Administration Portal Getting Started

Congratulations on choosing CSO for SD-WAN, Hybrid WAN, Centralized Cloud CPE, and NFV lifecycle management. This guide is designed to help you quickly learn the basics of the Administration Portal.

1Administration Portal Capabilities

The Administration Portal is designed to perform a number of tasks, including:

  • Present a compact, graphical view of important information in the Dashboard

  • Monitor system performance

  • Manage resources used by tenants and their customers

  • Configure service level agreement (SLA) parameters and application profiles

  • Manage tenants

  • Manage Operating Companies (OpCos)

  • Administer system-wide configuration settings

  • Manage Administration Portal users and roles

2Deployment Options

Using the previously-mentioned capabilities you can create, deploy, manage, and monitor all of the elements required for Centralized Cloud CPE, Hybrid WAN, and SD-WAN deployments. From the most localized to the most complex, each of the available deployments allows you to control how end-users interact with the virtual network functions and services that you enable:

  • Centralized Deployment–End users at a customer site access network services that run in a service provider’s cloud.

  • Hybrid WAN Deployment–End users at a customer site access network services that run on a CPE device located at that site.

  • SD-WAN Deployment–End users at customer sites access network services that run on a CPE device located at their site.

    The primary goals of an SD-WAN deployment is the secure connection of spoke sites with the SP cloud and each other and the rapid deployment of VNFs as network services at either location. To accomplish this, SD-WAN can be deployed in either hub-and-spoke or full mesh topologies.

The following sections provide high-level overviews of the tasks that you can perform in the Administration Portal to manage deployments and users in your CSO environment.

Note The following steps are intended for an SP Administrator user at the Global scope. An SP Administrator user can view tenant-specific objects, and perform tasks that a Tenant Administrator user can perform, by switching the scope to a single tenant.

3Configure SMTP Settings

After you log in for the first time, you must configure the SMTP settings for CSO. Otherwise, users created in other workflows will not receive account activation emails. Thus, blocking them from login.

To configure SMTP settings:

  1. Click Administration > SMTP.

    The SMTP page appears.

  2. Specify the SMTP settings that you want to use.
  3. Click Save.

    The status of the save operation is displayed.

4Create POPs

This task describes how to add a single point of presence (POP). You can also import a file that contains data for multiple POPs by clicking Resources > POPs > Import POPs > Import.

Note You must create a separate POP for Hybrid WAN and SD-WAN deployments.

To create a single POP:

  1. Click Resources > POPs.

    The POPs page appears.

  2. Click the add icon (+).

    The Add POP page appears.

  3. Complete the configuration depending on the type of deployment:
    • For a centralized deployment, configure:

      • A POP

      • (Optional) The SDN gateway device, if you want Contrail Service Orchestration (CSO) to manage or display data for the device

      • One or more virtualized infrastructure managers (VIMs)

      • (Optional) An element management system (EMS), if you use a virtualized network function (VNF) that requires an EMS other than the default EMS microservice

    • For a Hybrid WAN or SD-WAN deployment, configure:

      • A POP

      • (Optional) A provider edge (PE) router, if you want CSO to manage or display data for the device

      • (Optional) An SD-WAN gateway device, if you use one and want CSO to manage or display data for the device

    • For a combined deployment, you must configure two POPs—one for a centralized deployment and the other for a distributed deployment.

  4. Click Summary > Edit to modify the POP configuration.
  5. Click OK to save the changes.

5Add Tenants, OpCos and Sites

The following tasks describe how to add tenants and sites:

1Add a Tenant

This task describes how to add a single tenant and sites for that tenant. You can also import a file that contains data for multiple tenants and their sites by clicking Tenants > Import Tenants > Import.

To add a single tenant:

  1. Click Tenants.
  2. Click the add icon (+).
  3. Complete the configuration for the tenant.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

2Add an OpCo

An Operating Company (OpCo) is similar to a service provider that can manage its own tenants. An OpCo can manage all activities related to its tenants and provide services to its tenants. The Global Administrator or users with access privileges (create, edit, and delete) can create, edit, and delete OpCos. An OpCo is a separate entity from the Global Administrator. RBAC restrictions keep any one OpCo from seeing any information about other OpCos, their tenants, sites, or any other information.

This task describes how to add an Operating Company (OpCo).

To add an OpCo:

  1. Click Tenants > Operating Companies.

    The Operating Companies (OpCos) page appears

  2. Click the Add OpCo button. Alternatively, you can click the + button (Create).

    The Create Operating Company (OpCo) page appears.

  3. Complete the configuration information for the OpCo.

3Add a Cloud Site

This task describes how to add a cloud site.

Note You must select the single tenant from the scope switcher for which you want to add the site. Optionally, click on the link in the tenant list that is the name of the tenant for which you want to create a site.

To add a cloud site:

  1. Click Sites > Site Management.

    The Sites page appears.

  2. Click Add > Cloud Spoke/Cloud Hub.

    The Add Site for Tenant-Name page appears.

  3. Specify the configuration for the cloud site until you reach the configuration summary.
  4. Click OK.

    The status of the add operation is displayed.

4Add an On-Premise Spoke Site (SD-WAN and Hybrid WAN Only)

This task describes how to add an on-premise spoke site. You can add the following types of on-premise site:

  • On-Premise Spoke—An on-premise spoke represents an endpoint that is part of CPE at some physical location such as branch office or point of sale location. Typically, these points are connected using overlay connections to hub sites.

    Note When you create an on-premise site with dual CPE devices, you must select either Dual NFX250 as SDWAN CPEs, Dual SRX as SD-WAN CPEs . or Dual SRX4x00 as SD-WAN CPEs connection plan. The Device Redundancy option is enabled only when you select a dual connection plan.

Note You must select the single tenant from the scope switcher for which you want to add the site.

To add an on-premise site:

  1. Click Sites > Site Management.

    The Sites page appears.

  2. Click Add > On-Premise Spoke/ On-Premise Hub.

    The Add Site for Tenant-Name page appears.

  3. Specify the configuration for the on-premise site until you reach the configuration summary.
  4. Click OK.

    The status of the add operation is displayed.

Note In a Hybrid-WAN deployment, you can create spoke, local service edge, and regional service edge sites. In an SD-WAN deployment, you can create on-premise spoke, cloud spoke, cloud hub sites, and gateway sites..

5Configure the Site

After you add a site, you must configure the site.

Note You can also configure an SD-WAN on-premise spoke site using dual CPE devices. The workflow for configuring a site with a single CPE or dual CPE devices is similar. You must provide the serial number and the activation code for both the primary and the secondary devices.

Note You must select the single tenant from the scope switcher for which you want to configure the site. Optionally, click on the link in the tenant list that is the name of the tenant for which you want to create the site.

To configure a site:

  1. Click Sites > Site Management.

    The Sites page appears.

  2. Select a site and click Configure Site.

    The Configure Site page appears.

  3. Specify the configuration details for the site.
  4. Click OK to save the configuration.

    The status of the site configuration operation is displayed.

6Activate a CPE Device

After you configure a site, you must activate the device associated with the site.

Note If you have configured an SD-WAN on-premise spoke site with dual CPE devices, you must activate both the primary and the secondary devices simultaneously.

Note You must select a single tenant from the scope switcher for which you want to add the site.

To activate a site:

  1. Click Sites > Site Management.

    The Sites page appears.

  2. Click on the Site Name.

    The Site Name page appears.

  3. On Devices tab, click Activate Device to activate the device.

    The Activate Device page appears.

  4. Specify the activation details for the device.
  5. Click Finish to activate the site.

    The status of the site activation operation is displayed.

7Activate a Cloud Hub Device

To activate a cloud hub device:

  1. Click Resources > Cloud Hub Devices.

    The Cloud Hub Devices page appears.

  2. Select the device that you want to activate and click Activate Device.

    The Activate Device page appears.

  3. Specify the activation code for the device.
  4. Click Next to activate the site.

    The status of the activation operation is displayed.

6Prepare CPE Devices

The following tasks describe how to prepare CPE devices:

1Upload CPE Device and VNF Images (Distributed Only)

To upload a CPE Device or VNF image:

  1. Click Resources > Images.
  2. Click the add (+) icon.

    The Upload Image page appears.

  3. Provide the required information.
  4. Click Upload.

    The Upload Image page displays the progress of the image upload.

  5. Click OK to save the changes.

    The status of the save operation is displayed.

2Upload Licenses

To upload a license:

  1. Click Administration > Licenses.
  2. Click the add icon (+).
  3. Specify the details for the license.
  4. Click Upload.

    The Upload License page displays the progress of the license upload.

  5. Click OK to save the changes.

    The status of the save operation is displayed.

7Allocate Network Services

You must assign network services to tenants to enable them to access the network services. Before you assign network services, you must create network services in Network Service Designer. After you publish the service to the network service catalog from Network Service Designer, you can see the network service in Administration Portal. You can assign services in the following ways:

  • Assign one or more services to a single tenant:

    1. Click Tenants.

      The Tenants page appears.

    2. Select a tenant and click Allocate Network Services. Alternatively, click the Allocate Network Services link under the Assigned Services column.

      The Allocate Network Services to Tenant-Name page appears.

    3. Select the services that you want to assign to the tenant and click OK.

      You are returned to the Tenants page and the status of the assign operation is displayed.

  • Assign a service to one or more tenants:

    1. Click Configuration > Network Services.

      The Network Services page appears.

    2. Select the service that you want to assign to the tenants and click Allocate Services.

      The Select Tenant(s) to allocate the Service page appears.

    3. Select the tenants to which you want to assign the service and click OK.

      You are returned to the Network Services page. The count in the Tenants column is incremented by the number of tenants that you assigned to the service.

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