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Add or modify a host

Hosts records are created as hosts connect to the network and register. Hosts can be added by importing or by entering the data manually. See Import hosts, users or devices. Add or modify host allows you to create new hosts or edit existing ones. Hosts added through this process are either registered to a user or registered as a device.

Register host to user

A host registered to a user is associated with that user, inherits network access parameters from the user and contributes to the Allowed Hosts count for the user. Each registered device or host consumes one license when it is online. If the host is registered here, the user will not have to go through the registration process elsewhere, such as the captive portal.

Only hosts with a valid operating system can be rescanned. Valid operating systems are Windows or macOS.

Register host as device

A host registered as a device can be displayed in the Host View or both the Host View and Topology. This type of host consumes license only when it is online. Typically hosts registered as devices are items such as IP phones, security cameras, alarm systems or printers.

Add or modify host

  1. Select Hosts > Host View.
  2. Click Add.
  3. To modify an existing host, use the search or filter mechanisms on the Host View to locate the appropriate host.
  4. Click on the host to select it.
  5. Click Modify.
  6. See the table below for detailed information on each field.
  7. Click OK to save your data.
Settings

Field

Definitions

Register host to user

User ID

ID of the user who owns this host. As you type a list of matching user IDs drops down. For example if you type ab, user IDs that start with ab are displayed. If the user ID does not exist in the database, but does exist in the directory used to authenticate users, the user is created at the same time. If the user does not exist either in the directory or in your database, you cannot save the host.

If registering this host to a User exceeds the number of Allowed Hosts for that user, a message is displayed indicating that Allowed Hosts has been automatically incremented and the host is registered to the user.

Register host as device

Create In

Indicates where the device should be displayed. Options include Host view or Host view and Topology.

Container

If the host is created in both Host View and Topology, you must choose a Topology container to contain the host. Containers in Topology are used to group devices.

General

Role

Roles are attributes of hosts and users that can be used as filters in user/host profiles.

If the host is registered to a user, there are two options for selecting the host role.

Use Role From User: Indicates that the host role is inherited from the registered user associated with the host.

Specify Role: Indicates that the host role is manually selected. This enables a drop-down list of possible roles from which you can choose.

If the host is registered as a device in Topology only, its role is used to control network access or can be used to apply a CLI configuration. For example, a CLI configuration could be used to reduce the baud rate of a device when it connects to the network.

Host Name

Name of the host being registered.

Hardware Type

Type of hardware such as Printer, Server or Workstation.

Serial Number

Serial number on the device. May be of assistance if the device is ever stolen.

Operating System

Operating system on the host.

Note

Only hosts with a valid operating system can be rescanned. Valid operating systems are Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Device Type

Indicates the type of device being registered. When registering a host to a user this field defaults to Registered Host. It could also be set to a gaming or mobile device. When registering as a device, this might be set to devices that are not typically associated with an owner, such as a printer or an alarm system. An icon representing the device selected displays beside the Device Type field.

If the device is an Access Point and you register it in Host View, it is removed from the Host View and moved to Topology after the first poll. It is also removed from the Concurrent License count once it is recognized as an Access Point.

Notes

Free form notes entered by the Administrator.

Security and Access Attribute Value

This value can be included in a filter when determining the Security Policy that should scan this host when it connects to the network. If a directory is in use and a user is associated with this host, the value comes from the directory when it is synchronized with the database. Otherwise the value can be entered manually.

Adapters

Lists the adapters or network interfaces that exist on this host. By listing all adapter's on the host here, you establish that these adapters are siblings. Number of adapters per host is limited to five. See Edit Adapters below.

Physical Address: MAC address of the adapter

Media Type: Indicates whether the adapter is wired or wireless.

Edit adapters

  1. Go to the Adapter section of the Add or Modify Host Window.
  2. To add an adapter: Click Add and provide the Physical Address and the Media Type, such as wired or wireless.
  3. To modify an adapter: Select an Adapter and click Modify. Change the Media Type as needed. To change the Physical Address you must delete the adapter and add it again.
  4. To delete an adapter: Click on the Adapter to select it and click Delete.
  5. Click OK to save.
Note

The number of adapters per host is limited to five.

Add or modify a host

Hosts records are created as hosts connect to the network and register. Hosts can be added by importing or by entering the data manually. See Import hosts, users or devices. Add or modify host allows you to create new hosts or edit existing ones. Hosts added through this process are either registered to a user or registered as a device.

Register host to user

A host registered to a user is associated with that user, inherits network access parameters from the user and contributes to the Allowed Hosts count for the user. Each registered device or host consumes one license when it is online. If the host is registered here, the user will not have to go through the registration process elsewhere, such as the captive portal.

Only hosts with a valid operating system can be rescanned. Valid operating systems are Windows or macOS.

Register host as device

A host registered as a device can be displayed in the Host View or both the Host View and Topology. This type of host consumes license only when it is online. Typically hosts registered as devices are items such as IP phones, security cameras, alarm systems or printers.

Add or modify host

  1. Select Hosts > Host View.
  2. Click Add.
  3. To modify an existing host, use the search or filter mechanisms on the Host View to locate the appropriate host.
  4. Click on the host to select it.
  5. Click Modify.
  6. See the table below for detailed information on each field.
  7. Click OK to save your data.
Settings

Field

Definitions

Register host to user

User ID

ID of the user who owns this host. As you type a list of matching user IDs drops down. For example if you type ab, user IDs that start with ab are displayed. If the user ID does not exist in the database, but does exist in the directory used to authenticate users, the user is created at the same time. If the user does not exist either in the directory or in your database, you cannot save the host.

If registering this host to a User exceeds the number of Allowed Hosts for that user, a message is displayed indicating that Allowed Hosts has been automatically incremented and the host is registered to the user.

Register host as device

Create In

Indicates where the device should be displayed. Options include Host view or Host view and Topology.

Container

If the host is created in both Host View and Topology, you must choose a Topology container to contain the host. Containers in Topology are used to group devices.

General

Role

Roles are attributes of hosts and users that can be used as filters in user/host profiles.

If the host is registered to a user, there are two options for selecting the host role.

Use Role From User: Indicates that the host role is inherited from the registered user associated with the host.

Specify Role: Indicates that the host role is manually selected. This enables a drop-down list of possible roles from which you can choose.

If the host is registered as a device in Topology only, its role is used to control network access or can be used to apply a CLI configuration. For example, a CLI configuration could be used to reduce the baud rate of a device when it connects to the network.

Host Name

Name of the host being registered.

Hardware Type

Type of hardware such as Printer, Server or Workstation.

Serial Number

Serial number on the device. May be of assistance if the device is ever stolen.

Operating System

Operating system on the host.

Note

Only hosts with a valid operating system can be rescanned. Valid operating systems are Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Device Type

Indicates the type of device being registered. When registering a host to a user this field defaults to Registered Host. It could also be set to a gaming or mobile device. When registering as a device, this might be set to devices that are not typically associated with an owner, such as a printer or an alarm system. An icon representing the device selected displays beside the Device Type field.

If the device is an Access Point and you register it in Host View, it is removed from the Host View and moved to Topology after the first poll. It is also removed from the Concurrent License count once it is recognized as an Access Point.

Notes

Free form notes entered by the Administrator.

Security and Access Attribute Value

This value can be included in a filter when determining the Security Policy that should scan this host when it connects to the network. If a directory is in use and a user is associated with this host, the value comes from the directory when it is synchronized with the database. Otherwise the value can be entered manually.

Adapters

Lists the adapters or network interfaces that exist on this host. By listing all adapter's on the host here, you establish that these adapters are siblings. Number of adapters per host is limited to five. See Edit Adapters below.

Physical Address: MAC address of the adapter

Media Type: Indicates whether the adapter is wired or wireless.

Edit adapters

  1. Go to the Adapter section of the Add or Modify Host Window.
  2. To add an adapter: Click Add and provide the Physical Address and the Media Type, such as wired or wireless.
  3. To modify an adapter: Select an Adapter and click Modify. Change the Media Type as needed. To change the Physical Address you must delete the adapter and add it again.
  4. To delete an adapter: Click on the Adapter to select it and click Delete.
  5. Click OK to save.
Note

The number of adapters per host is limited to five.