You can manage Windows proxy pools using the Windows proxy management page. This page displays the list of the available proxy pools and the corresponding proxies in each pool.

To navigate to the Windows proxy management page:

  1. From the secondary navigation bar on the Discovery tab, click Credentials.
  2. Click Windows Proxies.
    The Device Credentials page for Windows proxies (Windows proxy management page) is displayed.

Each proxy pool contains either Credential proxies or Active Directory proxies. A proxy pool cannot contain proxies of both the types.

Based on the proxy version and version of the Operating System (OS) the proxy runs on, the pool capability is one of the following:

  • Fully IPv6 capable: Can scan IPv6 addresses and retrieve IPv6 data. Where BMC Atrium Discovery version 9.0 or later proxies are running on Windows 2008 or later.
  • Cannot scan IPv6 addresses: Can retrieve IPv6 data but the Windows version does not support scanning IPv6 addresses. Where BMC Atrium Discovery version 9.0 or later proxies are running on versions of Windows older than Windows 2008.
  • Not IPv6 capable: Cannot scan IPv6 addresses and cannot retrieve IPv6 data. BMC Atrium Discovery proxies from versions older than 9.0.

It is possible to have proxies of different versions (BMC Atrium Discovery version 9.0 or earlier versions) in a single proxy pool, though this is not recommended. However, if a proxy does not have all the capabilities of the pool, it is disabled. For example if you add a pre-version 9.0 proxy to an IPv6 capable pool it is disabled. You can re-enable it once the proxy is upgraded. This enables you to upgrade all the proxies in a pool over a period of time rather than having to upgrade them all at the same time.

The Windows proxy management page can contain multiple Windows proxy pools. For more information about the Windows proxy pool list, see Viewing Windows proxy pools.

The minimum version and release options can be configured in the Discovery configuration settings.

Adding a Windows proxy pool

After you have installed the Windows proxies, you must add the Windows proxy pools to the appliance. Adding proxy pools enables the appliance to organize sets of Windows proxies together, balance the work load of the proxies for discovery tasks, and use them for discovering Windows devices.

The appliance and the Windows proxies communicate with each other using TLS. See system communications for more information.

To add a proxy pool, perform the following steps on the Windows proxy management page:

  1. Click Add....
    The Create Windows Proxy Pool page is displayed.
  2. Enter the following information about the new Windows proxy pool:

    Field Name

    Details

    Name

    The name that the Windows proxy pool will be referred to in the user interface. This name must be unique. The system validates it to be unique.

    Matching Criteria

    Select "Match All" to match all endpoints. Deselect it to enter values that will be used to determine if this credential is suitable for a particular endpoint. They can be one or more of the following, separated by commas:
    • IPv4 address: for example 192.168.1.100.
    • IPv4 range: for example 192.168.1.100-105, 192.168.1.100/24, or 192.168.1.*.
    • IPv6 address: for example fda8:7554:2721:a8b3::3.
    • IPv6 network prefix: for example fda8:7554:2721:a8b3::/64.

    The following address types cannot be specified

    • IPv6 link local addresses (prefix fe80::/64)
    • IPv6 multicast addresses (prefix ff00::/8)
    • IPv4 multicast addresses (224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255)

    As you enter text, the UI divides it into pills, discrete editable units, when you enter a space or a comma. According to the text entered, the pill is formatted to represent one of the previous types or presented as invalid.

     Click here for more information on using the pill UI.

    Invalid pills are labeled with a question mark. You can also paste a list of IP addresses or ranges into this field. If any pills are invalid, a message stating the number of invalid pills is displayed above the range field. Clicking the link applies a filter which shows only invalid pills which you can then edit or delete. The filter can be removed by clicking clear in the Showing n of n label below the Range field. There is no paste option on the context sensitive (right click) menu.
    Warning: You cannot paste a comma-separated list of IP address information into the Range field in Firefox. This can crash the browser. You can use a space separated list without any problems.
    • To edit a pill, click the pill body and edit the text.
    • To delete a pill, click the X icon to the right of the pill, or click to edit and delete all of the text.
    • To view the unformatted source text, click the source toggle switch. The source view is useful for copying to a text editor or spreadsheet. Click the source toggle switch again to see the formatted pill view.
    Underneath the entry field is a filter box. Enter text in the filter box to only show matching pills.

    Pills are not currently supported in Opera.

    Type

    Select the type of the Windows proxy pool. A Windows proxy pool can contain only one type of Windows proxy. The available types are:
    • Windows Active Directory Proxies
    • Windows Credential Proxies
    • Windows Workgroup Proxies

    The Workgroup Windows proxy has not been supplied since before BMC Atrium Discovery version 8.2. All of its functionality has been moved into the Active Directory Windows proxy.

    Domains

    This field is enabled only for the Active Directory proxy pools. The domain or a space-separated list of domains that the Windows proxy pool will discover. This specifies that the pool is preferred for the discovery of these domains.

    Description

    A free text description of the Windows proxy pool.

  3. Click Apply.
    The Windows proxy pool is added to the appliance.

You can add multiple Windows proxy pools to the appliance.

Viewing Windows proxy pools

The Windows proxy management page displays the available Windows proxy pools and the Windows proxies in each pool. The Windows proxy pools are displayed in the order (from top to bottom) in which you have added them to the appliance.

You can change the order of the Windows proxy pools by the following ways:

  • Using the colored margin at the left of the row, drag and drop the row to the required position in the user interface.
  • To move a Windows proxy pool to the top or bottom of the list, click the Actions list and select Move to top or Move to bottom.

    Reordering of Windows proxies in a Windows proxy pool is not supported, as the proxy used is selected automatically.

    For each Windows proxy pool, the following fields are displayed:

    Field Name

    Details

    Name

    The name of the Windows proxy pool.

    Type

    The type of the Windows proxy pool (for example, Active Directory).

    State

    Based on the version of the proxies you have added to a pool and the version of the Operating System (OS) the proxies run on, a proxy pool displays one of the following states in brackets next to the Type field:
    • Fully IPv6 capable: Contains proxies for version 9.0 or later and runs on Windows 2008 or later Operating System.
    • Cannot scan IPv6 addresses: Contains proxies for version 9.0 or later and runs on an Operating System earlier than Windows 2008.
    • Not IPv6 capable: Contains proxies for versions earlier than 9.0 and runs on an Operating System earlier than Windows 2008.

    From a Fully IPv6 capable pool, if you delete the latest version proxies and add proxies of a version earlier than 9.0, the pool state (Fully IPv6 capable) does not change. However, the newly added proxies in the pool are disabled.

    Domains

    This field is available for Active Directory Windows proxy pools only. It displays the applicable domains.

    Description

    A free text description of the proxy pool.

    Actions

    A list with the following options:
    • Add Windows proxy: Enables you to add Windows proxies to the Windows proxy pool. For more information, see Managing Windows proxies.
    • Manage: Opens the Edit Windows Proxy Pool page. For more information, see #Editing Windows proxy pools.
    • Delete: Enables you to delete the Windows proxy pool.
    If you delete a Windows proxy pool, the Windows proxies in the pool are also deleted.
    • Move to top: Moves the Windows proxy pool to the top of the list.
    • Move to bottom: Moves the Windows proxy pool to the bottom of the list.

Editing Windows proxy pools

You can edit the proxy pools from the Edit Windows proxy pool page.
To edit a Windows proxy pool, perform the following steps from the Windows proxy management page:

  1. Corresponding to the proxy pool you want to manage, click Actions and select Manage.
    The Edit Windows proxy pool page is displayed and contains the following sections:
    • Edit Windows Proxy Pool
    • Pool contents
  2. The Edit Windows Proxy Pool section enables you to change the IP address range and domains associated with the Windows proxy pool as follows:

    Field name

    Description

    Matching Criteria

    To enable the proxies to scan all the IP adresses associated with the pool, select Match All. By default, Match All is displayed as selected.
    To enable the proxies to scan specific IP addresses or IP ranges, you must clear Match All and enter the IP addresses information in one of the following formats:
    • IPv4 address (for example 192.168.1.100).
    • IPv6 address (for example 2001:500:100:1187:203:baff:fe44:91a0).
    • IPv4 range (for example 192.168.1.100-105, 192.168.1.100/24, or 192.168.1.*).
    • IPv6 network prefix (for example fda8:7554:2721:a8b3::/64).

    The following address types cannot be specified

    • IPv6 link local addresses (prefix fe80::/64)
    • IPv6 multicast addresses (prefix ff00::/8)
    • IPv4 multicast addresses (224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255)

    As you enter text, the UI divides it into pills, discrete editable units, when you enter a space or a comma. According to the text entered, the pill is formatted to represent one of the previous types or presented as invalid.

     Click here for more information on using the pill UI.

    Invalid pills are labeled with a question mark. You can also paste a list of IP addresses or ranges into this field. If any pills are invalid, a message stating the number of invalid pills is displayed above the range field. Clicking the link applies a filter which shows only invalid pills which you can then edit or delete. The filter can be removed by clicking clear in the Showing n of n label below the Range field. There is no paste option on the context sensitive (right click) menu.
    Warning: You cannot paste a comma-separated list of IP address information into the Range field in Firefox. This can crash the browser. You can use a space separated list without any problems.
    • To edit a pill, click the pill body and edit the text.
    • To delete a pill, click the X icon to the right of the pill, or click to edit and delete all of the text.
    • To view the unformatted source text, click the source toggle switch. The source view is useful for copying to a text editor or spreadsheet. Click the source toggle switch again to see the formatted pill view.
    Underneath the entry field is a filter box. Enter text in the filter box to only show matching pills.

    Pills are not currently supported in Opera.

    Type

    Displays the type of the Windows proxy pool.

    Domains

    The field is enabled only for the Active Directory proxy pools and is dimmed for Credential or Workgroup proxy pools. The domain or a space-separated list of domains that the Windows proxy pool will discover. This specifies that the pool is preferred for the discovery of these domains.

    Description

    A free text description of the proxy pool.

  3. To apply any changes that you have made in the Edit Windows Proxy Pool section, click Apply.
  4. The Pool contents section displays the following information on the contents of the Windows proxy pool:

    Field name

    Description

    Name

    Name of the Windows proxy.

    Status

    Displays whether the proxy is active or not and the IPv6 capability of the proxy. The IPv6 capability is displayed as one of the following:
    • Can get IPv6 data and scan IPv6 addresses: BMC Atrium Discovery version 9.0 or later proxies that run on Windows 2008 or later.
    • Can get IPv6 data but Windows version does not support scanning IPv6 addresses: BMC Atrium Discovery version 9.0 or later proxies that run on a version of Windows earlier than Windows 2008.
    • IPv6 not supported: Proxy version earlier than BMC Atrium Discovery version 9.0 proxies.

    Version

    Displays the version number of the Windows proxy.

    Actions

    To delete the Windows proxy, click Delete.
    To ping the Windows proxy, click Ping.

If you want to add a new Windows proxy to this pool, click Add. For more information about adding a Windows proxy to a pool, see Managing Windows proxies.

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