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Quick Menu Access

The Quick Access Menu is the easiest way to navigate through different menus that assist in managing your GENIDesktop Slices and GENIDesktop user preferences. In the following sections, we will discuss what each item in this menu does.

Slice List

This menu option display you a list of all your slices of which you are assigned an admin role. In other words, all slices you have created will be displayed by default. Your can use the checkboxes to toggle display of slices in your various projects, slices created by other members in your project on which you may be a member. You can also use the Advanced checkbox to
  • Renew your Slice/Slivers
  • Edit Slice Membership
  • Delete your Slice Resources
  • View your Slice Manifest
  • View the latest Status of your Slice

Quick List

This menu options provides a overlay navigation menu for each of your slices that the GENIDesktop already knows about. It may not show slices that have been created elsewhere.

Create Slice

This option provides a quick access menu to the Slice Creation operation explained here


This options provides a shortcut to access a user Global Account Settings also called GENIDesktop Account Settings which is explained in Global Account Settings Section

Manage Sessions

Every time you login to the GENIDesktop, all GENI related data such as slice and user credentials, manifests and slice status are fetched from the GENI Clearing house and GENI Aggregates and stored on the server just for that existing session.

As shown in the screenshot on the left, every session has a default timeout of 30 minutes. This means that if you close your browser or lose connectivity to the GENIDesktop page for more than 30 minutes you session is considered expired and all GENI Slice state stored at the GENIDesktop is cleared out. This is an added security feature. If you need to have a really long lived session that you may to continue in case you have a background job running via the GENIDesktop, you can extend this timeout here.

In addition to this, all you valid GENIDesktop sessions are listed on this page. You may see multiple active sessions here if you have GENIDesktop sessions opened up in different browsers at the same time or have a longer timeout set. You have the option of terminating the sessions from this option too.
The Download Key button is used by the GDCLI tool to match a GENIDesktop CLI session to the GUI interface.


This options is a shortcut to the GENIDesktop Command Line Interface Quick Start guide page that talks about how to install and use the GENIDesktop Command Line Interface a.k.a GDCLI. More details on how to use the GDCLI is explained later in the GENIDesktop CLI Section.

Log Off

This option provides a way to safely logout of the GENIDesktop and terminate the existing session immediately without waiting for the default timeout explained in previously.


Clicking on this link redirects you to a wiki page where we have documented most of the issues a user may come across that can either be easily fixed by the user themself or perform a workaround. We advise GENI Users to first see the problem they are experiencing is listed on the FAQ before contacting us as it may help resolve their issue faster.

Feedback/Bug Report

Users can provide bug reports or feedback to the GENIDesktop developers using this link. You can also send an email to the GENI Users google group mailing with a detailed message about the problem you are experiencing and GENI information like the slicename, GENI username and the rack used in your slice.

Slice Specific Settings

This option is shown as a first button in the list of GENIDesktop Modules in the top right corner of your browser when viewing a slice in the GENIDesktop. Clicking on the Slice Settings will bring up a list of modules that are available for your slice in the state is is currently in. You as a user have the option to enable or disable any module by checking/un-checking a box next to the module name. There are three sections show which are :
  • Public Modules : These are the modules that have been written by the GENIDesktop developers and available for use to GENI users.
  • User Modules : These are modules that a user may have developed using the Module Maker GENIDesktop module and has made it available to all his/her slices for future use.
  • Slice Modules: These are modules that a user may have developed using the Module Maker GENIDesktop module and has made it available for use just for the currently active slice.
The list of Public Modules show can be changed by the user via the Global Account Settings discussed in the next section.

Global Account Settings

This menu option give allows a GENI user to set his/her preferences for the GENIDesktop.

The first section provides some information about the GENI user account.

The Default Topology Views section allows a user to set the views they would like to see for each of their slices in the GENIDesktop. The different views are explained in the Topology View module

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