Product Documentation

Managing NetScaler Insight Center

May 15, 2015

The configuration tab provides the interface through which you can manage the NetScaler Insight Center virtual appliance. You can perform management activities, such as the following by using the options on the configuration tab:

The configuration tab provides the interface through which you can manage the NetScaler Insight Center virtual appliance. You can perform management activities such as modify the network configuration, update logon credentials of devices, configure user accounts, and manage client sessions. You can also restart NetScaler Insight Center and configure security settings. You can further configure mail notifications to receive emails whenever an alert is raised.

Modifying the Network Configuration

You can change the NetScaler Insight Center IP address, network mask, and gateway address that you specified for the NetScaler Insight Center virtual appliance during initial configuration.

To modify the network configuration of NetScaler Insight Center

On the Configuration tab, click System. Then, in the Setup NetScaler Insight Center group, click Network Configuration and enter the new value or values.

Updating Logon Credentials of Devices

If the logon credentials of a device changes after it is added to the inventory, NetScaler Insight Center is not able to connect to that appliance. In the user interface, the State column in the Inventory list displays a yellow or red circle in the row that lists the appliance.

Note: There can be many other reasons for this state change. A change in logon credentials is just one of the possible causes. To resolve this issue, you must acquire information about the credential change from the administrator of the device and update NetScaler Insight Center.

To update logon credentials for the NetScaler appliance

  1. On the Configuration tab, click Inventory.
  2. Select the device for which you want to update the credentials, and from the Action drop-down list, select Update Login Credentials.
  3. On the Update Login Credentials screen, enter the new credentials for the device.

Configuring User Accounts

To allow a user to access NetScaler Insight Center virtual appliance, you must create an account for the user. Users are authenticated locally, on the virtual appliance. You can also enable external authentication for the user and specify the amount of time for which the a user can remain logged on.

To configure a user account

On the Configuration tab, navigate to System > User Administration > Users and, in the Users pane, add or edit a user account.

Managing Client Sessions

A client session is created when a user logs on to the NetScaler Insight Center virtual appliance. You can view all current client sessions in the Sessions pane, and you can end the session for a user.

To view client sessions, on the Configuration tab, in the navigation pane, expand System, and then click Sessions.

In the Sessions pane, you can view the following details:
  • User Name—User account that is being used for the session.
  • IP Address—IP address of the client from which the session has been created.
  • Port—Port being used for the session.
  • Login Time—Time at which the current session was created on NetScaler Insight Center.
  • Last Activity Time—Time at which user activity was last detected in the session.
  • Session Expires In—Time remaining before session expiry.

To end a client session, in the Sessions pane, click the session that you want to remove, and then click End Session.

Note: You cannot end a session from the client that initiated that session.

Restarting the NetScaler Insight Center

Restarting NetScaler Insight Center does not affect the devices monitored by NetScaler Insight Center. The devices continue to function during the restart process.

To restart NetScaler Insight Center

  1. On the Configuration tab, in the navigation pane, click System.
  2. In the System pane, under System Administration, click Reboot NetScaler Insight Center.
  3. At the confirmation prompt, Click Yes.

Configuring Security Settings in NetScaler Insight Center

NetScaler Insight Center applies a password policy and, optionally, a user-lockout policy to provide security against hackers and password-cracking software.

The password policy specifies the minimum length and complexity of a password. The user-lockout policy disables a user account if an incorrect password is entered a specified number of times.

You can specify the time period (user lockout interval) for how long the user account remains disabled, after which the user account is enabled automatically. A NetScaler Insight Center system administrator can enable a disabled user account within the user lockout interval.

Note: User lockout is disabled by default.

To set the Password policy

  1. On the Configuration tab, navigate to System > User Administration.
  2. In the User Configuration group, click Password policy, and set the password policy.

To set the user-lockout policy

  1. On the Configuation tab, click System > User Administration.
  2. In the User Configuration group, click User Lockout Configuration and set the user-lockout policy.

Configuring Mail Notifications

You must configure an email server to receive an email message each time an alert is raised. First configure an email server, and then configure a mail profile. In the mail profile, use semicolons to separate the addresses of the recipients.

To configure an email server

  1. On the Configuration tab, navigate to System > Notifications > Email.
  2. In the users pane, click Email Servers, and create an email server.

To configure an email distribution list

  1. On the Configuration tab, navigate to System > Notifications > Email.
  2. In the users pane, click Email Distribution List and then, create an email distribution list.