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CMDB

The "Configuration Managament Database" (CMDB) is an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) database, that stores information about hardware and software assets.
There are three options to store a device in the database:
  1. Installing an Agent, which automatically stores all neccesary information in the Hardware list.
  2. Enter the information manually with the "create" button in the XEOX User Interface. Hostname, Site and Hardware Type are mandatory, while other further information is optional.
  3. Import all information from a CSV file.

Update Center

In the "Update Center" module is every information for every device displayed, that needs updates. You can see the Following fields:
  • a color code, that shows you the overall state of the device
  • Updates -> how many updates are available and not done yet
  • Hostname
  • Last Update -> Shows when the last update was done (it usually also reboots so too many are bad)
  • Device state -> shows if the device is on or offline and if it is online since when
  • Free Disk Space on the device
  • Comments -> in case you need to clarify something
  • Hardware Type
  • Hardware Class -> for example server, desktop a.s.o.
  • Site Name
  • Agent Version -> shows which agent version is installed

Job Center

In the module "Job Center" is a list of "To do - Jobs", if an agent is installed on the device. You are also able to create a Job manually, for example you create a job that reboots the hardware after an update. You can define the exact time you want the job to happen (daily, weekly, monthly).

Port-Based NAC

Port-Based Network Access Control (also reffered to as "Port-Based NAC" or "PNAC"), is a security solution and prohibits access to the network by devices that are not registered. Second to the limited access for the safe network the "PNAC" checks if patches and updates on the client are needed.
If a device is not in the database, it will automatically moved to the guest network, if there is a fuction implemented that allows this to happen. This function can be implemented on the switch or on a submitted port. Even so this function decreases the security, because everyone can have access to the assigned network and is therefore not recommended. If you decide to use this function it will connect with the server. After it is connected, patches and/or updates will follow and alarm messages will send the information to the IT department.
To add a new computer for the database you need to enter de VLAN the MAC-Address and the Site. To have an overview to every component, every switch was added in the "PNAC" modul, in the "Active Network Componets" field to be exact. You have to enter the IP address and the name of the switch so that the radius server can assign a reguest to a switch or a switchgroup. You can define new sets of rules for access on the switchgoups.
Most of the time one or two Vlans are defined in a small company. One for intern purposes and one for the guests, if you decide to implement this feature. The VLAN is, based on the device, automatically assigned to the switch-port. This makes sure, that the device is alsways in the correct VLAN. The VLAN configuration is on the switch1, but you also have to add it in the "PNAC". Unknown devices are either rejected or, as already mentioned, has its own VLAN, the guest VLAN.

Reporting

In the "Reporting" module are information about the state of the hardware classes, agent versions, missing updates, installed patches, antivirus report and the active directory report graphically displayed.

Other Modules

Security Module

The main-IT-task in a company is having full control over a network. Besides the restrictions for the access in the network, the installations and updates, has "XEOX" the task, to protect devices from threats. They manage that with the "Security Center" module.

IP Plan Module

For a better overview are all subnetworks, NAT tables and DNS tables in the "IP Plan" module registered. You can see the IPv4-area under the "Subnet" and all statically created IPv4 addresses under the "IP Plan" filed. All switches, router, printer and plotter get the static IP addresses. The telephone also gets a static IP but on the port where it is connected with the switch is no "PNAC" configuration.

Subnet Configuration Module

When creating subnets you have the possibility to add Configuration variables which can be referenced in some Job actions.
 
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