Cross-posting here (it's in the security forum too) to get the LMS perspective. Plus this forum seems to be more heavily trafficked. ;-)
Any folks with both LMS & CSM... what's your experience been like with integration?
Do you prefer to have CSM slave its DCR to LMS? Use LMS's RME vs a separate one, or split it out into separate un-integrated DCRs?
e.g. one-DCR-to-rule-them-all, or just R/S in LMS, PIX/ASA/FWSM/IDSM/MARS in CSM. or not. or something else. or or or ...
Pros? Cons? What is gained/what is lost?
Consider the workload of maintaining two distinct inventories (not to mention two revs of the LMS backend (CS, RME) since CSM isn't up to par with the v3.1 LMS guts), the loss of integrated event repositories, duplication of RSAC, confused user experience with two GUIs, etc.
I'm trying to make a decision as to which way to go. If you've been-there-done-that, could you share your experience.
You can slave CSM to LMS, but not the other way around. The server with the highest version of Common Services MUST ALWAYS be the master. We do have a few customers doing this with CSM and CUOM, and it works well for them. If you're going to be managing the same sets of devices in both servers, it pays to keep one device and credentials list.
If it were me, I wouldn't put RME on the CSM server. Just use RME 4.2 from LMS 3.1. Integrate the two servers with DCR and Single Sign On, and register the CSM apps within LMS 3.1. Tell your users to use the LMS 3.1 server as their jumping-off point.
You can access the Device Information page from the Add Device from DCR wizard. Click the Add button in the Device selector, select Add Device from DCR, then click Next.
I don't get an "Add Device from DCR" option (see attachment).
THe only option I seem to have related to DCR is the "Add Device From File", which requires doing an export from DCR to a CSV file - not very secure for a security product as the DCR export contains all the device credentials!
Have I missed a step or doing something wrong not to get this option?
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