SSH Tectia

Component Terminology

The following terms are used throughout the documentation.

Distribution Server

Distribution Servers enable managing very large environments (over two thousand hosts). Distribution Servers act as management connection proxies for the managed hosts, concentrating management connections and caching binaries and configuration files for distribution. They are low-maintenance software components with no management database or user interface, and can be deployed and configured by the Management Server.

host key distribution

Host key distribution is a mechanism for automatic distribution of the server host public keys that are used for server authentication when an SSH Tectia Client connects to an SSH Tectia Server.

Initial Configuration Block (ICB)

ICB is a configuration file required by the Management Agent. It contains parameters for the initial connection to the Management Server. The ICB is created by the Management Server and should be delivered to the managed host along with the Management Agent.

initial Management Agent deployment

This refers to the installation of Management Agents to remote hosts. The deployment can be done manually, or remotely via SSH Tectia Manager, or via an existing third-party software deployment mechanism. Further Management Agent upgrades are performed via the management connection.

initial Management Server configuration

This refers to the initial configuration of the Management Server after the installation. The initial configuration is done using a web-based configuration wizard. At this time, the database and the administration interface are set up, and a superuser administrator account is created for SSH Tectia Manager.

Management Agent

The Management Agent is a software component installed on a managed host machine. The Management Agent is responsible for communicating with the Management Server, and installing, upgrading, monitoring, and controlling the SSH Tectia software on the host, according to the commands from the Management Server. The Management Agent runs transparently in the background on the managed host, as a daemon on Unix hosts and as a service on Windows hosts.

management connection

Management connection refers to the connection between the Management Server and Management Agent. It is used to secure the Management Protocol traffic. The connection is initiated by the Management Agent. The connection is secured by TLS.

managed host

Managed hosts are servers, workstations, or laptops running SSH Tectia software, which is centrally managed by SSH Tectia Manager. To enable management, the Management Agent component is installed on the managed hosts.

Management Protocol

Management Protocol is the protocol used for communication between the Management Server and Management Agent.

Management Server

The Management Server runs the management logics, stores the configuration and environment information, and provides management communications to the managed hosts.

SSH Tectia administrator

An SSH Tectia administrator is a person with access rights to the SSH Tectia Manager administration interface. SSH Tectia administrators administer and manage the SSH Tectia client/server security solution environment via SSH Tectia Manager.