Setting up a centrally managed system

Prerequisites

Procedure

  1. Configure the parent node:
    1. Log into the instance of Smoothwall that you want to function as the parent node.
    2. On the SYSTEM menu, under the Central management submenu, click Settings.
    3. Under the Local node options section, from Node role select "Parent".
    4. Select the Node identification method:
      • To allow each individual node to use their own IP address or host name, select the Use individual node setting option.
      • To use a specified host name instead of the individual node's host name for redirect requests, select the All nodes use the host name option and enter the host name that you want to use.
    5. Under the Manage central management keys section, click Download and save the key in a secure location.
    6. Click Save.
  2. Configure the child node:
    1. From the Smoothwall Filter and Firewall hardware appliance that you want to add as a child node, on the SYSTEM menu, under the Central management submenu, click Settings.
    2. Under the Local node options section, from Node role, select "Child".
    3. Under the Manage central management keys section, click Choose File and open the file that you downloaded from the parent node.
    4. Click Save.

Note: If you're reconfiguring a child node to be the child of a new parent, reboot the child node to apply the changes.

Follow-up tasks

Add the child node details to the parent node:

  1. On the SYSTEM menu, under the Administration submenu, click Admin options.
  2. Select SSH so it's turned on, click Save.
  3. On the SYSTEM menu, under the Central management submenu, click Child nodes.
  4. Click Add node and enter the child node details and click Confirm.
  5. Repeat the previous steps on any other Smoothwall Filter and Firewall hardware appliances that you want to use as child nodes.

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About central management system settings

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