Cisco DCNM Fundamentals Configuration Guide, Release 4.2
Installing and Launching the DCNM Client
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Installing and Launching the Cisco DCNM Client

Table Of Contents

Installing and Launching the Cisco DCNM Client

Prerequisites for Installing and Using the Cisco DCNM Client

Default Administrator Credentials

Downloading and Launching the Cisco DCNM Client

Restarting the Cisco DCNM Client

Uninstalling the Cisco DCNM Client

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

Feature History for Installing and Launching the Cisco DCNM Client


Installing and Launching the Cisco DCNM Client


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

This chapter includes the following sections:

Prerequisites for Installing and Using the Cisco DCNM Client

Default Administrator Credentials

Downloading and Launching the Cisco DCNM Client

Restarting the Cisco DCNM Client

Uninstalling the Cisco DCNM Client

Additional References

Feature History for Installing and Launching the Cisco DCNM Client

Prerequisites for Installing and Using the Cisco DCNM Client

Installing and using the Cisco DCNM client have the following prerequisites:

Your system must be running the Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system to install and use the Cisco DCNM client software. For more information about client system requirements, see the Cisco DCNM Release Notes, Release 4.x.

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

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7

Mozilla Firefox 3.0

The installation process uses Java version 1.5.0_11. If your system does not have that version of Java, the installation process will install it to your system.

The Cisco DCNM client installer requires Internet access to download the Java version 1.5.0_11 JRE. 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 Cisco DCNM client on. 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 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 Cisco DCNM features require a license. Before you can use licensed features, install the Cisco DCNM license. For detailed steps for the license installation, see the "Installing Licenses" section on page 2-11. For more information about licensed features, see the "Cisco DCNM Licensing" section on page 1-3.

Default Administrator Credentials

When you install Cisco DCNM, you specify the default administrator account, which is a Cisco DCNM local user. If you use RADIUS or TACACS+ authentication servers to control access to the Cisco DCNM client, the default administrator account provides you access if no authentication servers for the current authentication mode are reachable.

If no one has administrative access to Cisco DCNM, you can reset the local administrator account or change Cisco DCNM server authentication settings by reinstalling the Cisco DCNM server software. For more information, see the "Reinstalling the Cisco DCNM Server" section on page 2-15.

Downloading and Launching the Cisco DCNM Client

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

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

DETAILED STEPS

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


Step 1 On the computer that you want to use the Cisco DCNM client on, open a 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 Cisco 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 

The browser shows the Cisco DCNM client page.

Step 2 Click Launch Cisco DCNM Client.

The Cisco DCNM server sends the dcnm.jnlp file to the browser. This file should be opened with the Java Web Start Launcher.

Step 3 If the browser prompts you, choose to open the dcnm.jnlp file. You do not need to save the file.

The Cisco DCNM client installer verifies that Java is already installed on your system. If the installer does not find the supported version of Java on the computer, the installer prompts to you to install Java version 1.5.0_11.


Note The Cisco DCNM client installer requires Internet access to download the Java version 1.5.0_11 JRE. If the system cannot access the Internet, use another system to download the Java installer, copy it to the system that you want to install the Cisco DCNM client on, install Java, and restart the Cisco DCNM client installation. 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 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 4 If the installer prompts you to install Java version 1.5.0_11, follow these steps:

a. Click OK to begin installing the supported version of Java.

b. If a security warning notifies you that the Java installer was digitally signed by an expired certificate, click Run to continue the installation.

c. Complete the Java installation wizard.


Tip To specify whether the supported version of Java is the default version used by browsers installed on the computer, choose Custom setup on the License Agreement dialog box. Later in the Java installation, on the Browser Registration dialog box, you can specify the browsers that should use the Cisco DCNM-supported Java version.


The Cisco DCNM client installs on the computer.


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


The Cisco DCNM client login window opens.

Step 5 In the Cisco DCNM client login window, do the following:

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

By default, the DCNM Server box contains the IP address of the Cisco DCNM server that you downloaded the Cisco DCNM client from.

b. In the Username box, enter your Cisco DCNM username. If you are logging into Cisco DCNM for the first time after installing the server, enter the local administrator name that you specified during the server installation. For more information, see the "Default Administrator Credentials" section.

c. In the Password box, enter the password for the Cisco DCNM username that you specified.

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

e. Click Login.

The Cisco DCNM client opens.

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

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


Restarting the Cisco DCNM Client

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

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

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

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

DETAILED STEPS

To restart the Cisco DCNM client, follow these steps:


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

The Cisco DCNM client login window.

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

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

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

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

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

e. Click Login.

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


Uninstalling the Cisco DCNM Client

You can uninstall the Cisco DCNM client from a computer.

DETAILED STEPS

To uninstall the Cisco 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 Cisco 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 Cisco DCNM client, see the "Downloading and Launching the Cisco DCNM Client" section.


Additional References

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

Related Documents

Standards

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

Installing and launching the Cisco DCNM server

Chapter 2, "Installing and Launching the Cisco DCNM Server"

The process of deploying Cisco DCNM in your organization

Deploying Cisco 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 Launching the Cisco DCNM Client

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

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

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

Cisco DCNM client installation

4.2(1)

No change from Release 4.1

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.