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Method and System for Automated Staging of Wireless Controllers Using a Temporary Centralized Licensing Server

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247839D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed that provides an automated staging of wireless controllers when there are no licenses activated on a device having security configuration commands. The method and system provides a temporary issuance of licenses to allow for the security and site specific commands to be applied during staging.

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Method and System for Automated Staging of Wireless Controllers Using a Temporary Centralized Licensing Server

Certain wireless controllers are shipped from the factory without any licenses. The devices as such require two licenses namely an Access Point (AP) license which allows Access Points (APs) to associate with the controllers in the devices and a Policy Enforcement Firewall-Next Generation (PEF-NG) license which is a security license which allows the application of security related commands, including all Service Set Identifier (SSID) and site specific configuration.

If a configuration that contains security commands is applied and if there are no licenses activated on a device, the configuration commands fail to be applied. This creates a need to 'manually' activate and apply the licenses to the controllers and precludes the ability to automate the staging of equipment.

Disclosed is a method and system that provides an automated staging of wireless controllers when there are no licenses activated on a device having security configuration commands. The method and system provides a temporary issuance of licenses to allow for the security and site specific commands to be applied during staging. Additionally, the method and system provides a web server to issue license certificates that are then activated and the final, permanent, license keys are then applied during integration.

The method and system splits the implementation into two primary phases namely staging and integration.

In the staging phase environment, a wireless controller is configured as a centralized licensing server and a net...