This LiveNX 6.1.0 Quick Start Guide will provide you with the necessary steps to set up the LiveNX software, as well as the network configuration needed to ensure LiveNX can collect relevant data from the network and deliver end-to-end network visibility.
To secure a successful deployment, the document is divided into two separate sections:
Section 1 – Deployment Planning
In Section 1, we will select the appropriate server resources and ensure relevant network configuration is implemented. In addition, we will also download the LiveNX Client and LiveNX Server and Platform OVA for deployment.
Section 2 – LiveNX Deployment
Section 2 will take the administrator through deployment, configuration and quick references. In addition, it will also guide the user to visualize the network data once it’s populated in LiveNX.
Section 1: Deployment Planning
The following checklist should help you prepare for the setup of LiveNX and properly manage the network devices.
- Server Sizing Requirements for LiveNX
- Download LiveNX Server and Platform OVA
- SNMP Community/Credentials for Network Devices
- SSH/Telnet (Optional) • IP Address of LiveNX Server
- Port Usage of Solution Components
Figure 1 shows the solution components for LiveNX. LiveNX is a 3-tiered architecture, which includes the server/platform, client and remote nodes. For small deployment or the free trial, use a single server deployment where the server component functions as its own node. However, to scale to larger deployments, multiple remote nodes can be deployed.
Server Sizing Requirements for LiveNX
LiveAction provides different deployment packages to cater to the various server and OS related requirements. However, in this document we recommend the Custom Server starter platform, also known as Platform All-in-One (AIO) package, which is available as an OVA for virtualized environments. The AIO includes the operating system in the package and requires only a hypervisor for the OVA package. AIO includes the server and node components. We will be deploying the Custom Server AIO OVA, which provides the ability to scale to 100 network devices. The Custom Server AIO OVA is the OVA package provided for the 14-day Trial of LiveNX. LiveNX is available in four server configurations for scaling purposes. For additional details related to sizing and installation, please reference the LiveNX 6.1.0 Administration Guide. In
LiveNX is available in four server configurations for scaling purposes. For additional details related to sizing and installation, please reference the LiveNX 6.1.0 Administration Guide. In case of a larger deployment, please contact your LiveAction Representative at
email@example.com or 888-881-1116 for further assistance.
A Custom AIO deployment would require the following server sizing specifications.
NOTE: Using the hypervisor client requires a windows machine. If the ESXi version is 6.0 or higher, you can utilize a browser to login, access, and connect.
Downloading the LiveNX Files from LiveAction
If you haven’t already, go to www.liveaction.com/download to download an OVA for the Server and Platform AIO.
LiveNX utilizes SNMP protocol to discover the network devices. Once the devices are discovered, LiveNX uses SNMP to monitor and poll statistical information from network devices. LiveNX requires SNMP read-only strings. Utilizing SNMP, LiveNX can capture the Hostname, CPU, Memory, Number of Interfaces, etc. of a device. LiveNX recommends that a network device should be configured with a SNMP community string or SNMPv3 credentials for collection of SNMP data sets. Configure SNMP settings prior to managing in LiveNX to ensure that the devices are managed and admins can get immediate value from LiveNX.
NOTE: Please refer to Vendor Documentation for configuring SNMP settings on your network device(s).
SSH/Telnet (Optional If Monitoring Only)
LiveNX also utilizes SSH or Telnet protocols for configuring QoS management policies and NetFlow on network devices. For Cisco routers, it is recommended to use LiveNX’s NetFlow configuration tools. If LiveNX is being used for monitoring only, SSH/Telnet credentials are not required.
LiveNX Port Usage
LiveNX utilizes client-server communication for showcasing all the data collected by
LiveNX. Remote connections through a firewall will require the following ports to be
open to allow connectivity:
- TCP 7000 – Client Communications
- UDP 2055 – NetFlow
- UDP 2055 – IPFIX
- UDP 6343 – sFlow
- TCP 8092 – Web Dashboard
- TCP 7026 – Server to Node Communication. Only necessary when remote nodes are deployed.
- TCP 7026 – Node to Server Communication. Only necessary when remote nodes are deployed.
- TCP 443 – HTTPS
Obtaining an IP Address for LiveNX
We recommend configuring LiveNX with a management IP address since that would
allow communication to all network devices. LiveNX Nodes connect directly to the
network devices to gather data or for configuration changes. A client will always connect
to LiveNX server.
Section 2 – LiveNX Deployment
Section 2 takes the user through the deployment of LiveNX, licensing, onboarding devices, as well as SNMP and
NetFlow configuration for LiveNX.
Prior to getting started with deploying LiveNX, please ensure that you have completed all the steps in the checklist
- Download the LiveNX Server and Platform All-in-One (AIO) OVA
- Download the LiveNX Client
- Configure SNMP on Network Devices
- Configure SSH on Network Devices
- Configure Firewall to Allow LiveNX Client-server Connectivity
- Obtain an IP Address for LiveNX Server
- IP Address Range of Network Devices to Manage
LiveNX Deployment Steps
Step 1: Deploy the LiveNX Server/Platform/Node All-in-One OVA
Step 2: Installing LiveNX Client
Step 3: Activate LiveNX License
Step 4: Accessing the Web User Interface
Step 5: Onboard network elements
Step 1: Deploying the LiveNX Server/Platform/Node All-in-One OVA
AIO OVA Deployment https://community.liveaction.com/livenx-5-x-all-in-one-installation/ The above-provided installation guide document takes the user in a step-by-step manner on deploying the OVA. The OVA deployment instructions are valid for LiveNX 5.x and 6.x.
Using the management console user would be able to provision the LiveNX server with the required network settings to access the LiveNX Server via the Web Interface. The network settings screen would look similar to the figure below.
Step2: Installing LiveNX Client
LiveNX provides two options for using the LiveNX client. The client can be run from a Windows or Mac laptop.
1. Web Start Java LiveNX Client The Web Start client is the quickest way to start accessing LiveNX since the Java client is already configured with the IP of the LiveNX Server. A Web Start Java client is always connected to the IP address of the LiveNX Server it’s downloaded from.
2. Full LiveNX Client The full LiveNX client can be configured to reach different LiveNX Servers. It is important that the version of the client matches the server version. LiveNX client can be downloaded from:
To reach the LiveNX Web Start client use port 8092 and your IP address as shown in Figure 4, e.g. https://a.b.c.d:8092/ where a.b.c.d is the IP address of the LiveNX Server. Click on the “Launch LiveNX Client” link.
Step 3: Activate LiveNX License
This section will guide users on how to sign up for and activate a Cloud License in LiveNX 6.1.0. 1. The Cloud License process (recommended)
1. The Cloud License process (recommended) requires:
a. LiveAction Trial customers who use the All-In-One OVA for the Platform Web UI
b. Existing LiveAction customers who are using the All-In-One OVA should migrate from the traditional licensing to cloud licensing.
c. Existing LiveAction customers who use the All-In-One OVA for the Platform Web UI.
d. Internet access
2. The Traditional License Key process:
a. Customers who do not have Internet access, but require an offline activation key
b. Customers who do not use the All-In-One OVA for the Platform Web UI.
If you have any questions about this guide or need any assistance, in general, please contact LiveAction support: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign Up for a New Account and Obtain a Trial License
- Step 1 Once logged in with your new LiveNX Server password, click on the “here” link to sign up for a new account to obtain a trial license or log in to the users LiveAction Licensing Portal.
- Step 2 Fill out all fields on the New User Registration page and click Submit
- Step 3 After you click Submit, you will be redirected to the About page in the Web UI. Here, you will find your license information:
- Step 4 To go back to the dashboard, click on the icon on the top left next to the LiveAction logo, select Main > Dashboard. Once completed, your Cloud license has been successfully activated.
Cloud License Portal
The cloud license portal allows a user to manage their LiveNX license(s). When you initially signed up for a trial cloud license, you should have received an email with your credentials to login into the Cloud license portal. See example below:
Step 1: Open a browser and go to https://cloudkeys.liveaction.com. Login with your credentials.
Step 2: You will be prompted to change your password. Enter a new password and Save Changes.
Step 3: Click on License at the top to view your current License(s)
Step 4: If you would like to view your License Details, click on the “eye” icon and you can view your Key and Secret here:
Once you have completed deploying the All-In-One OVA and configured all the network settings, the next step is to log into the Web UI.
Step 4: Accessing the Web User Interface
Use a web browser to browse to the IP address of the All-In-One OVA.
1. In the IP Address or Hostname field, enter the IP address or Hostname of the LiveNX Server
2. Enter the default port 8093, then click on Save Settings
3. Click on First-time user information and login with the following credentials:
Username = admin
Password = admin
4. You will be prompted to enter a new password. Enter your new password and click on Update Password.
Step5: Onboarding Devices in LiveNX
Once the LiveNX Server is deployed and the client is downloaded. Log into LiveNX by launching the Java client and using the default credentials. You will be prompted to change the password on the first login.
- Username: admin
- Password: <enter the new password created during the web interface login>
We will now onboard the devices that need to be managed by providing the IP address and SNMP community
string settings. There are two options available to Onboard Devices:
1. Adding a Single Device
• On your Java client, click on File > Add Device and enter the IP address and community string as shown below.
2. Adding Multiple Devices
• On your Java client, click on File > Discover Devices as shown in Figure 6. Provide the IP address range and community string as indicated.
Congrats, you are done with the device and LiveNX setup. Once NetFlow is configured on the network devices, flows from devices can be visualized on the LiveNX client as shown below: