Bluecat Address Manager: LSU Overview

  

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Preface

BlueCat Address Manager (BAM) is an IP address management solution developed by BlueCat Networks and implemented by ITS. This application pushes DNS hostname updates and adds DHCP reservations for static addressing needs. Access to this system is restricted to Technology Support Professionals (TSPs) belonging to the LSU Active Directory admin group specific to each department on campus.
 

Eligibility & Order Procedures

Available To:    LSU Technology Support Professionals (TSPs)  ONLY

Request Service:    Submit a Footprints Ticket to fix access or to request modifications to current BAM access rights (access to additional Building Tags and Subnets). BAM access is granted to department admin groups in Active Directory.

Delivery Timeline:    All BAM changes are immediately reflected.
 

Getting Started

Once access has been granted, you can now login:  BlueCat Address Manager: How to Login.

1. To view a list of LSU buildings and the subnets linked to those buildings with your access rights please click on the Groups Tab, then the LSU tag group.

Blue Cat groups section with the group tab and LSU link highlighted


2. Click on the Buildings tag group next to see a list of LSU buildings.

Buildings tag group within the LSU tag group list


3. Select the desired Building tag group from the list.

List of tag groups within the Buildings group


4. Select Tagged Objects Tab to see a list of all subnets with your access rights.

List of all subnets accessible  under the Tagged Objects section


5. If the Name column is not shown, click on Settings, then select Customize Table from the menu.

Settings link at the right with the Customize Table option in the drop down menu


6. Select Name from the "Available" box and click the arrow pointed towards the "Selected" box. Click Update.

The Available and Selected boxes, with the Name option in the Selected box


7. Click on the desired network to begin IP Address Management.
You may also select the Add to Favorites link at the top right to add the subnet to your BAM homepage.

Add to Favorites button at top right corner in Blue Cat
 

Searching

There are two different search options within BAM – Quick Search and Advanced Search.

1. Search by several different parameters in top right most search field:

Blue Cat banner with search bar at right side
 

You may search for any item in BAM including MAC addresses, Subnets, and tag groups.

2. Click the Advanced Search link under the quick search for more search options.

Blue Cat Search Function       

Helpful Information 

  • For a copy of the BAM Administration Guide please visit our BlueCat Docs link at bluecatdocs.lsu.edu.
  • Change the number of records on one screen with the Page Size: drop-down box, which is shown on most screens. Up to a thousand items may be shown in one page.
  • If you are creating a CNAME for a non-lsu.edu domain, ensure to terminate the Canonical Domain Name field with a period (.)
  • When search for MAC addresses any format may be used (common MAC and Windows Mac).
  • Any subdomains of lsu.edu (example.lsu.edu) name changes get pushed every 5 minutes. Any lsu.edu change has to await approval, within 4 hours.


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