Types of Credentials supported by OpManager

Monitoring Credentials (SNMPv1/v2,SNMPv3,Telnet,SSH, WMI, VMWare, Citrix, UCS)

  • OpManager accesses the remote devices using the protocols SNMP, CLI, or WMI. The credentials like the password/snmp community, port etc., may differ for different device types. Pre-configuring a set of credentials in OpManager helps applying them to multiple devices at a time, saving a lot of manual effort.
     

SNMP v1/SNMPv2: SNMPv1 /v2 are community based security models. They use access mechanisms known as 'Read community' (for Read access) and 'Write community' ( for Write access ). The following are the parameters that are essential for a SNMP v1/v2 credential:

  • Provide a name for the Credential name and description. Configure the correct Read and Write community,  SNMP Port, SNMP Timeout (in seconds) and SNMP Retries.
  • Note: SNMP Write Community is optional and is used if you don't have read access. But it is mandatory for the OpManager plugins.
     

SNMP v3: SNMPv3 is a user based security model. It provides secure access to the devices by a combination authenticating and encrypting packets over the  network. The security features provided in SNMPv3 are Message integrity, Authentication and Encryption. If you select SNMPv3 as the credential type, then configure the following parameters.

  1. Name: Credential name
  2. Description: A brief description about the credential.
  3. User Name: The user (principal) on behalf of whom the message is being exchanged.
  4. Context Name: An SNMP context name or "context" in short, is a collection of management information accessible by an SNMP entity. An item of management information may exist in more than one context. An SNMP entity potentially has access to many contexts. In other words, if a management information has been defined under certain context by an SNMPv3 entity, then any management application can access that information by giving that context name. The "context name" is an octet string, which has at least one management information.
  5. Authentication: Select any of the authentication protocols either MD5 or SHA and enter the password. MD5 and SHA are processes which are used for generating authentication/privacy keys in SNMPv3 applications.
  6. Encryption: Select any of the encryption protocols between DES, AES-128, AES-192 or AES-256 and enter the password. Note: Only after configuring Authentication it is possible to configure Encryption.
  7. SNMP Port: SNMP port number.
  8. SNMP Timeout:SNMP timeout in seconds.
  9. SNMP Retries: SNMP retries.

Note:

  • Ensure that the snmpEngineBoots and snmpEngineTime parameters specified in the device are in-sync with those specified in the SNMP agent. If not, the device discovery in OpManager will fail.
  • Make sure that the context name given in OpManager is mapped properly to the agent credential
     

How to check if the  snmpEngineBoots and snmpEngineTime values specified in the device are in-sync with those in the SNMP Agent ?

You can use the Wireshark tool to check if the  snmpEngineBoots and snmpEngineTime parameters specified in the device and the SNMP Agent are in-sync with one another.

Download wireshark from here and query for the SNMP OID from the MIB browser. If the SNMP response message is a report with OID 1.3.6.1.6.3.15.1.1.2, then it means that the boot time and boot count are not synchronized.

WMI: WMI is a windows based credential used for authentication of devices that run on Windows operating system. If you select WMI as the protocol, configure the Domain Name, the User Name, and the Password. Example:- TestDomain\TestUser. Also enter the credential name and description.

Note:

  • The amount of information that can be monitored using the WMI credential depends on the whether the credential supplied to OpManager has full admin privilige or not.
  • If the credential does not have full admin privilige, certain operations like Folder monitoring ( for restricted folders ) cannot be done. Hence it is recommended ( though not mandatory ) to use WMI credentials that has full admin priviliges for monitoring using OpManager.
  • If your network has a threshold limit on the number of incorrect login attempts, supplying an incorrect WMI credential might lock out the device in the Active Directory if the number of incorrect attempts cross the threshold limit.
  • Incorrect credentials will also affect the OpManager performance. Hence it is always advisable to schedule Test Credentials to ensure that the credentials supplied are correct and up-to-date. 
     

Telnet/SSH:

These are authentication credentials for CLI based server monitoring.

  • Telnet: Ensure you configure the correct login prompt, command prompt, and password prompt besides user name, password, port number, timeout (in seconds) and click Save to access the device.
  • SSH: Configuring the SSH protocol is similar to Telnet. Follow the steps mentioned in Telnet to add a SSH credential.
  • SSH Key Authentication: This is a feature available for the SSH protocol. Choose SSH and select the SSH Key Authentication option. Ensure you configure the user name and choose the SSH Key using the Browse button. Enter the correct command prompt besides the port number and timeout (in seconds) to access the device. To know more, click here.
     

A Password prompt / Login prompt is the symbol in the CLI response which is used to decide the end of the response. The most commonly used password / login prompts are #, $.

Ensure that the correct password prompt and Login prompt is provided while defining the Telnet / SSH credential in OpManager since an incorrect Login / Password prompt will lead to failure of  device discovery
 

VMware:Provide the VSphere client username and password. Enter the VMware web service port number and timeout interval for the connection between the Host and OpManager server.

Also, ensure that the credentials provided are those of the VCenter under which the required hosts / VM's are present
 

Citrix: Provide the Username and Password of the Host. Enter the web service port number and timeout interval for the connection between the Host and OpManager server.
 

UCS: Provide the UCS Manager Username and Password. Enter the Port, Protocol and Timeout interval for the connection between the UCS and OpManager Server.
 

Backup Credentials (Telnet, SSH, SNMPv1,SNMPv2c,SNMPv3) 

  • These credentials are used for discovering devices into OpManager plugins like the Network Configuration Manager module.
  • The Network Configuration module uses these credentials for taking Router/Switch config backup, and to perform complaince check and config change management periodically.
     

Storage Credentials (SNMPv1/v2, v3, CLI, SMI, NetAppAPI) :

  • These credentials are used for discovering devices into the OpStore module.
  • This module enables storage monitoring of Disk, LUN, RAID etc. The Storage credentials helps you to monitor the storage devices like Storage Arrays, Fabric Switches, Tape Libraries, Tape Drives, Host servers and Host Bus Adapters cards from all leading vendors in the industry.
     

Credential Pre-requisites:

The following are the pre-requisites for the various types of credentials supported in OpManager

SNMPv1 / v2:

  • SNMP read credential is mandatory
  • Ports: The default port used for SNMP is 161. Make sure that this port is not blocked by your firewall
     

SNMP v3:

  • Make sure the SNMP v3 authentication details received from your vendor has been implemented properly in the device
  • Make sure the context name given in OpManager is mapped properly to the credential
  • EngineID should be unique for all the SNMP v3 devices in an environment
  • Ports: The default port used for SNMP v3 is 161. Make sure that this port is not blocked by your firewall
  • Make sure the engine boot time and engine boot count is updated properly in the SNMP agent
     

WMI:

  • Required credentials: Domain/User name, password
  • Make sure the Windows Management Instrumentation service & RPC service is running in the remote device for WMI monitoring
     

Telnet/SSH:

  • For Telnet/SSH, ensure you configure the correct login prompt, command prompt, and password prompt besides the user name, password, port number and timeout (in seconds) to access the device.
  • The default port used for Telnet is 23 and SSH is 22. Ensure that the port is not blocked by your firewall.
  • For SSH Key Authentication, ensure you configure the user name and choose the SSH Key using the Browse button, and correct command prompt besides the port number and timeout (in seconds) to access the device.
  • The default port used for SSH Key Authentication is 22. Ensure that the port is not blocked by your firewall.
     

UCS:

  • Make sure the UCS Manager Username and Password having remote authentication is configured.
  • Enter the Port, Protocol and Timeout interval for the connection between the UCS and OpManager Server
     

VMWare:

  • The default HTTPS port used for VMWare is 443. Ensure that this port is not blocked by your firewall
  • Provide the VSphere Username and Password of the VCenter under which the hosts and VMs which need to be discovered are present.
  • Auto VM discovery feature is used to automatically update any changes in the vCenter environment ( such as addition of new VMs to a Vcenter ) to OpManager.
  • For monitoring VMware related devices, it is enough if a credential has 'Read only' privilege.
  • Certain functions like VM On & VM Off require admin privilige. Hence ensure that the credentials supplied has admin priviliges.
     

Add Credentials

OpManager accesses the remote devices using the protocols SNMP, CLI, WMI or VMWare API. The credentials like the password/snmp community, port etc., may differ for different device types. Pre-configuring a set of credentials in OpManager helps applying them to multiple devices at a time, saving a lot of manual effort.

  1. Go to Settings > Discovery > Credentials
  2. Click Add Credential
  3. Select the required credential category & credential type.
  4. Click here to know the prerequisites of each credential
  5. Configure the following parameters and click Save to add the credentials: