SDT Connector sets up secure SSH tunnels and then with a point-and-click will run the appropriate local application on your computer to access the selected device or service.
The SDT Connector client works with all Opengear console servers. Each of these remote console servers have an embedded OpenSSH based server which can be configured to port forward connections from the SDT Connector client to the managed devices (hosts on their local network).
SDT Connector will connect with your console server and automatically retrieve and self configure with all the user, service and connected hosts information. Similarly the SDT Connector Java applet hosted on the Opengear Monitor is automatically pre-configured with all the gateway details (i.e. the managed console server) and all their attached hosts, user, enabled services details.
SDT Connector can connect to the console server using an alternate OoB access. It can also access the console server itself and access devices connected to serial ports on the console server.
The administrator does need to nominate the particular access tools on their PC that that will be used access to each service (e.g. which browser or Telnet client to use). Typically then for each host the manager will use a selection of these access tools e.g.
for a Cisco 870 firewall (host) a browser will give the administrator IOS access plus adding Telnet will give remote command line access
RDP will give access to a Vista/Windows XP desktop but VNC may be needed for earlier Windows versions (and service processor may be useful)
for a Linux server SSH/Telnet might all be configured and VNC
The SDT Connector java client is built into Opengear's CMS6100 Central Monitoring System and integrates with general Nagios open source central management software (SDT for Nagios). Many of the detailed Status screens have a Connect button in the Status Information field of the monitored Host. When clicked:
Your browser will run a configured SDT Connector Java applet (or download it from the CMS6100 Opengear Monitor) your computer
This SDT Connector is preconfigured with the gateway details (that being the console server) and the host details (which will be one of the managed devices attached to the console server, or the console server itself) and an SSH tunnel is established to (or through) the remote console server
You can then run the appropriate application to connect you to the selected host
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