Configure Management IP Address
To enable remote access to a SD-WAN appliance, you must specify a unique Management IP Address for the appliance. To do so, you must first connect the appliance to a personal computer. You can then open a browser on the PC and connect directly to the Management Web Interface on the appliance, where you can set the Management IP Address for that appliance. The Management IP Address must be unique for each appliance.
The procedures are different for setting the Management IP Address for a hardware SD-WAN Appliance and a VPX Virtual Appliance (NetScaler SD-WAN VPX-SE). For instructions for configuring the address for each type of appliance, see the following:
- SD-WAN VPX Virtual Appliance – See the sections, Configuring the Management IP Address for the SD-WAN VPX-SE and Differences Between a SD-WAN VPX-SE and SD-WAN WANOP VPX Installation.
To configure the Management IP Address for a hardware SD-WAN Appliance, do the following:
You must repeat the following process for each hardware appliance you want to add to your network.
If you are configuring a hardware SD-WAN appliance, physically connect the appliance to a PC.
- If you have not already done so, connect one end of an Ethernet cable to the Management Port on the appliance, and the other end to the default Ethernet port on the PC.
Ensure that the Ethernet port is enabled on the PC you are using to connect to the appliance.
Record the current Ethernet port settings for the PC you will be using to set the appliance Management IP Address.
You will need to change the Ethernet port settings on the PC before you can set the appliance Management IP Address. Be sure to record the original settings so you can restore them after configuring the Management IP Address.
Change the IP Address for the PC.
On the PC, open your network interface settings and change the IP Address for your PC to the following:
Change the Subnet Mask setting on your PC to the following:
On the PC, open a browser and enter the default IP Address for the appliance. Enter the following IP Address in the address line of the browser:
It is recommended that you use Google Chrome browser when connecting to a SD-WAN appliance.
Ignore any browser certificate warnings for the Management Web Interface.
This opens the SD-WAN management web interface login screen on the connected appliance.
Enter the administrator user name and password, and click Login.
Default administrator user name: admin
Default administrator password: password
It is strongly recommended that you change the default password. Be sure to record the password in a secure location, as password recovery might require a configuration reset.
After you have logged into the management web interface, the Dashboard page displays, as shown below.
The first time you log into the management web interface on an appliance, the Dashboard displays an Alert icon (goldenrod delta) and alert message indicating that the SD-WAN Service is disabled, and the license has not been installed. For now, you can ignore this alert. The alert will be resolved after you have installed the license, and completed the configuration and deployment process for the appliance.
In the main menu bar, select the Configuration section tab.
This displays the Configuration navigation tree in the left pane of the screen. The Configuration navigation tree contains the following three primary branches:
- Appliance Settings
- Virtual WAN
- System Maintenance
When you select the Configuration tab, the Appliance Settings branch automatically opens, with the Administrator Interface page preselected by default, as shown in the below figure.
In the Appliance Settings branch of the navigation tree, select Network Adaptors. This displays the Network Adaptors settings page with the IP Address tab preselected by default, as shown in the below figure.
In the IP Address tab page, enter the following information for the SD-WAN appliance you want to configure.
- IP Address
- Subnet Mask
- Gateway IP Address
The management IP address must be unique for each appliance.
Click Change Settings. A confirmation dialog box displays, prompting you to verify that you want to change these settings.
Change the network interface settings on your PC back to the original settings.
Changing the IP address for your PC automatically closes the connection to the appliance, and terminates your login session on the management web interface.
Disconnect the appliance from the PC and connect the appliance to your network router or switch. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the PC, but do not disconnect it from your appliance. Connect the free end of the cable to your network router or switch.
The SD-WAN appliance is now connected to and available on your network.
Test the connection. On a PC connected to your network, open a browser and enter the Management IP Address you just configured for the appliance.
If the connection is successful, this displays the Login screen for the SD-WAN management web interface on the appliance you just configured.
After verifying the connection, do not log out of the management web interface. You will be using it to complete the remaining tasks outlined in the subsequent sections.
You have now set the management IP address of your SD-WAN appliance, and can connect to the appliance from any location in your network.