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Configuring JIMS for an SRX Device

 

Configuring the connection between SRX Series devices to JIMS allows the JIMS server to send the IP address, username, and group relationship information to SRX Series devices through CSO. You can also configure a set of optional advanced settings for authentication timeout, domain filters, and choose to include or exclude user identity information in the communication between the JIMS server and the SRX Series device.

For every SRX Series device, you can configure the primary and secondary JIMS servers. The SRX Series device always queries the primary JIMS server. The secondary JIMS server is available as a fallback option with limited resources. The secondary JIMS server is used when a number of queries to the primary JIMS server fails. The SRX Series device constantly scrutinizes the failed primary JIMS server and reverts to the primary JIMS server, once it is up and running.

Before you begin, you need the following information:

  • The IP address of the primary and secondary (optional) JIMS server.

  • The Certificate Authority (CA) certificate for the primary and secondary (optional) JIMS server.

  • The client ID to obtain an OAuth token from the JIMS server for user queries.

  • The client secret to obtain an OAuth token from the JIMS server for user queries.

To configure a connection between an SRX Series device and JIMS:

  1. Select Administration > Identity Management.

    The Identity Management page appears.

  2. Click SRX-to-JIMS Configuration or the greater-than (>) symbol beside it.

    The SRX-to-JIMS Configuration panel expands.

    Note

    If you have already configured JIMS for an SRX Series device, the details of this configuration is displayed in the SRX-to-JIMS Configuration panel.

  3. Complete the configuration according to the guidelines provided in Table 1.
  4. Click Save to save the changes. JIMS is now configured for an SRX device.

    If you want to discard your changes, click Cancel instead.

Table 1 provides guidelines on using the fields on the SRX-to-JIMS Configuration panel.

Table 1: Fields on the SRX-to-JIMS Configuration Panel

Field

Description

Identity

IP Address

Enter a valid IPv4 or IPv6 address of the primary JIMS server.

SRX Series devices always query the primary JIMS to obtain the user identities.

Secondary Identity

Enable this option to use the secondary JIMS server as a fallback when the primary JIMS server fails. By default, this option is disabled.

Secondary IP Address

Enter a valid IPv4 or IPv6 address of the secondary JIMS server.

The secondary JIMS is available as a fall back option with limited resources. Use the secondary JIMS when the HTTP GET query or number of queries to the primary JIMS fails.

Client Credentials

Client ID

Enter the client ID that the SRX Series device provides to JIMS server as part of its authentication. The SRX Series device must authenticate itself with the JIMS server to obtain an access token that allows the it to query the JIMS server for user identity information. The client ID must be consistent with the CSO client ID or username configured on the JIMS server.

Client Secret

Enter the client secret that the SRX Series device provides to the JIMS server as part of its authentication. The client secret must be consistent with the CSO client secret or password configured on the JIMS server.

Advanced Settings

Authentication Entry Timeout

Enter the timeout interval (in minutes) after which, the idle entries in the JIMS authentication table expire. The timeout interval begins from when the user authentication entry is added to the authentication table. This value can be between 10 and 1440 minutes, where a value of 0 means no timeout. The default value is 69 minutes.

Include IP Address(es)

The SRX Series device sends a query to JIMS for the user identity information only for the IP addresses present in the selected address group; JIMS responds with the requested user identity information.

Click Add New Address to create a new IP address group, see Creating Addresses or Address Groups.

Exclude IP Address(es)

The SRX Series device does not query JIMS for the user identity information for the excluded IP addresses present in the selected address group.

Click Add New Address to create a new IP address group, see Creating Addresses or Address Groups.

Filter Domain(s)

The SRX Series device sends a query to JIMS for the user identity information within the specified domains. Enter a comma-separated list of up to 25 domain names. A domain name can be an alphanumeric string of up to 64 characters that can also contain dashes, underscores, and dots.

Example: example.net