Registering Your Inventory in the Disconnected Mode

Registering Your Gear in the Disconnected Mode

This Tech Tip explains how to register your hardware and software, or gear, with the Sun
Connection Inventory Channel from within a disconnected or protected network where Internet,
or cross-intranet connections, are not allowed for security and compliance reasons.

Introduction

The procedure for registering your gear in a disconnected network is similar
to that for a connected network. The difference is that for a
disconnected network there is an extra step (or two extra steps for
the client CD) to download the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager to
run as a client application and collect the data. The client application can
be either downloaded to run on a laptop computer, or as a
Java Archive (JAR) file to be burned onto a CD-ROM disk as
described below.


  • The laptop would have the client loaded, be connected to the secure
    network to collect the data, and then be reconnected to a public
    network to communicate with Sun.

  • The client CD would be installed on a machine in the secure network
    to collect the data and be used to burn a data CD that would then be
    transferred to a machine on a public network to communicate with Sun.

Either of these options can enable gear registration on a secure network.


Note - To ensure that you always have the latest version of the application
with access to the most up-to-date features, you should download the Sun
Connection Product Registration Manager to run as a client application on a
laptop computer. (A web-based client application only persists for that “session,” so you
always have the most recent and up-to-date client application. Whereas, a JAR
client remains persistent so you must remember to periodically refresh the JAR
application within the public network.) However, the web-based client option will not
work in protected networks that require the vetting of data before it enters
or leaves. In this case, you will need to download the JAR
file onto a CD.

To Download the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager for Use With a Laptop Computer

  1. Access the Sun Connection Inventory Channel with a laptop or external computer.
  2. Click the Discover Now button from Step 2.

    The live version of the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager is displayed.


    Note - Once the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager is running on a laptop
    computer, it can be moved from network to network by physically changing
    the network connections.

  3. Physically disconnect the laptop from the Internet and connect it to your
    secure network.

    You are now ready to use the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager
    client.

To Download the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager as a JAR File for Use With a CD or DVD

  1. Access https://sunconnection.sun.com/RegistrationClient/regclient.jar with a laptop or external computer.
  2. Choose Save to disk in the popup menu and provide a convenient
    directory for the file.
  3. Copy the file onto portable media.
  4. (Optional) Perform any desired vetting or certification of the file.
  5. Install the media in a device on your secure network.
  6. Run the JAR file by one of the following methods:
    • Access it from your browser.

    • Issue the java —jar regclient.jar command in a terminal window.

    You are now ready to use the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager
    client.

To Discover Your Gear

Once you have the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager client running on
your protected network, you will use it to perform a discovery of
your Sun products. The discovery record will then be transferred to a
public network to be uploaded to Sun for registration.

  1. On the first screen of the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager client
    (Locate Product Data), select the Locate Products on Local Subnet: xxx.xxx.x radio
    button and click Next.

    Typically, with a protected network you will scan only the local subnet.


    When the discovery completes, a product registration screen with a list of
    your Sun products is displayed.

  2. Save the record of discovered gear by doing one of the following:
    • Click the Save As button and save the record of discovered gear to a
      convenient location on the laptop's hard drive. Then relocate your
      laptop computer to a public network to continue the registration
      process.

    • Click the Save As button to save the record of discovered gear to storage media.

      Once the record of discovered gear is cleared to leave the protected
      network, you can load the media onto a machine on a public network to
      continue the registration process.

    Note - All saved information is in a clearly manageable XML format and you
    can scrub any data you do not wish exposed (for example, host
    names) before that data leaves the protected network.


    Note - The remaining instructions are for the reconnected laptop computer or for another
    machine with the newly loaded media that contains the record of discovered
    gear.

  3. Access the Sun Connection Inventory Channel at https://sunconnection.sun.com/inventory/.

  4. Click the Discover Now button from Step 2.

    The live version of the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager is displayed.

  5. Click the Locate Products on Other Subnets, Specific Systems or Load Previously
    Saved Data button.

    A number of new check boxes are displayed on the screen.

  6. Select the File Name check box.
  7. Click the Browse button and complete the path to the media or
    hard drive location that has the record of discovered gear, and click
    Next.

  8. Click Next.

    The Enter Sun Online Account Information screen is displayed.

  9. Enter your Sun Online Account (SOA) information by completing the appropriate choice:
    • Click I already have a Sun Online Account. Then type your user name and password.

    • Click I don't have a Sun Online Account. Sign me up! Then use the wizard to establish an SOA.


  10. If you have multiple teams, select the team to which you want to register your gear.

  11. Click Next to log in and bring up a screen that allows
    you to register your gear with Sun.

    After logging in, the Sun Connection Product Registration Manager contacts Sun to
    retrieve the registration state of each of the pieces of gear in
    your list.

    1. Choose to register some or all of the products by selecting the
      check boxes in the far right column.
    2. (Optional) Enter any desired gear tag information in the Description column for a
      selected service tag.
    3. (Optional) Click Show me all data that will be uploaded to Sun connection.

      You can view the entire XML content that will be transmitted back
      to Sun.

    4. Click View Terms of Use and select the check box if you
      agree.
    5. Click Next to register your gear with Sun.

      A Registration Complete screen is displayed.


    That's it! Now you can use the Sun Connection Inventory Channel to view, organize, and manage your gear.



More Information

For more information about Sun Connection, go to the Sun Connection information hub.

To get an inside perspective of Sun Connection, Sun Management Center software,
Sun N1 Service Provisioning System, and Sun N1 System Manager, visit the
Sun Connection blog. Contributors to this blog include members of the Sun Connection Field Enablement
team. The goal of this blog is to share information with customers
who either have already implemented or will implement these products in the
future. The blog also provides important information about training and other key
enablement activities.



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