Importing OpenSSH Configurations

Existing OpenSSH configurations can be imported to Tectia Manager and placed under central management.

  1. Go to Configurations → Edit configurations and select the OpenSSH tab.

  2. Click Import from managed hosts.

  3. Select the host group from where to import the OpenSSH configurations, and click Start import. Note that any Host Group in any Host View can be selected here. In case you select a group with no OpenSSH hosts, Tectia Manager will give an error about not finding any configurations to import.

  4. Tectia Manager looks for OpenSSH configurations on the managed hosts belonging to the selected group, and lists the findings from each host in the Retrieved configurations view.

    Configurations found on the hosts

    Figure 11.9. Configurations found on the hosts

    The found OpenSSH configuration files are shown as links next to the host name. You can view the configuration file by clicking the link, but this does not import the file, yet.

  5. The Analysis section shows a summary of how many configurations were found and how many different ones are among them.

  6. In the Action section, select what to perform on the detected OpenSSH configurations. You have three actions to choose from:

    • To cancel the import operation, click Cancel.

    • Select Only create configurations to create a managed configuration for each different configuration that was found so that no duplicates are created. This action does not assign any of the configurations to any of the hosts, it only creates the configuration objects.

      Use this action if you want to examine the configurations first and plan the assignments and group structure separately.

    • Select Do import, assignments and moving of hosts for the easy path to bring unmanaged configurations under Tectia Manager management - with minimal user effort. This action:

      • Creates the configuration objects

      • Assigns the configurations to the hosts they were retrieved from so that the configurations on the hosts become managed.

      • Creates a new host group for each configuration and moves the hosts into the configuration groups, but preserves all other pre-existing assignments.


    Before assigning configurations, check their validity carefully, as faulty settings may stop the OpenSSH client and server from running!

    The configuration will be deployed to the hosts as is.

    Make sure also that any re-used OpenSSH configurations are compatible with the OpenSSH versions on the target hosts.