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Add the vSmart Controller to the Overlay Network

After you create a minimal configuration for the vSmart controller, you must add it to overlay network by making the vManage NMS aware of the controller. When you add a vSmart controller, a signed certificate is generated and is used to validate and authenticate the controller.

The vManage NMS can support up to 20 vSmart controllers in the network.

Add a vSmart Controller and Generate Certificate

To add a vSmart controller to the network, automatically generate the CSR, and install the signed certificate:​

  1. In vManage NMS, select the Configuration ► Devices screen.
  2. In the Controllers tab, click Add Controller and select vSmart.

6. In the Add vSmart dialog box:

  1. Enter the system IP address of the vSmart controller.
  2. Enter the username and password to access the vSmart controller.
  3. Select the protocol to use for control-plane connections. The default is DTLS.
  4. If you select TLS, enter the port number to use for TLS connections. The default is 23456.
  5. Select the Generate CSR checkbox to allow the certificate-generation process to occur automatically.
  6. Click Add.

vManage NMS automatically generates the CSR, retrieves the generated certificate, and installs it on the vSmart controller. The new controller is listed in the Controller table with the controller type, hostname of the controller, IP address, site ID, and other details.

Verify Certificate Installation

To verify that the certificate is installed on a vSmart controller:

  1. In vManage NMS, select the Configuration ► Devices screen.
  2. In the Controllers table, select the row listing the new controller, and check the Certificate Status column to ensure that the certificate has been installed.

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