Cisco Virtual Network Management Center GUI Configuration Guide, Release 2.0
Overview of the VNMC GUI
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Overview of the VNMC GUI

Overview of the VNMC GUI

VNMC provides a browser-based interface that enables you to configure managed endpoints, perform administrative operational tasks, and define and apply policies and profiles. You can also use the UI to manage and provision compute and edge firewalls, such as VSGs and ASA 1000Vs.

The following topics provide an overview of the VNMC user interface.

VNMC and Firewall Access

If the VNMC server is protected by a firewall, the following ports must be enabled:
  • 80—HTTP
  • 443—HTTPS
  • 843—Adobe Flash

VNMC Login

The default HTTPS URL for logging into the VNMC user interface is https://VNMC-ip-address, where VNMC-ip-address is the IP address assigned to the VNMC server. The IP address is the address for the management port.


Note


If you log in using HTTP, you are automatically redirected to the HTTPS link.

User Interface Components

When you log into VNMC, the user interface is displayed as shown in the following figure.

Figure 1. VNMC User Interface



The VNMC user interface contains the components described in the following table:
Table 1 VNMC User Interface Components
Component Description

Title

Displays "Cisco Virtual Network Management Center."

Toolbar

Allows you to set inactivity timeout values, obtain VNMC version information, access online help, and provide product feedback.

Tabs

Provide access to the primary VNMC components for managing your environment:
  • Tenant Management
  • Resource Management
  • Policy Management
  • Administration

Navigation pane

Provides navigation to all objects in the VNMC instance.

The navigation pane is displayed on the left side of the screen below the tabs. The objects that are displayed in the navigation pane depend on the selected tab.

Content pane

Displays information and provides options for the object that is selected in the navigation pane.

The following table provides information about the tabs in the VNMC GUI:
Table 2 Tabs in the VNMC GUI
Tab Description

Tenant Management

Enables you to manage tenants in the current VNMC instance.

A system or server administrator can use this tab to create organizational hierarchies and enable multi-tenant management domains. The organizational hierarchy levels are Tenant > Virtual Data Center > Application > Tier.

Resource Management

Enables you to manage logical resources, such as VSGs, ASA 1000Vs, VSMs, and vCenters.

Resource Management subtabs are:
  • Managed Resources
  • Resources
  • Capabilities
  • Diagnostics

Policy Management

Enables you to configure service and device policies and profiles, and to assign policies to profiles.

Policy Management subtabs are:
  • Service Profiles
  • Service Policies
  • Device Configurations
  • Capabilities
  • Diagnostics

Administration

Provides the tools needed for administering VNMC.

Administration subtabs are:
  • Access Control
  • Service Registry
  • VNMC Profile
  • VM Managers
  • Diagnostics
  • Operations

Toolbar

The VNMC toolbar displays in the upper-right portion of the user interface. The following table describes the toolbar options:
Table 3 Toolbar Options
Option Description

(username)

Username of the current VNMC session.

Preferences

Enables you to specify the amount of time that the VNMC session can remain inactive before the session times out. The value that you specify applies to the system from which you logged into VNMC.

Log Out

Logs you out of the current session.

About

Provides VNMC version information.

Help

Launches online help for the currently displayed screen.

Feedback

Allows you to provide feedback on VNMC.

Field Aids

VNMC includes the following aids to assist you in your tasks, whether configuring policies and profiles, troubleshooting faults, or looking for additional information for a particular window or dialog box.

Table 4 VNMC Field Aids
Feature Description Example

Tooltips

Pause your cursor over a field to view additional information about the field.

Red field or box

Indicates that information is required. If you have entered information and the field remains red, the entry contains an error (such as an incomplete IP address). You can pause your mouse over the field to obtain information about the error.

Field icons

Two field icons (i and c) provide additional information for the field:
  • The "i" icon provides additional information for the field.
  • The "c" icon identifies the feature support for the field. For example, a feature might be supported on ASA 1000Vs but not on VSGs.

Pause your cursor over the icon to view the information.

Fault links

Fault information and links to fault information are available for each edge and compute firewall in Resource Management.

Navigate to a specific compute or edge firewall to view the object state, number of faults, and severity of faults. The same pane provides links to the relevant fault page.

Online help

Context-sensitive online help is available for each VNMC pane and dialog box.

To access help, click Help in the active pane or ? in the active dialog box.

Inactivity Timeout Period

The Preferences dialog box allows you to specify the length of time, from 5 to 60 minutes, that a VNMC session on your current machine can remain inactive before the session is closed. The value that you enter applies to the system that you used to log into VNMC.