Product Documentation

Initial Configuration

Dec 18, 2015
After you have installed your appliance in a rack, you are ready to perform the initial configuration on XenServer and Command Center appliance. Note that you will need two valid IP addresses to allot to XenServer and Command Center hardware appliance. You can configure the initial settings either by using the serial console or by changing the IP settings of your workstation or laptop and then connecting the workstation or laptop to the appliance.
Note: To locate the serial console port on your appliance, see "RS232 Serial Console Port" in Ports.

Configuring Initial Settings by using the Serial Console

You can configure the initial settings by using the serial console and then connecting the workstation or laptop to the appliance.

To configure initial settings by using the serial console

  1. Connect the console cable into your appliance. For more information, see "Connecting the Console Cable" in Connecting the Cables.
  2. Use a Telnet client of your choice to access the serial console.
  3. Open an SSH connection to the internal IP by typing ssh root@169.254.0.10 on the console prompt.
  4. Type public as password to log into the appliance.
  5. Run the Command Center appliance configuration script. At the shell prompt, type:

    sh /etc/ccnetworkconfig.sh

  6. Follow the prompts and set the following parameter values to your local settings. The default values are shown within parentheses. Press Enter if you do not want to change the default value.
    • Hostname—Host name of the appliance. Change the default Hostname value. Default : cmdctr.
      Important: In an HA setup, ensure the Hostname values of the primary and secondary appliances are unique values. This is important to avoid host name resolution conflicts and ensure successful HA setup.
    • Command Center IP Address—IP address of the appliance. Default: 192.168.100.3. After initial configuration, you can access the appliance by typing this IP address in a Web browser and specifying the port as 8443. For example: https://10.102.31.69:8443/
    • XEN Server IP Address—IP address of the XenServer. Default : 192.168.100.2.
    • Enter Appliance Password—Type public as the appliance password.
    • Subnet Mask—Mask identifying the appliance's subnet. Default: 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway—IP address of the router that forwards traffic out of the appliance's subnet. Default: 192.168.100.1
    • DNS Server IP Address—IP address of the DNS server.
    • NTP Server IP Address—IP address of the NTP server.
    • Current Time zone Settings—Displays the time on the appliance. Provide the appropriate time zone.
    Note: In an HA setup, the primary and secondary appliances must have the same time stamps. This can be ensured by synchronizing both the appliances with the same NTP server and verifying that the synchronization between the appliances and NTP server is successful. This is important to ensure an accurate timeline for performance data in case of a failover.
  7. When prompted to restart, select y.
  8. Connect the Ethernet cable to the appliance to add the appliance to your subnet.

The appliance automatically restarts. You have now completed initial configuration of your Command Center appliance.

EXAMPLE

Configuring Initial Settings without using the Serial Console

You have an option to configure initial settings without connecting to the appliance console. You have to change the IP settings of your workstation or laptop to the default appliance subnet (192.168.100.X) and connect the workstation to the appliance by using an Ethernet cable. Connect the Ethernet cable to the first management port (from left to right,) numbered 0/1. At this point, you have an option to either run the configuration script or log on to the graphical user interface to complete the configuration.

To configure initial settings by using the graphical user interface

  1. On a workstation or laptop, open an SSH connection to the appliance by using an SSH client, such as PuTTY. The appliance is configured with the default IP address 192.168.100.3.
  2. Log on to the appliance with the following credentials:
    • Username: root
    • Password: public
  3. Logon to the Command Center client and apply the license file. For information on appliance licenses, see Command Center Appliance Licenses.
  4. Under Administration > Operations, click Setup Wizard.
  5. Follow the prompts and set the following parameter values to your local settings.
    • Hostname—Host name of the appliance. Change the default Hostname value. Default : cmdctr.
      Important: In an HA setup, make sure that the Hostname values of the primary and secondary appliances are unique. This is important to avoid host name resolution conflicts and ensure successful HA setup.
    • Command Center IP Address—IP address of the appliance. Default: 192.168.100.3. After initial configuration, you can access the appliance by typing this IP address in a web browser and specifying the port as 8443. For example: https://10.102.31.69:8443/
    • XEN Server IP Address—IP address of the XenServer. Default : 192.168.100.2.
    • Gateway—IP address of the router that forwards traffic out of the appliance's subnet. Default: 192.168.100.1
    • Netmask—Mask identifying the appliance's subnet. Default: 255.255.255.0
    • DNS Server IP Address—IP address of the DNS server.
    • NTP Server IP Address—IP address of the NTP server.
    • Current Time zone Settings—Displays the time on the appliance. Provide the appropriate time zone.
  6. Click Finish.

The appliance automatically restarts. You have now completed initial configuration of your Command Center appliance.

To configure initial setting using the configuration script

  1. On a workstation or laptop, open an SSH connection to the appliance by using an SSH client, such as PuTTY. The appliance is configured with the default IP address 192.168.100.3.
  2. Log on to the appliance with the following credentials:
    • Username: root
    • Password: public
  3. Run the Command Center appliance configuration script. At the shell prompt, type:

    sh /etc/ccnetworkconfig.sh

  4. Follow the prompts and set the following parameter values to your local settings. The default values are shown within parentheses. Press Enter if you do not want to change the default value.
    • Hostname—Host name of the appliance. Change the default Hostname value. Default : cmdctr.
      Important: In an HA setup, ensure the Hostname values of the primary and secondary appliances are unique values. This is important to avoid host name resolution conflicts and ensure successful HA setup.
    • Command Center IP Address—IP address of the appliance. Default: 192.168.100.3. After initial configuration, you can access the appliance by typing this IP address in a Web browser and specifying the port as 8443. For example: https://10.102.31.69:8443/
    • XEN Server IP Address—IP address of the XenServer. Default : 192.168.100.2.
    • Enter Appliance Password—Type public as the appliance password.
    • Subnet Mask—Mask identifying the appliance's subnet. Default: 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway—IP address of the router that forwards traffic out of the appliance's subnet. Default: 192.168.100.1
    • DNS Server IP Address—IP address of the DNS server.
    • NTP Server IP Address—IP address of the NTP server.
    • Current Time zone Settings—Displays the time on the appliance. Provide the appropriate time zone.
    Note: In an HA setup, the primary and secondary appliances must have the same time stamps. This can be ensured by synchronizing both the appliances with the same NTP server and verifying that the synchronization between the appliances and NTP server is successful. This is important to ensure an accurate timeline for performance data in case of a failover.
  5. When prompted to restart, select y.
  6. Remove the Ethernet cable connected to the workstation or laptop. Now connect the Ethernet cable to the appliance to add the appliance to your subnet.

The appliance automatically restarts. You have now completed initial configuration of your Command Center appliance.

Changing the Network Settings by using the Serial Console

You can change the existing network and time zone settings of the appliance by running the Command Center appliance configuration script from the serial console.

To change the network settings by using the serial console

  1. On a workstation or laptop, open a Telnet connection to the serial console of the appliance by using a Telnet client, such as PuTTY.
  2. Log on to the appliance by using the administrator credentials. In User Name and Password, type the administrator credentials. The defaults are root and public , respectively.
  3. Run the Command Center appliance configuration script. At the shell prompt, type:

    sh /etc/ccnetworkconfig.sh

  4. Follow the prompts and specify values for the following parameters. The default values are shown within parentheses after the parameter names. Press Enter if you do not want to change the default value.
    • Hostname—Host name of the appliance. Default : cmdctr.
      Important: In an HA setup, ensure the Hostname values of the primary and secondary appliances are unique values. This is important to avoid host name resolution conflicts and ensure successful HA setup.
    • Command Center IP Address—IP address of the appliance. Default: 192.168.100.3. After initial configuration, you can access the appliance by typing this IP address in a Web browser and specifying the port as 8443. For example: https://10.102.31.69:8443/
    • XEN Server IP Address—IP address of the XenServer. Default : 192.168.100.2.
    • Enter Appliance Password—Type public as the appliance password.
    • Subnet Mask—Mask identifying the appliance's subnet. Default: 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway—IP address of the router that forwards traffic out of the appliance's subnet. Default: 192.168.100.1
    • DNS Server IP Address—IP address of the DNS server.
    • NTP Server IP Address—IP address of the NTP server.
    • Current Time zone Settings—Displays the time on the appliance. Provide the appropriate time zone.
    Note: In an HA setup, the primary and secondary appliances must have the same time stamps. This can be ensured by synchronizing both the appliances with the same NTP server and verifying that the synchronization between the appliances and NTP server is successful. This is important to ensure an accurate timeline for performance data in case of a failover.
  5. When prompted to restart, select y.
  6. Remove the Ethernet cable connected to the workstation or laptop and connect it to the router to add the appliance into the network.

The appliance automatically restarts. You have now completed initial configuration of your Command Center appliance.

Changing the Default Password of the Appliance

The default user account provides complete access to all features of the Citrix Command Center appliance. Citrix recommends changing the default password of the appliance. You can then change the password using the Change Password link provided in the Command Center interface.

To change the default password of the appliance

  1. In a web browser, type the IP address of the Command Center appliance. For example: https://10.102.31.69:8443/
  2. In User Name and Password, type the administrator credentials. The defaults are root and public , respectively.
  3. Under Administration > Security, click Change Password.
  4. Type the Current Password.
  5. Type and re-type the new password.
  6. Specify the password expiry value in Password Expires In field.
  7. Click OK.