Enterprise Manager is an appliance that helps you streamline the administrative tasks associated with managing multiple network devices. These administrative tasks include: performance monitoring, software installation and upgrades, configuration archival and restoration, certificate monitoring, security policy management, software image storage, and user account management. Enterprise Manager works in many types of network topologies, including those in multi-tiered configurations containing multiple firewalls.
You can use Enterprise Manager to manage networks with devices running the following software.
You can access all of the following Enterprise Manager documentation from the AskF5 Knowledge Base located at http://support.f5.com/. The procedures and examples described in all documentation and online help are written for administrator-level users with full access (non-restricted) privileges to Enterprise Manager.
|Enterprise Manager Getting Started Guide||This guide provides you with the basic concepts and tasks required to set up your Enterprise Manager and start managing devices.|
|Enterprise Manager: Monitoring Network Health and Activity||This guide contains information to help use iHealth for diagnostics purposes, monitor log events using LogIQ, track certificates, create alerts for events, run reports, and manage statistics storage.|
|Enterprise Manager: Working with Changesets and Templates||This guide provides information specific to working with changesets and templates.|
|Enterprise Manager: Managing Configuration Files||This guide contains instructions about how to store configuration data (UCS), including how to create an archive schedule, as well as information about restoring a UCS archive and comparing configurations.|
|Platform Guide: Enterprise Manager 4000||This guide includes Enterprise Manager system hardware platform specifications, installation instructions, and important environmental warnings.|
|Release notes||Release notes contain information about the current software release, including a list of associated documentation, a summary of new features, enhancements, fixes, known issues and available workarounds, as well as installation and upgrade instructions.|
|Solutions and Tech Notes||Solutions are responses and resolutions to known issues. Tech Notes provide additional configuration instructions and how-to information.|
You incorporate Enterprise Manager into your network as you would any F5 Networks device. However, because it requires bilateral communication with each device for successful management, Enterprise Manager must have open communication with your devices and be able to translate a device's IP address into an address it can use. The most common network configurations for address translation are:
For Enterprise Manager to properly manage devices, the following ports are open by default to allow for the required two-way communication.
|443||For communication between managed devices and the Enterprise Manager system, for the purpose of device management.|
|4353||For communication between Enterprise Manager and a managed device's big3d agent, for the purpose of statistics collection.|
|3306||For communication between Enterprise Manager and a remote statistics database, for the purpose of storing and reporting statistics.|
Device communication and management is performed through the following interfaces.