Getting Started in Altus

You can contact Cloudera directly and set up a paid Altus subscription. You can set up multiple user accounts in an Altus subscription.

Getting Started with a Subscription

If you have a subscription to Altus, you must have one person designated as the Altus account administrator. The Altus account administrator sets up accounts for other Altus users.

The Altus account administrator follows a different onboarding process than other Altus users.

Altus Account Administrator

You can use the Cloudera Altus console to set up access and authorization for users in your organization. You also use it to set up an Altus environment and establish the cloud provider account resources that Altus users can access.

To get started as an administrator for Cloudera Altus, complete the following tasks:
  1. Verify that the following have been set up with Cloudera:
    • A subscription to Altus.
    • A Cloudera user account assigned to you that is designated as an Altus account administrator.

      You use your Cloudera user account to log in to the Altus console. As an Altus account administrator, you have privileges to create an Altus environment and set up user authorization.

  2. Set up your cloud provider account resources to meet requirements for Altus.
    On AWS:
    • Verify that the AWS account has resources that meet Altus requirements. For more information about the AWS resources required for Altus see AWS Account Requirements .
    • Ensure that you have access to an AWS user account with the permissions required to create policies and roles in AWS. For more information about the AWS privileges required for an Altus administrator, see AWS Permissions .
    On Azure:
    • Verify that the Azure subscription has resources that meet Altus requirements. For more information about the Azure resources required for Altus see Azure Subscription Requirements .
    • Ensure that you have access to an Azure user account with the permissions required to create and manage resources and resource policies in Azure. For more information about the Azure privileges required for an Altus administrator, see Azure Permissions.
  3. Set up an Altus environment for your organization.

    An Altus environment describes the resources in your cloud provider account available to Altus users for clusters and jobs. You must set up at least one Altus environment for users in your organization.

    You can create as many Altus environments as you require. If users must access different resources in a shared cloud provider account, you can set up an Altus environment for each set of resources. You can then assign the Altus environments to different users so that they can access only the resources you allow them to use.

    You can also create multiple Altus environments to describe the same set of resources. However, having multiple Altus environments for the same set of resources can be inefficient and confusing. Cloudera recommends that you create an Altus environment for a unique set of cloud resources.

    For more information about setting up an Altus environment for an AWS account, see Environment Setup for AWS.

    For more information about setting up an Altus environment for an Azure subscription, see Environment Setup for Azure.

  4. Set up user access and authorization in Altus.

    Assign roles and provide access to an Altus environment to all Altus users in your organization. The role and environment that you assign to a user determines the areas of the Cloudera Altus console that the user can access and the commands that the user can run using the Altus client.

    When you set up a user account in Altus, you must assign the user at least one role and one environment. Otherwise, the user cannot perform any task in Altus.

    For more information about setting up access and authorization for Altus users, see Setting Up User Access and Authorization.

Altus User

You need a Cloudera user account to access Cloudera Altus. The account administrator for your Altus account must assign a role and Altus environment to you before you can create clusters and run jobs in Altus.

To get started as a user in Cloudera Altus, complete the following tasks:
  1. Create an account with Cloudera by getting a subscription.
  2. Sign in to the Altus console.

    The first time you sign in to Altus, Altus verifies your Cloudera user account and creates an Altus user account for you. Initially, you do not have privileges to perform tasks in Altus. An Altus administrator must assign privileges to your user account before you can use Altus.

  3. Contact the Altus account administrator to request authorization to use Altus and access to an Altus environment.

    The administrator creates an Altus environment that determines where you can create clusters and run jobs and what resources you can use. To use Altus, you must have access to an Altus environment.

    The Altus administrator assigns privileges to your user account based on the tasks you need to perform. When you log in to the Cloudera Altus console, you can view only the areas to which the administrator has given you access. When you use the Altus client, you can run only the commands for which you have permission. You can access only the resources included in the Altus environment that the administrator has assigned to you.

  4. Download and configure the Altus client.

    You can use the Altus console to perform create clusters and run jobs. You can also use the Altus command-line interface. For example, you might want to use the command line to automate the process of creating a cluster and submitting a job to run on the cluster.

    Altus provides the command-line interface through a Python client. To use the command-line interface, download the client and configure it with an access key. The access key identifies you when you run commands. For more information about installing and configuring the Altus client, see Altus Client Setup.

    In addition to the Altus client, you could also use the Cloudera Altus SDK for Java to access the Altus Data Engineering service through the Altus API. For more information, see Using the Altus SDK for Java.

User Profile

You can view the user profile for your Cloudera account from the Altus console. Your user profile page in my.cloudera.com displays your profile information, the Cloudera applications you have access to, and the support cases you have opened.

You can modify some information in your profile. You can update your personal information, location information, and job information. You can also open support cases for issues you encounter in the apps. Click Create New Case to create a new case.

To view your user profile:

  1. Click your login user name in the top right hand corner of the page.
  2. Click My Account. Your user account page appears.
  3. Click View Profile to view your User Profile. Your Profile Information on my.cloudera.com will appear in a new tab.