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LEM Activation - why does QuickStart look like we activate twice

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Created by Tim Rush, last modified by Jessica Solis on Dec 19, 2017

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Why does LEM activation a two step process in the Quick Start Guide?



All LEM appliances


As part of the LEM deployment, the VM image is downloaded from Solarwinds website, along with the Quick Start Guide. Following the Quick Start Guide helps to deploy the LEM and perform the first steps toward the configuring.


The QuickStart Guide requests copying the license form the Solarwinds website, filling in contact information for the license, and selecting activate.


Next is to use either the Vsphere-console, Hyper-VB console, or putty session to the LEM for entering the "activate" command. This step is necessary to secure the LEM, and allows entering the network configurations for the LEM, which pulls a DHCP address by default.

If the netconfig command was already performed and the LEM has a static address, the command still needs to be performed.


So why do I need to perform this part of the activation?  (What does "activate" command do?)

1 - prompts you to enter a secure password for the SSH user, which requires minimum of: (6 characters, 1 upper-case, 1 lower-case, 1 number)

2 – lock down the insecure web port 8080 (port 80 redirected internally to port 8080).
     Still (always) have access using port 8443 (port 443 is redirected internally to port 8443).
     Port 80/8080 can be re-opened with the "togglehttp" SSH command.

3 – prompts you to enter network configurations (or re-enter network configurations)

4 – requests if you want to change the LEM hostname.

5 – requests to secure access to the database by users running the Reports application.
     note: will create a whitelist of computers that have access to the LEM by using the Reports application.

     The web/air console access and SSH client access can also be restricted in the same way, but with separate commands.

6 - prompts to export a certificate for using the Air-based console application.





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