Chapter 1. Enabling access to browser interfaces

Control Center and Resource Manager have independent browser interfaces that are served by independent web servers. Both web servers are configured to use SSL/TLS communications.

The Control Center web server listens at the hostname of the Control Center master host and port 443. For a Control Center master host with the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) cc-master.example.com, the hostname URL is https://cc-master. You can substitute an IP address for the hostname portion of the URL.

The Resource Manager web server can listen at port public endpoints and virtual host public endpoints.

  • A port public endpoint is a combination of the IP address or hostname of the Control Center master host and a port number. The default configuration of Resource Manager does not include any port public endpoints. If the Control Center master host has more than one interface, you can configure port public endpoints with different hostnames. Also, you can disable TLS communications for a port public endpoint.

    To use a port public endpoint to gain access to the Resource Manager browser interface, no additional network name resolution entries are required. The default entries for the network interfaces of the Control Center master host are sufficient.

  • The default virtual host public endpoint is the text zenoss5 prepended to the hostname of the Control Center master host and port 443. For the FQDN cc-master.example.com, the URL of the default virtual host public endpoint is https://zenoss5.cc-master:50443. You can change the name of the default virtual host and configure additional virtual host public endpoints.

    To use a virtual host public endpoint to gain access to the Resource Manager browser interface, you must add name resolution entries for the virtual host to the DNS servers in your environment or to the hosts files of individual client systems.

The following sections provide additional information about public endpoints, and instructions for creating public endpoints and configuring virtual hostname resolution.