User Guide for Cisco Network Registrar 7.2
Managing the Cisco Network Registrar Virtual Appliance
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Managing the Cisco Network Registrar Virtual Appliance

Table Of Contents

Managing the Cisco Network Registrar Virtual Appliance

Invoking Cisco Network Registrar Virtual Appliance

Modifying Virtual Appliance Configuration

Setting the Time Zone

Viewing Network Status

Configuring Proxy Server

Checking Updates

Setting Update timings

Setting the Repository

Accessing Cisco Network Registrar Application

Configurations and Restrictions


Managing the Cisco Network Registrar Virtual Appliance


This chapter describes how to manage a virtual appliance that is already deployed on a server and how to access the Cisco Network Registrar from the virtual appliance. For details on how to deploy the virtual appliance and configure on first boot, see Installation Guide for Cisco Network Registrar.

Invoking Cisco Network Registrar Virtual Appliance

Do the following to invoke the Cisco Network Registrar virtual appliance:


Step 1 Open the web browser and access the server with virtual appliance. For example, if default ports were used during the installation, the URLs would be https://hostname:5480. The default port for virtual appliance is 5480.


Note Use https://hostname:5480 and not http.


Step 2 Choose I understand the risks when you get the warning 'This Connection is Untrusted'.

Step 3 Click Add Exception and Confirm Security Exception for this page.

The virtual appliance login page is displayed as in Figure 31-1.

Figure 31-1 Virtual Appliance Login Page

Step 4 Login as root with the password you set during initial bootup. The Cisco Network Registrar virtual appliance home page is displayed (see Figure 31-2). This page displays the basic information about the Cisco Network Registrar virtual appliance and also has the Reboot and Shut down buttons. To reboot the server, you can click Reboot and to shut down the server, click Shutdown.

Monitor the Web UI/browser console window and notice that the window remains grayed out during the reboot. It will refresh when the reboot is complete. If you clicked Shutdown, start the server after the shutdown. After the server is up, ensure that the browser console can connect to the Cisco Network Registrar virtual appliance.

Figure 31-2 Cisco Network Registrar Virtual Appliance Home Page


Modifying Virtual Appliance Configuration

You can modify the virtual appliance configuration after you login. The following are the list of modifications you can make in the Cisco Network Registrar virtual appliance UI:

Setting the Time Zone
Viewing Network Status
Modifying Network Address Settings
Configuring Proxy Server
Checking Updates
Setting Update timings
Setting the Repository

Setting the Time Zone

You can check whether the time zone is set to the zone chosen during the initial configuration in the Time Zone tab under System.

To set a different time zone, do the following:


Step 1 Choose the desired time zone from the System Time Zone drop-down list.

Step 2 Click Save Settings to save the changes you made or click Cancel Settings to reset to the original value that was configured during the first boot.


Viewing Network Status

To view the network values entered during the initial setup, go to n the Status tab under Network.

Modifying Network Address Settings

To modify the network address settings, do the following:


Step 1 To modify the default IP settings, choose the Use the following IP settings option in the Address tab under Network. You can modify the IP Address, Netmask, Gateway, Preferred DNS Server, Alternate DNS Server, or Hostname.

Step 2 Click Save Settings to save the changes or click Cancel Settings to reset to the original value.


Configuring Proxy Server

To configure a proxy server, do the following:


Step 1 Check the Use a proxy server check box in the Proxy tab under Network to configure a proxy server. You can now add the Proxy server, Proxy Port, Proxy Username, and Proxy Password. The Proxy Username and Proxy Password values are optional.

Step 2 Click Save Settings to save the changes or click Cancel Settings to reset to the original value.


Checking Updates

To check for the updates available, do the following:


Step 1 Go the Update. The Status tab is displayed by default. Click the Check Updates and the appliance will contact a web-site at Cisco and determine if there is a newer version of the Cisco Network Registrar appliance to install. If any updates are available, the page displays the next available appliance version. Click Install Update to install the updated version. If no updates are available, the message "No update is available" is displayed in Status page.

Step 2 If you decide to install the updates, click the Install Updates and the appliance will transfer down a new cnr uber-rpm (the rpm built as part of the appliance build which contains the kit-built rpm). This new rpm will be installed, which will replace the files in the /opt/cnr_7_2 directory with the files from the new uber-rpm (which will contain the new version of Cisco Network Registrar, e.g., /opt/cnr_7_2_1).


Setting Update timings

To set the timings for checking the updates available, do the following:


Step 1 In the Settings page under Update, check the Automatic check for updates check box under Automatic Updates. If you want to automate the installing of updates, check the Automatic check and install updates check box.

Step 2 Schedule a frequency for the updates by selecting the desired day and the time from the drop down list.

Step 3 Click Save Settings to save the changes or click Cancel Settings to reset to the original value.

Check the Status page under Update to verify the updates if any on that particular day and time. If there are no updates, the message "No update is available" is displayed in Status page on the chosen day and time.


Setting the Repository

To set the repository, do the following:


Step 1 In the Settings page under Update, choose Use Specified Repository under Update Repository.

Step 2 Enter the desired link in Repository URL text box.

Step 3 Enter the Username and Password (if any) for the URL.

Step 4 Click Save Settings button.

Now the upgraded version of OS and the Cisco Network Registrar will be installed from the specified URL.


Accessing Cisco Network Registrar Application

To access Cisco Network Registrar Web UI from the virtual appliance home page, do the following:


Step 1 Click the Application Home link on top right corner of this page to access the Cisco Network Registrar Application. This displays the Cisco Network Registrar login page.

Step 2 Login to Cisco Network Registrar and the Add Product license page is displayed. Add the product license in this page and the Add Superuser Administrator page is displayed. Configure the username and password in this page and you are ready to work on Cisco Network Registrar.


Configurations and Restrictions

Cisco supports the Cisco Network Registrar virtual appliance on VMware ESXi 4.x platforms. While the OVF distribution format that we use allows the Cisco Network Registrar virtual appliance to run on a variety of virtualized environments (that is, other than VMware), we do not support any environments other than VMware in this release.