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MCS: How to Access the MCS Console

Goal

Log in to the MCS console for the first time and set up access permissions for specific user accounts.

Technique

You access the MCS console for the first time using the "system" account and the password that was entered during the MCS installation. For subsequent access, you create one or more administrative users to which you give console access permissions in MCS.

Using your Web browser, you can access the Management & Control Services (MCS) console either locally, from the server on which it is installed, or remotely, from a networked PC. You must use one of the supported Web browsers.

Before You Start

This How To assumes that you have administrative privileges and know the password that was entered for the "system" account during MCS installation.

Tasks

The following are the main tasks you need to complete for this How-To (with links to the detailed steps which follow):

  1. Log in for the first time.

  2. Set the authentication type for accessing the console.

  3. Select a directory service.

  4. Add users and groups to the MCS directory.

  5. Set console access permissions.


1. Log in for the First Time

To log in for the first time
  1. Use one of the following methods to run the console:

    • For an unsecured (http) connection, run your Web browser and enter the following URL:
      http://host/mcs

      where host is the IP address or domain name of the server on which MCS is running (or "localhost" if running locally). If a listening port other than 80 was specified during MCS installation, you must append :port to the host name; for example, http://host:82/mcs.

    • For a secured (https) connection, enter the following URL:
      https://host:SSLport/mcs

      where host is the IP address or domain name of the server on which MCS is running, and SSLport is the secured port on which MCS is listening. (A secure connection requires the port number to be specified.)

    • (Windows only) Click the Start button, point to Programs, and then click Attachmate Management and Control Services.

      This method is applicable only from the PC on which MCS is installed. Also, this method does not create a secure connection; for a secure connection, use the method above.

  2. When prompted, type your user name and password.

You remain logged in to the current session until you close the browser window.

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2. Set the Authentication Type for Accessing the Console

Specify the level of security required to access the MCS console, write (store) host access configurations and other data on the MCS server, and access data stored on MCS using compatible client applications (for example, Terminal Viewers).

To set the authentication type for accessing the MCS console
  1. In the MCS Selection panel, point to MCS Functions and then click MCS Security.

  2. In the MCS Security tree under Console Access, click Authentication.

    The Authentication page is displayed in the MCS Management panel.

  3. Under Authentication Type, select the level authentication for accessing the MCS console.

    The selection you make will depend on your network environment. For more information about the options on this page, click Help in the upper-right corner of the window.

  4. Click Save to activate your settings.

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3. Select a Directory Service

The default directory service for MCS is MCS directory. You can add new users and groups to the MCS directory, or you can specify that MCS use another directory service to manage MCS users and groups. For the other directory service types, the user and group lists are maintained by that directory service, rather than from within MCS.

To select a directory service for MCS
  1. In the MCS Selection panel, point to MCS Functions and then click MCS Security.

  2. Note If you want to set up a directory service for a server cluster, under MCS Functions, choose Server Management rather than MCS Security. The remaining steps are the same.
  3. Under MCS Security, click Directory Services.

    The Directory Services page is displayed in the MCS Management panel.

  4. Under Directory Type, select the directory service to use for managing MCS users and groups.

  5. If you select
    Then
    MCS Directory There are no user-configurable options and the server address is a fixed value. Your next step is to add users and groups to the MCS directory.

    LDAPv3 Directory, Windows NT (NTDS), or NIS
    1. Click Configure to access the configuration settings for that directory service.

    2. Configure the properties for the directory service as needed. For details on the Properties of Directory_type dialog box, click Help.

    3. Click OK to close the Properties of Directory_type dialog box.

      For these directory service types, the user and group lists are maintained by the directory service. MCS references the user and group list provided by these directory services based on the server address you specify, which appears on the Directory Services page.

    4. Select Display Descriptions to display user and group descriptions on the Directory page.
  6. Click Save to activate your directory service settings.

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4. Add Users and Groups to the MCS Directory

If you use MCS Directory as the directory service for MCS, you can add users and/or groups to the MCS directory as needed (the MCS Directory is initially empty).

To add a user to the MCS directory
  1. In the MCS Selection panel, point to MCS Functions and then click MCS Security.

  2. In the MCS Security tree under Directory Services, click Directory.

    The Directory page is displayed in the MCS Management panel.

  3. Click New User/Group in the upper-left corner of the Directory page.

  4. Select User, and then click Next.

  5. Complete the options on the New User page, and then click Finish.

    The new user is added to the Directory list.

    For a description of the options on the New User page, click Help in the upper-right corner of the window.

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5. Set Console Access Permissions

After you configure your MCS users and groups (by adding them to the MCS directory or by linking to an external directory service) you must grant access permissions to the MCS users and groups who need to use the MCS console. Granting a user console access permissions allows that user to access the MCS console to perform system administration functions.

To set console access permissions
  1. In the MCS Selection panel, point to MCS Functions and then click MCS Security.

  2. In the MCS Security tree under Console Access, choose Permissions.

  3. In the Permissions page Directory list box, select the users and/or groups for whom you want to grant permission to access the MCS console.

    For a description of the options on the Permissions page, click Help in the upper-right corner of the window.

  4. Click Add to move the selected users and/or groups to the Assigned list box.

  5. Click Save to activate your settings.

    It can take several minutes for a new user account to become active if that account's permissions are assigned by way of a group, rather than directly to the user.

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