Integration with DSView management software

DSViewTM 3 Management Software
Integration with Data Center Planner
Overview
Avocent Data Center Planner
software provides data center
management with accurate
and complete information
about where devices and
equipment are located,
their current capacities and
projected growth.
This document will explain
how to add even more
capabilities to the Data
Center Planner software
by configuring it for direct
remote access to assets
managed by the Avocent
DSView 3 management
software.
Once communication is
established with the DSView
3 software, each asset can
be remotely accessed from
the Data Center Planner
software with the click of a
button. This provides the IT
staff with the capabilities of a
direct, local connection from
anywhere for the initial set
up and configuration, or to
diagnose any availability or
performance issues.
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Steps to Set It Up
1. Export the DSView 3 software certificate to the Data Center Planner software server
2.Configure the settings for communication with the DSView 3 software
3.Input device names from the DSView 3 software to enable remote connections
1.Export the DSView 3 software certificate to the Data Center Planner software server
In order for the DSView 3 management software to interface with Data Center Planner, it is
necessary to export the DSView 3 software certificate to the Data Center Planner software
server. This trust relationship is needed so that the client server will trust the DSView 3
software server and establish a secure connection.
Example Using Internet ExplorerTM 6:
– Open the Internet Explorer browser on the Data Center Planner server and connect to the
DSView 3 software server.
–Your browser will display the certificate window.
–Click on the View Certificate button.
–Click on the Details tab, then click the Copy to File button and click Next.
–Select Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER) and click Next.
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–On the File to Export option select Browse.
–Select the root of your C: drive as the location and enter dsview
for the file name and click Save.
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2.Configure the settings for communication with the DSView 3
software
–Launch Data Center Planner. It is not necessary for a plan to be
open to configure DSView 3 software devices.
–Select Edit > DSView 3 Configuration from the menu options.
–Verify the name and location as C:\dsview.cer and click Next and
then click Finish.
–Enter the Server Hostname.
–Enter the Server Port.
–Enter the Service Account Name.
–Enter the Service Account Password.
To import the DSView 3 software certificate to the AMP trust
store:
– From the command prompt on the Data Center Planner
software server, execute the following (single) command. Type
the command exactly as shown below.
“%AMP_HOME%”\jre\bin\keytool -importcert -alias aliasname
-storepass changeit -keystore
“%AMP_HOME%”\jre\lib\security\cacerts -file c:\dsview.cer”
–Click Test to test the connection.
– On successful execution of the command, you will be prompted
for: Trust this certificate? [no]: Enter yes and select Enter.
–If successful, click Save.
NOTE: You must have the Web Services API enabled on the DSView
server for the connection to work. (Required DSView 3 software license
part number- DSV3-WSK)
NOTE: You must create a user account in Data Center Planner that
matches the user you are using for the DSView 3 software configuration.
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Integration with Data Center Planner
3.Input device names from the DSView 3 software to enable
remote connections
–Open a Plan.
–In Rack or Asset View, click on the desired device to connect with
DSView 3 software.
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Example:
From the Data Center Planner software, you can use the built-in
search feature to find a specific piece of equipment. The search
results in this example show the equipment information and the
location in the data center (rack highlighted in blue).
–Open the Properties pane and select the DSView 3 tab.
–Enter the DSView 3 software name (the name given to the
device in DSView 3 software).
–Click OK.
–Depending on the user’s access rights, DSView 3 software
session buttons will appear in the pane.
–If a device has multiple types of connections set up in the
DSView 3 software, multiple connection options will also be
listed in the Data Center Planner software.
By double clicking on rack image, it will expand to show the details
and the exact rack location of the equipment you are looking for.
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In this example, we see the device we are looking for highlighted in
blue at the bottom of the rack and named EN023.
IT equipment that has a serial console/configuration port such as
network switches, Linux™ servers and other device ports can also be
connected to remotely.
Select the device and select/expand the Properties menu on the
right side of the Data Center Planner software to see the general
details for that equipment.
Select Launch Serial Session to establish a direct remote connection
to the serial port of that device.
You will see the link that was set up to launch a direct connection
to that device using the DSView 3 software. Click on Launch KVM
Session and a remote session window will open to provide a direct
remote connection to that device.
Benefits
– Remote deployment and configuration of equipment
•Allow IT staff to be leveraged across multiple sites
•Shorten time taken to configure/deploy
– Remote access for faster problem/incident management
•Direct remote access to a wide variety of devices
•Shorten response time and mean time to repair
•Reduce need to travel on-site
•Improve security and reduce physical access and audit trail of remote access activities
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