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Configuring system settings

This section explains how to configure various system-level settings. You modify these settings from the Administration > Configuration > System tab.

Accessing SMTP

Cloud Cruiser communicates with mail servers via Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). Therefore, a valid SMTP server must be accessible by the Cloud Cruiser application server. You can configure the following settings that are primarily used to generate alert emails associated with budgets.


Sets the address of your SMTP host.


Sets the port for your SMTP host (typically 25).

SMTP Senders Address

Sets the default From address for system-generated emails. For example, this could be a “noreply” type of email address to indicate that the email recipient should not reply to the system-generated email.

By default, Cloud Cruiser communicates with the SMTP server without authentication.  If your SMTP server requires authentication you must create properties in Cloud Cruiser to process that authentication.

To configure Cloud Cruiser for SMTP authentication

  1. Go to Administration > General > Other.
  2. Add four new properties to the table, with the following data:
    Name Value Type
    smtp_password <your_smtp_password> String
    smtp_user <your_smtp_username> String
    mail.smtp.starttls.enable true Boolean
    mail.smtp.auth true Boolean
  3. Click Save.

Configuring record data

Use the middle portion of the System tab to set up default settings for record data:

Log Retention (days)

Sets the number of days that log files will be retained before deletion.

Maximum records grouped in Load Track

Specifies the maximum number of records that can be in a single group for load tracking (in the Data > Job Loads page).

Enable Flexible Accounting Day

For By Period reports, this adds an Accounting Day drop-down menu option along with Accounting Year and Accounting Period so you can specify a day of the month for the accounting period.

Configuring default user settings

Use the bottom portion of the System tab to set default settings for new users:

Default password for new users

Sets the password for new users when logging into the system for the first time, and subsequent logins if they do not change it.

Default user group for new users

Sets the default user group that the user is assigned to. This only applies to new users that are imported in a batch mode.

Make sure the user group already exists and is spelled correctly in this field. For more information, see Creating user groups.

Server Time Zone setting

Server Time Zone

Sets the time zone for the server. By default, the time zone is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Use the menu to select a different time zone for the server.

For more information, see Setting the server time zone.

Resource descriptions for customers

Allow unique resource descriptions for customers

By default, changes to the resource description on any resource will apply to the resource description in all rate plans.

With this option enabled, any changes made to the resource description for any rate plan will ONLY apply to that rate plan's resource description. This allows different resource descriptions for the same resource, and can be useful if some customers name a resource differently than others.

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