manage Software ChannelsCreate and edit channels used to deploy configuration files.

  • Distribution Channel MappingDefine default base channels for servers according to their operating system or architecture when registering.

Main Menu › AuditView and search CVE audits, system subscriptions, and OpenSCAP scans.

  • CVE AuditView a list of systems with their patch status regarding a given CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) number.

  • Subscription MatchingList subscriptions.

  • OpenSCAPView and search OpenSCAP (Security Content Automation Protocol) scans.

Main Menu › ConfigurationKeep track of and manage configuration channels, actions, individual configuration files, and systems with SUSE Manager-managed configuration files.

  • OverviewA general dashboard view that shows a configuration summary.

  • Configuration ChannelsList and create configuration channels from which any subscribed system can receive configuration files.

  • Configuration FilesList and create files from which systems receive configuration input.

  • SystemsList the systems that have SUSE Manager-managed configuration files.

Main Menu › ScheduleKeep track of your scheduled actions.

  • Pending ActionsList scheduled actions that have not been completed.

  • Failed ActionsList scheduled actions that have failed.

  • Completed ActionsList scheduled actions that have been completed. Completed actions can be archived at any time.

  • Archived ActionsList completed actions that have been selected to archive.

  • Action ChainsView and edit defined action chains.

Main Menu › UsersView and manage users in your organization.

  • User ListList users in your organization.

  • System Group ConfigurationConfigure user group creation.

Main Menu › AdminUse the Setup Wizard to configure SUSE Manager. List, create, and manage one or more SUSE Manager organizations. The SUSE Manager administrator can assign channel entitlements, create and assign administrators for each organization, and other tasks.

  • Setup WizardStreamlined configuration of basic tasks.

  • OrganizationsList and create new organizations.

  • UsersList all users known by SUSE Manager, across all organizations. Click individual user names to change administrative privileges of the user.


    Users created for organization administration can only be configured by the organization administrator, not the SUSE Manager administrator.

  • Manager ConfigurationMake General configuration changes to the SUSE Manager server, including Proxy settings, Certificate configuration, Bootstrap Script configuration, Organization changes, and Restart the SUSE Manager server.

  • ISS ConfigurationConfigure master and slave servers for inter-server synchronization.

  • Task SchedulesView and create schedules.

  • Task Engine StatusView the status of the various tasks of the SUSE Manager task engine.

  • Show Tomcat LogsDisplay the log entries of the Tomcat server, on which the SUSE Manager server is running.

Main Menu › HelpList references to available help resources such as the product documentation, release notes, and a general search for all of this.

Main Menu › External LinksList external links to the knowledge base and the online documentation.

6.2 Patch Alert Icons

Throughout SUSE Manager you will see three patch (errata) alert icons.

  • Security Alert-represents a security alert.

  • Bug Fix Alert-represents a bug fix alert.

  • Enhancement Alert-represents an enhancement alert.

On the Main Menu › Home › Overview page, in the Relevant Security Patches section click the patch advisory to view details about the patch or click the number of affected systems to see which systems are affected by the patch alert. Both links take you to tabs of the Patch Details page. If all patches are installed, there is just a View All Patches link to open the Main Menu › Patches page. Refer to Section 10.2.2, “Patch Details” for more information.

6.4 Systems Selected

On the Main Menu › Systems › Overview page, if you mark the check box next to a system, the system selected number on the right area of the top bar increases. This number keeps track of the systems you have selected for use in the System Set Manager (SSM); for more information, see to Section 7.5, “Systems > System Set Manager”.

At any time, it identifies the number of selected systems and provides the means to work (simultaneously) with an entire selection. Clicking the the rubber symbol (Clear) deselects all systems, while clicking the system selected string (Manage) launches the System Set Manager with your selected systems in place.

These systems can be selected in a number of ways. Only systems with at least a Management system role are eligible for selection. On all system and system group lists, a check boxes exist for this purpose. Each time you select a check box next to the systems or groups the systems selected counter at the top of the page changes to reflect the new number of systems ready for use in the System Set Manager.

6.5 Lists

The information within most categories is presented in the form of lists. These lists have some common features for navigation. For instance, you can set the number of items per page and navigate through virtually all lists by clicking the back and next arrows above and below the right side of the table. Some lists also offer the option to retrieve items alphabetically by clicking numbers or letters from the Alphabetical Index above the table.

Note: Performing Large List Operations

Performing operations on large lists (such as removing RPM packages from the database with the SUSE Manager Web UI) may take some time and the system may become unresponsive or signal Internal Server Error 500. Nevertheless, the command will succeed in the background if you wait long enough.

Login to the SUSE Manager Web UI to view the Main Menu › Home › Overview page. The Overview page contains summary panes that provide important information about your systems.

[guimenu]``Overview is split into functional sections, with the most critical sections displayed first. Users can control which of the following sections are displayed by making selections on the Main Menu › Home › Your Preferences page. Refer to Section 6.8, “Your Preferences” for more information.

home overview
  • The Tasks pane lists the most common tasks an administrator performs via the Web interface. Click any link to reach the page within SUSE Manager that allows you to accomplish that task.

    home overview tasks pane
  • The Inactive Systems list provides a list of all systems that have stopped checking into SUSE Manager.

    home overview inactive systems pane
  • The Most Critical Systems pane lists the most critical systems within your organization. It provides a link to quickly view those systems and displays a summary of the patch updates that have yet to be applied to those systems. Click the name of a system to see its System Details page and apply the patch updates. Below the list is a link to View All Critical Systems on one page.

    home overview critical systems pane
  • The Recently Scheduled Actions pane lists all actions less than thirty days old and their status: failed, completed, or pending. Click the label of any given action to view its details page. Below the list is a link to View All Scheduled Actions on one page, which lists all actions that have not yet been carried out on your client systems.

    home overview pending actions pane
  • The Relevant Security Patches pane lists all available security patches that have yet to be applied to some or all of your client systems. It is critical that you apply these security patches to keep your systems secure. Below this list find links to all available patches View All Patches. You may also view patches that only apply to your systems View All Relevant Patches.

    home overview latest errata pane
  • The System Group Name pane lists groups you may have created and indicates whether the systems in those groups are fully updated. Click the link below this section to get to the Main Menu › Systems › System Groups page, where you can choose a Group Name to use with the System Set Manager.

    home overview system groups pane
  • The Recently Registered Systems pane lists all systems added to SUSE Manager in the past 30 days. Select a system’s name to see its System Details page. At the bottom of the Recently Registered Systems pane select the View All Recently Registered Systems link to view all recently registered systems on one page.

    home overview recently registered pane

To return to this page, select Main Menu › Home › Overview that is also known as The Menu.

6.6 Notification Messages

The Main Menu › Home › Notification Messages page allows you to manage your notification messages of the SUSE Manager server.

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The default lifetime of notification messages is 30 days, after which messages are deleted from the database, regardless of read status. You can configure the amount of time in /etc/rhn/rhn.conf:

# Configure the lifetime of notification messages in days
java.notifications_lifetime = 30

All notification types are enabled by default. To disable a notification type, open the /etc/rhn/rhn.conf configuration file and edit the java.notifications_type_disabled parameter:

# Configure the disablement of notification messages by type - example disabling all notification types
java.notifications_type_disabled = OnboardingFailed,ChannelSyncFailed,ChannelSyncFinished

6.6.1 Notification Messages Tabs

The Notification Messages page displays two tabs:

  • Unread Messages

  • All Messages

These tabs contain a list of collected messages filtered by tab name.

6.6.2 Notification Messages Buttons

The following buttons are available for working with notification messages:

  • Refresh — Refreshes the message list

  • Delete Selected Messages — Check any messages you would like removed and then mass delete them via this button.

  • Mark all as Read — Mark all messages as read.

6.6.3 Notification Messages Legend

Several columns provide information for each message:

  • Severity : The following severity levels are available and for every failure a customized button (in line with the message) is available to react to that failure:

    • Info — Info

    • Warning — Warning

    • Error — Error

  • Type : Available types are:

    • Onboarding failed(Error)

    • Channel sync finished (Info)

    • Channel sync failed (Error)

  • Description : The text of the message with a link to the channel.

  • Created : The date when the message was created.

  • Action Read|Delete :

    • Click the letter icon to flag a message as Read or Unread.

    • Click the waste bin icon delete a message immediately.

You can sort the messages by clicking a column label of the list header line.

6.7 User Account

6.7.1 Your Account

Modify your personal information, such as name, password, and title from the Main Menu › Home › User Account › Your Account page. To modify this information, make the changes in the appropriate text fields and click the Update button at the bottom.

home user account user details

If you change your SUSE Manager password, for security reasons you will not see the new password while you enter it. Replace the asterisks in the Password and Confirm Password text fields with the new password.


If you forget your password or username, proceed to the sign in screen and select the About link, then select the Lookup Login/Password page. Here you can either specify your login and email address or only your email address if you are not sure about the username. Then click Send Password or Send Login respectively.

6.7.2 Addresses

On the Main Menu › Home › User Account › Addresses page you can manage your mailing, billing and shipping addresses, and associated phone numbers.

home user account addresses

Click Fill in this address or Edit this address below the address to be modified or added, make your changes, and click Update.

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6.7.3 Change Email

Set the email SUSE Manager sends notifications to on the Main Menu › Home › User Account › Change Email page. If you would like to receive email notifications about patch alerts or daily summaries for your systems, check the Receive email notifications checkbox located on the Your Preferences page.

home user account change email

To change your preferred email address, click Main Menu › Home › User Account › Change Email. Enter your new email address and click the Update button. Invalid email addresses like those ending in @localhost are filtered and rejected.

6.7.4 Account Deactivation

The Main Menu › Home › User Account › Account Deactivation page provides a means to cancel your SUSE Manager service. To do so, click the Deactivate Account button. The Web interface returns you to the login screen. If you attempt to log back in, an error message advises you to contact the SUSE Manager administrator for your organization.

home user account account deactivation
Note: SUSE Manager Administrator Account

If you are the only SUSE Manager Administrator for your organization, you cannot deactivate your account.

6.8 Your Preferences

The Main Menu › Home › YourPreferences page allows you to configure SUSE Manager options.

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  • Email Notifications — Determine whether you want to receive email every time a patch alert is applicable to one or more systems in your account.


    This setting enables Management and Provisioning customers to receive a daily summary of system events. These include actions affecting packages, such as scheduled patches, system reboots, or failures to check in. In addition to selecting this check box, you must identify each system to be included in this summary email. By default, all Management and Provisioning systems are included in the summary. Add more systems either individually on the System Details page or for multiple systems at once in the Main Menu › Systems › System Set Manager interface. Note that SUSE Manager sends these summaries only to verified email addresses. To disable all messages, simply deselect this check box.

  • SUSE Manager List Page Size — Maximum number of items that appear in a list on a single page. If more items are in the list, clicking the Next button displays the next group of items. This preference applies to system lists, patch lists, package lists, and so on.

  • "Overview" Start Page — Select the information panes that are displayed on the Main Menu › Home › Overview page. Check the box to the left of each information pane that which be included.

  • Time Zone - Set the SUSE Manager interface to your local time by selecting the appropriate Time Zone from the drop-down box. Click the Save Preferences button to apply the selection.

    home locale preferences
  • CSV Files — Select the separator character to be used in downloadable CSV files. Comma is the default; as an alternative use Semicolon, which provides better compatibility with Microsoft Excel.

After making changes to any of these options, click the Save Preferences button.

6.9 Your Organization

From the Main Menu › Home › Your Organization page you can modify the following pages:

  • Configuration

  • Organization Trusts

  • Configuration Channels

6.9.1 Configuration

On the Main Menu › Home › Your Organization › Configuration page modify your personal information, such as name, password, and title. To modify any of this information, make the changes in the appropriate text fields and click the Update button at the bottom.

home your organization configuration

6.9.2 Organization Trusts

The Main Menu › Home › Your Organization › Organization Trusts page displays the trusts established with your organization (that is, the organization with which you, the logged-in user, are associated). The page also lists Channels Shared, which refers to channels available to your organization via others in the established trusts.

home your organization trusts

You can filter the list of trusts by keyword using the Filter by Organization text box and clicking Go.

6.9.3 Configuration Channels

The Configuration Channels page displays the channels which have been created and added using Configuration Channels.

From Main Menu › Home › Your Organization › Configuration Channels you can select which configuration channels should be applied across your organization. If there is more than one configuration channel selected you can specify the order of the channels.

home your organization custom
Procedure: Apply a Configuration Channel at the Organization Level
  1. Create a channel using Configuration Channels or via the command line.

  2. Browse to Main Menu › Home › Your Organization › Configuration Channels.

  3. Use the search feature to locate a channel by name.

  4. Select the check box for the channel to be applied and click the Save Changes button. The save button will save the change to the database but will not apply the channel.

  5. Apply the channel by clicking the Apply button. The channel will be scheduled and applied to any systems included within the organization.

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