3.2 Logging In to the Administration Console

The Administration Console supports the following Web browsers:

WARNING:The Administration Console is a combination of iManager and a device manager. It has been customized for Access Manager so that it can manage the Access Manager components.

You cannot use it to log into other eDirectory trees and manage them.

You should not download and add iManager plug-ins to this customized version. If you do, you can destroy the Access Manager schema, which can prevent you from managing the Access Manager components. This can also destroy communication among the modules.

You should not start multiple sessions of the Administration Console on the same machine using the same browser. Because the browser shares session information, this can cause unpredictable results in the Administration Console. You can, however, start different sessions with different brands of browsers.

To log in:

  1. Enable browser pop-ups.

  2. On the Administration Console, ensure that ports 8080 and 8443 are open.

    SLES 10 comes with a firewall enabled by default, which closes these ports.

  3. From a client machine external to your Administration Console server, launch your preferred browser and enter the URL for the Administration Console.

    Use the IP address established when you installed the Administration Console. It should include the port 8080 and the application nps. If the IP address of your Administration Console is, you would enter the following:

    IMPORTANT:If you enter https instead of http, you receive the following error message: The connection was interrupted.

  4. Click OK to accept the certificate. You can select either the permanent or temporary session certificate option.

  5. On the Login page, specify the administrator name and password that you defined during the Administration Console installation.

    As you log in, your browser creates a secure connection with your Identity Server and the various installed Access Manager components, which are displayed in the left navigation panel of the Administration Console.

  6. In the left navigation panel of the console, click Access Manager, then click Overview.

    Before you can configure the system, you need to install some of the other Access Manager components. You need to install at least one Identity Server and one Access Gateway or J2EE Agent. It is recommended that you next install the Identity Server. See Section 4.0, Installing the Novell Identity Server.

    IMPORTANT:All of the configuration and management tasks in the Access Manager documentation assume that you have logged in to the Administration Console.