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Mass Configuration of Users and User Preferences on Network Management Card 2 (NMC2) v6.X.X

Published date: 20 December 2019

Mass Configuration of Users and User Preferences on Network Management Card 2 and 3
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Issue
How do I mass configure/bulk upload user configuration information on Network Management Card 2 and 3? NOTE: This is no longer done via the config.ini file.

Product Line
  • Network Management Card 2 - AP9630/30CH, AP9631/31CH, AP9635/35CH
Devices with an embedded Network Management Card 2 include (but are not limited to): 2G Metered/Switched Rack PDUs (AP84XX, AP86XX, AP88XX, AP89XX), Certain Audio/Video Network Management Enabled products. 
  • Network Management Card 3 – AP9640, AP9641

Environment
  • Network Management Card 2 v6.X.X firmware
  • Users wishing to add Network Management Card 2/3 (NMC2/NMC3) local users in bulk and/or via a configuration file via FTP/SCP.
  • Users wishing to add users via script using local serial console, Telnet or SSH

Cause

In NMC2 firmware v6.0.6, user configuration/modification is no longer supported or available via the config.ini file. This functionality can now be accomplished via a .csf file which can be uploaded to the NMC2 via FTP or SCP. INIUtil-v3, available in Knowledge Base article FA156117 for uploading/download config.ini files in bulk, will now support uploading .csf files (since they cannot be downloaded).  Alternatively, a user can write a script to create users via the CLI (which is accessible via the local serial console, Telnet, or SSH).

Resolution

The user can use a .csf configuration file to be uploaded to the NMC2/NMC3 via FTP or SCP. Alternatively, these instructions can be used by the user to create a script which can be used with the NMC2/NMC3 via local serial console, telnet, or SSH.

https://www.se.com/library/SCHNEIDER_ELECTRIC/ITB/NAM/ITB_US/Tiger_NE/note_exclamation.jpgNOTE: Secure Copy (SCP) users - please review Knowledge Base article FA235654 for important information prior to proceeding.

The NMC2/NMC3 offers a "default settings" configuration (which is available in the config.ini file as well as all of the other NMC2/NMC3 interfaces - review Knowledge Base article FA175982 for a known issue) which can serve as a template for adding users. If many of your users will have the same preferences (which are now configurable on a per-user basis), you can modify these settings first so that your .csf file requires less data. You can also still configure preferences individually via the .csf file.

To configure the Default User Settings that will apply to most, if not all, of your local users follow the Configuration > Security > Local Users > Default Settings navigation path in the Web UI. See below.