You can deploy BloxOne DDI across thousands of sites and reduce the total cost of ownership by leveraging low-cost hardware, virtual appliances, license pooling, and license portability. You can access the BloxOne DDI services by deploying the BloxOne DDI as an on-prem host.
For remote office deployments, you can deploy on-prem hosts on Infoblox appliances, bare-metal devices, and VM infrastructures. The communications between BloxOne DDI and the on-prem hosts are encrypted and client visibility is maintained collectively through the Cloud Services Portal.
BloxOne DDI introduces ZTP (Zero Touch Provisioning) that streamlines the deployment of on-prem hosts. You no longer need to pre-provision or create on-prem hosts and copy API keys through the Cloud Services Portal while deploying BloxOne appliances. BloxOne DDI now automatically detects the BloxOne physical appliances that you purchase through Infoblox. It also uses a secure join token mechanism to authenticate and deploy virtual appliances that you configure in your VM environments. For information about deployment options, see Deploying BloxOne DDI.
When you purchase a BloxOne appliance from Infoblox, the serial number of your appliance is associated with your user account and automatically uploaded to BloxOne DDI and your appliance is visible through the Cloud Services Portal. This eliminates the need to manually create an on-prem host and copy the API key from the Cloud Services Portal before setting up your appliance.
When you log in to the Cloud Services Portal, you can view your physical on-prem hosts on the Manage -> On-Prem Hosts page of the Cloud Services Portal. If you have not physically connected or turned on the appliance, the on-prem host is in the Pending state. Shortly after you connect your appliance, BloxOne DDI automatically detects the connection and the host state changes to Awaiting Approval. When an on-prem host is in the Awaiting Approval state, it is waiting for you to either approve or deny the certificate-based authentication before the host connection is established or denied. When you approve the host connection, BloxOne DDI establishes a connection to the on-prem host and the on-prem host state changes to Active (if the host and all the services running on it are functioning properly), and it becomes a fully manageable device through the Cloud Services Portal. If you deny the host connection, the host state changes to Denied, and you must reboot the appliance in order to start a new connection. After you reboot the appliance, the host status changes to Pending again.
The following diagram illustrates the ZTP process for your BloxOne physical appliance:
Before you configure a virtual machine as an on-prem host, you must first create a join token and use it to authenticate the host, so BloxOne DDI can establish a connection to the host. For information about join tokens and how to manage them, see Managing Join Tokens. Once you set up the virtual appliance using a valid join token, a connection to BloxOne DDI is established, and the host status changes to Active (if the host and all the services running on it are functioning properly). The on-prem host is now a fully manageable device, and you can manage it through the Cloud Services Portal.
The following diagram illustrates the provisioning process for on-prem hosts deployed on virtual machines:
You can view all connected and disconnected hosts on the Manage -> On-Prem Hosts page of Cloud Services Portal, which allows you to manage all your on-prem devices. The portal gives you a collective view of all of your on-prem devices in the network, including the device's current status. For more information about viewing your on-prem hosts and their current state, see Viewing On-Prem Host Status.
To manage on-prem hosts, you can do the following on the Manage -> On-Prem Hosts page:
You can also do the following on this page:
- Filter Data: Click to filter the on-prem hosts by name, type, and description. You can also filter the on-prem hosts by their approval status. For example, you can view all the hosts that are in the Awaiting Approval state and approve or deny them at the same time.
- Reorder Data: Click to reorder the columns.
Modify Host Data: Click Edit or select the check box for the respective record and click the Edit button to modify an on-prem host.
Start or Stop Services: Click Service and choose DNS, or DHCP, from the drop-down menu to either start or stop a service on the respective host. This is valid if you have associated the BloxOne DDI license with the host. Select Start to start the service or Stop to cancel the service on the host. Note that the service changes accordingly based on the license and the application that is associated with the host. Ensure that you select the check box beside the host to start or stop the service.
View Host Details: Select an on-prem host to view the details on the right panel. You can view additional details about the on-prem host, such as hardware type, MAC and IP addresses, API key, license and the services that are associated with the host. If you do not want to view the details in the right panel, click .
Search: Enter the value that you want to search in the Search text box. The application displays the list of records matching the keyword in the text box.
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