Configuring Landing Servers for Data Center Remote Access

(Feature available only in Premium Edition)

Overview

Typically, data centers limit direct access to remote devices via SSH and Telnet connections. Instead, data center admins working remotely must first connect to a landing server and then "hop" to the target system. In some cases, admins must make multiple hops before ultimately connecting to the target devices. At each step of the remote access process - from the initial landing server to each subsequent hop and the target device - the admin must provide the username and password as well as know the IP address of the landing server.

 

Password Manager Pro has simplified this entire data center remote access management. You can use Password Manager Pro to effectively launch direct connections (TELNET, SSH) to IT equipment in the data center, overcoming access barriers created by network segmentation while adhering to data center access protocols. Password Manager Pro also supports full password management of those remote devices.

 

You can configure any number of landing servers to remotely access the IT equipment in your data centers. You need to associate the landing servers with the resources being managed in the product. Once the configuration is done, you can launch a direct connection with the remote resources in a single click without worrying about the intermediate hops. PMP takes care of establishing connection with the landing server(s) and finally with the remote resources, in fully automated fashion.

Configuring Landing Servers - Summary of Steps

Following are the steps involved in configuring landing servers:

 

  1. Add the required landing servers as resources in PMP

  2. Create identities for landing servers by providing them names

  3. Associate resources with landing servers

 

Step 1: Add the required landing servers as resources in PMP

Landing servers are also basically resources in PMP. Data center remote access starts with establishing connection with the landing servers first. So, the first step is to add the required landing servers as resources in PMP through the usual resource addition process. Landing servers typically have primary and secondary setup. Add both primary and secondary servers as resources.

Step 2: Create identities for landing servers by providing them names

After adding the required landing servers as resources in PMP, you need to establish an identity for each landing server. You can do this by providing a name for each landing server.

 

 

Repeat the above steps and create identities for as many landing server as needed.

 

 

Lading Server Addition

 

Step 3: Associate resources with landing servers

After adding the landing servers, you need to associate resources with the respective landing servers. This is a crucial step as this is where you are connecting the resources with the landing servers. Also, this is where you will be defining the direct connection launching path.

 

For example, assume that you want to connect to your corporate mail server, which runs on a Linux host in the database and you need to hop to 'Landing Server A' first. Now, you will have to associate the mail server with Landing Server A.

 

You can associate as many resources with a landing server as needed - different resources have different landing servers and different connecting paths. Quite often, there could be multiple landing servers (or multiple hops) to connect to a resource. In that case, you should be associating resources as explained below:

 

Assume the scenario:

 

PMP Server ----> Landing Server 1 -----> Landing Server 2 ----> Proxy Server in Data Center

 

To connect to your proxy server in data center from PMP, you need to connect to Landing Server 1 first, then to Landing Server 2 and finally the actual resource. You should associate landing server with resources as explained below.

 

All the three entities - landing server 1, landing server 2 and the proxy server are resources in PMP.

 

 

Once you establish the association this way, PMP will take care of finding the connection path automatically and establish direct connection with the resource.

 

To associate resources with a landing server:

 

 

Example

For estalishing connection to the Proxy Server in the data center as per the set up below, you need to make associations as shown below.

 

PMP Server ----> Landing Server 1 -----> Landing Server 2 ----> Proxy Server in Data Center

 

Associating Landing Server 1 with Landing Server 2

As you see in the screen capture below, Landing Server 2 has been added as a resource with the name 'demo2' in PMP. So, that resource is being associated with Landing Server 1.

 

Landing Server Association

Associating Landing Server 2 with the Resource Proxy-Server

The actual resource proxy-server is connected through Landing Server 2. So, Landing Server 2 is associated with the resource Proxy-Server as shown below:

 

Landing Server Association

 

Providing landing server details during resource addition

If you have added landing servers and created identities for them (step 1 and 2 above), the association part (step 3) could be done during resource addition process. In step 3 of resource addition, you can select the landing server.

 

Alternatively, as part of editing resource details too, you can associate landing servers with resources.


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