Everyware Cloud can manage devices that respond to its MQTT device management contract. The MQTT Namespace section provides more details on how such contact is defined and what it allows. This capability allows supported devices to be remotely configured and controlled through Everyware Cloud while they are connected to the broker.
As part of this contract, when a device connects to Everyware Cloud, it provides the list of cloud-enabled applications it supports. A cloud-enabled application allows for the remote management of its resources through simple MQTT messages.
Devices powered by Everyware Software Framework (ESF) or Eclipse Kura implement the remote device management contract and they can be natively managed by Everyware Cloud. ESF comes with several cloud-enabled applications that allow the remote management of certain aspects of the framework.
Based on the cloud-enabled applications installed on the device, the Everyware Cloud Console will enable the remote device management tabs in the Devices section including Packages, Bundles, Configuration, and Command.
In Devices section of Everyware Cloud, select a device that is currently connected and open the Packages tab. This tab shows a list of installed application packages on the remote device. For ESF and Kura devices, these correspond to OSGi packages.
Click on the arrow next to the package name to list the included libraries. The following operations can be performed on application packages:
- Re-query the list of available packages from the device (Refresh)
- Install or reinstall a package (Install/Upgrade)
- Uninstall a package (Uninstall)
To install or update a package onto the remote device, click the Install/Upgrade button. For ESF device, Packages must have been created as OSGi deployment packages. In install a package, provide a the URL of the package to be installed, its name and version and click on Submit.
The progress of the installation can be monitored from the In Progress tab.
To uninstall an existing package, select the package name and click the Uninstall button and by confirming the operation.
Downloading package files from URL
- Check that the URL is reachable by the devices
- Identify a URL available for the purpose. Consider that Everyware Cloud does not provide the above mentioned URL as part of its services.
- Check ESF documentation for more details regarding the supported protocols for downloading deployment packages.
In Devices section of Everyware Cloud, select a device that is currently connected and open the Bundles tab. This tab shows a list of installed application services on the remote device. For ESF and Kura devices, these correspond to OSGi service bundles.
The following operations can be performed on application service:
- Re-query the list of available services from the device (Refresh)
- Start an OSGi bundle (Start)
- Stop an OSGi bundle (Stop)
Running services are shown with an Active state. To stop a service, select the bundle name and click the Stop button. You will be prompted whether to stop the bundle. Click Yes to proceed or No to cancel. When a bundle is present but stopped, it will show a Resolved state.
To start a bundle that is in the Resolved state, select the bundle name and click the Start button. The OSGi framework on the remote device will immediately attempt to start the bundle without further confirmation and will then refresh the Bundles list.
In Devices section of Everyware Cloud, select a device that is currently connected and open the Configuration tab. At the bottom of the tab, click on the Services tab. This tab shows the list of services running on the remote device that expose configuration parameters. Click on the name of a service in the lower left panel to display list of configuration parameters in the lower right panel.
The following operations can be performed on the service Configuration:
- Re-query the list of applications and configuration values (Refresh)
- Modify configuration values on the remote device (Apply)
- Discard unsaved changes without applying to the remote device (Reset)
The example below shows the CloudService selected and a portion of the configuration parameters for the CloudService running on the remote device. If the application parameters require changes, make the changes and click the Save button. You will be prompted whether to apply the new configuration to the remote device. Click Yes to continue or No to cancel. If you have made local changes and wish to cancel without applying them, click the Discard button. You will be prompted whether to discard changes. Click Yes to discard changes or No to retain the local changes.
In Devices section of Everyware Cloud, select a device that is currently connected and open the Configuration tab. At the bottom of the tab, click on the Snapshots tab. This tab shows a list of configuration snapshots stored on the remote device.
Snapshots include all of the networking and application configuration settings stored in a single XML file. The top level tags show that this configuration includes properties for the NetworkConfigurationService (networking properties of the device), plus the configuration values for three built-in ESF applications (ClockService, PositionService, and CloudService).
The following operations can be performed on the Configuration snapshots:
- Re-query the list of snapshots from the remote device (Refresh)
- Retrieve from the device a particular snapshot version (Download)
- Select a previous configuration snapshot to apply (Rollback)
- Upload a configuration snapshot to the remote device (Upload and Apply)
To retrieve a configuration snapshot from the remote device, select the Snapshot in the list and click the Download button. The file will be sent to the Web browser as an XML file. You may need to respond to a Web browser prompt to accept the file download.
To apply a previous configuration to the remote device via the Cloud Console, select an earlier snapshot in the list and click the Rollback button. You will be prompted to confirm the rollback. Click Yes to apply the configuration or No to cancel.
To apply a stored configuration snapshot to this remote device, click on the Upload and Apply button. Browse to the location of the stored XML file and click the Upload button.
If the configuration was successfully rolled back and/or applied, you will receive a success message, and the list of Snapshots will be updated from the remote device. The newly applied configuration will be shown as a new Snapshot.
In the Table tab under Devices, select a device that is currently connected to the Everyware Cloud. If the device supports remote management, click on the Certificate tab. This tab shows the information about the certificate installed on the device, if present. The status of the certificate is sourced from the database.
This is a potential source of desynchronization between device and platform!
If a device with a device management certificate installed changes its clientId, it is likely that the platform won't be able to manage remotely the device since it has no reference that the device has a certificate installed. Be careful when managing configurations of a device.
From this tab is possible to revoke the current Device management certificate or update the current with another. Using the REST API resource also allows to manage SSL certificate installed on the device.
If a device has a Device Management installed, all of the control messages sent to the device will have their content signed with the private key of the certificate. Upon reception, the device verify the signature before accepting the request with the public certificate. This ensures that the message is not tampered and it was sent by the platform.
Updated about a year ago