Cisco Aironet 802.11a/b/g Wireless LAN Client Adapters (CB21AG and PI21AG) Administration Utility Administrator Guide (ACAU), Release 3.5
Chapter 4 - Configuring Global Settings
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Configuring Global Settings

Table Of Contents

Configuring Global Settings

Overview of the Global Settings Tab

Configuring Setup Settings

Configuring User Privileges

Configuring Profile Settings

Configuring ASTU Settings


Configuring Global Settings


This chapter describes the Global Settings tab parameters and how to configure them to override the client adapter software installation settings.

The following topics are covered in this chapter:

Overview of the Global Settings Tab

Configuring Setup Settings

Configuring User Privileges

Configuring Profile Settings

Configuring ASTU Settings

Overview of the Global Settings Tab

The Global Settings tab enables you to set parameters that specify how the client adapter software is installed. The settings you choose are saved to a configuration file and invoked when the user uses the Install Wizard to install the client adapter software. The Global Settings tab is located on the ACAU main window (see Figure 4-1).

Figure 4-1 Global Settings Tab

The Global Settings tab enables you to configure four groups of parameters:

Setup Settings

User Settings

Profile Settings

ASTU Settings

Double-click Global Settings to view these groups of parameters. Then double-click each group to see its individual parameters. Figure 4-2 shows the Setup Settings parameters.

Figure 4-2 Setup Settings Parameters

Most parameters have two options: Yes or No. To change the value of a parameter, simply choose the desired option.

Some parameters are dependent on others. When you change the value of these parameters, the settings of other parameters may change. The icon next to a parameter changes color when its dependency changes. When there are no dependencies and parameter values can be changed, the icon consists of two gray boxes overlapping a yellow box (see Figure 4-3).

Figure 4-3 Changeable Parameter Icons

However, when dependencies exist and parameter values cannot be changed, the yellow box in the icon changes to red. For example, if you set the Allow User to Create a Profile parameter to No, many of the remaining User Settings parameters are also changed to No, and the yellow box in the icon changes to red (see Figure 4-4).

Figure 4-4 Unchangeable Parameter Icons

Configuring Setup Settings

The Setup Settings parameters enable you to configure the setup information that the Install Wizard uses to install the client adapter software on a user's computer. Double-click Setup Settings to view these parameters. Table 4-1 describes the Setup Settings parameters and lists their default values. Follow the instructions in the table to change any parameters.

Table 4-1 Setup Settings  

Parameter
Description

Use Windows Wireless Zero Configuration Service

Determines whether the user's computer is configured to use the Windows XP Microsoft Wireless Configuration Manager rather than the Aironet Desktop Utility (ADU) to manage the client adapter.

Options: Yes or No
Default: No

Place ADU Icon on Desktop

Determines whether the ADU icon is placed on the desktop of the user's computer to provide quick access to the utility.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Place ADU Icon in the System Tray

Determines whether the ADU icon is placed in the system tray of the user's computer.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note When the ADU icon is in the system tray, the user is able to access the Aironet System Tray Utility (ASTU) by right-clicking the icon.

Silent Setup

Specifies whether user input is required during the installation of the client adapter software.

Options: Yes, Warnings Only, or No
Default: Yes
Silent setup
Description

Yes

The Install Wizard silently installs the client adapter software without any user input.

Note Be sure that the client adapter is inserted into the user's computer before the client adapter software is installed. Otherwise, the driver installation is incomplete, and the user is not notified.

Warnings Only

The Install Wizard displays any warning messages associated with the installation.

No

The Install Wizard prompts the user to make selections during the installation of the client adapter software.

Reboot After Silent Setup

Determines whether the user's computer reboots after the client adapter software is silently installed.

Options: Prompt for Reboot, Reboot without Prompting, or Do Not Reboot
Default: Reboot without prompting
Reboot after Silent Setup
Description

Prompt for Reboot

The Install Wizard prompts the user to reboot the computer after the client adapter software is silently installed.

Reboot without Prompting

The user's computer automatically reboots after the client adapter software is silently installed.

Do Not Reboot

The user's computer does not reboot after the client adapter software is silently installed.

Installation Type

Specifies whether user input is required when the client adapter software is upgraded or uninstalled.

Options: Normal, Silent Upgrade, or Silent Uninstall
Default: Normal
Installation type
Description

Normal

The Install Wizard prompts the user to choose between uninstalling or upgrading the client adapter software.

Silent Upgrade

The Install Wizard upgrades the client adapter software without any user input.

Silent Uninstall

The Install Wizard uninstalls the client adapter software without any user input.

Install Site Survey Utility

Determines whether the site survey utility is installed on the user's computer.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Profile Migration Tool

Determines whether the profile migration tool is installed and run on the user's computer. The tool is designed to migrate profiles used on Cisco Aironet 350 series and CB20A wireless LAN client adapters to profiles that can be used with Cisco Aironet CB21AG and PI21AG client adapters.

Options: Don't Install, Install, or Install & Run
Default: Don't Install
Profile Migration Tool
Description

Don't Install

The Install Wizard does not install the profile migration tool on the user's computer.

Install

The Install Wizard installs the profile migration tool on the user's computer (in the same directory as ADU).

Install & Run

The Install Wizard installs the profile migration tool on the user's computer (in the same directory as ADU) and runs the tool after installation.

If you choose this option, you can also enter command line options that let you specify how the tool operates. To do so, click Command Line, enter the desired command(s) on the Profile Migration Tool Parameters window as shown below, and click OK.

Note See Appendix D, for the list of available command line options and more information on the profile migration tool.

Limit Functionality to the System Tray Icon

Determines whether the user is limited to using only ASTU to manage the client adapter.

Options: Yes or No
Default: No

Note If you choose Yes, the user cannot use the ADU icon on the Windows desktop. Only ASTU is available.


Configuring User Privileges

The User Settings parameters enable you to determine a user's privileges after the client adapter software is installed. Table 4-2 describes the User Settings parameters and lists their default values. Follow the instructions in the table to change any parameters.

Table 4-2 User Settings 

Setting
Description

Allow User to Create a Profile

Determines whether a user can create a profile using ADU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note If you choose No, all of the User Settings parameters are unavailable, with these exceptions:
- Allow user to Export a Profile
- Prompt the User Before Initiating Automatic PAC Provisioning

Allow User to Modify a Profile

Determines whether a user can modify a profile using ADU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Allow User to Remove a Profile

Determines whether a user can remove a profile using ADU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note Only profiles created by the user can be removed.

Allow User to Import a Profile

Determines whether a user can import a profile using ADU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Allow User to Export a Profile

Determines whether a user can export a profile using ADU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Allow User to Modify Automatic PAC Provisioning in Profiles

Determines whether a user can disable automatic protected access credentials (PAC) provisioning for an EAP-FAST profile.

Options: Yes or No
Default: No

Note Automatic PAC provisioning enables the automatic retrieval of a PAC over the wireless link during EAP-FAST authentication.

Prompt User Before Initiating Automatic PAC Provisioning

Determines whether a user is prompted to automatically provision a PAC for EAP-FAST authentication when a PAC is not found on the user's system.

Options: Yes or No
Default: No

Note If you choose Yes, the user is prompted to automatically provision a PAC whenever a PAC cannot be found. If you choose No, a PAC is provisioned automatically (without prompting the user) whenever a PAC is not found.


Configuring Profile Settings

The Profile Settings parameters enable you to control how profiles are managed on the user's computer. Table 4-3 describes the Profile Settings parameters and lists their default values. Follow the instructions in the table to change any parameters.

Table 4-3 Profile Settings Parameters  

Parameter
Description

Enable Profile Management

Specifies whether the ADU profile management feature is enabled on the user's computer.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note If you choose No, the Profile Management tab in ADU will not visible to the user, but the user can select a profile by right-clicking the ASTU icon and selecting the profile.

Note If you choose No, all of the User Settings parameters are unavailable, with this exception: Prompt the User Before Initiating Automatic PAC Provisioning.

Update Existing Profiles

Determines how a user's existing profiles are affected when the Install Wizard installs new profiles from the ACAU configuration file.

Options: Overwrite or Append
Default: Overwrite
Update existing Profiles
Description

Overwrite

All existing profiles are deleted and replaced with new profiles from the ACAU configuration file.

Append

Existing profiles with the same name as those within the ACAU configuration file remain unchanged. All other existing profiles are retained.

Force Auto Select Profiles

Determines whether profiles are selected automatically in ADU or the user is allowed to manually select profiles.

Options: Yes or No
Default: No

Note If you choose Yes, the user is unable to manually select profiles in ADU. Profiles are selected automatically. In addition, the Activate button on the ADU Profile Management and Available Infrastructure and Ad Hoc Networks windows only creates a new profile, but does not activate the network.


Configuring ASTU Settings

The ASTU Settings parameters enable you to configure the Aironet System Tray Utility (ASTU). ASTU is an optional application that provides a small subset of the features available through ADU. Specifically, it enables a user to access status information about the client adapter and perform basic tasks. ASTU is available from an icon in the Windows system tray, making it easily accessible and convenient to use. The icon appears in the system tray only if you set the Place ADU icon in the System Tray parameter to Yes.

The ASTU Settings parameters determine which ASTU features are available to the user. Table 4-4 describes the ASTU Settings parameters and lists their default values. Follow the instructions in the table to change any parameters.

Table 4-4 ASTU Settings Parameters  

Parameter
Description

Preferences

Determines whether the user can access the Aironet System Tray Utility Preferences window, which enables the user to specify when ADU and ASTU run and choose the options that appear on the ASTU pop-up menu.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note If you choose Yes, the Aironet System Tray Utility Preferences window (shown below) appears when the user right-clicks the ADU icon in the system tray and clicks Preferences. If you choose No, the user is unable to open this window.

Help

Determines whether the user can access online help from ASTU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note If you choose No, online help is still available from the Help drop-down menu in ADU.

Exit

Determines whether the user can exit ADU from ASTU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note If you choose No, the user can still exit ADU by selecting Exit from the ADU Action drop-down menu or clicking the X in the top right corner of any main ADU window.

Open Aironet Desktop Utility

Determines whether the user can open ADU from ASTU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note If you choose No and the Setup Settings - Place ADU icon on Desktop parameter is set to Yes, the user can open ADU from an icon on the Windows desktop.

Troubleshooting

Determines whether the user can run troubleshooting tests from ASTU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note If you choose No, the user can still run troubleshooting tests from ADU by selecting Troubleshooting from either the Action drop-down menu or the Diagnostics tab.

Disable Radio

Determines whether the user can disable the client adapter's radio from ASTU.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note If you choose No, the radio can still be disabled by selecting Disable Radio from the ADU Action drop-down menu.

Manual Login

Determines whether the user can use ASTU to manually invoke the authentication process for a profile that is configured to use a manually prompted LEAP or EAP-FAST username and password.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note Refer to the "Setting Security Parameters" section for information on setting a manual LEAP or EAP-FAST profile and for details on the authentication process.

Reauthenticate

Determines whether the user can use ASTU to force the client adapter to try to reauthenticate using the username and password of the active profile.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note This feature is available only for EAP-enabled profiles.

Note If you choose No, the user can still reauthenticate by selecting Reauthenticate from the ADU Action drop-down menu.

Select Profile

Determines whether the user can use ASTU to activate a profile.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note When the user selects a profile in ASTU, the client adapter attempts to establish a connection to an access point using the parameters that were configured for that profile. If the client adapter cannot associate to the access point or loses association while using the selected profile, the adapter does not attempt to associate using another profile.

Note If you choose No, the user can still activate profiles using the ADU profile manager.

Show Connection Status

Determines whether the user can display the ASTU Connection Status window.

Options: Yes or No
Default: Yes

Note If you choose No, the ASTU Connection Status window is not available to the user. However, status information is available from the ADU Current Status and Advanced Status windows.