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TitleWhat is CMC (Central Management Console)?
Question
What is CMC (Central Management Console)?
Environment
  • ADSP 
  • AirDefense
Answer
The Central Management Console (CMC) is a centralized management system that allows you to administer multiple AirDefense appliances from one location. CMC can be used to ensure that configurations are the same across multiple appliances. You no longer have to configure each appliance separately.


Configuring Master/Slave Servers

You should designate one server as the master server and then add the slave servers. You can then maintain configuration changes from the master server and have them take effect across all server appliances. You can make changes to:
*Alarm Configurations
*User Accounts
*Authorized Stations.

Things to Remember

*All the configuration is done on the master server. No configuration is necessary for the slave server(s).
*Changes made to a master server will be automatically synchronized with the slave servers; however, changes made to slave servers are not synchronized with the master server.
*Any changes made to configurations using CMC will override configuration settings on the slave devices.

Sharing Certificates

In order for the slave server to work properly, you must share the Central Management license from the master server to the slave server(s) by following these steps:
1.From the master server ADSP dashboard, right-click the slave server and select the Share Certificates option. A pop-up displays.
2.Fill in the required fields and click on Share.
3.When you have completed these steps, restart both the master and the slave servers.
 
noteThe default password is “security” for both the master and slave appliances.

Sometimes the slave appliance will show as off-line even after a restart of the ADSP processes. In this case, remove the slave appliance and try adding it again.



Adding Slave Servers

Follow these steps to add one or more slave servers to the Central Management Console:

1. From ADSP's menu, select Add Devices

From ADSP's menu select add Devices




2. Use the Device Type drop-down and select Appliance. The following screen displays:

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3. Provide the following information for the slave server.
 
FieldDescription
NameProvide a friendly name for identifying this slave server on the CMC console.
HostProvide the IPv4 IP address of the slave server to be managed by the CMC.
PortEnter the port number for the slave server. The default port is 8543.

4. Select the Add button on the top right of the screen to add the server. The slave server is now added to the Master's CMC. 

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To verify that the server has been added successfully, select Dashboard from the main menu. From the Scope drop-down menu, select System as the scope.
 
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The newly added slave server is listed in this scope.

5. When a new slave server is added, it cannot be accessed immediately from the Master's Central Management Console. Hovering about the newly added slave server entry in the Severity by Tree Level area displays the reason for error. This is the default behavior as the credentials required for authentication is not yet shared between the Master and slave servers.

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6. Before a slave server can be controlled from the Master's CMC, certificates must be exchanged between the Master and the slave server. From the Severity by Tree Level area, select the new slave server. Use the drop-down arrow next to the server to list the available options and select Share Certificates.

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7. In the Share Appliance Certificates with Master screen, provide the following information.

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For the Slave Appliance/Server, provide the following information:
 
FieldDescription
User NameProvide the User Name on the slave server used for authenticattion requests from the Master Server.
PasswordProvide the Password for the User Name configured on the slave server used for authenticattion requests from the Master Server.
Appliance Certificate PasswordProvide the Appliance Certificate Password configured on the slave server. Generally the default password of Security is used. Contact your server administrator for this password.
Trusted Certificate PasswordProvide the Trusted Certificate Password configured on the slave server. Generally the default password of Security is used. Contact your server administrator for this password.
For the Master Appliance/Server, provide the following information:
 
FieldDescription
Appliance Certificate PasswordProvide the Appliance Certificate Password configured on the Master Server. Generally the default password of Security is used. Contact your server administrator for this password.
Trusted Certificate PasswordProvide the Trusted Certificate Password configured on the Master Server. Generally the default password of Security is used. Contact your server administrator for this password.
AliasEnter the configured IPv4 Address for the Master Server.

8. Select Save to save the entered credentials. To exit without saving any changes made to this screen, select Cancel.
9. When the slave server is added successfully to the Master Server's CMC, the slave server can remotely be configured and monitored from the Master Server's console.
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