Once GitHub Enterprise is up and running, you can configure the appliance to suit your organization's needs.

Accessing the Management Console

Use the Management Console to set up and configure your GitHub Enterprise instance, schedule maintenance windows, troubleshoot issues, and manage your license.

Accessing the administrative shell (SSH)

SSH access allows you to run the GitHub Enterprise command line utilities and is useful for troubleshooting, running backups, and configuring replication.

Enabling and scheduling maintenance mode

Some standard maintenance procedures, such as upgrading your GitHub Enterprise instance or restoring backups, require that the GitHub Enterprise instance be taken offline for normal use.

Configuring backups on your appliance

As part of a disaster recovery plan, you can protect production data on your GitHub Enterprise instance by configuring automated backups.

Enabling private mode

In private mode, GitHub Enterprise requires every user to sign in to access the installation.

Configuring the default visibility of new repositories on your appliance

You can set the default visibility for all new repositories created via the web interface on your GitHub Enterprise appliance to be private or public.

Disabling the merge conflict editor for pull requests between repositories

You can require people to resolve merge conflicts locally by disabling the merge conflict editor on GitHub Enterprise for pull requests where the base branch and the head branch are in different repositories.

Disabling Git SSH access on GitHub Enterprise

You can disable Git SSH access to certain or all repositories on a GitHub Enterprise appliance to prevent people from using Git over SSH to access repositories.

Configuring GitHub Pages on your appliance

You can enable or disable GitHub Pages on your instance. You can also choose to make GitHub Pages sites publicly accessible.

Configuring rate limits

You can set rate limits for GitHub Enterprise using the Management Console.

Troubleshooting SSL errors

If you run into SSL issues with your appliance, you can take actions to resolve them.

Configuring time synchronization

GitHub Enterprise automatically synchronizes its clock by connecting to NTP servers. You can set the NTP servers that are used to synchronize the clock, or you can use the default NTP servers.