Signing In To the CTERA Portal
  • 28 Aug 2023
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Signing In To the CTERA Portal

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As an administrator, you have access to the administration Web interface. This interface lets you perform administration tasks for the CTERA Portal.

To sign in to the global administration interface you use the IP address of the portal server. If the DNS service is set up, you can use it with the portal's DNS suffix and, if changed from the default, the HTTPS access port number.

To sign in to the global administration interface:

  1. In a Web browser open http://<virtualportal_name>.<DNS_Suffix>/admin
    where, virtualportal_name is the name of any one of the virtual portals defined in CTERA Portal, and DNS_Suffix is the DNS suffix for the CTERA Portal installation.

    If the portal is set to redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS, CTERA Portal redirects the browser to the HTTPS page. It is also possible to set the HTTPS access port to be different from the standard 443. In this case, the address is:
    https://<virtualportal_name>.<DNS_Suffix>:<HTTPS_port>/admin where HTTPS_port is a customized port. See The HTTPS Access Port.
    For example, to connect to Example’s administration portal using HTTPS port 2222, use the following address:

    Open http://<Portal_Server_IP>/admin where Portal_Server_IP is the IP address of one of the CTERA Portal servers. For example, to connect to the global administration view of a portal whose server IP address is, open
    This method enables you to gain access to the administration view, if the DNS service is not set up.

    After connecting, you can switch to any specific virtual portal view or back to the administration view, as described in Navigating Between Portal Views.
    The CTERA Portal opens, displaying the sign in page.
    If SAML Single Sign-on (SSO) is enabled, on your first access to the portal you are redirected to the SAML identity provider's login page. On subsequent log ins, you directly access the portal.
    If CAC, Common Access Card, is implemented at the site, the login page is skipped if the card access is authorized.
  2. Enter your administrator user name and password and click SIGN IN. If you are redirected to an identity provider's login page, enter your credentials there. The identity provider processes your authentication.
    The administration interface opens displaying the Main > Dashboard page of the default team portal.
    For information about administering a team portal, see the Team Administrator Guide.
  3. In the view setting drop-down box at the top of the page, change the view to Administration.

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