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AlienVault® USM Appliance™

Configure the USM Appliance Hardware

You can manage the USM Appliance hardware either locally or remotely, through the IPMI or HPE iLO interface. Enabling remote management adds the ability to access the appliance if the operation system is not responsive or does not allow access from the network.

Configure the USM Appliance Hardware Locally

To manage the USM Appliance hardware locally, you must connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to the machine.

Starting from version 5.4, AlienVault ships USM Appliance hardware built on Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) ProLiant Gen9 Servers. All prior versions of USM Appliance hardware are built on Supermicro servers. For detailed hardware specifications, see the USM Appliance data sheet on the AlienVault website.

To connect to the USM Appliance hardware locally

  1. Make sure that the appliance is powered off.

    The power switch is located on the opposite side of the appliance from the cable ports.

  2. On the rear of the appliance, connect the monitor cable to the VGA port, as applicable.

    • Rear view of USM Appliance on Supermicro servers

      rear view of USM Appliance All-in-One Supermicro

    • Rear view of USM Appliance on HPE ProLiant Gen9 Servers

      rear view of USM Appliance All-in-One HPE

  3. Connect the keyboard and mouse.
  4. Connect one end of an Ethernet cable to the Eth0 port, which is reserved for Administrative setup, and the other to the network switch.
  5. Cable the two power cables to each of the power ports on the left-rear side of the appliance and plug the other ends into a power strip.
  6. Power on the appliance and turn on the monitor.

    The monitor displays the USM Appliance login screen. See Access the AlienVault Setup Menu for details.

Configure the USM Appliance Hardware through IPMI

Some USM Appliance hardware is built on Supermicro with IPMI utilities. IPMI (Intelligence Platform Management Interface) enables the monitoring and controlling of servers from remote locations. In this section, we cover the following topics:

For more details on IPMI, see the IPMI User's Guide on the Supermicro website.

Configure the USM Appliance Hardware through HPE iLO

Starting from version 5.4, AlienVault ships USM Appliance hardware built on Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) ProLiant Gen9 Servers. Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) is a remote server management processor embedded on the system boards of these servers. HPE iLO enables the monitoring and controlling of servers from remote locations. For security concerns, the USM Appliance hardware provided by HPE has iLO disabled by default. You need to enable HPE iLO from the BIOS before you can use it. And should you choose to do it, AlienVault recommends that you restrict access to HPE iLO by configuring a secure virtual LAN (VLAN), and make sure that the VLAN is connected to a secure network.

In this section, we discuss the following topics:

For more details on HPE iLO, see the HPE iLO 4 User Guide on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website.