Delegate host authentication

Control Center uses RSA key pairs to create the authentication tokens that are required for all delegate communications. When you add a host to a resource pool, the serviced instance on the master host creates a private key for the delegate and bundles it with its own public key. The serviced instance on the delegate host uses the bundle to sign messages with its unique tokens.

Key bundles are installed by using an SSH connection or a file.

  • The command to add a host to a pool can initiate an SSH connection with the delegate and install the key bundle. This option is the most secure, because no file is created. However, it requires either public key authentication or password authentication between the master and delegate hosts.
  • When no SSH connection is requested, the command to add a host to a pool creates a file containing the key bundle. You can move the key bundle file to the delegate host with any file transfer method, and then install it on the delegate.

The following procedures demonstrate how to add a host to a resource pool and install its key bundle.