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Manual Chapter: Device Discovery and Importation
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Overview of device discovery and device importation

Before you can use Enterprise Manager™ to manage devices in your network, you must add the devices. For BIG-IP® devices in your network, you can use the discovery method to search specific IP addresses or IP subnets in your network, and add those devices to Enterprise Manager. During the discovery process, Enterprise Manager attempts to log on to available devices with an administrator user name and password that you supply. If Enterprise Manager succeeds in logging on to devices that it discovers, it adds those devices to the list on the Device List screen.

For non-BIG-IP devices, such as WANJet® systems, you create a .csv file to import the devices and then discover them.

Discovering BIG-IP devices

After you license and perform initial configuration for Enterprise Manager™, you can discover BIG-IP® devices in your network.

Note: For non-BIG-IP devices, such as WANJet®systems, you must import the devices before performing the discovery task.

Discovering devices is the first step toward central device management.

Important: To successfully discover devices and receive the user name and password combination, the device must have an active SSL server listening for traffic on port 443.
  1. On the Main tab, click Enterprise Management > Devices. The Device List screen opens.
  2. Click the Discover button located on the upper right-side of the screen. The Discover Device(s) screen opens.
  3. For the Scan Type setting, select one of the following options:
    • Address List
    • Subnet
    The screen refreshes to display settings specific to the selected option.
  4. If you selected the Address List option, perform the following steps:
    1. In the User Name and Password fields, type a user name and password to use to log on to the discovered device.
    2. Click Add.
  5. If you selected the Subnet, option perform the following steps:
    1. In the IP Address field, type the device IP address.
    2. In the Network Mask field, type the netmask that you want Enterprise Manager to use when searching the network. You can search by class B or C network.
    3. In the User Name and Password fields, type a user name and password to use to log on to each device discovered in the subnet.
  6. Click the Discover button. The Task Properties screen opens and discovered devices appear below the Properties area. The list refreshes until all specified devices are discovered, or until you click Cancel Pending Items.

Importing non-BIG-IP devices

For non-BIG-IP® devices, such as WANJet® systems, you must create a comma-separated value (CSV) file on your local system and import the file into the device list.

  1. Create a .csv file on your local system that contains each non-BIG-IP device's IP address, user name, and password on a separate line in the following format: <device IP address>, <username>, <password> For example: 10.10.10.1,admin,pass001 10.10.10.2,admin,pass002 10.10.10.3,admin,pass003 10.10.10.4,admin,pass004 10.10.10.5,admin,pass005
  2. On the Main tab, click Enterprise Management > Devices. The Device List screen opens.
  3. Click the Discover button located on the upper right-side of the screen. The Discover Device(s) screen opens.
  4. Click the Import From File button. The Import Address List screen opens.
  5. Click Browse.
  6. Browse to the location of the .csv file you created for the non-BIG-IP devices, and click Open. The path and file name display in the File Name field.
  7. Click Import. The screen refreshes to display the import status. When the importation finishes, the Device Discover screen opens and a list of imported IP addresses and user names appears in the Address List field.
  8. Click Start Task to add the devices in the Address List field to the device list.
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