Cisco DCNM Fundamentals Configuration Guide, Release 4.1
Installing and Launching the DCNM Client
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Installing and Launching the DCNM Client

Table Of Contents

Installing and Launching the DCNM Client

Prerequisites for Installing and Using the DCNM Client

Default Administrator Credentials

Downloading and Launching the DCNM Client

Restarting the DCNM Client

Uninstalling the DCNM Client

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

Feature History for Installing and Launcing the DCNM Client


Installing and Launching the DCNM Client


This chapter describes how to install and launch the Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) client. The DCNM client is a web-based application that you install on systems running Microsoft Windows XP Professional. When you finish installing the DCNM client on your system, the DCNM client automatically starts. After installing the DCNM client, whenever you need to restart the DCNM client, use the DCNM client software image on your system for the quickest start. If a more recent version of the DCNM client is available, the DCNM client automatically downloads that version to your system.

This chapter includes the following sections:

Prerequisites for Installing and Using the DCNM Client

Default Administrator Credentials

Downloading and Launching the DCNM Client

Restarting the DCNM Client

Uninstalling the DCNM Client

Additional References

Feature History for Installing and Launcing the DCNM Client

Prerequisites for Installing and Using the DCNM Client

Installing and using the DCNM client have the following prerequisites:

Your system must be running the Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system to install and use the DCNM client software. For more information about client system requirements, see the Cisco DCNM Release Notes, Release 4.1.

Downloading the DCNM client requires the use of one of the following supported web browsers:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7

Mozilla Firefox 3.0

The DCNM client supports Java version 1.5.0_11. You can download Java version 1.5.0_11 JRE from the Java[tm] Technology Products Download web site, at http://java.sun.com/products/archive. The Java version 1.5.0_11 JRE is listed as JRE 5.0 Update 11. If the system cannot access the Internet, use another system to download the Java installer and copy it to the system that you want to install the DCNM client on.

If your network environment requires a proxy connection to permit the download of the Java installer, ensure that the proxy settings are configured in Internet Options, available from the Control Panel. For more information, see http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/proxy_note.html.

Some DCNM features require a license. Before you can use licensed features, install the DCNM license. For detailed steps for the license installation, see the "Installing Licenses" section on page 2-7. For more information about licensed features, see the "DCNM Licensing" section on page 1-3.

Default Administrator Credentials

When you install DCNM, the installer creates a default administrator account, as follows:

Username: admin

Password: admin

We strongly recommend that you change the password of the default administrator account. For more information, see Chapter 5, "Administering DCNM Server Users."

Downloading and Launching the DCNM Client

You can download and launch the DCNM client from the web server included on the DCNM server.

When you download and launch the DCNM client, it automatically saves an image of the software on your local system and starts the DCNM client. Later on, when you start the DCNM client, you can quickly start it by using the image on your local system.

DETAILED STEPS

To download and launch the DCNM client, follow these steps:


Step 1 On the computer that you want to use the DCNM client on, open a supported web browser and go to the following address:

http://server_IP_address_or_DNS_name:web_server_port/dcnm-client/index.html

For example, if the DCNM server IP address is 172.0.2.1 and the web server port is 8080, use the following address:

http://172.0.2.1:8080/dcnm-client/index.html 

Supported web browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox 3.0.

The browser shows the DCNM client page.

Step 2 Click Launch DCNM Client.

The DCNM client installer verifies that Java is already installed on your system. If the installer does not find Java already installed, the installer performs one of the following actions:

If you are using the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, the installer automatically downloads Java version 1.5.0_11 onto your system and continues with the installation.

If you are using another browser, such as FireFox Mozilla, the installer directs the browser to go to the Sun website, and then you must download and install Java version 1.5.0_11 before restarting this procedure.

If the installer finds Java version 1.5.0_11 on your system (or downloads it there), the installer then downloads the DCNM client software and opens a window to prompt you about creating desktop and start menu shortcuts to the application.


Note You can download Java version 1.5.0_11 JRE from the Java[tm] Technology Products Download web site, at http://java.sun.com/products/archive. The Java version 1.5.0_11 JRE is listed as JRE 5.0 Update 11. If the system cannot access the Internet, use another system to download the Java installer and copy it to the system that you want to install the DCNM client on.

If your network environment requires a proxy connection to permit the download of the Java installer, ensure that the proxy settings are configured in Internet Options, available from the Control Panel. For more information, see http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/proxy_note.html.


Step 3 In the Create shortcut(s) dialog box, click Yes.


Note You might need to wait a minute or longer while the installer installs the software.


The DCNM client login window opens.

Step 4 In the DCNM client login window, do the following:

a. In the DCNM Server box, type the hostname or the IP address of the DCNM server.

b. In the Username box, enter your DCNM username. If you are logging into DCNM for the first time after installing the server, see the "Default Administrator Credentials" section.

c. In the Password box, enter your DCNM password.

d. (Optional) If you need to change the DCNM server port, click More and enter the port number in the Port box. The default DCNM server port number is 1099; however, you can specify a different port number when you install or reinstall the DCNM server.

e. Click Login.

The DCNM client opens.

If you are deploying DCNM for the first time, see the "Deploying DCNM" section on page 1-4.

For information on how to use the DCNM client, see Chapter 4, "Using the DCNM Client."


Restarting the DCNM Client

If you have previously downloaded and launched the DCNM client on a computer, you can later start the DCNM client by using the desktop shortcut or the Start menu command for the DCNM client.

When you start the DCNM client, it connects to the DCNM server and checks if the DCNM client that is available on the DCNM server is a newer version than the locally installed DCNM client. How the DCNM client starts varies depending upon the result of the version check, as follows:

If the locally installed DCNM client is the same version as the DCNM client that is available on the DCNM server, the DCNM client window opens quickly.

If the locally installed DCNM client is older than the version of the DCNM client that is available on the DCNM server, the DCNM client automatically downloads from the DCNM server and replaces the locally installed DCNM client before the DCNM client window opens.

DETAILED STEPS

To restart the DCNM client, follow these steps:


Step 1 Click the desktop icon for the DCNM client or choose Start > Programs > Cisco DCNM Client > Cisco DCNM Client.

The DCNM client login window.

Step 2 In the DCNM client login window, do the following:

a. In the DCNM Server box, type the hostname or the IP address of the DCNM server. By default, this window lists the IP address specified the last time you logged into DCNM. You can use the host name for the DCNM server in place of the IP address.

b. In the Username box, enter your DCNM username.

c. In the Password box, enter your DCNM password.

d. (Optional) If you need to change the DCNM server port, click More and enter the port number in the Port box. The default DCNM server port number is 1099; however, you can specify a different port number when you install or reinstall the DCNM server.

e. Click Login.

The DCNM client opens. For information on how to use the DCNM client, see Chapter 4, "Using the DCNM Client."


Uninstalling the DCNM Client

You can uninstall the DCNM client from a computer.

DETAILED STEPS

To uninstall the DCNM client, follow these steps:


Step 1 Click Start > Control Panel > Java.

The Java Control Panel dialog box opens.

Step 2 In the General tab, under Temporary Internet Files, click Settings.

The Temporary File Settings dialog box appears.

Step 3 Click View Applications.

The Java Application Cache Viewer dialog box opens.

Step 4 Select the Cisco DCNM Client application and click Remove Selected Application.

Java uninstalls the DCNM client image from your computer.

Step 5 Close the Java Application Cache Viewer.

Step 6 On the Temporary File Settings dialog box, click OK.

Step 7 On the Java Control Panel dialog box, click OK.

Step 8 If you want to reinstall the DCNM client, see the "Downloading and Launching the DCNM Client" section.


Additional References

For additional information related to installing and launching the DCNM client, see the following sections:

Related Documents

Standards

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

Installing and launching the DCNM server

Chapter 2, "Installing and Launching the DCNM Server"

The process of deploying DCNM in your organization

Deploying DCNM, page 1-4


Standards

Standards
Title

No new or modified standards are supported by this feature, and support for existing standards has not been modified by this feature.


Feature History for Installing and Launcing the DCNM Client

Table 3-1 lists the release history for this feature.

Table 3-1 Feature History for Installing and Launching the DCNM Client 

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

Port number in URL for downloading the DCNM client is configurable

4.1(2)

This feature was introduced.

DCNM client installation

4.1(2)

This feature was preexisting.