Because IP Availability Manager is a component of many VMware Smart Assurance deployments, IP Availability Manager has been selected as the central repository for specifying and storing device-access credentials, such as the login credentials that are required by Network Protocol Manager to perform CLI discovery and CLI polling.

When Network Protocol Manager adds IP Availability Manager as a source, Network Protocol Manager imports the device-access credentials from IP Availability Manager and makes the credentials available to the CLI discovery driver and the CLI poller.

You, as an administrator, use the Polling and Thresholds Console to specify sets of device-access credentials in the form of CLI device-access groups. Each CLI device-access group contains:

  • An access-protocol method: Telnet, SSH1, or SSH2; Telnet, by default.

  • A set of device-access credentials: a username, a user password, and a privileged-mode enable password.

  • A set of member devices for which the access method and device-access credentials apply.