On a Stand-Alone Web Appliance: Joining a Management Appliance

Use the Configuration > System > Central Management page on a stand-alone Web Appliance to join a Sophos Management Appliance.
Important
  • Joining a Web Appliance to a Sophos Management Appliance will interrupt web browsing through that Web Appliance while LDAP user and group information is copied to the Sophos Management Appliance. You should plan to join during periods of low usage for your Web Appliance.
  • In order to join a Web Appliance to a Sophos Management Appliance, both appliances must be running the same software engine versions. Check Configuration > System > Updates, and perform any necessary updates before joining.
  • By default, Sophos Management Appliances are set to Copy configuration and policy data from the first web appliance to join. When setting up a new group of appliances, be sure that the first Web Appliance that you join to your Management Appliance is an established Web Appliance with existing configuration and policy data, otherwise a new Web Appliance will set your Management Appliance configuration to that of an unconfigured Web Appliance.
  1. On the Management Appliance, select Configuration > System > Central Management. Ensure that these check boxes are selected: Allow Web Appliances to join this Management Appliance and Copy configuration and policy data from the first web appliance to join. Then ensure that the Web appliance it is joining to is the established appliance with existing configuration and policy data.
  2. On the stand-alone appliance, select Configuration > System > Central Management.
  3. In the Hostname text box, enter the hostname or IP address of the management appliance to which you want this Sophos Web Appliance joined.
  4. In the Join password text box, enter the connection password for the management appliance to which you want this Sophos Web Appliance joined.
  5. Optionally, if this Web Appliance has been in use for a significant period of time prior to joining to the Management Appliance, and you want to save and use report data, select Upload historical report data from this appliance to add this appliance's report data to the Management Appliance.
    Note
    If you do not upload historical data, it will be deleted.
  6. Click Join Management Appliance.

    As the join operation progresses, the icons in the Join status panel change to indicate the status of each stage of the operation.

    Upon a successful join of your Web Appliance to your Management Appliance, the following changes occur to the administrative web interface:

    • The options on the Configuration > System > Central Management page change to Revert to Standalone Mode
    • The Reports and Search options are removed from the Navigation bar
    • The Configuration pages are reduced in number and some are simplified in content.

    To access any of these removed features, see the administrative web interface of the Management Appliance, which is where that functionality is now controlled.