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VMS Monitor problems

Hi there,

I have just installed VMS as we want to monitor and confiure our IDS's using this.

I installed it the "Correct Cisco way" That is putting the monitor on one Sever and the IDS Managament Consol on the other.

I have manually added in all the sensors into the Management consol, but when I look at the Monitor->Device Status, all the 76 Sensors that I have added there says its "not connected".

I used the option that the monitor should pick up the Postoffice protocols from the sensors.

I can PIng the sensors, ssh o the sensor, etc, etc, etc But that darn thing is still showing that it is "Not Connected"

Where do I start to trouble shoot?

Thanks a ton

Mike

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Cisco Employee

Re: VMS Monitor problems

Hi Mike,

You got the answer right there in your post. The sensors should be pointing to the Security Monitor box and not the MC as the events are sent to the SecMon and the Postoffice runs between the sensors and the SecMon.

Log onto the sensor as root and run sysconfig-sensor, option 6 and enter the SecMon details for the IDS Manager part of this config.

Thanks,

yatin

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Cisco Employee

Re: VMS Monitor problems

Hi Mike,

What version are these sensors on? The 3.x version are the Postoffice based sensors. If they are 4.0, then they should be RDEP category.

Are these sensors added into the Security Monitor? Is that where they show "not connected"

How about from the IDSMC --> Configuration-->From TOC, select the sensor------> Settings--> Identification---> Query. Does it without any error?

Thanks,

yatin

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Re: VMS Monitor problems

Hi there, the IDS version is 3.1(2)S28 so it should use PostOffice Protocol. When I added the sensor to the Monitor, I ticked the box that says Discover PostOffice Settings using SSH: . I gave the correct User Name and password. So it should pick up the correct PostOffice settings, just in case someone changed the default port 45000.

I See the Not connected in the Monitor under " Monitor---> Device Status "

You see when I added it I get no problems at all, BUT all the sensor under this menu shows that they are not connected.

I configured the access list on the sensors to allow for the monitor to speak to it, and can ssh from the monitor to the sensor, so it rules out a connectivity problem.

I also see no problems on the IDSMC ---> Configuration-->From TOC, select the sensor------> Settings--> Identification---> Query.

It comes up with the correct details of the sensor.

Thanks for helping

Mike

Cisco Employee

Re: VMS Monitor problems

The "Not Connected" status is most likely a miss-match config on the PostOffice parameters, e.g. the host id, org id, org name, etc.

Please check the same on the sensor by getting into sysconfig-sensor, option 6.

Match that with the info from

Security Monitor---> Admin----->SystemConfiguration----->Postoffice settings.

If the parameters are correct, then delete the sensro and add itt back into the Security Monitor by specifying the Postoffice parameters rather than trying to disconver them.

Thanks,

yatin

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Re: VMS Monitor problems

Hi Yatin

I checked the Post Office Parameters, they all seem fine on the Monitor.

The thing on the sensors are that they are all pointing to the MC. Is there a setting on the IDS's that I can set to say that it should communicate with the Monitor as well?

You see the thing is that we set up VMS with Cisco's recomendation, that is to put the MC on one Box and the Monitor on the other. I have tested it by putting both the monitor as well as the MC on the same box and it works. But when I put them on different boxes they seemed to be messed up.

Thanks

Mike

Cisco Employee

Re: VMS Monitor problems

Hi Mike,

You got the answer right there in your post. The sensors should be pointing to the Security Monitor box and not the MC as the events are sent to the SecMon and the Postoffice runs between the sensors and the SecMon.

Log onto the sensor as root and run sysconfig-sensor, option 6 and enter the SecMon details for the IDS Manager part of this config.

Thanks,

yatin

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Re: VMS Monitor problems

Great stuff !!!!

It works !!! Its connected and it works.

But now I am abit confused, How does the Sensors now know that it is managed by the VMS MC that is sitting on a different server ???

Thanks a ton

Cisco Employee

Re: VMS Monitor problems

The sensor doesn't have to know what box is managing it. The MC server needs to know though as any config changes are initiated from the MC to the sensor.

Hope that helps,

Thanks,

yatin

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