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Configuring Data Source Templates

You can develop one or more templates in Juniper Identity Management Service to support the grouping of events or info source configurations. This grouping facilitates the configuration of a specific data source. A template is a way to share common configuration attributes across items within a homogeneous collection. You need not have to re-enter the attributes for each configuration instance. Templates allow configurations to share common data.

A template provides default setting references to create an instance. A special ID is a single reference that is utilized by multiple configuration items within a type of collection (for example, event source or info source).

For example, you can specify a login ID and password in a data source template (such as for event sources). Assign that template across all SRX Series devices that require the same login credentials. Utilizing a template allows you to copy the configuration and only re-enter the password for the specific template.

Configuration of PC probes in a data source template is not supported.

Consider the following while using templates:

  • The IP address or server name is not included in the template.

  • It is not necessary that a template contains all attributes. JIMS works with a subset of attributes. The attributes that are not included in the template must be provided in the configuration that utilizes the template.

The fields in the template does not override the original fields configured for the specific data source without a template. Clear the original fields configured for the data source if you want to use the template fields.

This section includes the following topics:

Creating a Data Source Template

To create a data source template for an event or info source configuration:

  1. In the navigation pane, select Data Sources. Perform one of the following actions:
    • Click the Event Sources tab if you want to create an event data source template.

    • Click the Info Sources tab if you want to create an Active Directory data source template.

    • Click the Syslog Sources tab if you want to create a remote syslog server data source template.

  2. In the Configured Templates pane (bottom pane), click Add. The Add Template Configuration dialog box appears.

    Cick an existing template in the configured templates list to pre-populate the template information in the Add Template Configuration dialog box with attributes. Hold down the Shift key while pressing Add. The attribute values from the selected template appear in the Add Template Configuration dialog box with a yellow background. You can enter a name for the new template.

  3. Complete the configuration as described in one of the following topics:

    As you are typing in a new template name, if the input matches a template name that is already in use in the JIMS server for the configuration, the background turns red. JIMS does not allow you to save the template.

    If the template name is unique, the background turns green. You can save the template.

    Note the following about templates:

    • Template fields can be left blank. In this case, the field needs to be defined in the client configuration utilizing the template.

    • Check box buttons display a black box if that check box is unused. This behavior is valid for templates if you do not want to specify a default value.

    • Once a template is created with a specific name, that name cannot be modified. The Edit Template Configuration page displays the name as a read-only text field.

    • If you want to delete a template, ensure that the template is no longer in use before you delete it. You receive an error from the JIMS server if you attempt to delete a template that is still in use.

  4. Click OK to save the settings. The new template appears in the Configured Templates list.

Modifying a Data Source Template

To modify a data source template for an event or info source configuration:

  1. In the navigation pane, select Data Sources. Perform one of the following actions:
    • Click the Event Sources tab if you want to modify an event data source template.

    • Click the Info Sources tab if you want to modify an Active Directory data source template.

    • Click the Syslog Sources tab if you want to modify a remote syslog server data source template.

  2. In the Configured Templates pane (bottom pane), click Edit. The Edit Template Configuration page appears.

    The attribute values from the selected template appear in the Edit Template Configuration dialog box with a yellow background. If it is a default value, the value appears with a blue background.

    When you add Active Directory Template and subsequently edit an Active Directory configuration (non-Template), you see the Active Directory configuration attribute value with a white background until you save the configuration.

  3. Modify the configuration as described in one of the following topics:
  4. Click OK to save the settings. The modified template appears in the Configured Templates list.

    If you modify the domain alias configuration and click OK, because of the changes made to the Active Directory configuration, the domain alias portion of the template is merged into the Active Directory configuration. Any subsequent changes to the template does not affect the domain alias configuration.

Selecting a Template for Configuring a Data Source

To select a template for the configuration of multiple data sources:

  1. In the navigation pane, select Data Sources. Perform one of the following actions:
    • Click the Event Sources tab if you want to select a template an event data source.

    • Click the Info Sources tab if you want to select a template for an Active Directory data source.

    • Click the Syslog Sources tab if you want to select a template for a remote syslog server data source.

  2. In the Configured Sources pane (top pane), click Add. The Add Source Configuration page appears.
  3. Select an existing template from the Template drop-down list. You can either keep the template values or make modifications.

    Once you override the domain aliases, the domain aliases in the template are not used. The aliases configured for the specific Active Directory takes precedence.

    If you do not use any domain aliases for one set of configurations, but still want to use the other template parameters (without change in the original template), you must duplicate the template with a new name and remove the old domain aliases from the new template.

  4. To make modification to the values from the selected template, see one of the following topics:
  5. Click OK to save the settings. The selected template appears in the Configured Sources list.