A User Directory that Simplifies Console Server Management

A console server management product can be a very useful tool for network administrators who need to monitor and maintain remote network equipment installations. It’s also important to note however, that the same remote access capabilities that make console server management solutions so helpful, can also present a bit of a security challenge for administrators who need to allow users to access specific command and connection functions, while simultaneously ensuring that users don’t stray beyond the capabilities that they are authorized to employ.

For example, a network administrator might need to be able to allow users in Department “A” to access one group of command functions, while also restricting users in Department “B” from accessing the same command functions that are available to Department “A.” Likewise, an administrator might need to provide users with connection access to one group of console ports, while preventing access to another group of console ports.

One way to deal with this sort of conflict, is to include a User Directory feature, which enables administrators to define separate rights for each authorized user. WTI console server management products feature an extremely flexible, intelligently designed User Directory, allowing administrators to easily add or remove users and fine tune command access rights, console port access rights and service access rights for each individual user.

The User Directory provides administrators with a easy way to determine which commands individual users will be allowed to invoke, which serial console ports users will be allowed to connect to, and also determine whether or not each user will be allowed to access the console server management unit via Telnet, SSH, HTTP or serial port.

The User Directory provides a convenient interface that network administrators can employ to quickly set up user accounts and access rights, helping to ensure that authorized users are allowed to access the ports and command functions that are required by their job functions, yet blocking users from other functions that they either don’t need to access or shouldn’t access.

Western Telematic, Inc. (WTI) designs and manufactures remote device management products for IT applications. WTI’s Console Server Management products, Remote Reboot products, Switched PDU products and A/B Fallback products are engineered to allow you to securely manage and troubleshoot rack equipment in remote locations.

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