User Guide for the Cisco Application Networking Manager 5.2.2
Using Homepage
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Using Homepage

Table Of Contents

Using Homepage

Information About Homepage

Customizing the Default ANM Page

Using Homepage

This section describes how to use Homepage, which is a launching point for quick access to selected areas within Cisco Application Networking Manager (ANM).

This chapter includes the following sections:

Information About Homepage

Customizing the Default ANM Page

Information About Homepage

Homepage allows you to have quick access to the following operations and guided setup tasks in ANM:

Operational tasks that you can access:

The Real Servers table to view information for each configured real server, activate or suspend real servers listed in the table, or modify server weight and connection limits.

The Virtual Servers table to view information for each configured virtual server and to activate or suspend virtual servers listed in the table.

The Cisco Global Site Selector (GSS) Answer table to manage GSS VIP answers (resources that respond to content queries) by specifying virtual IP (VIP) addresses associated with a server load balancer (SLB) such as the Cisco Content Services Switch (CSS), Cisco Content Switching Module (CSM), Cisco IOS-compliant SLB, LocalDirector, or a web server.

The DNS Rules table to specify actions in the DNS rules table for the GSS to take when it receives a request from a known source (a member of a source address list) for a known hosted domain (a member of a domain list).

Monitoring—Connect to the central Device Dashboard where you can quickly view device and virtual context monitoring results and track potential issues; view detailed context-level resource usage information; and monitor load balancing statistics for virtual servers.

Guided setup tasks that you can launch:

The Import Devices guided setup task to establish communication between ANM and hardware devices.

The Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) Hardware Setup task to configure ACE devices that are new to the network by establishing network connectivity in either standalone or high-availability (HA) deployments.

The Virtual Context Setup task to create and connect an ACE virtual context.

The Application Setup task to configure end-to-end load-balancing for your application.

Configuration—Tasks that allow you to configure system attributes for a virtual context, control a user's access to ANM, and display configuration and deployment changes logged in the ANM database.

Documentation—Quick links to ANM, ACE module, and ACE appliance user documentation on

System Summary—Tasks that allow you to display critical alarm notifications when the value for a specific statistic rises above the specified setting or display all critical events received from an ACE device for syslog and SNMP traps from all virtual contexts.

By default, the ANM Homepage (see Figure 2-1) is the first page that appears in ANM after you log in. To access the Homepage from other locations within ANM, click the Home menu option at the top of the window. From the Homepage, you can customize which page you want to display for subsequent logins into ANM. See the "Customizing the Default ANM Page" section for details.

Note All menu options on the Homepage are under Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). Menu options will be grayed if proper permission has not been granted to the logged in user by the administrator. See the "How ANM Handles Role-Based Access Control" section for more information about RBAC in ANM.

Note The ANM software version that displays across the top of the window varies depending on your version of ANM.

Figure 2-1 Homepage Window

Table 2-1 identifies the Homepage links, associated pages in ANM, and related topics that can be found in this document.

Table 2-1 Homepage Links 

Homepage Link
ANM Page
Related Topics

Operational Tasks

Manage Real Servers

Config > Operations > Real Servers

Managing Real Servers

Manage Virtual Servers

Config > Operations > Virtual Servers

Managing Virtual Servers

Manage GSS VIP Answers

Config > Operations > GSS VIP Answers

Managing GSS VIP Answers

Manage GSS DNS Rules

Config > Operations > DNS Rules

Activating and Suspending DNS Rules Governing GSS Load Balancing



Monitor > Devices > Dashboard

Using Dashboards to Monitor Devices and Virtual Contexts

Resource Usage Summary

Monitor > Devices > Resource Usage > Connections

Monitoring System Traffic Resource Usage

Application Performance Summary

Monitor > Devices > Load Balancing > Virtual Servers

Monitoring Load Balancing

Guided Setup

Import a Device

Config > Guided Setup > Import Devices

Using Import Devices

Configure ACE Hardware

Config > Guided Setup > ACE Hardware Setup

Using ACE Hardware Setup

Create a Virtual Context

Config > Guided Setup > Virtual Context Setup

Using Virtual Context Setup

Provision an Application

Config > Guided Setup > Application Setup

Using Application Setup


Configure Devices

Config > Devices > System > Primary Attributes

Configuring Virtual Context Primary Attributes

ANM Role-Based Access Control

Admin > Role-Based Access Control > Users

Managing User Accounts

Device Audit

Config > Device Audit

Performing Device Audit Trail Logging

Application Configs

Config > Global > Application Configs

Managing Application Template Instances

Application Config Templates

Config > Global > Application Config Templates

Managing Application Template Definitions

System Summary

Critical Alarms

Monitor > Alarm Notifications > Alarms

Displaying Alarms in ANM

High Priority Syslogs

Monitor > Events > Events

Monitoring Events


Cisco ANM Documentation (link to documentation set on



Cisco ACE Appliance Documentation
(link to documentation set on



Cisco ACE Module Documentation
(link to documentation set on



Cisco ACE Troubleshooting Guide
(link to DocWiki)



What is New in this ANM Release (link to release notes on


Note For information about the navigational tabs and hyperlinks located at the top of the Homepage window, see the "ANM Interface Components" section.

Customizing the Default ANM Page

You can choose the default page that you access after logging in to ANM. By default, the ANM Homepage is the first page that appears after you log in. From the ANM Homepage, you can specify a different page that appears as the default page after you log in.


Step 1 If the Homepage is not active in ANM, click the Home tab. The Homepage appears.

Step 2 From the Default Login Page drop-down list, choose one of the following pages that you want to appear after you log in to ANM:

Home > Welcome

Config > Guided Setup

Config > Devices

Config > Operations > Real Servers

Config > Operations > Virtual Servers

Config > Operations > GSS VIP Answers

Config > Operations > GSS DNS Rules

Config > Deploy

Config > Device Audit

Monitor > Devices > Dashboard

Monitor > Devices > Resource Usage

Monitor > Devices > Traffic Summary

Monitor > Devices > Load Balancing > Real Servers

Monitor > Devices > Load Balancing > Probes

Monitor > Devices > Load Balancing > Statistics

Monitor > Devices > Load Balancing > Application Acceleration (ACE appliance only)

Monitor > Events

Monitor > Alarm Notifications > Alarms

Step 3 Click Save to save your new selection as the default page the next time that you log in to ANM.