Manage MATLAB Production Server (BYOL)

After you deploy a MATLAB® Production Server™ bring your own license (BYOL) environment in Azure®, and configure licensing in the cloud, use the MATLAB Production Server dashboard, which is a web-based interface to upload applications, edit server settings, and configure access control for the dashboard and applications.

Connect to Dashboard

Find the URL to connect to the dashboard in the Azure portal.

Note

The Internet Explorer® web browser is not supported for interacting with the dashboard.

Complete these steps only after you successfully create your resource group. If your solution uses private IP addresses, you can connect to the dashboard from a VM that belongs to the same virtual network as the VM that hosts the dashboard.

  1. In the Azure portal, click Resource groups.

  2. Select the resource group you created for this deployment.

  3. Select Deployments from the left pane. In the pane that opens, click Microsoft.Template.

  4. Select Outputs from the left pane.

  5. Copy the parameter value for dashboardURL and paste it in a browser.

Log In to Dashboard

There are three roles for logging in to the dashboard depending on your role in your organization — global admin, manager, or application author.

Log In to Dashboard as Global Admin

If you are accessing the dashboard for the first time, or if you have not configured or not enabled dashboard access control, you must log in using the global admin credentials. These are the credentials that you entered for the dashboard during the deployment process. A global admin has access to all areas of the dashboard. A global admin can log in to server virtual machines (VMs), configure which users or groups of users can access the dashboard and applications, edit server settings, configure remote persistence services, view logs, and upload and delete applications. You cannot change the global admin credentials.

To grant access to only certain dashboard areas for specific users or groups of users, set up dashboard access control after you log in. For more information, see Dashboard Access Control.

Log In to Dashboard as Manager or Application Author

If the global admin has configured and enabled dashboard access control, you can log in to the dashboard as a manager or application author depending on your role in your organization. The login process supports single sign-on using Azure AD.

An application author has the privileges to upload and delete applications and view logs. A manager has the privileges to edit server settings, configure access control for applications, and configure remote persistence services, as well as all the privileges of an application author, including for uploading and deleting applications and viewing logs.

The following table shows the dashboard tabs that users with these roles can access.

 OverviewApplicationsSettingsPersistenceApplication Access ControlDashboard Access ControlLogs
Global Admin
Manager 
Application Author    

View Information About Server

To view information about the server instance VMs deployed on Azure, click Overview on the dashboard navigation menu.

Screen shot of MATLAB Production Server BYOL dashboard overview tab

Upload MATLAB Application

You can run an application on MATLAB Production Server that is created using MATLAB Compiler SDK™. Upload the application using the dashboard.

  1. Click +Upload.

  2. Click Choose File, select the file, and click Deploy.

For information on how to upload multiple applications, see Upload MATLAB Applications.

For information on how to create an application, see Create a Deployable Archive for MATLAB Production Server.

View HTTPS Server Endpoint

The Azure application gateway in the MATLAB Production Server (BYOL) deployment provides an HTTPS endpoint URL to make requests to the server. The HTTPS Server Endpoint in the Home tab in the cloud console specifies the HTTPS endpoint. Use this endpoint to execute MATLAB functions deployed to the server. For example, if the HTTPS server endpoint for your server is https://mpst4ezclcdtlcay.eastus.cloudapp.azure.com, to use the MATLAB Production Server RESTful API to execute a MATLAB function mymagic located in a deployed application myapp, use the URL https://mpst4ezclcdtlcay.eastus.cloudapp.azure.com/myapp/mymagic.

For more information on working with the self-signed SSL certificate and managing cookies set by the application gateway, see Execute MATLAB Functions on MATLAB Production Server (BYOL).

Edit Server Configuration

Edit the MATLAB Production Server configuration properties by selecting the Settings tab in dashboard. After you update the properties, click Save to apply your changes.

Note

The server restarts when you click Save.

Only the global admin and managers have the privilege to edit the server configuration.

Some examples of server configuration properties follow.

  • To allow requests from specific domains, specify parameter values for the CORS Allowed Origins property.

    If you want to specify multiple domains, separate them with a comma, for example, http://www.w3.org, https://www.apache.org.

  • To set the number of MATLAB Production Server workers, specify a parameter value for the Number of Workers property.

    When setting the Number of Workers property, carefully consider your cluster setup. Each VM in the cluster runs an instance of MATLAB Production Server and each instance runs multiple MATLAB Production Server workers. Using 1 vCPU per MATLAB Production Server worker is recommended. For example, if the server size is set to Standard_D4s_v3 Server, which specifies 4 vCPUs, set the number of workers to no more than 4 workers per instance.

Use the Azure Cache for Redis for Data Persistence

MATLAB Production Server uses Redis™ for data persistence. Persistence allows caching of data between calls to MATLAB code running on the servers. Only the global admin and managers have the privilege to configure remote persistence services.

To view a persistence service that your deployment creates or to create a new remote persistence service, select Persistence in the MATLAB Production Server dashboard navigation pane.

Click +Add to create a new remote persistence service. Specify the following parameter values, then click Create. Creating a persistence service takes 3 minutes on a Windows® VM.

ValueDescription
Connection Name

Specify a name for the connection to the persistence service. Use this name in MATLAB code to pass data to the cache.

Host and Port

Specify the host name and port number for Azure Cache for Redis from the Azure portal. The port number has to be a non-SSL port. To retrieve the host name and port number, follow these steps.

  • Log in to your Azure portal and select the resource group associated with the deployment.

  • Select the Azure Cache for Redis resource within the resource group. This resource usually has the name vmss<uniqueID>redis.

  • Select Overview and copy the values listed under Host name and under Ports.

You can also use an Azure Cache for Redis that you create outside of this deployment. The steps to retrieve the host name and port number are the same.

Access Key

If you use Azure Cache for Redis for persistence, you must specify an access key. To retrieve the access key, follow these steps.

  • Log in to your Azure portal and select the resource group associated with this deployment.

  • Select the Azure Cache for Redis resource within the resource group. This resource usually has the name vmss<uniqueID>redis.

  • Select Access keys from the left pane.

  • In the resulting pane, copy the access key string listed under Primary.

For more information on using a data cache, see Use a Data Cache to Persist Data.

Set Up Access Control for Applications Using Azure Active Directory

MATLAB Production Server uses Azure AD for restricting access to deployed applications to only certain groups of users. Only the global admin and manager can configure access control for applications.

For more information on how to configure application access control using the Application Access Control tab, see Application Access Control.

Set Up Access Control for Dashboard Using Azure Active Directory

MATLAB Production Server uses Azure AD to provide role-based access control for accessing the dashboard. You can grant access to certain dashboard areas for specific users or groups of users based on the user role. Only the global admin can configure dashboard access control. For more information on how to configure dashboard access control using the Dashboard Access Control tab, see Dashboard Access Control.

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