Middleware Tech

April 5, 2010

Installing the new DataPower Appliance

Filed under: IBM DataPower — Vijay Nekkanti @ 12:04 am

Initializing the appliance

To initialize the appliance:

1. After the booting is complete, press Enter to access a login prompt .

2. Login with user ID of admin and a password of password. In some cases, the password can be admin or admin.

3. Review the licensing information, type accept to continue

4. When logging in as admin for the first time, change the admin password when prompted.

Remember: Make sure you remember the new password since you cannot reset it.

Setting up the appliance by using CLI commands

We use a small subset of the CLI commands to configure minimum connectivity and enable the Web Management Interface. After you configure the Web Management Interface, you can use a browser to access the appliance and perform additional interface and service configuration as defined in the WebGUI documentation.

  1. Enter the Global configuration mode:

Command :   configure terminal

Global configuration mode: Most of the CLI commands that are used for configuring the device work only in the Global                                                                                                  configuration mode.

2. Access the Management Interface Configuration mode

Command :   int mgmt0

3. Assign an IP address:

Command :   ip address IPADDRESS/23

The value 23: The value 23 is the short hand for assigning the subnet. Consult your system administrator for the                                                                                    appropriate subnet assignment.

4.  Set the default gateway

Command : ip default gateway [Gateway IP]

5. Exit the Management Interface Configuration mode:

Command : exit

6. Enter the Web Management Interface mode:

Command : web-mgmt

7. View the current settings:

Command : show

Port 9090: The Web Management Interface runs on port 9090 by default.

8. Enable the service for use:

Command : admin-state enabled

DataPower objects: All objects in DataPower are shipped as disabled. Therefore, you must be enable them before use.

9. Display the configuration for the Web Management Service:

Command : show

10.  Exit the Web Management configuration:

Command : exit

11. Save your configuration settings:

Command : write mem

12. To verify that the WebGUI is available, launch your browser to connect to the appliance by using the HTTPS protocol:

Command :

As an alternative to this step, you can access the appliance by using SSH. This method is often convenient to use when you must use CLI remotely. To enable SSH, type the ssh command as shown

The DataPower Web Login Page opens as shown in Figure.  If this page does not open, refer to the IBM WebSphere DataPower Common Installation Guide for guidance. You can download this guide from the Web at the following address:


Launching the webGUI

Log in to the WebGUI to access the DataPower console as explained in the following steps:

1. On the Welcome page in the User field, type your user name. In our scenario, we enter the default ID of admin.

2. Enter the Password for this account. The admin password was reset when the device was initialized.

3. Select the default domain. The default domain is the only domain that is available when the device is initialized.

4. Click the Login button.

When you log in, a Web page is displayed that has two sections: the Control Panel and the navigation bar on the left side of the page. The Control Panel is a graphical, Web-based tool that is used to configure and manage the DataPower appliance. Most of the management actions that are accessed via the CLI commands can also be performed by using the WebGUI. The WebGUI supports the full range of administrative activities, including the creation and management of services. In addition, every page of the WebGUI contains links with help messages.

the Control Panel is grouped into three main sections: Services, Monitoring and Troubleshooting, and Files and Administration. They contain shortcuts to some menus on the navigation bar that are accessed  often.

The navigation bar consists of five menus that provide the ability to perform configuration or management tasks. We use each of the main tabs on the navigation bar in this example. The configuration items that are created are accessible from the navigation bar and are internally represented as objects for reuse.


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