Authentication Manager

The Authentication Manager lets you create and manage Authentication Objects, and, in the detail panels in its lower half, displays the devices associated with those authentications. These authentication objects let the application establish a set of credentials for various network elements, including login IDs and passwords. These restrict access to certain functions and/or information to authorized users.

Figure 16-8  Authentication Manager

As with most managers, you can filter the authentication objects listed with the Filter at the top of the screen. Right click a listed authentication object, or click the Action button to display the following menu items:

New -- Opens an editor (see Creating and Modifying Authentication Objects, the next section).

Open -- Edits a selected authentication object (see Authenticator Editor).

Print -- Create an Acrobat report of the items displayed in the inventory (change the filter and click Go to change this display). You must have the free Acrobat reader installed for this to function. See www.adobe.com to download and install this application.

Delete -- Removes the selected authentication object from those listed.

Import / Export -- This appears in the menu accessible in the Action button, and imports / exports information about all authentications as a text file. Exported files can serve as backups or as seed files, and can be imported by clients running on other servers.

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The exported file exposes passwords in plain text.

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This report limits the number of columns to those that can fit on a single page width.

Help -- Opens the help for this screen.