Configuring User Accounts

Configuring User Accounts
Racktables nicely displays an audit history for different bits of the system: racks, objects, hardware etc, so you can clearly see who has made a change to the state of an item. For this to work within an organisation effectively you really need user accounts for each user who will be making changes. You may even want a single user account simply for read only access. This is where “user accounts” come in.

Creating a User Account
From the main page, select the configuration menu option. Select Local Users from the menu list and then select the edit tab.
Enter a Username, Real Name and Password. Click the page icon to save.
Return to the configuration menu and select Permissions.

Deleting a User Account
To delete a user account from he main page, select the configuration menu option.

Select Permissions
Click the edit tab and add remove the line saying where the username or userID is referenced. Click Verify and Then Save.
The User will no longer have permissions to the system.

Changing a User Account
To change a user account select Local Users from the menu list and then select the edit tab.
Here you will see the existing user accounts on the lower part of the screen.
To change the Username, Real Name or Password, enter the information that you want to change and click the page with arrow symbol beside that line to save.

Configuring IPv4 Space

Configuring IPv4 Space
By adding IP address ranges to RackTables you are able to assign objects IP addresses, see what objects are assigned to which IP address and see how many IP address within a range are used. The IPv4 Space will show what IP ranges are being used on which networks, as you set the tag for the network and the range so are able to create a logical label. If you then click on the IP address you will see which objects are assigned to which addresses including the port that it is assigned to within RackTables. It is also possible to use this for VLANS as well as physical networks.


Adding a Network
In IPv4 Space click add, enter the prefix – this is the network ip address range, enter the name, and select the vlan if required. Click the page icon to save. Repeat these steps as required.Click Browse and you will be able to see the networks that you have added.


Editing a Network
To edit the network go to IPv4 Space and click on the IP address for the network that you want to edit then Click the properties tab to change the name, click the disk to save. Click the 802.1q tab, change the Vlan name or click the scissor icon to remove the Vlan status for the network.

Deleting a Network
Click on IPv4 Space, click delete and press the bin symbol to delete the network. No IP addresses can be assigned for you to be able to delete the network, so all objects on that network must be edited or removed first

Configuring Rackspace

Configuring Rackspace
The Rackspace within Racktables shows the locations with the rows and racks, these will hold the objects that you add to Racktables. You can setup multiple locations with different row numbers or names assigned to each. After the initial install of Racktables this section will be empty

Select Rackspace from the Main page


Adding a Location
Select Manage locations, type the name of the location you wish to add and then click the grey box to save this location. Repeat this as needed to add all the locations. The location will not appear on the Rackspace page until a Row is added to it.

Adding a Row
Select Manage rows, from the drop down box select the location, then enter the name or number for the row and then click the grey box to save the row.

This will now appear in the Rackspace main page. Repeat the above until you have the correct number of rows that are required.


Adding information to the Location
Select Rackspace and the browse tab, on here you will be able to see the locations that you have added. Click on the Location Name that you entered, here you are able to add a contact person for the location and also any releveant tags i.e. company. Click the hard disk button to save you entry. Tags applied at this level will apply to locations of the same name.

Adding Location Tags
If you have already set up your location tags, you can now add them to the required locations. The best way to do this is to add them to the Row, as if you place a tag for the Location then it will apply to all rows under that location.

Select Rackspace and then click on the required Row, click the Tag Roller tab and click the file symbol next to tags. From the drop down select the appropriate tag, answer the control question and click Go! This tag will now apply to all Racks that are added to this Row.


Adding Racks
In the Rackspace section click on the Row that you want to add racks too, click the add new rack tab and the “rack” will appear. Add the name, height and asset tag (if needed). You can also add relevant tags to the entire rack, these will apply to all object within the Rack. Once the information is entered click the page button to save, you can add multiple racks simply by repeating these steps.

If you need to change the order of your racks click the manage racks tab and drag the racks so that they are in the correct order. Click on the word “Rackspace” along the top and you will have a view of the racks that you have added.


Configuring RackTables

Configuring RackTables
Once RackTables is installed, you will need to configure it to show the information that you require. This includes adding dictionary definitions, tags, attributes, locations, rows and racks. By configuring this information at the beginning you will find that it makes adding devices and servers easier, and that the data entered for each item is much more consistent.

Prior to starting the configuration of dictionary definitions and attributes it is worth planning what data you wish to be held within RackTables, for example CPU, Hard Disks and Ram could all be set at the initial configuration so as to be chosen from a drop down menu when adding servers.

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Once you have logged into Racktables go to the Configuration menu item. In here you will be able to configure the background information for Racktables

Configuring Dictionary Definitions
Configuring Attributes
Configuring the Tag Tree

Configure users, permissions, and much more. These instructions are purely going to cover the bullet pointed items above, as these are all that are required for the adding of objects.

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Adding a Switch

Adding a Switch
Add the switch first, as this allows you to use the ports that you add when you start to add other objects, this enables you to accurately track how many ports are in use.

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Select Network Switch from the drop down list. Type in the Common name and Visible Label, now click Go to save the switch. Click the browse tab and your switch should now be there.

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Switch is currently Unmounted. Click the switch name, fill in the required properties and click the disk to save. Click the Ports tab and add the correct number of ports by typing the port name and clicking the plus icon to add it. Click the IP tab and add the port in use plus the IP address, it should show the network that you have previously added.

Click the Rackspace tab, on the left hand side you will see the Racks that are available. Select the rack you want to use, and on the left hand side remove the ticks from the slot where the switch is located, then click the Save button in the centre of the page.

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Click Main Page along the top, then click Rackspace. You will see that your rack now has a dark green bar where your switch is, if you click the rack then it will show you the switch.

Adding a Server

Adding a Server
Click the Object ICON. Click the Add more tab, from the drop down list select the object type. Type in the Common Name, Visible Label, Asset tag and any relevant Tags. Press the Go! button to save the Object

If they are different types  Select the Object type, complete the common name, visible label and asset tag, repeat for each Object that you want to add. You can also add Tags at this point, but any tags selected will be applied to all the objects that you add. Once you have entered all the information for the Objects you want to add click the Go! button to save.

If they are the same types: In the Same type, same tags box type the Object name, press enter, type the next Object name, repeat until you have entered all the Object names. Select the Type from the drop down box, and select any required Tags. Press the Go! button under the Same type, same tags box to save

Add Server


Click the Browse Tab and you will see the object you added and that is is currently unmounted. Click the Object Name, Click the Rackspace tab, select the Rack from the left hand menu. On the right hand side you will see a diagram of the rack, tick the appropriate boxes to show where the object is in the rack. Click the save icon in the centre of the page

Add Server to Rack

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Next click the properties tab, complete all the relevant information for the object and then click the hard disk icon to save. Click the IP tab, under the OS interface type the port name, then enter the ip address, select the correct option from the Connected drop down, click the plus symbol to save the information.

Click the Ports tab, type the name of the port, select the interface type, click the spade icon to the left of the link or reserve box. In the pop up box select the port on the switch that the object is using, scroll down and click the Link button to link your object to that port

Racktable Information

Racktables is a nifty and robust solution for datacenter and server room asset management. It helps document hardware assets, network addresses, space in racks, networks configuration.


With RackTables you can get a list of all your hardware, asset numbers and barcodes it has, assign tags to the devices and fetch them at any time based on various filtering rules


You can organize your hardware in racks of various properties, group racks in rack rows, check free space and mark unusable units.


No more lost IP addresses and pinging the networks through to find a free one. Document your address range usage, assign addresses to device and you will always remember who and why is using that address


Organize and label anything you want with flexible tagging mechanism, so when you want to find, let’s say everything that relates to test environment, you can do that with a couple of mouseclicks.


MikroTik RouterOS Winbox Installation

MikroTik RouterOS using Winbox
Winbox is application used to remotely and to configure Mikrotik RouterOS. RouterOS configuration would be easier to use winbox rather than using the command line. But Winbox is only available for the Windows platform with the extension *.exe, so by default Winbox can not running on platform GNU/Linux

Remote RouterOS on Windows using Winbox is a natural thing to do, to simply type the ip address from server mikrotik winbox We also can already be downloaded from the server mikrotik. It is not commonly done by a novice user RouterOS is what if we use the platform GNU / Linux like Ubuntu

Output Details
Output – Type this command in Command Prompt “wine winbox.exe

Winbox Installation
Update System
sudo apt-get update

Wine Installation
sudo apt-get install wine

Download and run Winbox

Run this Command in Command Prompt
wine winbox.exe