1. Can LMC-managed devices still be configured locally?
This is possible in principle, but it doesn't make much sense. The configuration stored in the LMC takes priority, and every time a configuration is rolled out, it will overwrite the configuration on the device. For any changes to be effective long term, they must be stored in the LMC. The integrated password management of the LANCOM Management Cloud ensures that all devices follow the central password policy.
2. Is it possible to integrate and manage devices from other manufacturers?
This is currently not supported.
3. Is it possible to rollback a configuration to restore a previous configuration setup?
The LANCOM Management Cloud initially writes the configurations in test mode, so that only after a configuration was successful and a connectivity check was carried out does the device finally accept the configuration.
A “snapshot” feature for multiple configuration statuses is not currently available.
4. Is it possible to import existing configuration files so that existing installations can be integrated into the LANCOM Management Cloud?
Configurations that are on the device when it connects to the LMC for the first time are incorporated without change and are saved for future configuration rollouts.
An import function for site-specific and device-specific configuration data is in preparation.
5. Is it possible to incorporate individualized device configurations into automated configurations for rollout by the LANCOM Management Cloud?
It is not possible to use an existing configuration as a basis for creating a matching SDN SMARTconfig.
6. What happens if the Cloud fails or turns off?
The devices continue to work autonomously, although during this time they cannot be monitored or reconfigured from the Cloud.
Devices can also be permanently disconnected from the Cloud and operated stand-alone (e.g. operated with LANconfig, WEBconfig or WLAN controller). A device connected to the Cloud remains permanently connected to it, even following a reset,
To disconnect a device from an instance of the Cloud, the following commands have to be executed:
LCOS-based devices (routers, access points and WLAN controllers):
WEBconfig: In the Configuration area of the LCOS menu tree SETUP > LMC, set the Operating switch to No and execute the Delete Certificates command.
Alternative: On the LCOS command line under Setup/LMC, execute the commands “do delete-certificate” and “set operating no”
For LANCOM switches, the same procedure is performed as follows:
WEBconfig: In the configuration area Configuration > LMC > Configuration, set the Operating switch to No and execute the Delete Certificates command.
Alternative: On the Switch OS command line, go to the LMC directory by entering the command “lmc”, then run the commands “delete-certificate” and “operating no”.
7. How can multiple devices be transferred to the Cloud at the same time?
As an alternative to inputting individual serial numbers and PINs, it is possible to generate an activation code for pairing multiple devices with the LMC. You do this from the Device view. LANconfig automatically lists all of the devices on the network. Just use the LMC icon in the menu bar or the context menu (right-click with the mouse) to easily and centrally connect any number of selected devices to the LMC.
8. Can I add an existing device configuration to the Cloud, or is it better to setup certain parts of the configuration again?
In general, we recommended that you give the devices a clean start and reset them before configuring them with the Cloud.
If previously configured devices are integrated into the Cloud, their individual parameters are from then on written to the individual device configuration of the Cloud, and cross-device settings can be made via the SMARTconfig of the LMC.
The SMARTconfig works in such a way that previously existing and identically named settings are updated by the LMC. So for example, if a network called INTRANET or an SSID called GUEST is already configured on the device, and a network of the same name is defined in the LMC, the SMARTconfig "wins" and overwrites those entries in the tables of the devices.
9. What happens to local changes on the devices?
In principle the Cloud is the “master system”. When a device is connected to the LMC for the first time, the local device configuration is read into the LMC.
If local changes to a Cloud-managed device (e.g. via CLI, WEBconfig or LANconfig) are made “behind the Cloud's back”, then the next time the device configuration is updated, those changes are overwritten with the device configuration from the Cloud.
10. What parameters does the LMC SMARTconfiguration create?
The individual device configuration features a button named “Display automatically generated values”. With this option enabled, all values changed by the SMARTconfig are output as read-only fields.