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Grid Manager is the web interface that provides access to your appliance for network and IP address management. It provides a number of tools that you can use to effectively manage your appliance and IP address space.

  • Use Smart Folders to organize your data based on criteria you specify. For information, see Smart Folders .
  • The network and IP address maps and lists provide views of your networks and IP addresses, so you can quickly evaluate IP address usage and understand how your network resources are being utilized. You can quickly determine which IP addresses are in use, when they were allocated, and to which devices they were assigned. For information, see Chapter 13, IP Address Management.
  • Customize the Dashboard to monitor your Grid and networks. The Dashboard also provides access to frequently-used commands and the network discovery feature. You can run network discoveries to identify IP address conflicts and troubleshoot network issues. For information, see Dashboards.
  • Tools such as the Finder panel, filters, and global search help you quickly find the information you need. For information, see About the Grid Manager Interface.
  • Use wizards to quickly create new networks and resource records. Editors allow you to configure additional operational parameters. For information, see Wizards and Editors.

Before you can use Grid Manager, you must install and configure the NIOS appliance as described in the installation guide that shipped with your product. You can then access Grid Manager using one of the supported browsers. For information, see Supported Browsers.

Admin Permissions for Grid Manager

You can log in to Grid Manager as long as you have permission to log in to the NIOS appliance. Superusers have unrestricted access to Grid Manager. Limited-access users though, require read-only or read-write permission to the data that they want to manage through Grid Manager. Grid Manager allows limited-access users to view and manage only the data for which they have permission. For example, to view IPv4 networks, you must have at least read-only permission to IPv4 networks. To run a discovery, you must have read/write permission to the Network Discovery feature.
Note that superusers must configure admin groups and accounts in the Grid Manager application of the NIOS appliance. In Grid Manager, superusers can set and change permissions for specific objects, such as IPv4 networks, IPv6 networks, and resource records. For information about user accounts and administrative permissions, see Managing Administrators.

Logging in to the GUI

Before you log in to Grid Manager, ensure that you have installed your NIOS appliance as described in the installation guide or user guide that shipped with your products and configured it accordingly. You must upload the CA certificate(s) that issued the client certificate to ensure a successful SSL/TLS connection to the appliance.
To log in to Grid Manager:

  1. Open an Internet browser window and enter https://<IP address or hostname of your NIOS appliance>. The Grid Manager login page appears. For information, see Supported Browsers.
  2. Enter your user name and password, and then click Login or press Enter. The default user name is admin and the default password is infoblox. Note that if your password expired or was reset by a superuser, you may be required to enter a new password.If you are a smart card user and two-factor authentication is enabled on the appliance, your user name, which is the same as your CN (common name) in the client certificate, appears automatically. Enter the password you use to log in to the user account. For information about two-factor authentication, see Authenticating Admins Using Two-Factor Authentication.
  3. Read the Infoblox End-User License Agreement. If you want to participate in the Infoblox Customer Experience Improvement Program, complete the following:
    • ParticipateintheInfobloxCustomerExperienceImprovementProgram: Select the check box to send product usage data to Infoblox on a periodic basis. Infoblox uses this data to improve product functionality. For more information about the program, see Participating in the Customer Experience ImprovementProgram.
    • SupportID(optional): Enter the Infoblox Support ID that was assigned to your account. It must be a number with four to six digits. The value you enter here is also displayed in the CustomerImprovement tab in the GridProperties editor. Infoblox includes this ID in the data report.
    • InfobloxPrivacyPolicy: Click here to view the Infoblox privacy policy. The appliance displays the policy in a new browser tab.
  4. Click I Accept. The Grid Setup wizard appears.

Note

If a user has already logged in to NIOS, and other users try to log in using the same user name but different passwords, after 5 tries, the account gets locked and even the logged in user will not be able to access the NIOS UI. The Infoblox account is blocked for 75 to 120 seconds even if the user logs in with different user credentials for requests that originate from the same IP address.

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