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 is robust and flexible, and 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/. 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™ Administrator Guide||This guide includes more in-depth information about the basic concepts of device management and configuration options.|
|Enterprise Manager™ New Features Guide||This guide introduces you to new features included in the latest release of Enterprise Manager.|
|Enterprise Manager 3000, and Platform Guide: Enterprise Manager™ 4000||These guides include Enterprise Manager system hardware platform specifications, installation instructions, and important environmental warnings.|
|BIG-IP® Systems: Getting Started Guide||This guide contains specific information required to install and license BIG-IP systems.|
|TMOS® Management Guide for BIG-IP® Systems||This guide provides you with the information you need to configure VLANs, SNMP traps, redundant BIG-IP systems, BIG-IP system logging features, and so on.|
|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, it is important to keep in mind that Enterprise Manager requires bilateral communication with each device for successful management. Therefore, you must select a network configuration option that ensures Enterprise Manager has open communication with your devices and is able to translate a device's IP address into an address it can use.
The most common network configurations for address translation are:
Enterprise Manager™ communicates with devices in your network through the following physical ports, also called interfaces.
For Enterprise Manager™ to properly manage devices, the ports in this list are open by default to facilitate two-way communication.
|Open port||Used for||Purpose|
|443||Communication between managed devices and the Enterprise Manager system||Device management|
|4353||Communication between Enterprise Manager and a managed device's big3d agent||Collecting statistics|
|3306||Communication between Enterprise Manager and a remote statistics database||Storing and reporting statistics on a remote database|
When you use the management (MGMT) interface for enterprise management communication, you do not have to dedicate a TMM switch interface for device management, and less configuration is required when you add new devices on the same subnet. Using the management interface on Enterprise Manager and managed devices for communication is preferable.
Although typically used to send or receive application traffic for load balancing, you can use a dedicated TMM switch port for communication between Enterprise Manager ™and managed devices. However, if you use the TMM switch interface on managed devices, you cannot use it for managing traffic, because Enterprise Manager sends software upgrades to the managed device on this interface.
Use the TMM switch interface option for device management if have a high availability system configuration (for both static and floating self IP address support).