User Management for the Altium NEXUS Server is performed by an Administrator through various paging in the Admin area of the server's browser interface, accessed from an external browser. This provides the interface to the Identity Service (IDS), with which to define NEXUS Server (and other service) access through specification of Users and Roles.
Controls are spread over the following pages:
Content structure and access management for the NEXUS Server can be performed by an Administrator from the Explorer page of the server's browser interface. From here you will be able to browse the folders and Items within the NEXUS Server. And although you can't create or edit Items from within the browser interface (you can remove them), you are able to create and edit folders, and so build the NEXUS Server's structure, without having to be connected to it through Altium NEXUS.
You can also define sharing from this interface - controlling who is able to see what content in the NEXUS Server and, at the folder level, whether other users can simply view a folder and its content, or also edit it (effectively releasing/committing/uploading design data into it). A single NEXUS Server installation can be partitioned into various effective 'zones' of content, but with controlled permissions the content can be made selectively visible, or hidden, as required - giving the right people, the right access, to the right data.
Content can also be downloaded from the NEXUS Server, directly from this interface.
The Altium NEXUS Server provides the ability to define and manage lifecycle definitions through its browser interface, complementing the ability to do this through Altium NEXUS. And providing better visibility of the states and transitions involved each lifecycle is built in a graphical way, showing at-a-glance the flows involved. Many of the management controls you are accustomed to from the Edit Lifecycle Definitions dialog are present, but in a far more intuitive setting, allowing you to quickly build and modify your definitions with streamlined ease.
Access to the NEXUS Server's lifecycle definitions can only be made by an administrator (a member of the Administrators role). Once signed in to your NEXUS Server instance through a Web browser, use the nav tree on the left to navigate to the Admin - Settings page. Then, in the tree that is presented, click on the Lifecycle Definitions entry.
Eight default lifecycle definitions are provided. These default definitions can be used 'as is', or modified to suit company (or personal) requirements. New, custom definitions can also be added and configured, as required.
Defining and managing a lifecycle definition through the NEXUS Server's browser interface is very much a visual affair. A definition is built rather like a flow diagram, using various graphical objects representing the states and state transitions (and stages if using an Advanced style of management).
Each Altium NEXUS Server instance has its own dedicated Part Catalog. This is a managed local part catalog database, dedicated to the management and tracking of manufacturer parts and their associated supplier parts. The catalog is installed as a service (Part Catalog Service) provided through the NEXUS Server platform and works only with the NEXUS Server.
The local Part Catalog stores items representative of actual Manufacturer Parts, along with one or more items representative of Supplier Parts - the incarnations of those Manufacturer Parts, as sold by the Suppliers/Vendors. Each Supplier Part is a reference to an item in a parts database - either the aggregate parts database of the Altium Parts Provider (which itself interfaces to, and gathers the parts from, enabled Suppliers), or a linked local parts database (ODBC-based).
Which Supplier Databases are actually used - a list of Approved Suppliers - is managed by the NEXUS Server through the Part Providers page of its browser interface. This facilitates centralized supply chain management, with designers across the entire organization using the same approved list of Suppliers, with which to source supply chain intelligence for parts used in their designs.
The NEXUS Server can be configured to generate and send email notifications - flagging a variety of events to key stakeholders, relating to Components, Managed Projects, Approval Requests, Part Requests and Tasks.
The feature to send notification emails from your NEXUS Server installation is enabled and configured on the Email Notifications page (Admin - Settings - Email Notifications) of the NEXUS Server's browser interface. This page is an element of the interface that can only be accessed by Administrative users of the NEXUS Server - those who are part of the Administrators role.