Configuring a Connection through the Management and Security Server Security Proxy Server

You can use the Management and Security Server (MSS) security proxy to configure a secure SSL/TLS connection between the VHI Design Tool and the host. Using this secure tunnel you can use SSL or TLS for hosts that are not running an SSL/TLS Telnet server. Data transmitted between the Design Tool and the proxy server is encrypted; data sent from the proxy server to the destination host is not encrypted.

In order to set up a connection through the security proxy, the Security Proxy Server must be installed and running on the Management and Security Server. The MSS documentation has complete instructions on how to install and configure the proxy server.

You cannot use the MSS security proxy when you are connecting to a host that is configured to support SSL. This proxy server should be used only for hosts that are not configured for SSL support. secure proxy diagram

Why would I want to use the secure proxy server?

How do I configure a connection?

The first thing to do is determine what version of MSS you are using to configure the proxy server. With version 12.4SP1, MSS replaced the Administrative WebStation with the updated Administrative Console. While the process remains essentially the same, there are differences in terminology and workflow.

Instructions using MSS versions prior to 12.4SP1

This procedure uses the Administrative WebStation to configure the security proxy.

  1. In a web browser that supports Java (for example Internet Explorer), open MSS, and then click Administrative WebStation (AWS).

  2. In the Administrative WebStation navigation pane, select Session Manager.
  3. In the Session Manager, click Add to open the Add New Session page.
  4. Select VHI Design Tool from the Windows-based column, enter a session name, and then click Continue.
  5. Specify file storage locations, and then click Launch.

    The VHI Design Tool Connection Settings window displays.

    connection settings dialog
  6. On the AWS Session Manager page, a message indicates that the session is saved. Click Map session access and use Access Mapper to configure which users have access to the session document.

Instructions using MSS version 12.4SP1 and later

This procedure uses the Administrative Console.

  1. In the MSS Administrative Console, open Manage Sessions, and click Add.
  2. Select Verastream Host Integrator in the Product drop down list and enter a session name.
  3. Specify file storage locations, where to save settings files, and, optionally, you can create a comment that you want to display regarding this session.
  4. Launch the session. The VHI Design Tool Connection Settings dialog box displays (see step 5 above).
  5. Complete the connection settings; choose the Security Proxy Server you are using, verify the protocol and cipher suites being used, and finally enter the IP address and port of the destination host.
  6. Click Submit to return to the Administrative Console.
  7. You should see the newly created session in the Administrative Console Manage Session list.
  8. Click Map session access and use Access Mapper to configure which users have access to the session document.

To launch the Design Tool from MSS

  1. In a Web browser, launch MSS.
  2. Double-click the session you added to open the Design Tool.

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