You can view the overall status of the AppDefense Appliance using the Appliance Dashboard. You can also register to vCenter Server, configure overall upgrade strategy, can collect troubleshooting logs and so on.

  1. Log in to the AppDefense Appliance VA GUI at https://<appliance ip address> using the admin credentials or using the vSphere user credentials.

    You can log in using the vSphere user credentials only when the AppDefense Appliance is registered to the vCenter Server.

    The Appliance Dashboard appears as a default home page. By default, session timeout for AppDefense Appliance is 30 minutes.

By default, the AppDefense Appliance time zone is UTC and cannot be changed.

By default, password for AppDefense Appliance expires in 90 days after the deployment. You can reset the password for AppDefense Appliance when your password is about to get expired or has already expired. For details, refer to How to Reset Password For AppDefense Appliance Administrator.

Appliance Dashboard

Appliance Dashboard displays details about the AppDefense Appliance performance indicators like CPU, memory, storage, and network details. To view the detailed health status of each service that is running on the AppDefense Appliance, click Service Wise Status. The health status of the service is indicated with the following colors:

  • Green: Service is installed and up.
  • Red: Service is installed, but down. You can navigate to the Troubleshooting tab, and collect logs for the service which is down.

Table 1. AppDefense Appliance Services
Service Description
Appliance management Manages overall functions of the AppDefense Appliance like,
  • CPU, memory, and storage details.
  • Network information.
  • Read or update the TLS certificates.
  • Time details.
  • Appliance upgrade.
  • Export logs and view metrics.
Cloud management Manages connectivity with the AppDefense Manager.
Install upgrade management Manages to install and upgrade bundles for AppDefense plug-in, AppDefense Host Module, and AppDefense Guest Module. Also manages upgrade bundles for AppDefense Appliance.
User interface Manages AppDefense Appliance and AppDefense plug-in user interface.
vCenter management Manages connectivity and all interactions with the vCenter Server and NSX Data Center.
Alarm management Manages the behaviors reported by the AppDefense Host Module on the AppDefense Dashboard and VM Monitor tab in the vSphere Client.
Gateway server Gateway is the DMZ (demilitarized zone) service present in the AppDefense Appliance. It is a gatekeeper which authenticates all the inbound connections to the AppDefense Appliance services and forward it to the respective services for processing.
Provisioning management

Manages integration with the provisioning systems like Puppet and Ansible.

User management Manages the authentication, authorization, and access control for a user.

AppDefense Appliance Tabs

You can configure the AppDefense Appliance using tabs under the Configuration section.

Tabs Description
Registration Use the Registration tab to register AppDefense Appliance with vCenter Server, and NSX Data Center. You can select the required connectivity mode with AppDefense Manager, and configure the vCenter SSO lookup service.
General Use the General tab to configure the NTP settings to synchronize time with the vCenter Server. For details, refer to Configure NTP Server Settings.

You can also enable the FIPS mode and select the check boxes for the required TLS protocol version for the server and the client.

When you enable the FIPS mode, any secure communication to or from the AppDefense Appliance uses a cryptographic algorithm and protocols that are allowed by the United States Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS).

Upgrade Use the Upgrade tab to define your overall upgrade strategy. For details, refer to the Upgrade section.
Network Use the Network details tab to view your network settings.

Use the Proxy tab to add or edit your proxy server details.

Provisioning tools The Provisioning tools tab is applicable only for the AppDefense Service (SaaS) connectivity mode.
  • Use the Puppet tab to configure Puppet with AppDefense.
  • Use the Ansible tab to configure Ansible with AppDefense.
Troubleshoot Use the Troubleshoot tab to search logs, change the log level settings, exporting different logs to troubleshoot any problem.

For details, refer to Monitoring and Searching Logs With AppDefense Appliance.