The first time you go to the Gateway Homepage, it shows you several steps to help you get started. Once you're up and running, the Home tab lets you open clients and view some connection status.
The Status tab provides in-depth information about the status of the different parts of the Ignition system. The list of options on the left menu in the Status page changes based on what modules are installed. You can select any of the available options to get more detailed information.
The Configure tab presents you with a login page. Use 'admin' and 'password' as your Username/Password to login.
Once you are logged in, you are in the Configure page. From this page, you do all the Gateway and platform operations. The list of options on the left menu in the Configure page changes based on what modules are installed. You can select any of the available options to get more detailed information.
The Launch Designer tab, on the top right side of the page, directly launches the Ignition Designer where all the design work for your projects is done. To learn about what Designer can do, go to the Designer section of this manual.
The Gateway Control Utility (GCU) is a lightweight standalone application that provides information about the Gateway. It performs high-level tasks that aren't available inside the Gateway webpage such as stopping and restarting the Gateway server, and setting ports used between the Gateway and clients. It shows the status of the Tomcat web server and the Ignition Gateway application. You can reset the Gateway password, and even the launch the web browser to the Gateway homepage.
For more information on the GCU, refer to the section on the Gateway Control Utility.
Ignition redundancy supports a 2-node system, meaning there are two copies of the Gateway running. One node is the Master Gateway and the other is the Backup Gateway or backup node. All projects, Gateway settings, etc, are shared between nodes. The master node manages the configuration then replicates it to the backup node.
When you have redundant systems in place, you can get detailed status information by going to Gateway webpage and selecting Status > Redundancy to view the system's status and events. For more about how Gateway redundancy works, go to the section on Redundancy.