Cisco's Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) is a solution designed optimize application performance and infrastructure consolidation in WAN environments. WAAS consists of a GUI and a set of system devices called wide-area application engines (WAE) that work together to optimize TCP traffic over your network. When client and server applications attempt to communicate with each other, the network intercepts and redirects this traffic to the WAEs so that they can act on behalf of the client application and the destination server. The WAAS GUI is used to centrally configure and monitor the WAEs and application policies in your network.
WAAS Central Manager(CM) Settings:
Cisco WAAS is centrally managed by a function called the Cisco WAAS Central Manager that runs on Cisco WAE Appliances. The Cisco WAAS Central Manager can be accessed from a web browser, therefore managing these devices is possible from anywhere in the world. Access to the Cisco WAAS Central Manager is secured and encrypted with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and users can be authenticated through a local database or a third-party authentication service. In NetFlow Analyzer, the WAAS manager can be configured using the "WAAS Settings" page. In the "WAAS Settings" enter the details of the WAAS Central Manager you want to configure. The NetFlow Analyzer WAAS module supports all versions of the WAAS Central Manager.
Now the Central Manager has been configured.Click "update" to submit the details of the Central Manager.
Note: In order to obtain the SSL server certificate, open the central manager in the desired browser, click on the identity information of the "https" url. Click More Information. In the new pop-up that opens, click "view certificate". In th ecertificate viewer that opens, select the "details" tab in and click export to save the certificate as .cer file. Now enter the location of this .cer file in the above "CM Server Certificate Path" text box. You can configure any number of CM and manage them using the manage devices option. Once configured the central manager cannot be edited any further.
NetFlow WAE Device Mapping: By mapping the NetFlow router name we instruct the WAE on which router to monitor. The mapped routers are monitored by the WAE and the netflow generates reports on the compressed and uncompressed data.
NetFlow WAE Application Mapping: The applications of WAE are mapped with NetFlow Analyzer's applications for ease of monitoring and generation of reports. By this way you can view the optimized amount of traffic and the amount of compressed data for each application.