Cisco Network Services Manager User Guide, 5.0
Using the Network Services Manager UI
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Using the Network Services Manager Administration UI

Table Of Contents

Using the Network Services Manager Administration UI

Getting Started with the Administration UI

Administration UI Features

Explorer and Alert Views

Domain Navigator

Breadcrumb Trail

Content Pane

Status Bar

Product Information

Verifying Device Configurations

UI Example

Changing User Passwords


Using the Network Services Manager Administration UI


This chapter describes the Network Services Manager Administration UI and includes the following sections:

Getting Started with the Administration UI

Administration UI Features

Verifying Device Configurations

Changing User Passwords

Getting Started with the Administration UI

To log into the Network Services Manager Administration UI:


Step 1 In your browser, enable popup windows for the Network Services Manager engine. If you do not enable popup windows, you cannot view confirmation dialog boxes or other messages that Network Services Manager displays.

Step 2 Enter the following URL:

https://hostname:8443/
 
   

where hostname is the name of the Network Services Manager engine.

Step 3 When prompted, accept the security certificate.

Step 4 In the login screen, enter the username and password. The default value is admin for both the username and password.


Note For security purposes, we recommend that you change the password. To change the login password, see Changing User Passwords.


The main Administration screen is displayed with the ROOT domain selected.


Administration UI Features

When you log into Network Services Manager, the Administration UI is displayed as shown in Figure 5-1. The UI includes the following components:

Explorer and Alert Views

Domain Navigator

Breadcrumb Trail

Content Pane

Status Bar

Product Information

Figure 5-1 Administration UI

1

Domain Navigator

4

Product information

2

Breadcrumb trail

5

Content pane

3

Explorer View and Alert View tabs

6

Status bar


Explorer and Alert Views

The Administration UI includes the following views, each accessible via a tab at the top of the window:

Explorer View—The Explorer View enables you to view objects, their properties, and their running configurations.

Alert View—The Alert View (shown in Figure 5-2) displays a sortable list of system events, specific to the item selected in the Domain Navigator. You can resize the columns or hover your cursor over an entry in the table to see the complete text.

Figure 5-2 Alert View

Domain Navigator

The Domain Navigator displays the domain hierarchy in a dynamic view that allows you to view tenants and the associated objects.

When you log into Network Services Manager, the ROOT domain is selected by default. As you navigate the hierarchy, the breadcrumb trail is updated with the path, and the content pane is updated with the properties of the currently selected item.

The return arrow button at the top of the Domain Navigator pane enables you to return to a higher level in the domain hierarchy.


Tip Use the drop-down list next to the return arrow to select the level you want to return to.


Breadcrumb Trail

The breadcrumb trail identifies your recent navigation path and enables you to easily return to previously viewed screens. It also provides the currently displayed item's path, relative to the ROOT domain. If you select a new item in the Domain Navigator, the breadcrumb trail reflects the new path from ROOT to the selected item.

Content Pane

The content pane contains detailed information about the selected object. The top portion contains:

The path from ROOT to the selected item.

Name and Comment fields.

The lower portion of the content pane contains tabs with object-specific properties. The tabs that are displayed depend on the selected object and can contain subordinate tabs. Table 5-1 describes the tabs available for common objects.

Table 5-1 Content Pane Tabs 

Tab
Description
ROOT, Tenant, and Tenant Network Container

Contained

Contains the All, Subdomains, Sites, and Resources tabs.

The All tab lists all contained entities, including the entity name, entity type, and a comment. The other tabs list the entities that fall into the identified category.

Metaproperties

Displayed for tenants and tenant network containers.

Lists metaproperties associated with the selected object.

Advanced

Contains the Settings, Client Properties, and State tabs.

The Advanced tab contains advanced settings for the selected object.

Pod

Controller

Contains the username and password for the Network Services Manager controller for the selected device stack.

Assignments

Lists the local resources, VLANs, and zones that can be assigned to the device stack and those that are assigned.

Contained

Contains the All, Network Elements, and Interconnects tab.

Identifies the network elements and interconnects associated with the selected object, including their entity type and any comments.

Advanced

Contains the Settings, Client Properties, and State tabs.

The Advanced tab contains advanced settings for the selected object.

ENC

General

Displays the ENC name and comment.

Settings

Identifies the start and end dates for the service, and any owned objects.

State Variables

Identifies any parameters defined for the ENC.

Metaproperties

Lists all metaproperties associated with the ENC.

Advanced

Contains the Settings, Client Properties, and State tabs.

The Advanced tab contains advanced settings for the selected object.

Zone Network Container

Site

Identifies the device stack assigned to the site.

Contained

Contains the All, Domains, Metamodels, and Resources tabs.

The All tab lists all contained entities, including the entity name, the entity type, and a comment. Entity types can include created VLANs, network containers, and ENCs.

The other tabs list the entities that fall into the identified category.

Association

Contains the Policy Elements and Groups tabs.

The Policy Elements tab lists the available policy elements and those that are associated with the selected zone.

The Groups tab lists the available groups and those that are associated with the selected zone.

Advanced

Contains the Settings, Client Properties, and State tabs.

The Advanced tab contains advanced settings for the selected object.

VLAN

General

Identifies whether or not an ACL enforcement policy is in effect, whether or not the VLAN is managed, the scope of the VLAN (for example, Layer 2 or Layer 3), and the device stack assigned to the site.

Subnet

Identifies the VLAN subnet and mask, the DHCP IP address if one is configured, the gateway IP address, and the type of IP address pool, such as private or public.

Association

Contains the Policy Elements and Groups tabs.

The Policy Elements tab lists the available policy elements and those that are associated with the selected VLAN.

The Groups tab lists the available groups and those that are associated with the selected VLAN.

Metaproperties

Lists metaproperties associated with the selected VLAN.

Advanced

Contains the Settings, Client Properties, and State tabs.

The Advanced tab contains advanced settings for the selected object.

Group and Local Resource

General

Displayed for local resources.

Identifies the VLAN subnet with the subnet mask and the object that the local resource is associated with.

Members

Displayed for groups.

Lists objects that are available to the group and those that participate in the group.

Association

Contains the Policy Elements and Groups tabs.

The Policy Elements tab lists the available policy elements and those that are associated with the selected group or local resource.

The Groups tab lists the available groups and those that are associated with the selected group or local resource.

Advanced

Contains the Settings, Client Properties, and State tabs.

The Advanced tab contains advanced settings for the selected object.


 

Status Bar

The status bar indicates whether Network Services Manager is loading information or ready for your next selection.

Product Information

Product information is available at the top right of the window and includes:

Field
Description

Username

Account name of the person logged in.

Logout button

Logs you out of Network Services Manager after you confirm the logout request.

About button

Displays Network Services Manager version information.


Verifying Device Configurations

After you add a tenant network container and network containers, you can verify that the configuration on a device matches the information you entered by using the Run Commands feature.

To verify the device configuration in Network Services Manager:


Step 1 Navigate to the required device by choosing ROOT > Contained > All.

Step 2 Click VMDC POD.

Step 3 Choose Contained > Network Elements.

Step 4 Click the required device in the list of network elements.

Step 5 In the properties screen, click Run Commands.

Step 6 In the Run Command dialog box, choose the required Show option from the drop-down list and click Run.

The configuration is displayed in the dialog box (see Figure 5-3), allowing you to compare the information entered using Network Services Manager with the existing device configuration.


UI Example

Figure 5-3 shows an example device configuration in the Run Commands dialog box.

Figure 5-3 Device Configuration in Run Commands Dialog Box

Changing User Passwords

We recommend that you change user passwords for security purposes.

The following conventions apply when changing user passwords:

The password must contain at least eight characters.

The password must contain characters from three of the following groups:

Lowercase letters

Uppercase letters

Numbers

Special characters

If your organization requires different password policy settings, review and edit the passwordpolicy.properties file on the engine in the following directory:

/usr/local/overdrive/engine/bin/UtilUpdateUserPassword

To change the password for the Network Services Manager Administration UI or apiclient account:


Step 1 Log into the Network Services Manager engine from the vSphere console window.

Step 2 To enter the root shell, enter shell.

Step 3 Navigate to the correct directory by entering:

cd /usr/local/overdrive/engine/bin/UtilUpdateUserPassword 
 
   

Step 4 To change a password, do either or both of the following:

Administration UI password—Enter the following command:

java -jar UtilUpdateUserPassword.jar old-password new-password 
 
   

Apiclient account password—Enter the following command:

java -Dusername=apiclient -jar UtilUpdateUserPassword.jar old-password new-password
 
   

where:

old-password is the current apiclient account password.

new-password is the new apiclient account password.

Step 5 Leave the root shell by entering exit.

Step 6 To update affected clients, do one or both of the following:

Administration UI password—Close any browser windows that are logged into Network Services Manager using the old password, and log in again using the new password.

Apliclient account password—Update any application using the apiclient account with the new password.