Configuring the Management Node

The Management Node is the administrative interface of the Pexip Infinity platform, from which administrators can:

  • Create and manage Conferencing Nodes.
  • Create and configure Pexip Infinity services (Virtual Meeting Rooms, Virtual Receptions and so on).
  • View platform and conference status across all Conferencing Nodes.
  • Perform active conference management functions such as dialing out to new participants, adding streaming participants, locking a conference, muting a participant’s audio and disconnecting participants. However, the Management Node does not handle any conference media or signaling.

It is deployed using a virtual machine management application such as VMware's vCenter Server, or Microsoft Hyper-V, or on a cloud service such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

The initial configuration of the Management Node was provided when Pexip Infinity was initially installed, but if necessary you can edit some of this information afterwards.

All changes to the configuration of the Management Node should be done using the Pexip Infinity Administrator interface. Do not make any changes by any other means such as VMware or SSH; doing so may cause the Pexip Infinity service to fail. In particular you must not change the IP address of the Management Node.

To change configuration of the Management Node itself, go to Platform > Management Node.

The available options are:

Option Description
Name The name used to refer to this Management Node. It is made up of the DNS Hostname and Domain suffix that were assigned to the Management Node during initial installation (when the installation wizard was run).
Description

An optional field to provide more information about the Management Node.

This defaults to the Name but you can change it here.

DNS servers Select one or more DNS servers to be used by this Management Node.
NTP servers Select one or more NTP servers to be used by this Management Node.
TLS certificate The TLS certificate to use on this node.
Configured FQDN An optional identity for this Management Node. It is used by the web interface when indicating its own identity, for example when it needs to redirect to another page on itself. The name can be the same as its existing hostname.domain. If configured, the name must match an identity in the Management Node's TLS certificate.
IPv6 address The IPv6 address for this Management Node.
Gateway IPv6 address

The IPv6 address of the default gateway.

If this is left blank, the Management Node will listen for IPv6 Router Advertisements in order to obtain a gateway address.

Static routes From the list of Available Static routes, select the routes to assign to the node, and then use the right arrow to move the selected routes into the Chosen Static routes list. For more information, see Managing static routes.
MTU

(Maximum Transmission Unit) — the size of the largest packet that can be transmitted via the network interface of the Management Node. It depends on the settings of your firewall rules as to whether you may need to specify an MTU value here.

If the Management Node is running in Google Cloud Platform, the MTU must not be higher than 1460 bytes.

Enable SSH

Determines whether this node can be accessed over SSH.

Use Global SSH setting: SSH access to this node is determined by the global Enable SSH setting (Platform > Global settings > Enable SSH).

Off: this node cannot be accessed over SSH, regardless of the global Enable SSH setting.

On: this node can be accessed over SSH, regardless of the global Enable SSH setting.

Default: Use Global SSH setting.

You can also change the Management Node's SNMP settings (see Enabling SNMP for more information):

Option Description
SNMP mode

Configures the SNMP mode for the selected node:

Off: SNMP is disabled. You will not be able to use SNMP to query the node for its status.

SNMPv2c read-only: enables insecure, read-only access.

SNMPv3 read-only: enables secure, read-only access, using the authPriv security level with SHA1 authentication and AES 128-bit encryption.

When enabled, access is provided to the basic RFC 1213 MIB-II tree (1.3.6.1.2.1).

Default: Off.

SNMP community

The SNMP group to which this node belongs. This setting applies to SNMPv2c only.

Default: public

SNMPv3 username The node's SNMPv3 username, used to authenticate SNMPv3 requests.
SNMPv3 privacy password

The node's SNMPv3 privacy password used for encrypting messages between the node and the management station.

AES encryption must be used; DES is not supported.

SNMPv3 authentication password

The node's SNMPv3 authentication password, used to authenticate the associated username.

The SHA authentication protocol must be used; MD5 is not supported.

SNMP system contact The contact details (for example, email address) of the person responsible for this particular node.
SNMP system location A description of the node's location.

If you want SNMP traps to be sent from the Management Node to a particular SNMP Network Management System (NMS), select the NMS from the SNMP NMS drop-down menu:

Option Description
SNMP NMS

The Network Management System to which the Management Node sends SNMP traps. If you have not already added the SNMP NMS, you can do so now by clicking .

Note that Pexip Infinity does not currently support traps with SNMPv3. If traps are required, use SNMPv2c.

Other details of the Management Node that cannot be changed via the Administrator interface are also shown on this page for your information, as follows:

Option Description
IPv4 address The IPv4 address of the Management Node.
Network mask The IPv4 network mask of the Management Node.
Gateway IPv4 address The IPv4 address of the default gateway.
Hostname The DNS hostname of the Management Node.
Domain The DNS domain of the Management Node.

If you need to change any of the hostname/addressing information, you must do so by Re-running the installation wizard.

To perform other maintenance tasks such as changing the IP address of the Management Node or moving the Management Node to a different host server, see Moving, restoring or changing the IP address of the Management Node.

To configure platform-wide settings, see About global settings.