Obtaining and Verifying Cisco Business Dashboard Software
Cisco Business Dashboard is distributed as a virtual machine image packaged in the Distributed Management Task Force’s Open Virtualization Format (OVF), suitable for import into a hypervisor from the VMWare product family. The virtual machine image also contains the Cisco Business Dashboard Probe application, allowing a single VM to act as both Dashboard and Probe for a particular site. To obtain the virtual machine image, navigate to https://www.cisco.com/go/cbd-sw.
The virtual machine image has been cryptographically signed by Cisco to ensure that the software has not been tampered with. Open Virtualization Format images have a well-defined mechanism for cryptographic signing, and the majority of hypervisors will validate the signature as part of the import process. If the signature is not valid, an error will be generated and the import will fail.
To manually validate the signature before importing, you can use a tool such as the VMWare OVF Tool. The OVF Tool is available as a free download from the VMWare website. More information including a download link can be found at https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/. To validate the image with the OVF Tool, use the command ovftoolimage_filename. The tool will generate an error if the signature is not valid.