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Authenticating with Network Shell

When you use Network Shell in conjunction with a Network Shell Proxy Server, you must first authenticate. After you successfully authenticate, you are issued a session credential, which grants you access to the proxy server.

If you are using Network Shell interactively, you can obtain a session credential using the BMC Server Automation Console or you can use the blcred command line utility.

When using the console, open the login dialog as you normally would. Select Options, which displays additional authentication choices. Then select Save Credential for this session. After you select Connect to authenticate, a session credential is cached, even if you exit the console.

For more information about using blcred to obtain a session credential, refer to the blcred man page. Alternatively, BMC technical documentation shows some typical scenarios for using blcred at Administering security.

If you are running Network Shell in batch mode, you must use blcred to obtain a session credential.

If you are using Network Shell to connect directly to servers without routing traffic through a Network Shell Proxy Server, no authentication is required.

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  1. John Landells

    Since the 'man' pages aren't working properly in 8.2 (you only get the first screen), please can you provide a complete online reference for the NSH commands?

    Many thanks! :)

    Mar 13, 2013 05:14
    1. Moiz Nalwalla

      Thanks for pointing that out, John. We no longer maintain an online reference manual for the NSH commands. However you can fix the issue with the ‘man’ pages by installing the BMC Server Automation 8.2 Service pack 4, product version 8.2.04 (or later). For more information see Service Pack 4 (8.2.04).

      Mar 20, 2013 12:10